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Vancouver Fleet Report: September 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2018 was held at 1900 hours on Tuesday, September 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre, hosted by Cameron and Marianne McLean, BCA Fleet Representatives. There were twenty five in attendance, including the presenters. After welcoming the Fleet and mutual introductions, Cameron described the Fleet committees explaining that… 

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 Connie (Weather) to lay out their… 

Fleets of BCA

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September of every year a number of members of BCA get together to form the Fleets – one on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. These are people who are planning to leave for offshore in the following year or soon thereafter. They meet monthly or more often depending… 

Planning to go Offshore Soon? The VI Fleet Begins September 27

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

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 of 2017/18, which will have its first meeting at 1830h on Wednesday, September 27 at Royal Victoria Yacht Club (3475 Ripon Rd). VI will be trying a new format this… 

2017 - 2018 BCA Volunteering Opportunities

Donna Sassaman, Volunteer Coordinator

It’s August. Many of us are taking advantage of the northwest winds and sunny weather to cruise along the fabulous BC coast, or to begin our offshore adventures. Although I don’t really want to rush the end of summer, next month does herald the start of autumn. For me, September seems more like the beginning… 

August Rendezvous Is Coming Up!

Yvonne Harwood

Ahoy fellow BCAers & Families! The BCA August rendezvous is just around the corner, so we hope you have it noted on your calendar, in your smart phone and tattooed it on your brain … we hope you have RSVP’d already on the BCA website! Join us on August 5-7, 2017 at Newcastle Island Provincial… 

August Rendezvous: Mark Your Calendars & Stay Tuned!

Rosario Passos

This August long weekend, the BCA peeps get together to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation! So, think Canada Day, think red and white and dress up your boat in the most Canadian fashion – there will be a prize for the best decorated boat in the bay. And, be sure to wear your own… 

Fleet and Watchkeepers BBQ

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

All members of the Fleets of 2017 – whether from the Vancouver area, Vancouver Island, Calgary or Washington and all members of the Watches (Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Calgary) including partners and spouses are invited to the BCA June Fleet potluck supper on Tuesday, June 27, at 1800h at Spruce Harbour Marina, in False Creek, Vancouver.… 

Calgary Fleet Report: April 2017

Christine McGregor

The BCA Calgary fleet continued their season with an April 24 meeting conducting a weather research activity.  For novice and experienced offshore sailors alike, the opportunity to spend time finding and learning how to use some of the most valuable and recent weather resources is a valuable skill to learn and keep fresh. Before jumping… 

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 discussed AIS receivers and transceivers. At… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: April 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet, a group of BCA members who are planning to leave for offshore in the near future meets on fourth Tuesdays at the Scottish Cultural Centre. There was a full house for the April Fleet meeting on April 25. As is the custom the program committee set up the program for the evening;… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: March 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

More than forty  people attended the March 28 meeting of the Fleet. The session was Heavy Weather Sailing presented by Ken and Carol Gillstrom. Ken and Carol left Toronto in 2012 and sailed the East Coast of Canada, the Caribbean, Scotland, Spain, back to Canada, down to the Galapagos, Hawaii and in 2014 came to… 

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 own offshore experiences. For “Show &… 

Flare Disposal Days

Rosario Passos

CPS-ECP is partnering with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers again this year to assist boaters to safely and effectively dispose of flares. Have Your Flares Expired? If your flares have a manufacture date of 2013 or earlier they may have already expire, or they will expire this year. It is not legal to light them,… 

Calgary Fleet Report: February 2017

Christine McGregor

The February fleet meeting in Calgary continued the tradition of bringing temporarily land locked sailors together to discuss current and pressing topics for BCA members in the midst of planning an offshore adventure. A welcomed continuation from our January meeting, Pam and Ted Simper facilitated the topic of provisioning, weather and communications. Valuable insights for… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

More than thirty five people attended the February 28 meeting of the Fleet. It was a presentation dealing with medical problems offshore. Presenters were: Paramedics Ryan Shellborn and Kris Jones of Makoolis, who are heading South this August and bound for Antartica over the next few seasons Terry Raappana their friend, paramedic of 41 years… 

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 gave a talk to over 30… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: January 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January 24 meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2017 saw a full house in attendance for the first meeting of 2017. The program was Celestial Navigation in two parts with two presenters. Dominique Prinet lead off with an interesting and humorous description of the history of Celestial Navigation and the development of angle measuring… 

Calgary Fleet Report: January 2017

Christine McGregor

Calgary chapter fleet kicked off the new year on January 16 and we happily welcomed our largest group of the year, with some returned members as well as a few fleet members joining us for the first time.  Sharing our introductions allowed all members to reacquaint the rest of fleet with their latest offshore plans,… 

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 presented by Glen and Mary Wilson.… 

Introducing BCA's Board of Directors (2017)

Jennifer Handley

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to BCA’s Board of Directors who were elected at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016!  Responsible for “steering the BCA ship” in 2017 are: Commodore – Leslie Hansen Vice Commodore – Vacant Treasurer – Florence Viher Secretary – Cathy Fritter Calgary Chapter Vice Commodore – Cathy Norrie Vancouver… 

Anchoring Restrictions Around La Paz

Rosario Passos

If you are currently cruising in the Sea of Cortez, you may be interested in this news topic. BCA member Carolyn Dailey from Shannon’s Spirit, who is currently sailing in the Sea of Cortez sent in this link that outlines some of the anchoring restrictions around La Paz. These restrictions are not new, and the… 

Calgary Fleet Report: December 2016

Christine McGregor

On December 12, the Calgary chapter held their final fleet gathering of the 2016 calendar year.  We were joined by some new members to the fleet group, and we also welcomed back members who had just recently returned from their recent leg of cruising through Fiji. We were extremely fortunate this month to welcome a… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: December 2016

Rosario Passos

As tradition dictates, the December meeting of the Vancouver Fleet is always a social get together in the form of a pot-luck dinner. 2016 was no exception, and this anticipated event took place again just before Christmas, on a dark and cold winter night, at Cam and Marianne’s place in Vancouver. Being the gracious hosts… 

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 Services and getting Forecasts at sea… 

Calgary Fleet Report: November 2016

Christine McGregor

The Calgary chapter Fleet had their third meeting of the year on November 21 and as always it was a great evening of learning and sharing among friends. It was a special evening in a couple of ways:  first of all was our main conversation topic, which gave Cathy Norrie the opportunity to share some… 

Not Too Early to Update Your Member Profile for the 2017 Member Directory!

Donna Sassaman

Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to check your BCA website information today! Is the information accurate and up-to-date regarding your: Boat name and type, Marina or Currently Cruising, Mailing address, Phone number(s), Email address, Ham and/or VHF licence, Spouse/partner, if applicable, Yacht club membership, And/or change in BCA membership status from Regular… 

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 from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: November 2016

Rosario Passos

The third meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2017 was at 1900 hours at the Scottish Cultural Centre on November 22. As part of our Show and Tell, Darren Bos from Leeway showed a reel of flat webbing to be used as a shore line.  He made it himself and will provide Fleet with a… 

Volunteer Positions of the Month: VI Vice Commodore / Advertising Watchkeeper

Donna Sassaman, Volunteer Coordinator

This month, BCA highlights two dynamic opportunities for members with the right skills, experience, and interest! If one of these positions has your name written all over it, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Vice Commodore for Vancouver Island – Victoria Purpose of the position To ensure the smooth functioning of Chapter club nights, Watch meetings, and… 

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 benefits include: Meeting more BCA members;… 

BCA Annual General Meeting

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date:  Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Time:  1930h Place:  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC The business of the AGM will include a review of year-end 2015 Financial Statements and operations reports, as well as interim Financial Reports for… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September & October

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

The first meeting of VI Fleet 2016/17 took place on September 28 at Royal Victoria Yacht Club.  More than 20 people attended and introduced themselves and their cruising plans.  This was followed by a couple of presentations by returning Fleet members (Glen & Mary Wilson on Moonshadow VI; Brian Short & Glenda Wray on Carpe… 

Calgary Fleet Report: October 2016

Christine McGregor

The Calgary chapter Fleet kicked things off for the 2016/2017 season with the first meeting held on October 17.   With many returning members, it was a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and catch up on all of our sailing adventures over the summer.   We were also pleased to welcome back Cathy and Bill Norrie,… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: October 2016

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The second meeting of the Fleet of 2017 was at 1900 hours at the Scottish Cultural Centre on October 25. Our speakers were Fleet member Alex Brydon on vessel registration and Steve White on rigging with an emphasis on preparation for offshore. As part of our show and tell Malcolm Wilkinson informed us of two… 

Volunteer Opportunities!

Donna Sassaman, Volunteer Coordinator

As you are aware, BCA is a volunteer organization that prepares its members to go cruising. The scope of BCA’s activities and programs requires many dedicated volunteers for Board positions, Watch positions, and special events. Every year, some of our volunteers resign their positions in preparation for departure. This is a good thing because offshore… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: September 2016

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2017 was held on September 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Members of the new Fleet introduced themselves and volunteered for the various Fleet committees. Presentations The introductions were followed by presentations from Jim Matusiak of Solar Flare and Rob Murray of Avant about their trips and… 

Only 40 Tickets Left for Laura Dekker's Presentation!

Rosario Passos

Laura Dekker’s presentation coming up soon on October 12, at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Center in Vancouver is almost sold out! So, if you are planning on attending this presentation, get your tickets now, online at  BCA’s website! Laura Dekker is brought to you by the Lower Mainland Yacht Cooperative and the Bluewater Cruising… 

Welcome, Cathy Fritter - A New Member on BCA's Board of Directors

Jennifer Handley

Please join me in welcoming Vancouver Chapter member, Cathy Fritter, to the BCA Board of Directors. Cathy and her husband Rob, are new to BCA, having just joined in January 2016 as Dreamers. They have been cruising for 14 summer seasons, visiting many points between Seattle and Desolation Sound on L’Orien, their Mason 43 cutter.… 

BCA Cruising, Perpetual and Service Awards Nominations - 2016

Jennifer Handley

Annual awards ceremonies take place in each Chapter to celebrate the sailing achievements of BCA skippers and their crew and/or their safe return to home port. These happy occasions, which are celebrated by the membership at large, also inspire the “dreamers” among us and encourage the “do-ers” to maintain their membership while cruising. If you… 

Currents Cover: Photo Contest

Rosario Passos

The Currents Cover Photo Contest is back! Our monthly “pdf” publication needs the best photos of your boats to grace its covers for the next 12 months!  Since last year’s contest was so popular, we thought we would do it again! So, here’s the scoop: If you are a BCA member in good standing, we… 

Vancouver Island Fleet: 2016/17

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

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 of 2016/17, which will have its first meeting at 1830h on Wednesday, September 28 at Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The Fleet meets every 2 weeks and has presentations or group… 

Vancouver Fleet: 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September of every year a number of members of BCA get together to form the Fleets – one on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. These are people who are planning to leave for offshore in the following year or soon thereafter. They meet monthly or more often depending… 

Introducing Cathy Norrie, Calgary Chapter Vice Commodore!

Jennifer Handley

On behalf of the BCA Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Cathy Norrie will assume the role of Calgary Vice Commodore as of September 1.  A member of BCA since 2009, Cathy and her husband, Bill Norrie, have just completed their circumnavigation aboard SV Terrwyn and are settling back into life on… 

BCA Volunteers Get Coordinated!

Donna Sassaman, Volunteer Coordinator

Most, if not all, of us join Bluewater Cruising Association to prepare ourselves for the grand adventure of offshore or long-range coastal cruising. We attend club nights and listen to inspiring presentations by Doers and Doners; take courses ranging from ‘Psychology of Cruising’ to diesel engine maintenance to understanding weather and other pertinent topics; read… 

Wanted! BCA Members to Complete Vision and Values Survey

Jennifer Handley

Cruising season is upon us, but no matter where this finds you, you are invited to participate in a very brief, 3-question survey that will guide the selection of a Vision statement and a set of Values for BCA. When BCA was established in 1978 with a Constitution and Bylaws, a Mission statement was created… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: April 2016

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Sailors are busy getting their vessels ready as the cruising season approaches and meetings seem to become a lower priority.  So a smaller than usual  V. I. Fleet group gathered at RVYC on April 6 for a presentation on first aid kits and applications by Alert First Aid’s Mike Barnes.  Dr. Catherine Ascah was present… 

Flare Disposal Days Sponsored by CPSS

Rosario Passos

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, in partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers, is sponsoring a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares. You can see flare disposal dates and locations on their website. The… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2016

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Attendance was good again at the March Fleet meetings. On March 9th, we had a short presentation on various marine applications for Belzona products. Following this, Fleet member Brent Alley provided an overview of checklists and procedures, mainly relating to safety, that he had pulled together from a variety of sources. We also reviewed the… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2016

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The program for the February meeting on the 23rd featured Ken Johnson from Roton,  who addressed satellite and other communications. The many topics covered included: Types of AIS and their antennas SSBs and their grounds Pactor modems and sources Various types of satellite phones and services Different kinds of EPIRBS The meeting on March 22… 

3 Ways Around the World - A Nautical Adventure

Jennifer Handley

The Maritime Museum of BC, (MMBC) located in Victoria, is holding a once-in-a-lifetime event on March 10, 2016, with three renowned adventurers – two are BCA honourary members: John Guzzwell [now 86 years old!] and Tony Gooch; and third is an Ocean Cruising Adventure speaker, Colin Angus. John Guzzwell – In 1955, John launched 19’… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: February 2016

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Spring must be in the air! The first sign is sagging attendance at Fleet meetings…well, maybe not the first sign. Too bad, as the V.I. Fleet was treated to two excellent presentations in February. On the 10th, Rudy Witt discussed Electronic Navigation options for PCs and tablets, especially Open CPN and plug-ins, so Fleet members… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: January 2016

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting was held on January 26, chaired by Dan Wilson of the Program Committee since the McLean’s were still away in Mexico. The program started with a presentation from Fleet member Malcolm Wilkinson giving us the benefit of his offshore experiences. Among other topics he emphasized avoiding the use of the main when… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January 2016

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

On January 13th, two representatives from Western Financial Group talked to Fleet about offshore boat insurance and travel/medical insurance. Debra Fitzsimmons provided information to members about coverage, eligibility, exclusions and costs for medical insurance. Vera Young talked about the application process and information necessary for a quote for offshore boat insurance, what is and isn’t… 

Vancouver Island Fleet: Report

Don Craigmyle

Vancouver Island Fleet thanks Serge Gabilondo of Delta Marine at Westport for leading more than a dozen Fleet members through the finer points of Rigging Inspection. Serge provided many hands-on examples of rigging failure and taught ways to maintain rigging and avoid failure. He also gave tips for making rigging repairs at sea and some… 

Join the 2016 Member Directory Team!

Donna Sassaman

Do you want an opportunity to give back to BCA but don’t want to take on a year-long commitment? Are you a person who enjoys editing, formatting consistency, and attention to detail? Are you comfortable working with Word and spreadsheets? Do you like working as part of a team? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these… 

BCA Members, Please Update Your Profile!

Jennifer Handley

In the next month, a small dedicated team of BCA volunteers will start compiling the 2016 Member Directory.  Their work and the overall quality of the Directory will be greatly improved if each and every member takes a few minutes to go online and update their personal profile.  During the course of any given year,… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: December

Rosario Passos

I always look forward to the December Fleet meeting in Vancouver. You see, every year (and I have been in Fleet for a couple now) Cam and Marianne open their home (and cellar) to all Fleet members to host a potluck dinner to celebrate the festive season. This year was no different, and the Vancouver… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Fifteen members from VI Fleet participated in an evening session at UK Sails in Sidney on December 2nd. Stuart Dahlgren explained what to look for in assessing the condition of sails; showed how to attach mainsail slides and re-attach a leech ring; suggested essential contents for an offshore sail repair kit; and responded to many questions… 

BCA Board of Directors Elected for 2016

Rosario Passos

The  BCA Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who are elected by the members to manage the Association and promote its financial health and growth.  Directors are elected for a one year term and may stand for re-election.   Congratulations to those who were elected at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 9!  … 

Vancouver Fleet Report: November

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The third meeting of the Fleet of 2016 was held on November 24 at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre. We heard from Jeff Cote of Pacific Yacht Systems on power generation and power storage. I have been asking for a volunteer to coordinate VICE 2016. Since VICE is a program for all of BCA… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

On November 4th, the Vancouver Island Fleet group, led by Connie Morahan, discussed procedures for clearing in and out of foreign ports. On the 25th, we were fortunate to have Honorary BCA member, Tony Gooch, give a talk on preparations and procedures for heavy weather sailing. Below you can see we caught Tony ‘heaving to’.… 

BCA Annual General Meeting

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date:  Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Time:  1930h Place:  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC The business of the AGM will include a review of year-end 2014 Financial Statements and operations reports, as well as interim Financial Reports for… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: October

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Between 25 and 30 members attended each of the fleet meetings held in October.  On October 14th we had presentations by cruising BCA members Neil & Peggy Beswick on harbour hopping to San Francisco and Gord Wedman on the offshore route to San Diego.  On October 28th a panel of experienced BCA cruisers (Daragh Nagle… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: October

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The second meeting of the Fleet of 2016 was held on October 27 at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre. We had a presentation from Anne Woodson and Dick Towson of Full and Bye on their trip to Mexico. This was followed by Ken and Carol Gillstrom on Safety at Sea – preventing emergencies. The… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

The first Fleet meeting of the Vancouver Island Chapter was held on September 30th. The meeting was focused on introductions and sharing information with all the BCA members attending.  The next meeting is On October 14, with a couple of presenters talking about harbor-hopping vs the offshore route to San Diego. The next Fleet meeting is scheduled… 

2015 BCA Cruising Awards Nominations

Rosario Passos

If you think you are eligible, or wish to nominate someone for a sailing award, now is the time to do it! As you may be aware, BCA offers  a number of cruising awards to its members, such as: 999 Coastal Award Offshore Crew Award Skipper’s Offshore Award (Owner’s) Offshore Award among other perpetual awards… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: September

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The first meeting of the Fleet of 2016 was held on September 22 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Members of the new Fleet introduced themselves and volunteered for the various Fleet committees. Then we had presentations from Karina of Sea Rover II on their trip to Mexico. This was followed by Cresswell Walker and… 

In Memoriam - Peter Thomas

David Newsome

“Is this frequency in use please? Is this frequency in use please?” That was the voice of VE7 Papa Tango, Peter Thomas, as you waited by your radio for your “sched” with Peter. Position report, course, speed, along with weather trends were the first order of business. Only then was there time for casual chit-chat.… 

About the Vancouver Island Fleet

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Fleet is an education focus group for those planning to head offshore in the next year or two. The Fleet group meets regularly and offers development in the form of meetings, workshops, vendors’ visits, and boat visits. Fleet is also excellent for Doners who are preparing for another voyage: Get primed, updated, and meet the… 

August Rendezvous: Dreaming of the Med

Rosario Passos

The BCA August Rendezvous is just around the corner. This year, the theme for this fun get together is the Mediterranean, and the venue is Newscastle Island Marine Provincial Park. We have reserved a group campsite in the park, so feel free to bring a tent and camp for the night… Space on the dock… 

BCA's Website - A Constant Work in Progress!

Jennifer Handley

The Bluewater Cruising Association website is a constant work in progress, never complete, always in need of updates, and often the topic of discussion as users find “issues” to bring to the attention of the Webmaster and/or Board of Directors or want to see changes/improvements.  Managing our website is a huge, time-consuming undertaking, with its… 

About the Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

Fleet is an education focus group for those planning to head offshore in the next year or two. The Fleet group meets regularly and offers additional training in the form of meetings, workshops, vendors’ visits and boat visits. Fleet is also excellent for Doners, who are preparing for another voyage, get primed, updated and meet… 

Quick Boating Guide to Mexico

Rosario Passos

Mike Northup, from Defiant, has shared this quick boating guide to Mexico with us. This document is not an official government guide. It is meant to be a brief set of guidelines and resources to help you understand the process of entering Mexico by sea and complete the immigration process (Maritime Mexico FMM Process). Since… 

Summertime... And Your Burgee Needs Replacing...

Jennifer Handley

That’s right, summer is around the corner and it is high time to get out onto the water, if you haven’t already done so.  And when you do, what is the state of your BCA burgee?  Is it brand spanking new, never been flown?  Is it looking pretty good, excitedly awaiting the first hoist of… 

In Memoriam – Rudi Seifert

Iris Seifert

April 27, 1935 – April 15, 2015 A few words about Rudi, written by his wife and partner of 41 years. I do not pretend to be a writer so bear with me about Rudi.  He was a happy, honest, and sincere guy – very sure of himself, not at all a complicated fellow.  However he… 

About the Vancouver Island Fleet

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

Fleet is an education focus group for those planning to head offshore in the next year or two. The Fleet group meets regularly and offers additional training in the form of meetings, workshops, vendors’ visits and boat visits. Fleet is also excellent for Doners, who are preparing for another voyage, get primed, updated and meet… 

BCA VI Rendezvous 2015: May 16,17 & 18

Rita Balaam

The theme for this year’s rendezvous is Sailing the Salish Seas with a Focus on First Nations History and Traditions. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, there’s still time: RSVP online at the BCA website (you must be logged in as a member to do so), or send Rita a note. Here is a schedule of… 

The Commodore Attends Opening Day

Jennifer Handley

The Vancouver Island Chapter has been meeting at Royal Victoria Yacht Club for many years: the VI Fleet group meets at RVYC; RVYC is part of the Cooperative Education Program organized by the VI Chapter; and BCA has even held its annual AGM at Royal Vic. But this was the first year that the BCA… 

2015 Member Directories

Donna Sassaman

Status Report The 2015 BCA Member Directory is printed and has been delivered to the mailing house. The directory will be mailed to all members sometime during the week of May 10th. The First Thing to Do When You Receive Your Copy Check your entries in the directory against your real life situation. Is the… 

April VI Fleet Activities

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

Here’s a look at the April activities of the Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group… VI Fleet 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… 

It was all about Ian

Rosario Passos

The celebration of life for Ian Monsarrat was a beautiful event at Spruce Harbour Marina in Vancouver in April. Blake Williams, Past Commodore of BCA, delivered a beautiful toast to Ian, amid sea shanties and a sea of friends, gathered together to celebrate Ian’s life. There were many photographs scattered throughout the room that brought… 

Celebration of Life for Ruth Clements

Rosario Passos

In March we published an “In Memoriam”column about Ruth Clements. Here are the details of her Celebration of Life which was mentioned in the column. WHEN:  Saturday, May 23, starting about 1430-1500h WHERE:  Home (garden) of Claudia Lohmann, 3095 Decourcy Drive, Ladysmith (Cedar), BC (just south of Nanaimo) HOW:  From Hwy 1 N out of… 

Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet of 2015 held their regular meeting on April 28. The presenter was a psychologist discussing the cruising life. The focus was not just being on the water, but the process of getting ready and getting off the dock. An extra meeting in April was on the 18th at North Sails Loft in… 

Expired Flares Disposal Opportunities

Jennifer Handley

What can you do with your expired flares? Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, in cooperation with CIL Orion, are providing two opportunities for boaters to drop off their expired flares at no charge. May 2, 2015 – Vancouver Area Flares can be dropped off at the following Steveston Marine and Hardware locations: 1667 W 5th… 

Aid for Vanuatu - Cyclone Pam Aftermath

Jennifer Handley

Bluewater Cruising Association members who have had the good fortune to sail to Vanuatu and explore this amazing archipelago will have felt heartsick when the country was levelled by Cyclone Pam last month. Some may even have wept upon seeing photos of the devastation and hearing the stories that gradually appeared in the media in… 

Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

VI Fleet At their March 11th meeting, VI Fleet had a group discussion about wind vanes and autopilots.  Three offshore cruisers talked about their experience with different kinds of watermakers at the next Fleet meeting on March 25th.  There was an extra session in March at the Yachttech shop on rigging, and a short course… 

Congratulations, Debra Zhou and Rob Murray!

Jennifer Handley

During the Commodore’s recent visit to La Paz, Mexico, Jennifer Handley had the honour of presenting members Debra Zhou and Rob Murray (Avant) with their Coastal 999 awards and “Doner” pins.  This award recognizes a coastal (harbour-hopping) voyage outside Canadian territorial waters, where the shortest straight-line charted distance between the starting and ending port is… 

Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet of 2015 held their regular meeting on the 24th of March. The topics covered included: Seamanship – anchors and anchoring by Fleet member Alex Brydon. Handling heavy weather with Fleet member Ken Roberson. Types of windvanes presented by Will and Sarah Curry of Hydrovane. There were two extra meetings in March dealing… 

In Memoriam - Ruth Clements

August 31, 1953 – January 28, 2015:    Ruth Clements, born in Chemainus, BC, was a founding member of Bluewater Cruising Association. She passed away on January 28, 2015, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was a Doner, having sailed from England to BC in the 1970s with her partner, Ted Long, aboard Salal, a… 

Offshore Packages

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

All BCA members who are leaving for offshore are entitled to receive an offshore package whether or not they belong to one of the Fleets. If you are leaving this year and are not a Fleet member, please email Cameron McLean to receive the information necessary to apply for your package.

Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

Here’s the next activity for the Vancouver Island Fleet group: Wednesday,  March 25th at 18:00h at the Discovery Room, RVY:  Watermakers. The session will include a group discussion, with a couple of offshore cruisers invited to share their knowledge and experience. Saturday, March 28th from 10:00h to 13:00h Mainstay Yachtech:  Rig evaluation, maintenance & repair… 

The Boat's Ready... Are You?

Rick Ellis

As many of us plan our voyage, the boat and its equipment tend to become the central focus of our thinking. These preparations require a steep learning curve, and sometimes become all-consuming. On the other hand, there are other factors that will impact our cruising adventures, and they include the deeper motivations that drive our… 

BCA Presents Nigel Calder

Norm Cooper

Nigel Calder, world renowned boat system expert, author and educator will be coming to Western Canada in April 2015.  His BCA hosted educational tour will include stops in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Calgary. Nigel Calder Daytime Educational Seminars in Vancouver & Victoria Nigel’s two daytime educational seminars will be held in Vancouver & Victoria.  The… 

Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The regular Vancouver Fleet meeting for February is on the 24th and features Guy Druce. Guy’s presentation is titled “Electronics – High Tech / Low Tech”. He will discuss his experience as navigator in last year’s Vic Maui race as navigator on a fairly high-tech boat in contrast to his circumnavigation in a low-tech one.… 

Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

The Fleet’s next meeting is scheduled for February 11th at 18:30h at StarFish Medical, 455 Boleskine Rd., Victoria. The topic is “Using HF Radio for E-mail, WFax & GRIB files” by Bjarne Hansen. The topic of the February 25th Fleet meeting is ‘Preparing for Heavy Weather Sailing’ with Tony Gooch, in the Chatham Room at Royal… 

Is Your Member Profile Up-to-Date?

It is that time of year when we ask you, as the Primary Member, to check your member profile on the BCA website. Why is checking your information so important? Because Geraldine Guilfoyle and Donna Sassaman, Directory Coordinators, are preparing to compile the 2015 Member Directory and, if your website profile is up-to-date, your directory entries… 

VICE 2015

Don Hutchison

There is no preparation for going offshore quite like being offshore. You can do this by joining VICE 2015 (Vancouver Island Cruising Experience). Each year BCA vessels from all three chapters get together online to plan a multi-day offshore trip, usually in late June/early July. They wait for a weather window on the West Coast… 

Membership Renewal!

Ahoy, BCA members who joined the Association prior to December 31, 2012! Due to an unfortunate glitch with our website provider, you did not receive an email notification that your membership was going to expire on December 31st. A follow-up reminder was emailed on December 30th, but that email may have disappeared or not been seen due… 

In Memoriam − Ian Monsarrat

Ian was born in Montreal on September 9, 1934 and passed at 8 bells (End of Watch) at 0800h on 18 December, 2014. He and I were married in 1982 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Ian had four children from a previous marriage. Ian was a photographer: commercial, industrial, CN, National Research Council, CIL. Since 1977, he was an… 

2015 Member Directory

The 2015 Member Directory will be printed and mailed in the next few months. To ensure that your entries in the directory are current and accurate, make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to check your BCA website information today! If you are new to BCA, or have experienced any changes over the past… 

Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting will be on Tuesday the 27th and will cover boat electrics presented by John Neilson. The Fleet meets at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September to November, and then January to June. If you would like to join the Fleet, show up at one of the regular… 

Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

The Fleet’s next meeting is scheduled for January 14th at 6:30 pm in the Chatham Room at Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The topic is “The Ultimate Shakedown Cruise” from Victoria to Hawaii and return in 2 months. The topic of the January 28th Fleet meeting is ‘OpenCPN’ – installing and using this open source chartplotter and GPS… 

Currents' New Editing Team!

Donna Sassaman

As you may have learned by now, I let my name stand at the 2014 AGM for the position of BCA Secretary and was elected by acclamation. Although Currents has been my ‘baby’ on and off since 2002, I have had to resign from the editor job, effective ASAP, because of my current commitment/work load. We are… 

Here's the Buzz about Currents!

Edie Dittman

Welcome to the first instalment to BCA’s new online Currents. Content will continue to be streamed throughout the month. We appreciate that this is a new experience for you, and that receiving content online, and in chunks is different from receiving the magazine as a whole, finished product. We have set initial subscriptions for all…