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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 …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2017

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

On March 8, several Fleet members brought small useful gadgets that they’d bought at the Vancouver Boat Show for “Show & Tell”, and Dani demonstrated a Thermos brand thermal cooker. Fleet Coordinators Connie & Daragh gave a presentation on “Clearing in and out of foreign countries” based on their …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: February 2017

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

The Fleet meeting on February 8 was cancelled because of snow and has been rescheduled for late March. At our meeting on February 22, Glen Wilson brought his Jordan Series Drogue for “show & tell” to demonstrate the usefulness of this item for heavy weather sailing. Campbell Thomson then …