Join BCA members Norm and Beth Cooper in their toques and down vests as they explore the frosty wilds of SE Alaska in their recent cruising adventure aboard Sarah Jean II! Heart stopping stories and breathtaking scenes, captured in hundreds of dazzling photos, will keep you entertained!
See bears scoop salmon from raging rivers, thread your way through menacing bergy bits en route to the towering glaciers of Tracy Arm and see pods of humpback whales bubble net feeding, a behaviour unique to SE Alaska. And for those who like to fish, join the hunt for giant halibut and the always elusive Alaskan king salmon!
For those planning to cruise SE Alaska, there will be some useful information presented on routes, marinas, anchorages and even a few fishing tips, including top secret halibut holes! Be sure to bring your iPad or pen and paper to note the coordinates! Beth and Norm will also share their favourite halibut recipes, just so you are prepared when you catch the big one!
Beth and Norm departed Victoria in September 2010 aboard Sarah Jean II, their Saga 43 sloop. They sailed to Mexico and then across the South Pacific to New Zealand. The following year was spent exploring Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia before returning to New Zealand to avoid cyclone season. In April 2013 Beth and Norm set sail for Mayne Island from New Zealand, a distance of 8,000 nautical miles. They arrived back on Mayne four months later. Beth and Norm were away a total of three years and sailed approximately 25,000 nautical miles.
Upon return, they became active volunteers with the Bluewater Cruising Association in Vancouver, mentoring aspiring offshore sailors. Then for a couple of years Beth and Norm operated Ocean Forest Voyaging, a boutique sailing school offering coastal and offshore sailing instruction. They are now both retired and live nearly full time on beautiful Mayne Island!
Doors at 7, meeting at 7:30, presentation immediately to follow.