The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Vancouver Chapter Celebrates BCA's 40th Anniversary

Stefanie Schulz

Fortitude X
Beneteau 42
July 23rd, 2018

More than 100 Dreamers, Doers, Doners and friends gathered on June 13, to celebrate Bluewater Cruising Association’s 40th birthday in style at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The crowd was welcomed by Vancouver Chapter Vice Commodore, Stephen Carlman and greeted by BCA Commodore Leslie Hansen, on a sunny Wednesday evening.

BCA Commodore, Leslie Hansen and Vancouver Chapter Vice-Commodore Stephen Carlman officiating the celebrations.

VMM Executive Director, Joost Schokkenbroek, congratulated BCA on 40 successful years and emphasized the strong bond between both organizations, followed by equally entertaining reminiscences from founding member, Blake Williams.

VMM Executive Director, Joost Schokkenbroek and BCA founding member, Blake Williams.

You can read a transcript of Blake’s tribute to BCA here.

Guests enjoyed free pizza and sushi while listening to Maritime music performed by Western Canada’s folk band, Tiller’s Folly, who had some of the members swinging their legs on the dance floor in no time.

Tiller’s Folly getting the show started

A rotating power point presentation with photos of past BCA rendezvous and events took cruisers down memory lane, and was responsible for many laughs and interesting conversations.

BCA members reconnecting and having fun.

The crowd started an impromptu “Happy Birthday” while the cake was cut and served for everyone to enjoy.

Getting ready for cake!

Vancouver Chapter Watch Secretary Jaqualine Roussin’s recitation of Ted Long’s poems was just the perfect conclusion for a splendid night, celebrating 40 years of seamanship and friendship.


You can see more photos of this fun evening on the BCA photo album. Thank you to BCA member, Ian Cameron for his fabulous work as photographer for the night!


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