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

Ralph Lapp

Exodus IV
Catalina 470
April 10th, 2024

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 sea – the skills you will need when you leave on your real voyage. VICE also provides an opportunity to practice manoeuvres like heaving to and deploying a drogue or storm anchor – best practised before Mother Nature puts you to the test.

Last year, an enthusiastic fleet convened in Ucluelet in early July 2023 and sailed directly out into the Pacific to test their preparations for their subsequent offshore passages. This year we hope to repeat a similar very positive experience and we hope you will want to be part of it!

An Invitation to Join the VICE Fleet of 2024

On behalf of the BCA Board of Directors, I would like to invite all members who want to participate in VICE this year to a preparatory online meeting on Monday, April 22 2024 at 1930 hrs. We will discuss participation and select a Fleet leader. We can choose dates and a departure point. It will be an opportunity to answer questions about the VICE experience format.  Please email me if you would like to attend and I will send you the Zoom link.


To join the VICE group, click on the “join group” link

Where Can I Get More Info?

In advance of the ZOOM meeting I encourage you to review the VICE group information posted on the BCA website and, if you haven’t already done so, join the VICE Group.  In addition to the overview you’ll find MORE INFO ABOUT VICE with links to articles about VICE and a pdf Power Point presentation. Below that is the group feed. If you are interested in participating in VICE, please join the group so that future communications about VICE preparations come directly to you.

Looking forward to meeting with all interested sailors on April 22nd!

Ralph Lapp
BCA Vice Commodore


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