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2016 Ocean Cruising Adventures Speaker Series

Norm Cooper

Sarah Jean II
Saga 43
December 3rd, 2015

The Bluewater Cruising Association will continue its management of the Ocean Cruising Adventures (OCA) Speaker Series in 2016, with sponsorship support from Pacific Yachting.  This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the OCA series.  Anne Brevig, circumnavigator and author of 9 Years on the 7 Seas, has lined up another group of fascinating voyagers who will share their stories and photos.  The four unique talks will be held on Friday evenings, starting January 29, 2016.  The event will be held in the comfortable and spacious theatre at the HR MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver.

January 29: Slow Boat to Canada, Nick Ward & Family

Nick Ward shares experiences from his Atlantic crossing and life afloat with his young family as they explore the Caribbean and Eastern Seaboard while home schooling – an unforgettable cruising and parenting journey.

February 5: South to the Ice, Larry Roberts & Mary Anne Unrau

Explore the spectacular and seldom visited Falklands, Antarctica and South Georgia with Larry and Mary Anne aboard their Waterline 43 Traversay III  – part of a 90,000 mile circumnavigation.

February 12: Sailing Away – Dream to Reality and Beyond,  Ken & Carol Gillstrom

Revel in the anguish and euphoria of building a sailboat from scratch and sailing the unpredictable oceans of the world. Ken and Carol Gillstrom’s incredible adventures will inspire you to pursue your own dreams.

February 19: A Passion for Adventure – Mopelia to Sallyhamna, John Neal & Amanda Swan Neal

From the magical South Seas to the striking but unforgiving Arctic and Antarctic Amanda and John Neal share countless tales of adventure from their combined 644,000 miles and 79 years of voyaging experience.

Tickets prices for OCA remain very reasonable at $10 for Bluewater Cruising Association members and $15 for the general public.  The best deal is the series ticket that covers all four evenings.  These are priced at $30 for Bluewater members and $50 for the general public.  Advanced individual tickets and series tickets are available for purchase online from the Bluewater Cruising Association website.  Tickets are also available for cash purchase at the door on the night of the event.   For further information contact Norm.


  1. johnny dolve says:

    Good morning 🙂 i am a sailor from Norway.
    Just curious, but what kind of a fine lady is the sailing yacht in the photo abowe?
    I dont reckognize it as a Saga 43.
    Any suggestions?

    Kind regards

    Johnny Dolve

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