The fleets of BCA do an amazing job at preparing our members to leave, fueling their dreams and building their confidence in their ability to deal with whatever an ocean passage may throw at them. Fleet members learn with and from each other in a fun environment, where friendships blossom as they learn to share successes and lessons learned while frantically preparing their boats to sail into the sunset. Believe me, I can vouch for this, as Denis and I are perhaps the longest Fleet members in the history of BCA!
One of my favourite moments in Fleet is when we wrap up the year of activities with a fun celebration, typically involving food and drink, and we say farewell to the leaving members. It’s not that we like to see them go away… not at all! It’s all about sharing their excitement and feeling that, somehow, we are all in this together and soon enough it will be “our” turn. Here’s how the VI and Vancouver fleets have wrapped up their activities this year:
Vancouver Island (VI) Chapter
June eleventh witnessed another well attended gathering of Vancouver Island BCA members at the Canadian Forces Sailing Association club house. The traditional barbecue / pot luck was a great occasion to end the VI BCA year and share each other’s summer plans.
Vice-Commodore David Mitchell presented Jerry and Charla Mason with their leaver’s package as they shared their plans for a circumnavigation with the group.
The Vancouver Fleet got together on June 25 for their annual potluck dinner at Spruce Harbour Marina. It was a fun event, with many returning cruisers in attendance, as well as Fleet Coordinator Cam McLean and Vancouver Vice-Commodore Stephen Carlman. Thanks Barb Angel for organising!
Astrid Weiss, past BCA Board Secretary and Jeff Clark from Magpie received their leavers’ package and shared some of their plans to travel down the coast with the kids this summer. We wish them fair winds and following seas, and we will miss Astrid’s fantastic job as a secretary to the Board. Hasta la vista!
And that was a wrap! The Fleets of BCA will re-convene in September! If you are interested in joining the Fleets of 2020, either in VI, Vancouver or Calgary, check out the Fleet page on the BCA website.