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 fleet members from 8 boats participating in a very interesting discussion covering a wide range of topics including gear choices, educational opportunities, and inter-personal communications. The panelists included a couple who took the offshore route from Victoria to San Francisco, a couple who purchased a boat in San Diego and jumped down the coast of the Baja, and a couple who cruised our own jewel of Haida Gwaii. The panelists did a wonderful job of passing on their discoveries to the eager fleet members who had the opportunity to participate in this event.
Our next meeting will be on November 14 and will address the topic of medical issues for overseas/offshore travel from a sailing cruisers perspective, a topic high on the list of concerns with this year’s fleet group.
We will also begin the first of a two-part presentation and discussion of sail trim and technique for offshore sailing.