BCA’s presence at the recent Vancouver International Boat Show was one of our strongest showings ever. Thanks to the superb overall coordination provided by Don Brown, and the work done by Dionne Tremblay and Don Craigmyle to successfully organize teams of volunteers for the booth and the in-water venue. Thanks also to Campbell Good, skipper and owner of this year’s “show boat”, Camdeboo, a steel, cutter-rigged, Lavranos 50′.
In addition to handing out hundreds of BCA postcards, promoting on-the-water and classroom education opportunities, welcoming hundreds of interested visitors aboard Camdeboo, and talking passionately about what BCA means to them personally, our amazing volunteers signed up 38 new members, all of whom have (or will soon have) a wonderful “Welcome goody-bag”. From the moment when BCA Vice Commodore, Leslie Hansen signed up the first family on Wednesday afternoon, to 5pm on Sunday when the last couple signed up as the show was closing, the energy and excitement was palpable.
BCA also had a significant profile at the Boat Show Seminars, with multiple presentations given by Jennifer Handley and Campbell Good, and other BCA members; notably Norm and Beth Cooper, Ken Gillstrom, and Ryan Shellborn and Kris Jones.
This multi-pronged approach no doubt contributed to the positive response, as did the Boating BC Facebook posts and Tweets about BCA throughout the Show.
One highlight – and, I think a BCA “first” – was a Coastal 999 cruising award presentation. Past Commodore, Boudewijn Neijens, presented the award to Faye White. The presentation took place on Camdeboo’s foredeck during one of the few sunny breaks on Sunday afternoon.
And for those who like to plan ahead, the 55th annual Vancouver International Boat Show has already been scheduled for Jan 18-22, 2017 at BC Place and Granville Island.