For many years, the Ocean Cruising Adventures Speakers Series was run under the auspices of Vancouver Maritime Museum, sponsored by Pacific Yachting Magazine and held at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. In 2014, Bluewater Cruising Association took over the helm. This was actually very fitting, as it was one of BCA’s founders, local writer and circumnavigator, Liv Kennedy, who took the initiative way back in 1976 to launch the series featuring local offshore sailors. It became known as ‘Bluewater Cruising in Small Boats’.
Two years later, at one of the talks, which had become very popular, a clipboard was circulated in the audience to collect names of those interested in forming an offshore cruising association. A whopping 78 people signed up and hence Bluewater Cruising Association was born. So today, 39 years later, BCA has come full circle.This year, long-time BCA member, circumnavigator, and author of 9 Years on the 7 Seas, OCA series Coordinator, Anne Brevig (www.norsiglar.com), has lined up another group of fascinating voyagers who will share their exciting stories and photos. In the January and February issues of Currents, you will find profiles of these four speakers, plus their answers to ‘5 Questions’, which are sure to inspire you to come and see their respective adventures.The talks will be held on Friday nights, starting January 30th, at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Advance tickets may be purchased on BCA’s website, or at the door the night of the event.
January 30 − Olive Odyssey: A Mediterranean Adventure
National Geographic adventurers of the year, Julie and Colin Angus, with their infant son, retrace the ancient maritime routes of the Phoenicians with searching for the secrets of the olive tree.
February 6 − First to Finish without Really Trying
Peter Heiberg has raced three times to Hawaii, once with crew in the Pacific Cup and twice in the Single Handed Trans Pac Race. Learn how he challenged the ocean racing world on a tight budget.
February 20 − Glaciers, Grizzlies, and Gumboots
Explore one of the most photogenic places on the planet with Tricia and Jim Bowen as they recount their several seasons of enjoying majestic Southeast Alaska’s people, places, and wildlife.
February 27 − Around the World in Seven Years
Giant tortoise and lemurs in Madagascar, millennium in Zanzibar, and 35 days adrift in the Indian Ocean are just a few highlights from Julie Salisbury’s once-in-a-lifetime offshore adventure.
Tickets prices remain very reasonable at $10 for Bluewater Cruising Association members and $15 for the general public. The best deal is the series ticket that covers all four evenings. These are priced at $30 for Bluewater members and $50 for the general public. Advanced individual tickets and series tickets are available for purchase online from the Bluewater Cruising Association website. Tickets are also available for cash purchase at the door on the night of the event. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.