The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Vancouver Island Fleet Report: December 2019

Al Kitchen - VI Fleet Coordinator

Huntingford 53 Ketch
December 9th, 2019

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 making to face it. This is a perennial favourite here on the Island. Tony was followed by Tony Roberts’ discussion of hull, keel, and rudder shapes and how they influence offshore sailing and comfort to help inform sailors in the group still in pursuit of their “perfect boat”.

As a prelude to these excellent discussions one of our fleet members, Falk Herwig, presented information regarding his Code 0 sail and the fix to strengthen the mast head attachment for its halyard, as well as his very versatile inflatable kayak.

The 15 members in attendance from 11 vessels enjoyed the night and came away wiser for the experiences.


  1. Peter Christensen says:

    For the benefit of those who could not attend how about relating some of their wisdom?

    1. Richard Petrie says:

      I second that! 🙂

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