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 are held on the second Wednesday of each month in Vancouver (September to June), third Tuesday of each month in Victoria (September to June), third Thursday of each month in Nanaimo (October to May), and the first Tuesday of each month in Calgary (September to May). 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. 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 are encouraged to subscribe to Currents, our year-round, online publication. This outstanding publication includes hints and helpful suggestions, a calendar of events, upcoming education courses, letters and postcards from members offshore. Subscription options include daily, weekly and monthly digests. Members can also download or print a monthly PDF. 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 forecasting and more. Courses are affordable and relevant to the offshore cruiser.
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) Rendezvous in local waters. There are three major Rendezvous 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.