Why become a BCA member ?
The Bluewater Cruising Association is a registered non-profit society that brings together a diverse group of people with a common interest in cruising. Some are experienced offshore veterans, some are avid local cruisers and many are novices with an interest in learning more.
The club facilitates sharing cruising experiences and provides a wide range of education opportunities that help members acquire new skills and gain increased confidence on the water. It helps fuel the ‘dreamer's' imagination, prepare the ‘doers’ for safe offshore adventures, and celebrates the ‘doners’ who successfully complete their offshore journey at an annual awards ceremony.
Monthly Club Nights (on the second Wednesday of each month in Vancouver, third Tuesday of each month in Victoria, and first Tuesday of each month in Calgary, September to June) have doors open at 7:00 PM with meetings starting at 7:30 PM.
Each meeting has a short "business" session with announcements of upcoming events followed by a guest speaker. The speaker is frequently a person (or family) who has recently returned from offshore and is willing to share their slides, videos and experiences with the group. Industry professionals are also occasionally featured Club Night speakers as are group panel discussions about specific aspects of offshore cruising. The many club activities provide opportunities for mixing and mingling with old friends, meeting new friends and adding to your cruising contacts.
The bluewatercruising.org website is the go-to source for information about BCA events and activities, blogs, latest news, technical forums, and additional resources. Access to parts of the website is restricted to BCA members (including web members); other areas, such as Tradewinds classifieds, is open to everyone.
All members receive Currents, our monthly publication (September through June). This outstanding publication includes hints and helpful suggestions, a calendar of events, upcoming education courses, locations of those currently cruising, letters and postcards from members offshore plus Tradewinds to advertise items for sale or trade.
In addition to Currents, BCA annually publishes a membership directory. BCA offers many great education courses to those who would like to learn more about diesel repair, tying fancy knots, boat electronics, ham radio licensing, marine first aid, the psychology of cruising, weather and more.
The Vancouver Island Cruising Experience (VICE) is an opportunity to try out your boat and crew on a short offshore trip leaving and returning to a point on the West Coast. VICE is an annual event that usually takes place in mid/late June.
During the sailing season there are planned (and unplanned) rendez-vous in local waters. There are three major rendez-vous on the long weekends in May, August and October; in addition there is usually an informal gathering at the annual Music By the Sea Festival in Bamfield. These gatherings provide a great opportunity to enjoy time on the water with like-minded people and a chance to visit a wide variety of different boats.