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This blog is the voice of BCA's Commodore. Leslie Hansen will post here regularly to keep members up to date on association matters and all things to do with chasing the dream, living the dream and sharing the adventure with others after the return to shore... Please feel free to contact Leslie (commodore@bluewatercruising.org) with your questions, suggestions and comments.

 

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Congratulations BCA Member Nicky Arnoldus!!

Posted By Jennifer Handley, May 5, 2014
Take a look at this great action shot of BCA member Nicky Arnoldus and daughter Serena Peck dinghy sailing in the Bay of Naples on the February/March cover of the Italian magazine Arte Navale Motor Yachting and Sailing!!

Originally from the Netherlands, Nicky is passionate about the 12 ft International dinghy (http://www.12footdinghy.org/).  She does the European racing circuit every summer, is the only competitor representing Canada and now ranks in 5th place. She was Dutch National Champion at the age of 22 in 1986, beating out all the old pros!  Congratulations Nicky and all the best this year!!

Check out http://www.12footdinghy.org/ for race results (under Cockshott Trophy) and some photos of her & Serena under News… "Team Canada: Nicky & Serena" at West Kirby, "Classique de Sciez" France 10.08.2012 & "the next generation" in Lucerne Switzerland 08.08.2012.

Nicky and her husband Larry Peck are bluewater members from Saturna Island (SV Meriah).

Tags:  Dingy racing  Nicky Arnoldus 

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"What Was I Thinking?" Pamela Bendall, Solo Sailor, Author, Motivational Speaker

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 30, 2014
Updated: April 23, 2014
"What Was I Thinking? Adventures of a Solo Female Sailor"

Solo offshore sailing is not common, a female solo offshore sailor with 100,000nm under her keel, is very rare indeed!

Many people dream of sailing off into the sunset; however, few ever find their sea legs. When Pamela Bendall releases the lines of her sailboat, she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime – offshore cruising as a single woman.

With her precious dog Riley in tow, she has navigated high seas and perfect storms, and endured engine fires and lightening strikes. Pamela is the first to admit ocean sailing is not always the idyllic solitude one might imagine. Things don’t always go as planned.
 
Blending humour, suspense, romance, strength and vulnerability in equal measure, Pamela’s newest book “What Was I Thinking?” takes the reader on an engaging and inspiring voyage that navigates far beyond the scope of sailing. Set sail with Pamela as she experiences limitless life lessons relating to fear, ocean ecology, living in numerous Third World societies, and management of her 50,000 pound sailing vessel Precious Metal.

Pamela will be speaking at the Calgary Club Night on May 6 and also at the Victoria Club Night on May 20.  In addition to sharing her experiences as a sailor, Pamela will also give a brief presentation entitled "If Fish Could Talk".

Additional speaking engagements open to BCA members and the general public:
Summerland Yacht Club:  May 2, 7pm
Maple Bay Yacht Club:  May 22, 7pm


Tags:  author  Pamela Bendall  solo sailor 

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BC Marine Parks Forever Society

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 24, 2014
Updated: April 19, 2014
The Marine Parks Forever Society (MPFS)was formed some 24 years ago by The Council of BC Yacht Clubs (http://www.cbcyachtclubs.ca/) as a registered charity for the sole purpose of raising funds for the acquisition of property and foreshores by BC Parks for the creation of Marine Parks in BC coastal waters. In recent years the society's mandate was amended to include the enhancement and development of existing parks in cooperation with BC Parks. And as many of us who have cruised the BC coast know, the BC Marine Park system is unique in the world and attracts many thousands of visitors each year, including hundreds of boaters from the United States.

Back in 1962, the Council raised and contributed $13,000 of the $75,000 required to purchase what is known as the first marine park in BC, Pirates Cove. In 50+ years since then, CBCYC and the Marine Parks Forever Society have raised approximately $1,235,000. These funds have contributed to the acquisition or expansion of Pirates, Smugglers, and Wakes coves, Allison Harbour, Squitty Bay, Wallace, Jedediah, Musket, Hardy, and Octopus islands. In March 2014, the society contributed $433,000 to the extension of the marine park on Quadra Island, including Small Inlet.

This year (2014), the society is also working with BC Parks to install / improve a standardized shore pin and chain system in some selected Marine Parks (Conover, Princess, Pirates and Jedidiah).

In October 2011, BCA was received 50 copies of the BC Marine Parks Guide; in return for a $10 donation to the society, a copy of the BC Marine Park Guide is yours to enjoy - ask your Chapter bosun for a copy at your next club night!

More information about BC Marine Parks Forever can be found on the society website: http://www.marineparksforever.ca/

Tags:  BC Marine Parks Forever Society  BC Marine Parks Guide  Council of BC Yacht Clubs 

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Recreation Boating Safety Campaign from New Zealand

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 19, 2014
Updated: April 19, 2014

On Sat Apr 5, a group of 11 VI Chapter members young and old, jumped fully clad (complete with foulies and boots) into Victoria's Crystal Pool to practice PFD deployment and life raft deployment.  We quickly learned how difficult it is to swim when weighed down by all our gear and how challenging it is to get into a life raft from the water.  Without exception, everyone of us committed once again to doing everything we can to stay safe and stay onboard our vessels when underway.

It was also at about the same time that I saw Maritime New Zealand's (MNZ's) summer advertising campaign.  It harks back to the glory days of 1980s cop shows (think Starsky and Hutch) to show that, like bulletproof vests, lifejackets don't save people's lives unless they're worn. Police officers Brandon Reynolds & Joe Lyons head to the docks for a bust. Things don't go as planned...  http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/Recreational-Boating/Safety-campaign/

The campaign draws on MNZ's latest research, which shows that men aged 40 plus are the least likely to zip up on the water. Black humour and '80s TV show nostalgia are used to deliver the deadly message that having a lifejacket on board won't save boaties or their mates if things go wrong. Being close to your lifejacket is like being close to your bulletproof vest -- it's just not close enough. People think if they have an accident, they'll have time to put their lifejacket on, but boating tragedies tell a different story.


Tags:  advertising campaign  lifejackets  safety 

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Can You Deploy & Board Your Life Raft??

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 8, 2014
I have been watching with interest the rescue of SV Rebel Heart, approx 900nm off Mexico.  SV Rebel Heart left Mexico approx 2 weeks ago and was headed to the South Pacific when their 13-month-old daughter became very ill. That, compounded with engine troubles, resulted in the call for help. Thanks to California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing, the family is now safe, but they unfortunately have had to scuttle  their boat (their home).

Closer to home, a sail boat sank off Texada Island this past weekend, leaving 6 people in the cold, hypothermic waters of the Strait of Georgia, all of whom were safely rescued. 

These incidents bring into sharp focus the "what if" scenario that we face whenever we set sail. If you had to deploy your life raft, would you be able to board it? Will your PFD right you if you are unconscious and face down? Is your crew able to lift you out of the water using your boat’s MOB gear?

BCA members have the opportunity to learn the essentials regarding use of Life rafts, PFDs and MOB recovery systems on Sat Apr 12.  Are you registered? If not, register today; the cost is $75 per person.  Additional details and registration: http://www.bluewatercruising.org/events/event_details.asp?id=417615&group=

Tags:  Life Raft  MOB safety gear  PFD 

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BCA Founding Member David Lucas (1943 - 2014)

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 7, 2014
Updated: April 5, 2014
I am sorry to report the death of one of BCA's founding members, David Lucas, who drowned last month in rough conditions while swimming at the ocean beach off the small town of Brunswick Heads, NSW, Australia.

David and his first wife, Teresa, were very active in BCA at it's inception (1978) and they designed the burgee we use to this day. Teresa tragically died of ciguatera poisoning while cruising offshore in New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) and her grave there is marked with a plaque bearing the BCA logo.

News of David's death was forwarded to me by BCA member David Johnston who wrote that he was "a very respected and accomplished seaman throughout his life and he made his living on and associated with the sea for the over 45 years that I knew him."

"Between the ages of 65 and 70 David embarked as a crew member on an Australian yacht for voyages to the Antipodes and other Islands 1000 kms south of Australia and New Zealand then across the Southern Ocean to explore the waters in Southern Chile and around Cape Horn. This voyage continued up the East Coast of South America and when David last stayed with us for a few days in Vancouver two years ago he was returning to Australia from a voyage around the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador."

Not only did David Lucas rub shoulders with many bluewater sailors during his years in BC, but according to John Vallentine, his friends also included such luminaries as Bernard Moitessier, the Smeetons and the Hiscocks, to name but a few: http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=1-10061-0-0-0&sID=300755&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=28700670.

A BCA founding member to be proud of indeed!

David is survived by his second wife, Jeanette, and other family in England.

Tags:  BCA Burgee  David Lucas  Teresa Lucas 

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Alberta Connection to Clipper Around the World Yacht Race

Posted By Jennifer Handley, April 5, 2014

Like sailing? Don't like cancer? That's the way it is for Fiona Garforth-Bles who works at the Tom Baker cancer clinic in Calgary. Fiona has signed up for two legs of the Clipper Round the World Yacht race and is raising money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation Clinical Trials Research Unit. You can read more here http://www.rockyviewweekly.com/article/20140217/RVW1101/302179978/-1/RVW/bragg-creek-resident-takes-the-helm-for-race and donate to her cause. Details about where to donate are in the article. (With thanks to Calgary Vice Commodore, Alastair Handley, for drawing attention to this opportunity to support a great cause.)

Tags:  cancer  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race  Fiona Garforth-Bles 

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Vancouver Island Cruising Experience 2014

Posted By Jennifer Handley, March 22, 2014
Updated: March 21, 2014
Thanks to Vancouver Chapter members Carole & Ken Downes who are coordinating VICE 2014!

VICE is a multi-day opportunity for Dreamers to get some offshore experience before actually becoming Doers. A fleet of BCA boats waits for a weather window on the West Coast before sailing out to sea. The idea is to leave in reasonable weather that is similar to what would be experienced during an offshore voyage. The boats head out into the Pacific for two or three days before turning back. This cruise provides a chance to test your boats and yourselves - learning to cook, eat, sleep, test offshore systems, communicate and keep watch at sea.

If you are interested (no commitment necessary) in taking your own boat or crewing on another boat, please e-mail the VICE coordinators through the BCA website (www.bluewatercruising.org). They will help you get in touch with the VICE Fleet so that you can join in the planning.  Register online today for this unique learning opportunity!

Still not sure?  Read the articles about previous VICE experiences in the following editions of Currents (all of which can be found online):

December issues:  2007, 2008, 2009
November issues: 2010
October issues: 2011, 2012

Jennifer

Tags:  crewing  offshore sailing opportunity  VICE 

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Invitation to BCA Members from Martin 242 Fleet

Posted By Jennifer Handley, March 20, 2014


The Vancouver M242 Fleet is actively looking for keen sailors who want to tune up their racing skills with the largest and most active One Design Keel boat fleet in the the Pacific Northwest.  BCA members who are interested in racing are invited to an Open House on Sun April 6 2014 at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (see poster attached at bottom of this post).  

M242 Fleet One sailors race from April to October, every Wednesday night in One Design races run by RVYC. They also race in monthly Round the Buoys regattas as well as some long distance races. 

The April 6 Open House is free and offers a great opportunity for sailors to meet the M242 skippers in the fleet who are looking for crew for the upcoming season. 

Questions about the Open House can be directed to Alan Sturgess, Fleet Captain M242 Fleet One (Sturgess@m242fleetone.org). For more information about the M242 fleet and its racing schedule: www.m242fleetone.org.

Jennifer Handley
Commodore, BCA
 

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Tags:  M242 Fleet  Racing  Vancouver 

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The First Woman to Circumnavigate

Posted By Jennifer Handley, March 9, 2014
Today, March 8, is International Women's Day and I happened to stumble upon a blog posted by the UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research that is not just appropriate to the day, but also has a connection to those of us who set sail for distant shores.  The blogger celebrates a species (Solanum baretiae) whose namesake is French botanist Jeanne Baret (1740-1807). According to the blog, Jeanne was the first woman to circumnavigate the world, albeit disguised as a man. In the pursuit of her passion for botany and in order to accompany her lover, Philibert Commerson, (also a botanist), she sailed on the ship, L'Étoile, under the command of Louis Antoine de Bougainville. To read the full blog, go to http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/potd/2014/03/solanum-baretiae.php.

Further investigation led to a book by Glynis Ridley that I am tempted to read now that I have apparently will have more time on my hands as a "retiree" - The Discovery of Jeanne Baret:  A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe.

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Tags:  first woman circumnavigator  Jeanne Baret 

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