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BCA 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 education opportunities. It helps prepare the 'doers' for safe offshore adventures and fuel the 'dreamers' imagination. The many club activities also provide an opportunity to make new friends and cruising contacts.
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. At the Bosun's table you can purchase unique BCA items including burgees, pins, decals, cookbooks and BCA crested clothing. There is ample opportunity for mixing and mingling with old friends and meeting and making new friends.
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, first aid, boat electronics, ham radio licensing, and more.
The Vancouver Island Cruising Experience (VICE) is an oppprtunity to try out your boat and crew on a short offshore trip leaving and returning to a point on the West Coast.
During the sailing season there are some planned (and some unplanned) rendezvous in local waters. There are three planned on-water gatherings along with many unplanned on-water gatherings. This a chance to meet and socialize with old friends, new friends or just some like-minded people out to enjoy the weekend.
BCA Members have been sharing their knowledge in an informal way ever since the establishment of BCA 30 years ago. We have now established the Mentor Program so that DREAMERS and DOERS can benefit from the cruising experience of DONERS! The expertise available covers many different subjects including cruising areas, weather issues, technical (gear), dealing with the bureaucracy, local customs etc.
Each year the group of members who are planning to head offshore (the Fleet) that year meet on a regular basis to share ideas, arrange for specific speakers and facilitate group purchasing. Each departing members, when skippering their own vessel, receives a BCA Bon Voyage Package consisting of a BCA decal and burgee, information booklets/pamphlets and a checklist of cruising essentials.
A significant number of marinas and yacht clubs around the world recognize the BCA burgee and membership card and offer their hospitality. Email Membership with any additional questions - Calgary Membership, Vancouver Membership and Vancouver Island Membership.
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