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Vancouver Island Chapter

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: February 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The Vancouver Island Fleet held a round-table discussion on Travel; Medical, Home and Boat Insurance and various aspects of living in small spaces. It drew a large crowd of 20 sailors from 8 boats and a visitor, Eric, who was introduced by Ken Newman. Dave Wilson presented his new …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The topic of Heavy Weather Sailing is always high on the list of concerns to Vancouver Island fleet members and we were privileged to have Tony Gooch available to cover it as well as he always does. On January 9, the attendance was significantly up, with 16 people from …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On December 12 nine sailors from seven boats flashed up their laptops and other devices so that Rudy Witt could guide them through some of the possibilities of Open CPN. The group went from downloading charts and plotting routes to a look at various plug-ins including how to use …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Concerns regarding potential medical problems when traveling offshore is a worry best understood well ahead of time and that is what Dr. Catherine Ascah addressed for eleven members of the Vancouver Island Fleet group on the evening of November 14. Catherine’s engaging presentation included topics such as recommended immunizations …

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 …