The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Responsible Cruising Survey: Results

Environmentally and Socially Responsible Cruising Working Group

Thank you to the 195 BCA members who completed our Responsible Cruising Survey! The response rate of 36% is excellent for a survey like this. It’s clear from the responses that you’re concerned about the effects of climate change on the oceans and on how you cruise, and that you’re taking many deliberate actions to… 

A Royal Send-Off for the First Leaver of 2024

Jennifer Handley

In what is believed to be a BCA first, Cathy and Bill Norrie aboard Pixie, their 28 foot Bristol Channel Cutter, received an unexpected honour on May 5 when Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Tim Laurence, gave Bill a royal send-off.  After a brief conversation, they untied his lines and pushed him off the… 

VICE for Offshore Preparation

There is no preparation for going offshore quite like being offshore! Each year VICE (Vancouver Island Cruising Experience) provides an opportunity for a group of BCA members to undertake a short offshore voyage in their own boat that gives a sense of what sailing offshore is all about. Read on to learn about this year’s… 

Let's Talk: National Marine Conservation Areas General Regulations

What we heard from Indigenous peoples, stakeholders, and the general public We are pleased to share that Parks Canada has released a What We Heard Report on proposed general regulations for national marine conservation areas (NMCAs). The report can be found at www.letstalknmcas.ca. Why is Parks Canada developing regulations for national marine conservation areas (NMCAs)?… 

BCA 2024 Member Directory

Jennifer Handley

The 2024 edition of the Bluewater Cruising Association (BCA) Member Directory has arrived in mailboxes from Vancouver Island to Calgary to Ontario and beyond – have you received your copy?  If not, you might want to contact BCA’s Administrator, Amanda Lance, to ensure your membership and mailing address are up-to-date.  A PDF version of the… 

Participate in BC Parks Marine Visitor Research

BC Parks would like to speak with people who go boating on B.C.’s coastal waters and who visit marine parks. They have sent the following information about their research project. Whom We Want to Speak With We want to speak with all types of marine visitors who stay overnight either on the boat or camping… 

Zoom Planning Meeting for Vancouver Island Cruising Experience (VICE) 2024

Ralph Lapp

What is VICE? Vancouver Island Cruising Experience (VICE) 2024 is a BCA signature event for members only. There is no preparation for going offshore quite like being offshore and this multi-day shakedown cruise gives you a chance to test your boat and yourselves – cooking, eating, sleeping, using offshore systems, communicating and keeping watch at… 

Ocean Cruising Club Invites BCA to Celebrate 70th Anniversary

The Western Canada and NW US branch of the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) would like to invite BCA members to join them on May 11, 2024 to celebrate their 70th anniversary at Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The OCC is an international club for cruisers; members are identified by a blue and yellow burgee with a… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - February and March 2024

Cameron McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinator

Since the last update, the Vancouver Fleet has met on February 27 and March 26. The February meeting started with introductions of new Fleet members and guests: Deb Bryant, Alan Crabtree, Kevin Swanson, Sue Chapman, Campbell Good and Doug Ibbot. 
Show and Tell was Campbell Good with an EasyAcc dehumidifier. It is much smaller, has… 

Promote Environmentally and Socially Responsible Cruising: Progress Report

Environmentally and Socially Responsible Cruising Working Group

Introduction In November 2022, BCA held a strategy session to plan for the future. As a result, a new core value was adopted, and a strategic plan developed. One of the key aspects of the overall strategic plan was to promote environmentally and socially responsible cruising. This document provides a progress report to BCA members,… 

BCA Has a New Core Value and Team

Environmentally and Socially Responsible Cruising Working Group

The Myth of Green Many cruising sailors embrace the myth that sailing is by definition a “green” activity. This was largely true until around 1990 when most of our boats were relatively small, our equipment was minimal and many cruisers were younger and willing to rough it in order to engage in the adventure of… 

Going Offshore in 2024? Don't Forget to Apply for Your Leaver Package

Jennifer Handley

Not only are Vancouver Fleet members busy preparing themselves and their boats for offshore, but a small committee within that group is researching, sourcing and assembling “leaver” packages for BCA members who plan to cast off their lines in 2024.  This package is a farewell presentation from BCA given to all members in good standing… 

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 and awards night at RVYC. The… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - January 2024

Campbell Good and Bill Eisenhauer, VI Fleet Coordinators

Everything you ever wanted to know about offshore insurance but were afraid to ask was asked at January’s VI Fleet meeting. And Sean Thompson of Dolphin Insurance had it covered. With detailed tips on how to get the right coverage for your specific cruising needs, Sean detailed options for worldwide coverage or region-specific plans for… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - January 2024

Cameron McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinator

The Fleet program for January was a meeting aboard Endless Song at the Vancouver International Boat Show hosted by owners Darrell and David Farrow. David reported a great turnout, with 18 folk aboard at one point.  It was cozy, but not overpacked.  There was a great interchange among current voyagers and dreamers and planners, and… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - December 2023

Campbell Good and Bill Eisenhauer, VI Fleet Coordinators

The VI Fleet wrapped up 2023 with a lively panel discussion featuring returning cruisers who shared insights on their bluewater experiences. Fleet members posed wide ranging questions from what our panel of Doners wished they had known before setting off and their must-have items to how they successfully managed relationships aboard to keeping kids engaged… 

An Update From the Calgary Chapter and What's Ahead in 2024

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year from the Calgary Chapter! At the beginning of December we had a fun-filled quiz night and potluck to close the 2023 season. Important nautical facts such as who was Calico Jack, and why was Gilligan’s boat named the Minnow were tested. Aiden and Elaine hosted another wonderful Pre-Thanksgiving Rendezvous… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - November 2023

Campbell Good and Bill Eisenhauer, VI Fleet Coordinators

The VI Fleet’s November focus was Provisioning. We had a great presentation by Brent Alley and Sonia Crawshaw, with additional input from Barb Lyall and Jennifer Handley.  Topics included: Who Are You Provisioning For? Fair Trade for Food Factors to Consider When Stocking the Vessel Galley Equipment List Gimbaled Stove & Harness Review Your Cooking… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - October and November 2023

Cameron McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinator

The Vancouver Fleet has met twice via Zoom since getting underway in September.  
Zoom opened early each meeting at 1900 hours to provide an opportunity for informal chat among members. The October 24 meeting was an interactive ‘ask me anything’ program presented by Rob Murray. Rob gave us a short chronology of  how he and… 

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 matters worse, if a submission does… 

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 to attend the AGM. Agenda: The business… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Reports - September and October 2023

Campbell Good and Bill Eisenhauer, VI Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Island chapter decided to continue offering a hybrid Fleet in 2023-24 and this has allowed us to invite Calgary chapter members to participate as well.  So far, nine boats have registered this year, including one from Calgary. Our first meeting was at RVYC on Sept 27, with 4 in-person and 4 virtual boats.… 

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 education about boater safety and marine… 

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 the time he graduated from high… 

Vancouver Fleet Report September 2023

Cameron McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinator

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was a Zoom meeting on September 26. Greg and Lori Bernard were guest presenters, talking about 21 things they learned on their trip to Mexico, emphasizing the joy of the experience together with lots of do’s and don’ts. There was a lot of interest and many questions. Zoom… 

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 access to the BC Coast. As… 

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 thereafter. They meet monthly or more… 

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 and perpetual awards, application criteria, and… 

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 for our members to enjoy, so… 

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 know the list is readily available… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - May 2023

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The May meeting of the Vancouver Fleet took place on May 30. Zoom opened early at 1900h to provide an opportunity for informal chat among members. This was an occasion for Fleet members to catch up on how others were dealing with the last minute stages of getting boats ready for offshore and exchanging news… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Rendezvous Report

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The 2023 V.I. Fleet Rendezvous was a huge success and it all started on Friday, April 21 with the seven vessels able to attend heading for Port Browning on Pender Island. All were given explicit instructions that they were to heave-to en-route. Ever tried herding cats? Not all had the opportunity; Daragh and I did… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - April 2023

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The last VI Fleet meeting this year involved some mystery and subterfuge and was well appreciated by the 12 in-person and the 14 Zoom sailors in attendance.  High on the list of announcements was the upcoming V.I.C.E. event and the VI Fleet Rendezvous on April 21-23. This included the announcement of a mystery prize to… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - April 2023

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The April meeting of the Vancouver Fleet at 1930h on April 25 was held in Zoom and covered the topic: Anchoring and Communication – A Discussion with Dick Townsend, Ken Robertson and Cameron McLean. Show and Tell Denis Heinrichs found a Starlink antenna mount for $85. Janet McKeown bought a micro thermal printer – Peripage… 

BCA 2023 Member Directory

Jennifer Handley

The 2023 edition of the Bluewater Cruising Association (BCA) Member Directory has arrived in mailboxes from Vancouver Island to Calgary to Ontario and beyond – have you received your copy?  If not, you might want to contact BCA’s Administrator, Amanda Lance, to ensure your membership and mailing address are up-to-date. The Directory is a great… 

BCA Issues RFP for BCA Burgee Supplier

Jennifer Handley

The Bluewater Cruising Association is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced suppliers to respond to our Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Supply and Delivery of BCA burgees to the Association.  To obtain a copy of the Request for Proposal, contact BCAAdmin2. Deadline for submission of a sample of your workmanship and written proposal is… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - March 2023

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The March meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2023 was a Zoom meeting at 1930h on Tuesday, March 28, featuring Dr. Janet McKeown on Medical First Aid Offshore. As usual, the virtual meeting opened at 1900h to give Fleet members some time for informal chat. New BCA members Blair and Sharon Fraser introduced themselves. They… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - March 2023

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The 2022-23 Fleet season is winding down and Wednesday night, March 15 was the second last evening of the season. One of our new V.I. Fleet Coordinators, Campbell Good joined Daragh Nagle and I to lead our in-person V.I. Fleet Group of 14 sailors in a workshop addressing the use of MBTiles with Open CPN.… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - February 2023

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The February meeting of the Fleet of 2023 was a Zoom meeting at 1930h on Tuesday, February 28. Bjarne Hansen put forward a fantastic presentation on Lithium Batteries: Pros and Cons and Troubleshooting. Some of the topics covered included safety and how to avoid electrocutions and fire, the importance of making an energy budget and… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - January 2023

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting of the Fleet of 2023 was a Zoom meeting at 1930h on Tuesday, January 24. In attendance were 17 fleet members and two guests. Denis Heinrichs and Rosario Passos shared their experiences about crewing from La Paz, Mexico to Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, aboard Sea Rover II, a 1982 Oyster 435 Cutter… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - February 2023

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The presenters at the February Vancouver Island Fleet meeting were a tribute to the success of past Fleet experiences. Debbie and Rob Warren met with our group to share their experiences in the past year sailing their Saga 43, Northern Star I, from the Chesapeake Bay area to Portugal via the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the… 

Going Offshore in 2023? Apply Now for Your BCA Offshore Package

Don Hutchison

Not only are members of the Calgary, Vancouver Island and Vancouver Fleets busy preparing themselves and their boats for offshore, but a small committee within that group is researching, sourcing, and assembling “Offshore” packages for BCA members who plan to cast off their lines in 2023. This package is a farewell presentation from BCA given… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - January 2023

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The January VI Fleet meeting began by extending a welcome to our new members, a past member Mel Finley, and one of our coordinators for next year, Campbell Good. Mel joined us before she heads off to join Morgan and their girls in French Polynesia. Unfortunately, Campbell’s assistant coordinator, Bill Eisenhauer, had a previous engagement… 

BCA Annual General Meeting (2022) Report

K. Barrie Letts

The Bluewater Cruising Association AGM was held on December 8, 2022, via Zoom, with 61 members in attendance and 23 proxies received, for a total of 84, exceeding the 72 required for a quorum. Commodore David Mitchell reported on the years activities, the highlight being the Strategic Planning Session held November 25-26. (Details on this… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - November and December 2022

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The November meeting of the Fleet of 2023 was a Zoom meeting at 1930 hours on Tuesday, November 29. The topic was a panel discussion on shipyard work at home and offshore. Local:  Marilyn Sanford, Rhonda Schuller and Barb Angel provided detailed checklists for local shipyard boat preparation work from the owner’s perspective. Skookum Yacht… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - December 2022

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On the evening of December 21st, in spite of Christmas preparations, pub meal delays, and road conditions we had 11 people join us in person and the gang of 11 on Zoom to hear Tony Gooch present his thoughts on preparations for Heavy Weather Sailing. Tony has been a perennial pillar of the Vancouver Island… 

In Memory of Lana Wong

Don Hutchison

After a courageous second battle with breast cancer, Lana succumbed to her illness on November 23, 2022. Lana is survived by her four children, Shannon, Tara, Richard, Alex, and her granddaughter Margo. Lana was an active lady. Though a single mom with four children she found the time to volunteer with her children’s schools, soccer,… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - September and October 2022

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was a Zoom meeting on September 27. The crew of Naida, Anne Trudel and Ken Buckley, described their coast hopping trip to Mexico last summer. There were 13 boats in attendance, representing 20 people. The October meeting of the Fleet featured Heavy Weather Sailing presented by Ken Gillstrom.… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - November 2022

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The Vancouver Island Fleet meeting on November 16 was reasonably attended with 15 folks at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and 11 computers on the Zoom platform. Dr. Catherine Ascah followed our usual announcements, education news and Show and Tell from Brent Alley. Brent’s gems included a trusty handheld wind speed indicator and some great… 

Notice of BCA Annual General Meeting and Awards Recognition (December 8, 2022)

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date:  Thursday, December 8, 2022 Time:  Meeting will open at 19:00 PST (20:00 MST); AGM to commence at 19:30 PST (20:30 MST) Place:  Virtual meeting via Zoom (details to follow) Attendance: Please register in advance if you plan to attend… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Reports - September and October 2022

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On September 21, 15 sailors from 8 boats met at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club with 9 sailors from 6 boats via Zoom for the first session of the 2022-23 BCA VI Fleet.  Fleet coordinators Daragh Nagle and Al Kitchen and weather facilitator Max Shaw introduced themselves to the group, described the typical operating process… 

2022 BCA Strategic Plan: Opportunity for Member Input

Leslie Hansen

Are you a BCA member?  Are you interested in BCA’s future?  If so, please read on! In November 2022, a group of BCA directors and watchkeepers will come together to look at what the coming years may bring and to update BCA’s Strategic Plan. In preparation for this planning exercise, we are looking for feedback… 

Last Call for BCA Cruising, Perpetual and Service Awards Nominations (2022)

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 sailing and perpetual awards, application criteria, and… 

BCA Hiring a Part-Time Administrator

Jennifer Handley

Looking for an interesting and rewarding part-time paid position? BCA is looking for an Administrator to assist with managing membership queries and business matters.  If you are a quick learner who can keep things organized and you like to help people solve problems, this may be for you. This position is primarily a remote work… 

BCA Burgees Available Now for your Summer Cruising

Jennifer Handley

Summer is finally here and it is high time to get out onto the water, if you haven’t already done so.  And when you do, what is the state of your BCA burgee? Is it brand spanking new, never been flown? Is it looking pretty good, excitedly awaiting the first hoist of the season? Is… 

Update re BCA Name Tags

Leslie Hansen

Ahoy, BCA Members!  The Board of Directors has reviewed the cost of the BCA name tag and a slight adjustment needs to be made to account for the current cost of production and taxes.  The cost of each name tag will increase from $10 to $12 effective September 1, 2022. If you have been postponing… 

Extra 2022 BCA Member Directories Now Available for Sale

Jennifer Handley

All BCA members in good standing will have received their annual Member Directory at the beginning of May, but if you have ever wished you had an extra copy to keep on your boat or at home, now is your chance! A limited supply of Directories is now available for sale online – for the… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - April 2022

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The April 26 meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2022 focused on Sail Maintenance and Repair.  It featured a panel discussion with Nicole Foster from Vancouver’s Evolution Sails and Allison from Hasse & Company Port Townsend Sails. The upcoming May 31 Fleet meeting will be ‘townhall’ style, with a sharing of information and discussion on… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - April 2022

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The BCA Vancouver Island Fleet wrapped up the year with a presentation on Weather Routing using Open CPN. The VI Fleet Coordinators cooperated on this project with an introduction to Open CPN and how it compares and complement other navigation options by Daragh Nagle followed by a look at Weather Routing offshore using the plugins… 

Applications for BCA Offshore Packages Due

Jennifer Handley

Not only are members of the Vancouver Fleet busy preparing themselves and their boats for offshore, but a small committee within that group is researching, sourcing and assembling “leaver” packages for BCA members who plan to cast off their lines in 2022.  This package is a farewell presentation from BCA given to all members in… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - March 2022

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The March  meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2022 was held by Zoom on the March  29. Show and Tell featured the following: a USB-like FOB device to download OpenCPN charts onto. a glow powder that can be added to polyurethane to create a strip on companionway stairs to provide a visible glow, available on… 

Diesel Engine Course @BCIT

Ian Cameron

The Vancouver Rowing Club’s (VRC) Yachting section is offering an intensive one day course on Marine Diesel & Outboard Maintenance on Sunday, April 10 at BCIT’s Annacis Island Campus in Delta, starting at 0930h. The workshop, taught by BCIT instructor Steve Jubb, will cover Diesel engine fundamentals, engine support systems, coolant, lubrication, fuel systems, charging… 

In Memory of Lynn Greentree (s/v Dolphin Tales)

Debbie Greentree

After a courageous journey of riding and racing on the waves of life, from the highest peaks to the flattest and most calm waters, Lynn’s journey finally came to an end.  Lynn rejoins his parents and his three brothers. Lynn leaves behind his wife and best friend Debbie, children Christa (& Scott), Dean (& Robyn); … 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - March 2022

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The V.I. Fleet welcomed another new member on Wednesday March 9 as Carl Homer was able to join our group virtually from Mid-Island. The introductory announcements covered Leaver’s packages, the BCA Fleet Map, the V.I. Fleet rendezvous, Vancouver Island Cruising Experience (VICE): the Vancouver Island circumnavigation shake-down cruise, and upcoming Education opportunities. Mike and Shirley… 

Expired Flares Disposal Opportunities

Rosario Passos

What can you do with your expired flares? Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, in cooperation with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers, are providing some opportunities for boaters to drop off their expired flares at no charge. March 26, 2022 – Vancouver Island (Victoria) Flares can be dropped off at Trotac Marine: 370 Gorge Rd E,… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - February 2022

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The February meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held by Zoom on February 22. The program was Rigging presented by Ian Weedman who operates the iconic Brion Toss Yacht Rigging shop in Point Hudson Harbor, Port Townsend, Washington.   Ian has been rigging classic and contemporary sailboats for over 20 years. Plans for VICE 2022… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - February 2022

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The VI Fleet is lucky to continue to welcome new members as the season progresses and we did so on February 9 when Siggi and Johanne Kemmler joined us for a look at safety gear and sail repair and maintenance. But not until we had volunteers for March (the Hiscocks) and April (Marina Steele &… 

Introducing BCA's 2022 Board of Directors

Jennifer Handley

BCA’s Board of the Directors and Their Responsibilities BCA’s Board of Directors (BOD) consists of the Commodore, Past Commodore, Vice Commodore, Secretary, Treasurer and three Chapter Vice Commodores: The Commodore, Vice Commodore, Secretary, and Treasurer are elected by the membership for a one year term at the Annual General Meeting which is traditionally held in… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - January 2022

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The December meeting of the Vancouver Fleet, attended by ten people, was held over dinner at a restaurant in Stamps Landing . It was in the spirit of the Christmas Potluck suppers we used to have at the McLeans’ house.  New members Mary and Dave Kruger, Synchronicity, were welcomed to the Fleet. The January meeting… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report - January 2022

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Our meeting this month started with a lengthy list of announcements as the group sorts out several activities targeting the cruising season this year. Philip and Michelle Cook volunteered to present February’s Show and Tell before Werner Kurz and Sarah Beukema told us about the many advantages of having their Motorola T600 “Talk About” walkie… 

Updating Your Personal Profile - A New Video Tutorial for BCA Members

Jennifer Handley

The Board of Directors and the BCA Directory coordination team are pleased to introduce the second in a series of succinct video tutorials designed to assist BCA members navigate the BCA website in order to keep their membership information accurate and up-to-date. Check out this brief video which shows how BCA members (both primary and… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November 2021

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

We had 24 sailors in attendance for the Vancouver Island Fleet meeting on November 16. The topic, Medical Preparations for Offshore, is always in high demand and there is always lots of material to cover (even without COVID-19 to consider). We are gifted on the Island to have Dr. Catherine Ascah with her history in… 

Notice of BCA Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala (December 8, 2021)

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date:  Wednesday, December 8, 2021 Time:  Meeting will open at 19:00 PST, 20:00 MST / AGM to commence at 19:30 PST, 20:30 MST Place:  Virtual meeting via Zoom (details to follow) The business of the AGM will include a review… 

Updating Your Boat Profile - A New Video Tutorial for BCA Members

Jennifer Handley

The Board of Directors and the BCA Directory coordination team is pleased to introduce the first of a series of brief video tutorials designed to assist BCA members navigate the BCA website in order to keep their membership information accurate and up-to-date. Check out this 6-minute video which shows how BCA primary members can easily… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: October 2021

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On September 29, the B.C.A. V.I. Fleet & Weather groups got a good start on the year though our numbers are still a little hard to settle as we had Zoom visitors from Vancouver and Calgary at this session. Best guess is somewhere around 18 V.I. folks so it looks like we are on our… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - October 2021

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The second meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2022 was held via Zoom at 1900 hours on October 26, 2021. Show and Tell covered bug prevention techniques, solar panel fusing and the use of carbon foam batteries. The program for the evening was a panel discussion that included four ‘Doners’: Full & By:  Anne Woodson,… 

BCA Member Directory Survey: An Opportunity to Have Your Say

Donna Sassaman

Heads up, BCA members! Coming to your inbox within the next couple of days will be a short survey about the 2021 BCA Member Directory.  The Board of Directors wants to know how you use the Directory, what you find most valuable, what you find least valuable and what’s missing. The survey consists of approximately… 

BCA Fleet Map

Daragh Nagle

Keen eyed visitors to our BCA website will have noticed a new item on the homepage menu called ‘Fleet Search’: This will lead you to a sub menu where you will find the new BCA Fleet Map, which shows the last reported position of boats registered with the BCA Fleet, and a guide to the… 

BC Marine Parks Report

K. Barrie Letts

BC Parks has been receiving complaints of boats over 11 meters (36 feet) using the docks in Marine Parks. Larger boats may be able to use the mooring buoys or may be able to anchor subject to availability and restrictions in each park. There is limited information available for boaters on the BC Parks website.… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - May 2021

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The last meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2021 was held via Zoom on May 25. At this stage there appear to be three or four boats thinking about a VICE session for this year. Their plans are to meet in Ucluelet on August 11. Further information and a chance to join them should be… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: April 2021

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The final BCA V.I. Fleet meeting of the 2020/21 season was held virtually on April 14. After announcing the cancellations of various BCA events due to the current pandemic conditions, Brent Alley opened a discussion evaluating Mobile Hot Spots. He discussed their purposes, options and the advantages of several of the devices available. We then… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - April 2021

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet of 2021 held the fourth meeting of the year via Zoom on April 27. At this stage, it appears that three boats are planning a VICE session for this year. Because of last minute presenter cancellations the program was changed to an enhanced Show and Tell where all Fleet members were invited… 

BCA 2021 Member Directory

Jennifer Handley

The 2021 edition of the Bluewater Cruising Association (BCA) Member Directory is arriving in mailboxes from Vancouver Island to Calgary to Ontario and beyond – have you received your copy?  If not, you might want to contact BCA’s Administrator, Vimmy Dhillon, to ensure your membership and mailing address are up-to-date. The Directory is a great… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2021

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On March 11, the Zoom meeting of the Vancouver Island Fleet group focussed on safety devices with a presentation and discussion lead by Dan Bieller from Pacific Coast Liferaft. Prior to this James Graham presented the Heylo heat retention cooking bag as a Show & Tell item. Dan then discussed the appropriate sizing and style… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - March 2021

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet of 2021 held the third meeting of the year via Zoom on March 30. The usual Show and Tell session featured a few items: Hypervent Shark drogue Coligo line terminators Ocean Signal MOB – AIS beacons The Board of Directors has approved the distribution of leaver packages, therefore, the Leavers’ Package Fleet… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - February 2021

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet of 2021 held its second meeting of the year via Zoom on February 26. The usual Show and Tell session featured a Kong Tango carabiner which can safely be managed with one hand, a Jordan series drogue, and a small and efficient fuel transfer pump. The topic of insurance was covered by… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: February 2021

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Any doubts about the effectiveness of a virtual platform to host a tri-chapter Fleet meeting were thoroughly dispelled Thursday night (January 14). The topic of navigation device choices was addressed with special attention to Open CPN, a mature, open-source Chart Plotter Navigation program. After Daragh Nagle discussed the broader topic of devices and systems available… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - January 2021

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Fleet of 2021 held its first meeting of the new year via Zoom on January 26. The usual Show and Tell session featured a home-built barometer, waterproof USB stick containers, Omega sewing machine clutch grip, warnings regarding cheap multimeters and fishing equipment. The program topic was Navigating Atolls and Coral Reefs presented by long… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January 2021

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Any doubts about the effectiveness of a virtual platform to host a tri-chapter Fleet meeting were thoroughly dispelled Thursday, January 14. The topic of navigation device choices was addressed with special attention to Open CPN, a mature, open-source Chart Plotter Navigation program. After Daragh Nagle discussed the broader topic of devices and systems available to… 

Vancouver Fleet Report - December 2020

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Fleet of 2021 held its fourth meeting via Zoom on December 22. In this virtual potluck meeting members showed off a favourite meal while describing some of their sailing and cruising adventures. On November 24, members of the Vancouver Island Fleet joined us for a presentation by Rob Murray from Avant on importing Satellite… 

Time to Update your Membership Profile(s) for the 2021 BCA Member Directory

Jennifer Handley

Need something to distract you from Covid-19 updates and the realization that most of us aren’t going anywhere anytime soon?  This project won’t take a lot of your time, but will make the work done by the coordinators of the 2021 BCA Member Directory much, much easier.  We need all members to review and update… 

Notice of BCA Annual General Meeting and Awards Gala (December 9, 2020)

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting, Special Resolution to Amend BCA Bylaws, and Election of Directors Date:  Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Time:  Meeting will open at 19:00 PST, 20:00 MST AGM to commence at 19:30 PST, 20:30 MST Place:  Virtual meeting via Zoom (details to follow) The business of the… 

VI Chapter Fleet and Weather Groups Start Sept 23, 2020

This year has offered us a unique opportunity to take the time to prepare our boats for that offshore adventure. Participating in the Vancouver Island Chapter’s Fleet and Weather group may assist you in gathering the knowledge and experience to confidently set sail on your dream cruise when the pandemic becomes a thing of the… 

BCA Club Nights Go Virtual - Fall 2020 Schedule

Dani Tate-Stratton

We hope all BCA members have had a fabulous summer staying safe and healthy close to home (or wherever they may be aboard their boats), and perhaps getting out for a few short cruises as well! While the weather is still wonderful, it’s time to admit that fall is coming, and with it another season… 

2020 Member Directory Coming to Your Mailbox!

Jennifer Handley

This week the 2020 edition of the Bluewater Cruising Association (BCA) Member Directory has been arriving in the mailboxes of members in good standing from Vancouver Island to Calgary to Ontario and beyond – have you received yours?  If not, please email BCA’s Administrator, Vimmy Dhillon, to ensure your membership is up-to-date. The Directory is… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2020

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Due to concerns regarding imminent surgery scheduling, we arranged for Al to lead discussions from March 4-15 with V.I. Fleet members on the topics of Weather Routing and the Paperwork of Clearing In & Out of Foreign Lands. The audience included 3 of the 6 new members who have joined V.I. Fleet recently and we… 

A Message from BCA Commodore David Mitchell

In support of our government’s solid tactics in combating the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in consultation with the Board of Directors, which includes all Chapter Vice Commodores, I have directed that Bluewater Cruising Association will cancel all face-to-face activities. This includes Club Nights, Education, Fleet, Watchkeeper’s meetings, and Rendezvous. As it stands, these… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: February 2020

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

If you are a sailor who does not have a fond memory of a dock side Potluck Feast with a crowd of like-minded adventurers, you need to get out more! It seems we all enjoy eating as much as we like sailing and on February 5 twelve members of the Vancouver Island Fleet group heard… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2020

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The regular January meeting was postponed to February 4 to accommodate a program on Passage Planning with Ken Gillstrom, but was then cancelled because of heavy snow. We did not want the Gillstroms to make the effort to fit us into their busy schedule then face a meeting with poor attendance. The regular February meeting… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January 2020

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Well apparently, the 2019-20 BCA V.I. Fleet can perform very well without its coordinators! On Wednesday, December 8, with David Mitchell stepping in as moderator, while Daragh and I were warming our bones in southern climes, the group of twelve from eight vessels were schooled in Open CPN by Rudy Witt. Rudy has been a… 

Women's Day: 2020 Vancouver Boat Show

Rosario Passos

Join Pacific Yachting Systems at Women’s Day at the 2020 Vancouver Boat Show! Pacific Yachting Systems is once again presenting Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show. This is a conference designed specifically for women who boat (or want to!) and organized by a group of women volunteers who feel passionate about building community.… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Through BCA, we are privileged to have access to a group of very knowledgeable and experienced individuals and on Wednesday night, December 4, our Vancouver Island Fleet group had the opportunity to meet two of these people. The first was Tony Gooch leading a discussion regarding Heavy weather Sailing and the preparations we should be… 

Update re 2019 BCA Annual General Meeting

Jennifer Handley

As announced in November, Bluewater Cruising Association’s Annual General Meeting will be held at 1930h on Wednesday, December 11 2019 at the Scottish Cultural Centre (8886 Hudson St, Vancouver BC). In preparation for the AGM, the following documents are available for BCA members in good standing to review at their leisure: DRAFT 2018 AGM Minutes… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: November 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The third  meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2020 was held at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre on November 26. Twenty eight people were present, representing the twenty two boats now registered. The meeting started with the usual show and tell program where we heard about  an Omega Walking-Foot sewing machine out of Quebec.… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

There may be no other area more important to prepare for when it comes to offshore sailing than medical issues. Whether the issue is vaccinations prior to departure, medical supplies en-route, the stocking of a first aid kit, or a cascade of related concerns, aspiring offshore sailors are wise to be well informed in advance… 

Notice of BCA Annual General Meeting - December 11, 2019

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Time: 1930h (doors open at 1900h) Location:  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC The business of the AGM will include a review of 2019 YE Financial Statements (BCA’s fiscal year ends on June 30), approval… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: October 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The second meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2020 was held at 1900h on Tuesday, September 24 in the Caberfeigh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Twenty two people were there representing the twenty boats now registered. The meeting started with the usual show and tell program where we heard about a new crimping tool… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: October 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Twelve sailors from seven boats were in attendance on October 2 to hear about the learning experiences of six seasoned cruisers in the second meeting of the V.I. Fleet this year. Bjarne Hansen and Barb Peck developed a very comprehensive discussion of many crucial topics relevant to our group from their Pacific wanderings. Michael &… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Wednesday night, September 25, a group of 21 sailors from 13 boats convened the first V.I. Fleet meeting of this season. Our education coordinator, Trina Holt, made certain the gang was aware of the opportunities she and Lionel had organized for the upcoming year and she also discussed the spreadsheets she and David had developed… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: September 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2020 was held at 1900h on Tuesday, September 24 in the Caberfeigh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Seventeen boats were registered and there were approximately thirty people in attendance. These included doers temporarily back from offshore, Gary Peacock of Sea Rover II and Rob Murray of… 

Tom Hoskin Celebration of Life

Rosario Passos

The family of Tom Hoskin would like to thank all those members of the BCA Vancouver Chapter who took the time to celebrate Tom’s life with his family on Tuesday, August 20. Zeke, Dorothy, Gordon and Robert Hoskin were delighted to hear all the stories and anecdotes about Tom, and to listen to his favourite… 

Vancouver Chapter's Yanmar Needs a New Home

Janet and Martin McKeown

The Vancouver Chapter’s Yanmar 30 engine, used for the education courses, is in need of a new home/garage. As many of you know, diesel mechanic David West offers incredibly informative and practical diesel engine courses for BCA members. The advanced course is hands on using the Chapter’s Yanmar 30, which is currently housed in our… 

Fleets of Bluewater Cruising Association

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September of every year, a number of members of BCA get together to form the Fleets – one on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. These are people who are planning to leave for offshore in the following year or soon thereafter. They meet monthly or more often, depending… 

In Memoriam - Tom Hoskin

Rosario Passos

Tom Hoskin had impeccable attendance at the Vancouver Fleet meetings, and some of you, past and current Vancouver fleet members, may remember him helping with the set up and sharing his knowledge about racing, his memories from being a park warden in the Broken Island group and his stories volunteering for the RCM SAR in… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: May 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The May meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on May 28. The program featured Anders Lonnqvist and Elizabeth Angst drawing from their vast experience delivering yachts across oceans and along rivers in all weathers to tell about common problems that cruisers may encounter. They shared lots of… 

VI Fleet Rendezvous 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

In preparation for many of the joys and challenges they may face offshore, a group from the Vancouver Island 2018/19 Fleet met at Port Browning over the April 12 -14 weekend. How better to get such an event rolling than with a potluck get together on the dock? Saturday’s events included a typical cruising tradition… 

Congratulations, Jordan and Judy!

Jennifer Handley

BCA congratulates Jordan and Judy Mills, Sea Turtle IV, and crew member, Chanty, on successfully crossing their outbound tracks in late April, thus becoming BCA’s newest circumnavigators. Nearly 10 years and 50,000nm after their departure from BC in Sept 2009, they deserve our congratulations! Watch for details re their arrival in Victoria (est. June/July); a… 

BCA 2019 Member Directory has Arrived!

During the past few weeks, the 2019 edition of the Bluewater Cruising Association (BCA) Member Directory arrived in the mailboxes of members in good standing from Vancouver Island to Calgary and beyond – have you received yours?  If not, please email BCA’s Administrator, Vimmy Dhillon, to ensure your membership is up-to-date. The Member Directory is… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: April 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The April meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on April 30. The topic for the evening was “Medical Preparation & Common Illnesses for Offshore Adventures” presented by doctors and Fleet members, Martin and Janet McKeown. Janet and Martin started their presentation by discussing issues around health preparation… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: April 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The RVYC pasta night was a wonderful way to start our final VI fleet meeting for 2019 and several of the 16 sailors attending partook of the opportunity for a good feed on April 3rd. After the usual upcoming education announcements, Chris Stask again demonstrated his “Show & Tell” prowess with his home made kellets… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: March 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The March meeting of the BCA Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on March 26th. The presentation was on Marine Electrical Design with Jeff Cote. Among the items he covered were: un-switched distribution switches, the proper use of starter and house batteries, alternator charge rates, inverter installation, wiring connections. The… 

Request for Expressions of Interest - Japan Rendezvous 2020

Jennifer Handley

The BCA Japan Rendezvous (May 10 – 24, 2020), coordinated and hosted Kirk Patterson, gives participants an opportunity to spend 15 days sampling the wonders of Japan, on sea and on land.  Eleven of those days will be spent exploring the Seto Inland Sea aboard a chartered yacht. Kirk is well-known to many BCA members… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

One essential part of cruising is managing the finances of travel, boat maintenance, and any upgrades that demand a cruisers attention. Nineteen sailors from eight boats of the Vancouver Island Fleet group participated in a discussion around this topic on March 6 before they looked at the various requirements involved in clearing in and out… 

Massive Marine Garage Sale April 13 2019

Dani Tate-Stratton

Do you have whosits, whatsits, and “things that might be helpful later” taking over your boat? Does your basement look a bit too much like a chandlery? The Maritime Museum of British Columbia is hosting the 16th annual Massive Marine Garage Sale on Saturday, April 13, and it’s the perfect place to find new homes… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The February meeting of the Vancouver BCA Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on February 26 with David Sutcliffe presenting on Safety at Sea. The presentation revolved around a main theme: staying on board. It is well known that the chances of survival are greatly reduced after falling overboard. David provided… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: February 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The Vancouver Island Fleet held a round-table discussion on Travel; Medical, Home and Boat Insurance and various aspects of living in small spaces. It drew a large crowd of 20 sailors from 8 boats and a visitor, Eric, who was introduced by Ken Newman. Dave Wilson presented his new Dutchman boom brake and Gord Wolfe… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: January 2019

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on January 29. The theme for the presentation was, ‘Getting Ready to Leave’, presented by Fleet members Greg and Laurie Yellenik. The topics covered included: banking, wills and beneficiaries, BC Medical, MMSI numbers, Radio Station Licenses, Boat Registrations, communication… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The topic of Heavy Weather Sailing is always high on the list of concerns to Vancouver Island fleet members and we were privileged to have Tony Gooch available to cover it as well as he always does. On January 9, the attendance was significantly up, with 16 people from seven boats attending in-person and four… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: December 2018 - Solstice Potluck

Rosario Passos

Every December, rather than gathering at the Scottish Cultural Centre as usual, the Vancouver Fleet gets together at Cam and Marianne’s place in Vancouver to celebrate the Holiday season and share adventurous sailing plans amidst conversations that invariably involve watermakers, bilge pumps, switches, batteries…. I could go on. These gatherings keep “the dream” alive and… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On December 12 nine sailors from seven boats flashed up their laptops and other devices so that Rudy Witt could guide them through some of the possibilities of Open CPN. The group went from downloading charts and plotting routes to a look at various plug-ins including how to use Google earth to correct the positions… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: November 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

There were two Vancouver Fleet meetings in November – both held in the Caberfeidh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. OpenCPN The first was a workshop on OpenCPN and GE2KAP led by Malcolm MacPhail of Good as Gold. Eight people arrived with their laptops and followed Malcolm as he showed how to use OpenCPN to… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Concerns regarding potential medical problems when traveling offshore is a worry best understood well ahead of time and that is what Dr. Catherine Ascah addressed for eleven members of the Vancouver Island Fleet group on the evening of November 14. Catherine’s engaging presentation included topics such as recommended immunizations prior to departure, first aid gear… 

Introducing BCA's New Board of Directors

Jennifer Handley

Congratulations to BCA’s Board of Directors who were elected at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018! Responsible for “steering the BCA ship” in 2019 are: Commodore – Leslie Hansen Vice Commodore – Vacant Treasurer – Don Brown Secretary – Astrid Weiss Calgary Chapter Vice Commodore – Cathy Norrie Vancouver Chapter Vice Commodore… 

Notice of BCA Annual General Meeting - December 12, 2018

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Time: 1930h (doors open at 1900h) Location:  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC The business of the AGM will include a review of 2017 and 2018 YE Financial Statements (BCA’s fiscal year now ends on… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: October 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The October meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at 1900h on Tuesday, October 30 in the Caberfeidh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Twenty five  boats are now registered representing more than forty people. The program consisted of a panel of Doners discussing the topic “What would I change?” Among the participants… 

Women's Day: 2019 Vancouver Boat Show

Rosario Passos

Pacific Yachting Systems is once again presenting Women’s Day at the Vancouver International Boat Show.  The keynote speaker is Susan Pickrell, who will be speaking about her career with the Coast Guard and building confidence on the water. Plan to attend the Vancouver International Boat Show on Saturday, February 9, 2019 for a full day of… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: October 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Following the organizational meeting in September, the tradition in the Vancouver Island Fleet group is to host a panel of returned cruisers in the October meeting. The panel typically addresses questions regarding their preparations to head offshore and how well they feel they approached the task. In keeping with tradition, this October meeting saw 15… 

Safety at Sea Seminars

Rob Murray

Because it’s a Vic-Maui/Pacific Cup year, safety at sea seminars are again being held in the northwest. These seminars are required for the crew in these races and are recommended for cruisers, so spaces are limited! The seminars are being held in both Canada and the US and are designed to provide participants with a… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: September 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2019 was held at 1900h on Tuesday, September 25 in the Caberfeigh room at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Twenty two boats were registered, represented by the fifty people in attendance. These included doers temporarily back from offshore: Malcolm MacPhail and Dina Aloi, Dale Gebhard, Gary Peacock and… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On September 26 we convened the initial gathering of the 2018-19 Vancouver Island Fleet group. It was a relatively small group when compared to previous years with 11 people registering from 7 boats. We are anticipating other arrivals in October as we have had commitments from some of last year’s attendees from Nanaimo. Lionel Dobson… 

Currents Cover: Photo Contest

Rosario Passos

The Currents Cover Photo Contest is back! Our monthly “PDF” publication needs the best photos of your boats to grace its covers for the next 12 months!  Since the Currents Cover photo contests have been so popular, we thought this should become an annual event! So, here’s the scoop: If you are a BCA member… 

Fleets of BCA

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September of every year a number of BCA members get together to form Fleet. One group forms on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. These are people who are planning to sail offshore in the following year or soon thereafter. Fleet meets monthly or more often depending on the… 

Planning to go Offshore? Join the 2018-19 VI Fleet and Weather Groups

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Getting Ready to Head Offshore? Learn with Fellow BCA VI Members at Fleet and Weather If you are planning to sail offshore in the next year or two on your own boat or someone else’s, consider joining the VI Fleet and Weather Group of 2018/19 which will have an introductory meeting at 6:30 pm on… 

2018 Northwest Passage Hall of Fame

The Vancouver Maritime Museum, a world leading maritime museum and a centre for dialogue, education and maritime heritage research, is pleased to announce that it is accepting open nominations for this year’s Northwest Passage Hall of Fame. Launched in 2017, the Northwest Passage Hall of Fame (NWPHOF) Awards celebrate important achievements in navigation and exploration… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: May 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The May meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on May 29 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Show and Tell included a GPS dongle that would work with OpenCPN. After a considerable amount of difficulty Cameron managed to get the BU 353 S4 to work with Windows 10. Janet McKeown showed us the surgical glue… 

WDFW Invasive Species Prevention Permits Required for Out of State Recreational Vessels

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) now requires operators of certain aircraft and watercraft, as well as commercial transporters of specified vessel types, to purchase permits to help the department’s efforts in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS).  Those required to buy the new AIS prevention permit include: Out-of-state recreational registered… 

Swiftharbour App for Visitor Moorage

Melissa “Missy” Gervais

Looking for visitor moorage?  There’s an App for that. April is always a good time to start planning your summer boating and there is a new app that makes booking visitor moorage easier than ever.  Swift Harbour, from Yachting’s Best Media, allows you to save your boat information in the app so as soon as… 

BCA 2018 Member Directory has arrived!

Katrina Barnes

The 2018 edition of the Bluewater Cruising Association (BCA) Member Directory is arriving in the mailboxes of members from Vancouver Island to Calgary and beyond – have you received yours? The Member Directory is a great way to learn more about BCA, meet the 2018 Watchkeepers and Board of Directors, and most importantly to connect… 

Washington State Cruising Update: Puget Sound – No Discharge Zone

Katrina Barnes

Effective May 10, 2018 a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) is being established for Puget Sound and certain surrounding waters. The No Discharge Zone includes all Washington marine waters east of New Dungeness Lighthouse, at the east end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, plus Lake Washington, Lake Union, and the waters that connect them… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: April 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The April meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on April 24 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Show and Tell included an article from Pacific Sailor on Safety Tethers and Snaps. Some snaps fail under sideways tension. The fact that one can learn OpenCPN using the included manual was discussed. There are some problems getting… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: April 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The final Vancouver Island fleet meeting for this season was held on April 4 and David Robb shared his Safety and Comfort at Sea presentation with our group of 17 members including one on the Zoom platform. David’s topic was broad ranging and he had much useful information to share with the attentive group. Daragh… 

Flare Disposal Days

Rosario Passos

CPS-ECP is partnering with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers again this year to assist boaters to safely and effectively dispose of flares. Have Your Flares Expired? If your flares have a manufacture date of 2014 or earlier they may have already expire, or they will expire this year. It is not legal to light them,… 

In Memoriam - Liv Kennedy

Rosario Passos

Liv Kennedy passed away in February 2018; she was in her late 80’s. Liv Kennedy’s parents were pioneers on Quadra Island, and she was born aboard the Coast Mission ship Columbia. She grew up in logging camps and fishing villages along the coast, spending much of her time in boats. Liv was a founding member… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: March 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The March  meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on March 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Show and Tell feature included a do-it-yourself crotch strap to supplement a life jacket, and historic charts – Fiji and Strait of Georgia. Cameron shared with the fleet that Malcolm MacPhail of Good as Gold has volunteered to… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Provisioning was the main topic presented to the 18 members from 11 boats at the March 7 fleet meeting (including 1 on Zoom and 2 new members).  Barbara Erickson and Jordan and Judy Mills combined to cover the topic very well with several helpful ideas and engaging stories to keep every one attentive. After the… 

What Not to Miss at BCA This Week

Rosario Passos

BCA is bringing some well renowned personalities in the sailing world to Vancouver this week. Do you have your tickets yet? Nigel Calder Nigel will lead two courses this week in Vancouver, at the TK Gallery Room at the Vancouver Maritime Museum: Marine Electrical Systems on Friday, March 23, 10:00 am-6:30 pm (get tickets here)… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The February  meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on February 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Show and Tell included a WatchMate XB-8000 AIS transponder, a mid sized drone, Off shore Personal Survival Course with David Sutcliffe, and a Pacific Ocean planning chart by British Admiralty. The program was Heavy Weather Sailing with Christof… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January & February 2018

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

To no one’s surprise, a good crowd showed up on January 10 to see Rudy Witt present on Open CPN and to get some tips on using this open source software. A total of 25 sailors from 13 boats brought their laptops or tablets to practice with Rudy. In addition to this presentation at the… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: January 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on January 30 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. The program for the evening was focused on Reducing Anxiety and Effective Communication presented by Ken and Carol Gillstrom. Some of the ways of reducing anxiety that they shared with the group included: improving docking skills using tethers… 

Update your Member Info for the 2018 Directory

Donna Sassaman

This is a friendly and final reminder from your 2018 Member Directory team that the deadline to renew your membership and be included in the 2018 Member Directory is February 28th! After you’ve renewed your membership, please review and update your Member Profile for the 2018 Member Directory. Please check that the following information is… 

Will You Be My Valentine Volunteer?

Donna Sassaman

As BCA’s Volunteer Coordinator, I have a heart-felt request to make of you! Please consider filling one of these essential jobs, some of which are Vancouver-based; all of which are critical to the ongoing successful running of the Association. If a position’s purpose and skills match yours, please contact me ASAP. Association-wide Positions Currents Photo… 

BCA - VI Education Program Winter/Spring 2018

Lionel Dobson and Barbara Erickson

What New Year’s Resolutions have you made? Most likely, some of the more important ones are projects on your boat in preparation for the 2018 cruising season or getting ready to sail over the horizon. Perhaps another is to take a couple of BCA’s boating / maintenance related courses. Now is the perfect time to… 

Ocean Cruising Adventure Series (OCA) Announces its 2018 Speakers

The Bluewater Cruising Association is once again pleased to present the 2018 Ocean Cruising Adventure Series, with sponsorship support from Pacific Yachting.  This Vancouver tradition has now been running for 42 years. The three unique talks will be held at the Scottish Cultural Centre in South Vancouver on Friday evenings, starting January 26, 2018. Anne… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December 2017

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On Wednesday, December 13, 16 fleet members from 9 boats were privileged to hear Jordan & Judy Mills breath real life experiences into a presentation on the paperwork involved in clearing in and out of foreign countries after which Daragh Nagle and Al Kitchen discussed passage planning in general and specifically the trip options heading… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November 2017

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

On November 8, 2017 a group of 18 Vancouver Island Fleet members from 10 boats met to hear a presentation by Al Kitchen and discuss the topic of DC electrical systems on offshore vessels. The presentation included an introduction to basic electrical principals, battery technologies, alternate energy systems, typical offshore set-ups, and power budgets. There… 

Notice of BCA Annual General Meeting - December 13, 2017

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date:  Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Time:  1930h Place:  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC The business of the AGM will include a review of year-end 2016 Financial Statements and operations reports, as well as interim Financial Reports for… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: October 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The second meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held at the Scottish Cultural Centre on October 24. Twenty five people representing the twenty boats that have signed up already were in attendance. There was a discussion of the Fleet committees and we now have a full complement for the program committee. They have an almost… 

Women's Day At the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show

Rosario Passos

Pacific Yacht Systems has teamed up with Navis Insurance, Pacific Yachting Magazine and Western Marine to host Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show. Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  There are lots of topics to choose from… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: October 2017

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Fourteen Vancouver Island fleet members gathered on October 11 to hear a group of six returned cruisers discuss their experiences and what they had learned from their voyaging. The presentations prompted a wide range of questions and this, always popular presentation, led to an informative exchange of ideas. The next meeting, on November 8, will… 

Currents Cover: Photo Contest

Rosario Passos

The Currents Cover Photo Contest is back! Our monthly “pdf” publication needs the best photos of your boats to grace its covers for the next 12 months!  Since the Currents Cover photo contests have been so popular, we thought we would do it again this year! So, here’s the scoop: If you are a BCA… 

Currently Cruising Updates

Jennifer Handley

The Currents editorial team is pleased to announce “Currently Cruising Updates“, a new news feature that will highlight and provide brief updates from BCA’s currently cruising fleet.  At any time, approximately 15% of our membership can be found on the water, cruising the oceans and islands of the world. Often, communications is challenging due to… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: September 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2018 was held at 1900 hours on Tuesday, September 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre, hosted by Cameron and Marianne McLean, BCA Fleet Representatives. There were twenty five in attendance, including the presenters. After welcoming the Fleet and mutual introductions, Cameron described the Fleet committees explaining that… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September 2017

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

The Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather groups got off to a good start at the combined meeting on September 27, with 23 registered members in attendance of whom 22 plan to participate in the weather group.  This introductory meeting allowed the coordinators, Al and Daragh (Fleet), Lionel (Education) and Connie (Weather) to lay out their… 

Fleets of BCA

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September of every year a number of members of BCA get together to form the Fleets – one on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. These are people who are planning to leave for offshore in the following year or soon thereafter. They meet monthly or more often depending… 

Planning to go Offshore Soon? The VI Fleet Begins September 27

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

If you are planning to sail offshore in the next year or two on your own boat or someone else’s, consider joining the VI Fleet of 2017/18, which will have its first meeting at 1830h on Wednesday, September 27 at Royal Victoria Yacht Club (3475 Ripon Rd). VI will be trying a new format this… 

2017 - 2018 BCA Volunteering Opportunities

Donna Sassaman, Directory Coordinator

It’s August. Many of us are taking advantage of the northwest winds and sunny weather to cruise along the fabulous BC coast, or to begin our offshore adventures. Although I don’t really want to rush the end of summer, next month does herald the start of autumn. For me, September seems more like the beginning… 

August Rendezvous Is Coming Up!

Yvonne Harwood

Ahoy fellow BCAers & Families! The BCA August rendezvous is just around the corner, so we hope you have it noted on your calendar, in your smart phone and tattooed it on your brain … we hope you have RSVP’d already on the BCA website! Join us on August 5-7, 2017 at Newcastle Island Provincial… 

August Rendezvous: Mark Your Calendars & Stay Tuned!

Rosario Passos

This August long weekend, the BCA peeps get together to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation! So, think Canada Day, think red and white and dress up your boat in the most Canadian fashion – there will be a prize for the best decorated boat in the bay. And, be sure to wear your own… 

Fleet and Watchkeepers BBQ

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

All members of the Fleets of 2017 – whether from the Vancouver area, Vancouver Island, Calgary or Washington and all members of the Watches (Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Calgary) including partners and spouses are invited to the BCA June Fleet potluck supper on Tuesday, June 27, at 1800h at Spruce Harbour Marina, in False Creek, Vancouver.… 

Calgary Fleet Report: April 2017

Christine McGregor

The BCA Calgary fleet continued their season with an April 24 meeting conducting a weather research activity.  For novice and experienced offshore sailors alike, the opportunity to spend time finding and learning how to use some of the most valuable and recent weather resources is a valuable skill to learn and keep fresh. Before jumping… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: April 2017

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

Several members checked out the two Fleet boats Shala and Ragtime that were open for touring on April 9 in Nanaimo. At our regular Fleet meeting on April 12 Tom Christensen gave a talk about using Sea Iq with Google Earth in areas without accurate electronic charts, and also discussed AIS receivers and transceivers. At… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: April 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet, a group of BCA members who are planning to leave for offshore in the near future meets on fourth Tuesdays at the Scottish Cultural Centre. There was a full house for the April Fleet meeting on April 25. As is the custom the program committee set up the program for the evening;… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: March 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

More than forty  people attended the March 28 meeting of the Fleet. The session was Heavy Weather Sailing presented by Ken and Carol Gillstrom. Ken and Carol left Toronto in 2012 and sailed the East Coast of Canada, the Caribbean, Scotland, Spain, back to Canada, down to the Galapagos, Hawaii and in 2014 came to… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2017

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

On March 8, several Fleet members brought small useful gadgets that they’d bought at the Vancouver Boat Show for “Show & Tell”, and Dani demonstrated a Thermos brand thermal cooker. Fleet Coordinators Connie & Daragh gave a presentation on “Clearing in and out of foreign countries” based on their own offshore experiences. For “Show &… 

Flare Disposal Days

Rosario Passos

CPS-ECP is partnering with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers again this year to assist boaters to safely and effectively dispose of flares. Have Your Flares Expired? If your flares have a manufacture date of 2013 or earlier they may have already expire, or they will expire this year. It is not legal to light them,… 

Calgary Fleet Report: February 2017

Christine McGregor

The February fleet meeting in Calgary continued the tradition of bringing temporarily land locked sailors together to discuss current and pressing topics for BCA members in the midst of planning an offshore adventure. A welcomed continuation from our January meeting, Pam and Ted Simper facilitated the topic of provisioning, weather and communications. Valuable insights for… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

More than thirty five people attended the February 28 meeting of the Fleet. It was a presentation dealing with medical problems offshore. Presenters were: Paramedics Ryan Shellborn and Kris Jones of Makoolis, who are heading South this August and bound for Antartica over the next few seasons Terry Raappana their friend, paramedic of 41 years… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: February 2017

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

The Fleet meeting on February 8 was cancelled because of snow and has been rescheduled for late March. At our meeting on February 22, Glen Wilson brought his Jordan Series Drogue for “show & tell” to demonstrate the usefulness of this item for heavy weather sailing. Campbell Thomson then gave a talk to over 30… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: January 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January 24 meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2017 saw a full house in attendance for the first meeting of 2017. The program was Celestial Navigation in two parts with two presenters. Dominique Prinet lead off with an interesting and humorous description of the history of Celestial Navigation and the development of angle measuring… 

Calgary Fleet Report: January 2017

Christine McGregor

Calgary chapter fleet kicked off the new year on January 16 and we happily welcomed our largest group of the year, with some returned members as well as a few fleet members joining us for the first time.  Sharing our introductions allowed all members to reacquaint the rest of fleet with their latest offshore plans,… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January 2017

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

At the first VI Fleet meeting of 2017, members heard a presentation on Weather Routing and Offshore Weather Products by Simon Walker who has been on-board navigator for several Vic-Maui races. This was followed by the weather topic of Voyage Planning in Response to Weather conditions and Wave Heights presented by Glen and Mary Wilson.… 

Introducing BCA's Board of Directors (2017)

Jennifer Handley

Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to BCA’s Board of Directors who were elected at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016!  Responsible for “steering the BCA ship” in 2017 are: Commodore – Leslie Hansen Vice Commodore – Vacant Treasurer – Florence Viher Secretary – Cathy Fritter Calgary Chapter Vice Commodore – Cathy Norrie Vancouver… 

Anchoring Restrictions Around La Paz

Rosario Passos

If you are currently cruising in the Sea of Cortez, you may be interested in this news topic. BCA member Carolyn Dailey from Shannon’s Spirit, who is currently sailing in the Sea of Cortez sent in this link that outlines some of the anchoring restrictions around La Paz. These restrictions are not new, and the… 

Calgary Fleet Report: December 2016

Christine McGregor

On December 12, the Calgary chapter held their final fleet gathering of the 2016 calendar year.  We were joined by some new members to the fleet group, and we also welcomed back members who had just recently returned from their recent leg of cruising through Fiji. We were extremely fortunate this month to welcome a… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: December 2016

Rosario Passos

As tradition dictates, the December meeting of the Vancouver Fleet is always a social get together in the form of a pot-luck dinner. 2016 was no exception, and this anticipated event took place again just before Christmas, on a dark and cold winter night, at Cam and Marianne’s place in Vancouver. Being the gracious hosts… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December 2016

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

On December 7, thirty Vancouver Island Fleet members attended a presentation on Offshore Sail Trim and Techniques by Connie and Daragh. The Weather Group reviewed the first of their Virtual Passages : “Tonga / Fiji to New Zealand”. Presentation topics for January 2017 will include: January 11th:     Weather Routing Services and getting Forecasts at sea… 

Calgary Fleet Report: November 2016

Christine McGregor

The Calgary chapter Fleet had their third meeting of the year on November 21 and as always it was a great evening of learning and sharing among friends. It was a special evening in a couple of ways:  first of all was our main conversation topic, which gave Cathy Norrie the opportunity to share some… 

Not Too Early to Update Your Member Profile for the 2017 Member Directory!

Donna Sassaman

Make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to check your BCA website information today! Is the information accurate and up-to-date regarding your: Boat name and type, Marina or Currently Cruising, Mailing address, Phone number(s), Email address, Ham and/or VHF licence, Spouse/partner, if applicable, Yacht club membership, And/or change in BCA membership status from Regular… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November 2016

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

On November 9, Dr. Catharine Ascah provided information to Fleet members about medical topics of interest  to bluewater cruisers including common ailments, medications, first aid kits, travel vaccines and travel to Mexico. The November 23 meeting highlight was a presentation on Celestial Navigation by Andrew Evans, an accomplished solo-sailor from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club.… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: November 2016

Rosario Passos

The third meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2017 was at 1900 hours at the Scottish Cultural Centre on November 22. As part of our Show and Tell, Darren Bos from Leeway showed a reel of flat webbing to be used as a shore line.  He made it himself and will provide Fleet with a… 

Volunteer Positions of the Month: VI Vice Commodore / Advertising Watchkeeper

Donna Sassaman, Directory Coordinator

This month, BCA highlights two dynamic opportunities for members with the right skills, experience, and interest! If one of these positions has your name written all over it, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Vice Commodore for Vancouver Island – Victoria Purpose of the position To ensure the smooth functioning of Chapter club nights, Watch meetings, and… 

The Volunteer Position of the Month: VI Education Watchkeeper

Donna Sassaman, Directory Coordinator

The Vancouver Island Chapter needs a dynamic, collaborative, and educationally-minded member to coordinate educational offerings for the Greater Victoria area. Do you want to contribute the Chapter’s operations? Are you ready to join a great team: the VI Watch? Do you want to attend club nights for free?!? Other benefits include: Meeting more BCA members;… 

BCA Annual General Meeting

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date:  Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Time:  1930h Place:  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC The business of the AGM will include a review of year-end 2015 Financial Statements and operations reports, as well as interim Financial Reports for… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September & October

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

The first meeting of VI Fleet 2016/17 took place on September 28 at Royal Victoria Yacht Club.  More than 20 people attended and introduced themselves and their cruising plans.  This was followed by a couple of presentations by returning Fleet members (Glen & Mary Wilson on Moonshadow VI; Brian Short & Glenda Wray on Carpe… 

Calgary Fleet Report: October 2016

Christine McGregor

The Calgary chapter Fleet kicked things off for the 2016/2017 season with the first meeting held on October 17.   With many returning members, it was a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and catch up on all of our sailing adventures over the summer.   We were also pleased to welcome back Cathy and Bill Norrie,… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: October 2016

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The second meeting of the Fleet of 2017 was at 1900 hours at the Scottish Cultural Centre on October 25. Our speakers were Fleet member Alex Brydon on vessel registration and Steve White on rigging with an emphasis on preparation for offshore. As part of our show and tell Malcolm Wilkinson informed us of two… 

Volunteer Opportunities!

Donna Sassaman, Directory Coordinator

As you are aware, BCA is a volunteer organization that prepares its members to go cruising. The scope of BCA’s activities and programs requires many dedicated volunteers for Board positions, Watch positions, and special events. Every year, some of our volunteers resign their positions in preparation for departure. This is a good thing because offshore… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: September 2016

The first meeting of the Vancouver Fleet of 2017 was held on September 27 at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Members of the new Fleet introduced themselves and volunteered for the various Fleet committees. Presentations The introductions were followed by presentations from Jim Matusiak of Solar Flare and Rob Murray of Avant about their trips and… 

Only 40 Tickets Left for Laura Dekker's Presentation!

Rosario Passos

Laura Dekker’s presentation coming up soon on October 12, at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Center in Vancouver is almost sold out! So, if you are planning on attending this presentation, get your tickets now, online at  BCA’s website! Laura Dekker is brought to you by the Lower Mainland Yacht Cooperative and the Bluewater Cruising… 

Welcome, Cathy Fritter - A New Member on BCA's Board of Directors

Jennifer Handley

Please join me in welcoming Vancouver Chapter member, Cathy Fritter, to the BCA Board of Directors. Cathy and her husband Rob, are new to BCA, having just joined in January 2016 as Dreamers. They have been cruising for 14 summer seasons, visiting many points between Seattle and Desolation Sound on L’Orien, their Mason 43 cutter.… 

BCA Cruising, Perpetual and Service Awards Nominations - 2016

Jennifer Handley

Annual awards ceremonies take place in each Chapter to celebrate the sailing achievements of BCA skippers and their crew and/or their safe return to home port. These happy occasions, which are celebrated by the membership at large, also inspire the “dreamers” among us and encourage the “do-ers” to maintain their membership while cruising. If you… 

Currents Cover: Photo Contest

Rosario Passos

The Currents Cover Photo Contest is back! Our monthly “pdf” publication needs the best photos of your boats to grace its covers for the next 12 months!  Since last year’s contest was so popular, we thought we would do it again! So, here’s the scoop: If you are a BCA member in good standing, we… 

Vancouver Island Fleet: 2016/17

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

If you are planning to sail offshore in the next year or two on your own boat or someone else’s, consider joining the VI Fleet of 2016/17, which will have its first meeting at 1830h on Wednesday, September 28 at Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The Fleet meets every 2 weeks and has presentations or group… 

Vancouver Fleet: 2017

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

In September of every year a number of members of BCA get together to form the Fleets – one on Vancouver Island, one in Calgary and one on the Lower Mainland. These are people who are planning to leave for offshore in the following year or soon thereafter. They meet monthly or more often depending… 

Introducing Cathy Norrie, Calgary Chapter Vice Commodore!

Jennifer Handley

On behalf of the BCA Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Cathy Norrie will assume the role of Calgary Vice Commodore as of September 1.  A member of BCA since 2009, Cathy and her husband, Bill Norrie, have just completed their circumnavigation aboard SV Terrwyn and are settling back into life on… 

BCA Volunteers Get Coordinated!

Donna Sassaman, Directory Coordinator

Most, if not all, of us join Bluewater Cruising Association to prepare ourselves for the grand adventure of offshore or long-range coastal cruising. We attend club nights and listen to inspiring presentations by Doers and Doners; take courses ranging from ‘Psychology of Cruising’ to diesel engine maintenance to understanding weather and other pertinent topics; read… 

Wanted! BCA Members to Complete Vision and Values Survey

Jennifer Handley

Cruising season is upon us, but no matter where this finds you, you are invited to participate in a very brief, 3-question survey that will guide the selection of a Vision statement and a set of Values for BCA. When BCA was established in 1978 with a Constitution and Bylaws, a Mission statement was created… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: April 2016

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Sailors are busy getting their vessels ready as the cruising season approaches and meetings seem to become a lower priority.  So a smaller than usual  V. I. Fleet group gathered at RVYC on April 6 for a presentation on first aid kits and applications by Alert First Aid’s Mike Barnes.  Dr. Catherine Ascah was present… 

Flare Disposal Days Sponsored by CPSS

Rosario Passos

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, in partnership with Transport Canada and CIL Dealers, is sponsoring a project on education and awareness of safety equipment, the care and maintenance of that equipment and how to safely and effectively use and dispose of flares. You can see flare disposal dates and locations on their website. The… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: March 2016

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Attendance was good again at the March Fleet meetings. On March 9th, we had a short presentation on various marine applications for Belzona products. Following this, Fleet member Brent Alley provided an overview of checklists and procedures, mainly relating to safety, that he had pulled together from a variety of sources. We also reviewed the… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: February 2016

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The program for the February meeting on the 23rd featured Ken Johnson from Roton,  who addressed satellite and other communications. The many topics covered included: Types of AIS and their antennas SSBs and their grounds Pactor modems and sources Various types of satellite phones and services Different kinds of EPIRBS The meeting on March 22… 

3 Ways Around the World - A Nautical Adventure

Jennifer Handley

The Maritime Museum of BC, (MMBC) located in Victoria, is holding a once-in-a-lifetime event on March 10, 2016, with three renowned adventurers – two are BCA honourary members: John Guzzwell [now 86 years old!] and Tony Gooch; and third is an Ocean Cruising Adventure speaker, Colin Angus. John Guzzwell – In 1955, John launched 19’… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: February 2016

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Spring must be in the air! The first sign is sagging attendance at Fleet meetings…well, maybe not the first sign. Too bad, as the V.I. Fleet was treated to two excellent presentations in February. On the 10th, Rudy Witt discussed Electronic Navigation options for PCs and tablets, especially Open CPN and plug-ins, so Fleet members… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: January 2016

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting was held on January 26, chaired by Dan Wilson of the Program Committee since the McLean’s were still away in Mexico. The program started with a presentation from Fleet member Malcolm Wilkinson giving us the benefit of his offshore experiences. Among other topics he emphasized avoiding the use of the main when… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: January 2016

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

On January 13th, two representatives from Western Financial Group talked to Fleet about offshore boat insurance and travel/medical insurance. Debra Fitzsimmons provided information to members about coverage, eligibility, exclusions and costs for medical insurance. Vera Young talked about the application process and information necessary for a quote for offshore boat insurance, what is and isn’t… 

Vancouver Island Fleet: Report

Don Craigmyle

Vancouver Island Fleet thanks Serge Gabilondo of Delta Marine at Westport for leading more than a dozen Fleet members through the finer points of Rigging Inspection. Serge provided many hands-on examples of rigging failure and taught ways to maintain rigging and avoid failure. He also gave tips for making rigging repairs at sea and some… 

Join the 2016 Member Directory Team!

Donna Sassaman

Do you want an opportunity to give back to BCA but don’t want to take on a year-long commitment? Are you a person who enjoys editing, formatting consistency, and attention to detail? Are you comfortable working with Word and spreadsheets? Do you like working as part of a team? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these… 

BCA Members, Please Update Your Profile!

Jennifer Handley

In the next month, a small dedicated team of BCA volunteers will start compiling the 2016 Member Directory.  Their work and the overall quality of the Directory will be greatly improved if each and every member takes a few minutes to go online and update their personal profile.  During the course of any given year,… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: December

Rosario Passos

I always look forward to the December Fleet meeting in Vancouver. You see, every year (and I have been in Fleet for a couple now) Cam and Marianne open their home (and cellar) to all Fleet members to host a potluck dinner to celebrate the festive season. This year was no different, and the Vancouver… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Fifteen members from VI Fleet participated in an evening session at UK Sails in Sidney on December 2nd. Stuart Dahlgren explained what to look for in assessing the condition of sails; showed how to attach mainsail slides and re-attach a leech ring; suggested essential contents for an offshore sail repair kit; and responded to many questions… 

BCA Board of Directors Elected for 2016

Rosario Passos

The  BCA Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers who are elected by the members to manage the Association and promote its financial health and growth.  Directors are elected for a one year term and may stand for re-election.   Congratulations to those who were elected at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, December 9!  … 

Vancouver Fleet Report: November

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The third meeting of the Fleet of 2016 was held on November 24 at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre. We heard from Jeff Cote of Pacific Yacht Systems on power generation and power storage. I have been asking for a volunteer to coordinate VICE 2016. Since VICE is a program for all of BCA… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: November

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

On November 4th, the Vancouver Island Fleet group, led by Connie Morahan, discussed procedures for clearing in and out of foreign ports. On the 25th, we were fortunate to have Honorary BCA member, Tony Gooch, give a talk on preparations and procedures for heavy weather sailing. Below you can see we caught Tony ‘heaving to’.… 

BCA Annual General Meeting

Jennifer Handley

Notice is hereby given to all BCA members: Annual General Meeting and Election of Directors Date:  Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Time:  1930h Place:  Scottish Cultural Centre, 8886 Hudson Street, Vancouver BC The business of the AGM will include a review of year-end 2014 Financial Statements and operations reports, as well as interim Financial Reports for… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: October

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Between 25 and 30 members attended each of the fleet meetings held in October.  On October 14th we had presentations by cruising BCA members Neil & Peggy Beswick on harbour hopping to San Francisco and Gord Wedman on the offshore route to San Diego.  On October 28th a panel of experienced BCA cruisers (Daragh Nagle… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: October

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The second meeting of the Fleet of 2016 was held on October 27 at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre. We had a presentation from Anne Woodson and Dick Towson of Full and Bye on their trip to Mexico. This was followed by Ken and Carol Gillstrom on Safety at Sea – preventing emergencies. The… 

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: September

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

The first Fleet meeting of the Vancouver Island Chapter was held on September 30th. The meeting was focused on introductions and sharing information with all the BCA members attending.  The next meeting is On October 14, with a couple of presenters talking about harbor-hopping vs the offshore route to San Diego. The next Fleet meeting is scheduled… 

2015 BCA Cruising Awards Nominations

Rosario Passos

If you think you are eligible, or wish to nominate someone for a sailing award, now is the time to do it! As you may be aware, BCA offers  a number of cruising awards to its members, such as: 999 Coastal Award Offshore Crew Award Skipper’s Offshore Award (Owner’s) Offshore Award among other perpetual awards… 

Vancouver Fleet Report: September

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The first meeting of the Fleet of 2016 was held on September 22 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre. Members of the new Fleet introduced themselves and volunteered for the various Fleet committees. Then we had presentations from Karina of Sea Rover II on their trip to Mexico. This was followed by Cresswell Walker and… 

In Memoriam - Peter Thomas

David Newsome

“Is this frequency in use please? Is this frequency in use please?” That was the voice of VE7 Papa Tango, Peter Thomas, as you waited by your radio for your “sched” with Peter. Position report, course, speed, along with weather trends were the first order of business. Only then was there time for casual chit-chat.… 

About the Vancouver Island Fleet

Connie and Al, VI Fleet Coordinators

Fleet is an education focus group for those planning to head offshore in the next year or two. The Fleet group meets regularly and offers development in the form of meetings, workshops, vendors’ visits, and boat visits. Fleet is also excellent for Doners who are preparing for another voyage: Get primed, updated, and meet the… 

August Rendezvous: Dreaming of the Med

Rosario Passos

The BCA August Rendezvous is just around the corner. This year, the theme for this fun get together is the Mediterranean, and the venue is Newscastle Island Marine Provincial Park. We have reserved a group campsite in the park, so feel free to bring a tent and camp for the night… Space on the dock… 

BCA's Website - A Constant Work in Progress!

Jennifer Handley

The Bluewater Cruising Association website is a constant work in progress, never complete, always in need of updates, and often the topic of discussion as users find “issues” to bring to the attention of the Webmaster and/or Board of Directors or want to see changes/improvements.  Managing our website is a huge, time-consuming undertaking, with its… 

About the Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

Fleet is an education focus group for those planning to head offshore in the next year or two. The Fleet group meets regularly and offers additional training in the form of meetings, workshops, vendors’ visits and boat visits. Fleet is also excellent for Doners, who are preparing for another voyage, get primed, updated and meet… 

Quick Boating Guide to Mexico

Rosario Passos

Mike Northup, from Defiant, has shared this quick boating guide to Mexico with us. This document is not an official government guide. It is meant to be a brief set of guidelines and resources to help you understand the process of entering Mexico by sea and complete the immigration process (Maritime Mexico FMM Process). Since… 

Summertime... And Your Burgee Needs Replacing...

Jennifer Handley

That’s right, summer is around the corner and it is high time to get out onto the water, if you haven’t already done so.  And when you do, what is the state of your BCA burgee?  Is it brand spanking new, never been flown?  Is it looking pretty good, excitedly awaiting the first hoist of… 

In Memoriam – Rudi Seifert

Iris Seifert

April 27, 1935 – April 15, 2015 A few words about Rudi, written by his wife and partner of 41 years. I do not pretend to be a writer so bear with me about Rudi.  He was a happy, honest, and sincere guy – very sure of himself, not at all a complicated fellow.  However he… 

About the Vancouver Island Fleet

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

Fleet is an education focus group for those planning to head offshore in the next year or two. The Fleet group meets regularly and offers additional training in the form of meetings, workshops, vendors’ visits and boat visits. Fleet is also excellent for Doners, who are preparing for another voyage, get primed, updated and meet… 

BCA VI Rendezvous 2015: May 16,17 & 18

Rita Balaam

The theme for this year’s rendezvous is Sailing the Salish Seas with a Focus on First Nations History and Traditions. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, there’s still time: RSVP online at the BCA website (you must be logged in as a member to do so), or send Rita a note. Here is a schedule of… 

The Commodore Attends Opening Day

Jennifer Handley

The Vancouver Island Chapter has been meeting at Royal Victoria Yacht Club for many years: the VI Fleet group meets at RVYC; RVYC is part of the Cooperative Education Program organized by the VI Chapter; and BCA has even held its annual AGM at Royal Vic. But this was the first year that the BCA… 

2015 Member Directories

Donna Sassaman

Status Report The 2015 BCA Member Directory is printed and has been delivered to the mailing house. The directory will be mailed to all members sometime during the week of May 10th. The First Thing to Do When You Receive Your Copy Check your entries in the directory against your real life situation. Is the… 

April VI Fleet Activities

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

Here’s a look at the April activities of the Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group… VI Fleet At the April 8th meeting, VI Fleet had an an interesting group discussion about anchoring equipment, techniques, and problems. At the following meeting on April 22nd,  Dave Dalby of Victoria Mobile Radio gave an informative talk on satellite… 

It was all about Ian

Rosario Passos

The celebration of life for Ian Monsarrat was a beautiful event at Spruce Harbour Marina in Vancouver in April. Blake Williams, Past Commodore of BCA, delivered a beautiful toast to Ian, amid sea shanties and a sea of friends, gathered together to celebrate Ian’s life. There were many photographs scattered throughout the room that brought… 

Celebration of Life for Ruth Clements

Rosario Passos

In March we published an “In Memoriam”column about Ruth Clements. Here are the details of her Celebration of Life which was mentioned in the column. WHEN:  Saturday, May 23, starting about 1430-1500h WHERE:  Home (garden) of Claudia Lohmann, 3095 Decourcy Drive, Ladysmith (Cedar), BC (just south of Nanaimo) HOW:  From Hwy 1 N out of… 

Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet of 2015 held their regular meeting on April 28. The presenter was a psychologist discussing the cruising life. The focus was not just being on the water, but the process of getting ready and getting off the dock. An extra meeting in April was on the 18th at North Sails Loft in… 

Expired Flares Disposal Opportunities

Jennifer Handley

What can you do with your expired flares? Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, in cooperation with CIL Orion, are providing two opportunities for boaters to drop off their expired flares at no charge. May 2, 2015 – Vancouver Area Flares can be dropped off at the following Steveston Marine and Hardware locations: 1667 W 5th… 

Aid for Vanuatu - Cyclone Pam Aftermath

Jennifer Handley

Bluewater Cruising Association members who have had the good fortune to sail to Vanuatu and explore this amazing archipelago will have felt heartsick when the country was levelled by Cyclone Pam last month. Some may even have wept upon seeing photos of the devastation and hearing the stories that gradually appeared in the media in… 

Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

VI Fleet At their March 11th meeting, VI Fleet had a group discussion about wind vanes and autopilots.  Three offshore cruisers talked about their experience with different kinds of watermakers at the next Fleet meeting on March 25th.  There was an extra session in March at the Yachttech shop on rigging, and a short course… 

Congratulations, Debra Zhou and Rob Murray!

Jennifer Handley

During the Commodore’s recent visit to La Paz, Mexico, Jennifer Handley had the honour of presenting members Debra Zhou and Rob Murray (Avant) with their Coastal 999 awards and “Doner” pins.  This award recognizes a coastal (harbour-hopping) voyage outside Canadian territorial waters, where the shortest straight-line charted distance between the starting and ending port is… 

Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The Vancouver Fleet of 2015 held their regular meeting on the 24th of March. The topics covered included: Seamanship – anchors and anchoring by Fleet member Alex Brydon. Handling heavy weather with Fleet member Ken Roberson. Types of windvanes presented by Will and Sarah Curry of Hydrovane. There were two extra meetings in March dealing… 

In Memoriam - Ruth Clements

August 31, 1953 – January 28, 2015:    Ruth Clements, born in Chemainus, BC, was a founding member of Bluewater Cruising Association. She passed away on January 28, 2015, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was a Doner, having sailed from England to BC in the 1970s with her partner, Ted Long, aboard Salal, a… 

Offshore Packages

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

All BCA members who are leaving for offshore are entitled to receive an offshore package whether or not they belong to one of the Fleets. If you are leaving this year and are not a Fleet member, please email Cameron McLean to receive the information necessary to apply for your package.

Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

Here’s the next activity for the Vancouver Island Fleet group: Wednesday,  March 25th at 18:00h at the Discovery Room, RVY:  Watermakers. The session will include a group discussion, with a couple of offshore cruisers invited to share their knowledge and experience. Saturday, March 28th from 10:00h to 13:00h Mainstay Yachtech:  Rig evaluation, maintenance & repair… 

The Boat's Ready... Are You?

As many of us plan our voyage, the boat and its equipment tend to become the central focus of our thinking. These preparations require a steep learning curve, and sometimes become all-consuming. On the other hand, there are other factors that will impact our cruising adventures, and they include the deeper motivations that drive our… 

BCA Presents Nigel Calder

Norm Cooper

Nigel Calder, world renowned boat system expert, author and educator will be coming to Western Canada in April 2015.  His BCA hosted educational tour will include stops in Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and Calgary. Nigel Calder Daytime Educational Seminars in Vancouver & Victoria Nigel’s two daytime educational seminars will be held in Vancouver & Victoria.  The… 

Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The regular Vancouver Fleet meeting for February is on the 24th and features Guy Druce. Guy’s presentation is titled “Electronics – High Tech / Low Tech”. He will discuss his experience as navigator in last year’s Vic Maui race as navigator on a fairly high-tech boat in contrast to his circumnavigation in a low-tech one.… 

Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

The Fleet’s next meeting is scheduled for February 11th at 18:30h at StarFish Medical, 455 Boleskine Rd., Victoria. The topic is “Using HF Radio for E-mail, WFax & GRIB files” by Bjarne Hansen. The topic of the February 25th Fleet meeting is ‘Preparing for Heavy Weather Sailing’ with Tony Gooch, in the Chatham Room at Royal… 

Is Your Member Profile Up-to-Date?

It is that time of year when we ask you, as the Primary Member, to check your member profile on the BCA website. Why is checking your information so important? Because Geraldine Guilfoyle and Donna Sassaman, Directory Coordinators, are preparing to compile the 2015 Member Directory and, if your website profile is up-to-date, your directory entries… 

VICE 2015

Don Hutchison

There is no preparation for going offshore quite like being offshore. You can do this by joining VICE 2015 (Vancouver Island Cruising Experience). Each year BCA vessels from all three chapters get together online to plan a multi-day offshore trip, usually in late June/early July. They wait for a weather window on the West Coast… 

Membership Renewal!

Ahoy, BCA members who joined the Association prior to December 31, 2012! Due to an unfortunate glitch with our website provider, you did not receive an email notification that your membership was going to expire on December 31st. A follow-up reminder was emailed on December 30th, but that email may have disappeared or not been seen due… 

In Memoriam − Ian Monsarrat

Ian was born in Montreal on September 9, 1934 and passed at 8 bells (End of Watch) at 0800h on 18 December, 2014. He and I were married in 1982 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Ian had four children from a previous marriage. Ian was a photographer: commercial, industrial, CN, National Research Council, CIL. Since 1977, he was an… 

2015 Member Directory

The 2015 Member Directory will be printed and mailed in the next few months. To ensure that your entries in the directory are current and accurate, make it one of your New Year’s resolutions to check your BCA website information today! If you are new to BCA, or have experienced any changes over the past… 

Vancouver Fleet

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

The January meeting will be on Tuesday the 27th and will cover boat electrics presented by John Neilson. The Fleet meets at 1900h at the Scottish Cultural Centre on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September to November, and then January to June. If you would like to join the Fleet, show up at one of the regular… 

Vancouver Island Fleet and Weather Group

Connie Morahan, VI Fleet Coordinator

The Fleet’s next meeting is scheduled for January 14th at 6:30 pm in the Chatham Room at Royal Victoria Yacht Club. The topic is “The Ultimate Shakedown Cruise” from Victoria to Hawaii and return in 2 months. The topic of the January 28th Fleet meeting is ‘OpenCPN’ – installing and using this open source chartplotter and GPS… 

Currents' New Editing Team!

Donna Sassaman

As you may have learned by now, I let my name stand at the 2014 AGM for the position of BCA Secretary and was elected by acclamation. Although Currents has been my ‘baby’ on and off since 2002, I have had to resign from the editor job, effective ASAP, because of my current commitment/work load. We are… 

Here's the Buzz about Currents!

Edie Dittman

Welcome to the first instalment to BCA’s new online Currents. Content will continue to be streamed throughout the month. We appreciate that this is a new experience for you, and that receiving content online, and in chunks is different from receiving the magazine as a whole, finished product. We have set initial subscriptions for all…