Here’s a look at the April activities of the Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group…
At the April 8th meeting, VI Fleet had an an interesting group discussion about anchoring equipment, techniques, and problems. At the following meeting on April 22nd, Dave Dalby of Victoria Mobile Radio gave an informative talk on satellite communications for offshore. As well, members took part in tours of each others’ boats on April 11th and 26th, to get ideas about setting up their boats for offshore, share information about solving problems, and anything else of interest. The session on assessing and repairing sails at UK Sailmakers, planned for mid-April, has been postponed until the fall. VI Fleet meetings and activities have now ended until September 30th, when we will begin a new Fleet year.
VI Weather Group
In April, the VI Weather Group had presentations on gap and promontory winds, and tropical cyclone formation and avoidance. A total of six boats debriefed their virtual passage from Mexico to the Marquesas, which involved sailing from the NE Trades, across the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone, and into the SE Trades.