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Peterson Cup Cruising Rally, July 29-August 3, 2017

Mark Bay (Newcastle & Protection Islands) and Beyond

29 Jul 2017  to 03 Aug 2017 

Members $25 / Non-Members N/A

Ken Christie

Mark your calendar!  All BCA members are invited to a unique and fun sailing event in memory of Past Commodore, Lex Peterson, whose legacy is “do it and get out there, BCA sailors, while you still can!”  For those who are unsure about what this annual cruising rally is all about, it is:

  • First and foremost, a cruising rally for those who are looking for some great local sailing and fun this summer.
  • Voyage-friendly for single-handers, female skippers, power boaters, and everyone in-between, be they old, young, with kids or without, dreamers, doers and doners!
  • All about fostering seamanship and friendship for people with an active interest in “inshore” cruising.

Once again, the waters, islands, nooks and crannies of the Salish Sea will become the backdrop for this year’s cruise:  Panama Canal in Four Days.  Ken Christie will head up the Peterson Cup fleet which will gather as per tradition in Mark Bay, off Protection Island, Nanaimo, on Sat July 29.  The Dinghy Dock Pub will be the first official meeting place, at 1600h.

Bright and early (maybe, maybe not) on Sunday morning, the fleet will set sail, seeking adventure, good food, good grog and great company at the end of the day’s voyage (destination to be determined by consensus prior to departure).  During the rally, boats must use sails, anchor off (no docks allowed!), and all food and libations will come from ship’s stores.

The rally officially ends on Thurs, Aug 3 with dinner at Gina’s Mexican Cafe in Nanaimo – just in time for the fleet to get anchored in Mark Bay or on the Newcastle Island docks for the start of the annual August BC Day weekend rendezvous which will be held at Newcastle Island Provincial Marine Park.  Rally participants will all have a chance to win (and trade) fun prizes, the highlight being the awarding of the coveted Peterson Cup, which will be presented at the Rendezvous.

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  1. David Carter says:

    We can all pay $50 per couple for a highly organized rally, after which we can sit around mulling over whether we got our monies worth?, or we could return to the freeeee potluck version where everybody enjoyed themselves as true contributors to the project.
    Spirit of community is everything, a paid for service is available everywhere.