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An Update From the Islands and Inlets

Scott Crawshaw

It has been a great season so far, with in-person attendance at Club Nights in the mid-thirties and online attendance at around fifteen computers and other devices. The end of 2023 included a pot-luck dinner at the Nanaimo Yacht Club for the Mid-Island group, and a casual appies social …

Online Submission Form Now Fixed

Barb Peck

Did you submit an article within the last couple of months but haven’t heard back from us? The Problem Recently, we had a few glitches with the online form that authors use to send articles to Currents.  These problems occurred when the uploaded photos were too large. To make …

Notice of BCA Annual General Meeting and Awards Recognition (2023)

Ralph Lapp

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 Time: Meeting opens at 19:00 PST/ 20:00 MST.  AGM to begin at 19:30 PST/ 20:30 MST Location: Virtual Meeting via Zoom (details to follow when you register) Registration: Please register in advance if you plan …

Whale and Boater Safety Survey

Jackie Hildering

Help whale and boater safety – and maybe win a big prize! The Marine Education Research Society (MERS) is conducting a online survey for those who boat in British Columbia, be it with motor, sail, or paddle. The insights you provide via the survey will help the future of …

In Memoriam: William Joseph (Bill) Sassaman

Donna Sassaman

William Joseph (Bill) Sassaman December 24, 1942 – October 1, 2023 Bill was born in Easton, Pennsylvania, the first of four children. His parents, Carl and Marguerite Sassaman, were both teachers with wanderlust, and they moved the family to different parts of the US just about every year. By …

BC Marine Trails Auction

At the Vancouver Island Club night we had the opportunity to learn about BC Marine Trails (BCMT). We’ve asked the presenter, Karina Younk to write an article for us so that other BCA members can learn about this non-profit organization that is working to help secure long term public …

Going Offshore? Join Your BCA Chapter's Fleet Group!

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September each year a number of Bluewater Cruising Association members get together to form the Fleets – one on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. The Fleets are for people who are planning to leave for offshore in the following year or soon …

Call for Nominations for BCA Cruising, Perpetual and Service Awards (2023)

Jennifer Handley

Since 1978, the Bluewater Cruising Association has recognized its members’ achievements at annual awards ceremonies that take place in December in each Chapter.  These celebratory occasions inspire the “dreamers” among us, encourage the “do-ers”, and remind the “doners” of their own bluewater experiences. Detailed information about BCA’s many cruising …

Currents Editor Sets Sail

Barb Peck

At BCA, one of our goals is to encourage members to head off-shore. With that in mind, I say bravo to Rosario Passos, as she prepares to set sail aboard Counting Stars with her partner Denis Heinrichs. At BCA we also want to continue publishing a high quality magazine …

Showcasing BCA Member Blogs

Jennifer Handley

BCA has just launched a new initiative on the association website that highlights members’ blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram and other social media sites.  While there is a list of member blogs in the BCA Member Directory, they arguably have a fairly low profile and some members may not even …