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Vancouver Island Fleet Report: October 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Following the organizational meeting in September, the tradition in the Vancouver Island Fleet group is to host a panel of returned cruisers in the October meeting. The panel typically addresses questions regarding their preparations to head offshore and how well they feel they approached the task. In keeping with …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On September 26 we convened the initial gathering of the 2018-19 Vancouver Island Fleet group. It was a relatively small group when compared to previous years with 11 people registering from 7 boats. We are anticipating other arrivals in October as we have had commitments from some of last …

Planning to go Offshore? Join the 2018-19 VI Fleet and Weather Groups

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Getting Ready to Head Offshore? Learn with Fellow BCA VI Members at Fleet and Weather If you are planning to sail offshore in the next year or two on your own boat or someone else’s, consider joining the VI Fleet and Weather Group of 2018/19 which will have an …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: April 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The final Vancouver Island fleet meeting for this season was held on April 4 and David Robb shared his Safety and Comfort at Sea presentation with our group of 17 members including one on the Zoom platform. David’s topic was broad ranging and he had much useful information to …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Provisioning was the main topic presented to the 18 members from 11 boats at the March 7 fleet meeting (including 1 on Zoom and 2 new members).  Barbara Erickson and Jordan and Judy Mills combined to cover the topic very well with several helpful ideas and engaging stories to …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January & February 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

To no one’s surprise, a good crowd showed up on January 10 to see Rudy Witt present on Open CPN and to get some tips on using this open source software. A total of 25 sailors from 13 boats brought their laptops or tablets to practice with Rudy. In …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November 2017

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On November 8, 2017 a group of 18 Vancouver Island Fleet members from 10 boats met to hear a presentation by Al Kitchen and discuss the topic of DC electrical systems on offshore vessels. The presentation included an introduction to basic electrical principals, battery technologies, alternate energy systems, typical …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: October 2017

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Fourteen Vancouver Island fleet members gathered on October 11 to hear a group of six returned cruisers discuss their experiences and what they had learned from their voyaging. The presentations prompted a wide range of questions and this, always popular presentation, led to an informative exchange of ideas. The …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September 2017

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather groups got off to a good start at the combined meeting on September 27, with 23 registered members in attendance of whom 22 plan to participate in the weather group.  This introductory meeting allowed the coordinators, Al and Daragh (Fleet), Lionel (Education) and …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: April 2017

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

Several members checked out the two Fleet boats Shala and Ragtime that were open for touring on April 9 in Nanaimo. At our regular Fleet meeting on April 12 Tom Christensen gave a talk about using Sea Iq with Google Earth in areas without accurate electronic charts, and also …