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Vancouver Fleet Report: December 2018 - Solstice Potluck

Rosario Passos

Every December, rather than gathering at the Scottish Cultural Centre as usual, the Vancouver Fleet gets together at Cam and Marianne’s place in Vancouver to celebrate the Holiday season and share adventurous sailing plans amidst conversations that invariably involve watermakers, bilge pumps, switches, batteries…. I could go on. These …

Vancouver Fleet Report: November 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

There were two Vancouver Fleet meetings in November – both held in the Caberfeidh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. OpenCPN The first was a workshop on OpenCPN and GE2KAP led by Malcolm MacPhail of Good as Gold. Eight people arrived with their laptops and followed Malcolm as he …

Vancouver Fleet Report: October 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The October meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at 1900h on Tuesday, October 30 in the Caberfeidh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Twenty five  boats are now registered representing more than forty people. The program consisted of a panel of Doners discussing the topic “What …

Women's Day: 2019 Vancouver Boat Show

Rosario Passos

Pacific Yachting Systems is once again presenting Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show.  The keynote speaker is Susan Pickrell, who will be speaking about her career with the Coast Guard and building confidence on the water. Plan to attend the Vancouver International Boat Show on Saturday, February 9, …

Safety at Sea Seminars

Rob Murray

Because it’s a Vic-Maui/Pacific Cup year, safety at sea seminars are again being held in the northwest. These seminars are required for the crew in these races and are recommended for cruisers, so spaces are limited! The seminars are being held in both Canada and the US and are …

Vancouver Fleet Report: September 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at 1900h on Tuesday, September 25 in the Caberfeigh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Twenty two boats were registered, represented by the fifty people in attendance. These included doers temporarily back from offshore: Malcolm MacPhail and Dina …

Fleets of BCA

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September of every year a number of BCA members get together to form Fleet. One group forms on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. These are people who are planning to sail offshore in the following year or soon thereafter. Fleet meets monthly …

Vancouver Fleet Report: May 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The May meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on May 29 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Show and Tell included a GPS dongle that would work with OpenCPN. After a considerable amount of difficulty Cameron managed to get the BU 353 S4 to work with Windows 10. Janet …

Vancouver Fleet Report: April 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The April meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on April 24 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Show and Tell included an article from Pacific Sailor on Safety Tethers and Snaps. Some snaps fail under sideways tension. The fact that one can learn OpenCPN using the included manual was …

Flare Disposal Days

Rosario Passos

CPS-ECP is partnering with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers again this year to assist boaters to safely and effectively dispose of flares. Have Your Flares Expired? If your flares have a manufacture date of 2014 or earlier they may have already expire, or they will expire this year. It …