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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 …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January 2017

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

At the first VI Fleet meeting of 2017, members heard a presentation on Weather Routing and Offshore Weather Products by Simon Walker who has been on-board navigator for several Vic-Maui races. This was followed by the weather topic of Voyage Planning in Response to Weather conditions and Wave Heights …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December 2016

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

On December 7, thirty Vancouver Island Fleet members attended a presentation on Offshore Sail Trim and Techniques by Connie and Daragh. The Weather Group reviewed the first of their Virtual Passages : “Tonga / Fiji to New Zealand”. Presentation topics for January 2017 will include: January 11th:     Weather Routing …

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November 2016

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

On November 9, Dr. Catharine Ascah provided information to Fleet members about medical topics of interest  to bluewater cruisers including common ailments, medications, first aid kits, travel vaccines and travel to Mexico. The November 23 meeting highlight was a presentation on Celestial Navigation by Andrew Evans, an accomplished solo-sailor …

The Volunteer Position of the Month: VI Education Watchkeeper

Donna Sassaman, Volunteer Coordinator

The Vancouver Island Chapter needs a dynamic, collaborative, and educationally-minded member to coordinate educational offerings for the Greater Victoria area. Do you want to contribute the Chapter’s operations? Are you ready to join a great team: the VI Watch? Do you want to attend club nights for free?!? Other …