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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 …

In Memoriam - Liv Kennedy

Rosario Passos

Liv Kennedy passed away in February 2018; she was in her late 80’s. Liv Kennedy’s parents were pioneers on Quadra Island, and she was born aboard the Coast Mission ship Columbia. She grew up in logging camps and fishing villages along the coast, spending much of her time in …

Vancouver Fleet Report: March 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The March  meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on March 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Show and Tell feature included a do-it-yourself crotch strap to supplement a life jacket, and historic charts – Fiji and Strait of Georgia. Cameron shared with the fleet that Malcolm MacPhail of …

What Not to Miss at BCA This Week

Rosario Passos

BCA is bringing some well renowned personalities in the sailing world to Vancouver this week. Do you have your tickets yet? Nigel Calder Nigel will lead two courses this week in Vancouver, at the TK Gallery Room at the Vancouver Maritime Museum: Marine Electrical Systems on Friday, March 23, …

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The February  meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on February 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Show and Tell included a WatchMate XB-8000 AIS transponder, a mid sized drone, Off shore Personal Survival Course with David Sutcliffe, and a Pacific Ocean planning chart by British Admiralty. The program …

Vancouver Fleet Report: January 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on January 30 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. The program for the evening was focused on Reducing Anxiety and Effective Communication presented by Ken and Carol Gillstrom. Some of the ways of reducing anxiety that they shared with the group …

Vancouver Fleet Report: October 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The second meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on October 24. Twenty five people representing the twenty boats that have signed up already were in attendance. There was a discussion of the Fleet committees and we now have a full complement for the …

Women's Day At the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show

Rosario Passos

Pacific Yacht Systems has teamed up with Navis Insurance, Pacific Yachting Magazine and Western Marine to host Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show. Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  There are …