On Wednesday, December 13, 16 fleet members from 9 boats were privileged to hear Jordan & Judy Mills breath real life experiences into a presentation on the paperwork involved in clearing in and out of foreign countries after which Daragh Nagle and Al Kitchen discussed passage planning in general and specifically the trip options heading south along the north eastern Pacific. The value of the interaction with returned cruisers was readily evident as Jordan and Judy appeared to be kept busy through the break and after the meeting answering questions and engaging in interesting conversations.
In addition, Ralph Lapp talked about the need and values of volunteering and Karen Fowler showed off her small stove, space-efficient, cooking pan.
January 10 will see everyone’s faces buried in their laptops as Rudy Witt will guide the Fleet through the possibilities of Open CPN. This is sure to be a popular topic and we are expecting a great turnout.
Many of our current VI Fleet members are from the mid-island group who travel to Victoria to make the meetings. The trip can be a challenge at any time of the year, especially during the fall and winter seasons, so Daragh has been “running point” on exploring facilities for video conferencing our presentations to those who may not otherwise be able to attend. We are in the developmental stages right now and hope to have a workable system running soon.