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Vancouver Club Night: "The Forgotten Middle"
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Join Steve and Tricia Nash as they share pictures and stories of their journeys aboard KUYIMA, their Waterline 47, as they make their way from southern Mexico, across the infamous Gulf of Tehuantepec to El Salvador, Nicaragua and pacific Central America, through the Panama Canal, then north in the western Caribbean to Rio Dulce, Guatemala, Belize and Caribbean Mexico.

When: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
7:00 PM - 10 PM
Where: Scottish Cultural Center
8886 Hudson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia  V6P 4M9
Presenter: Steve and Tricia Nash
Contact: Speakers Watchkeeper

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Discovering “The Forgotten Middle” 

Cruising “rustic” El Salvador to tropical Belize via the Panama Canal



Turquoise seas, lush forests, Maya ruins, bustling markets, friendly people, diverse, indigenous culture, deserted beaches, exotic wildlife, numerous volcanoes (300+), great winter weather, world class fishing and diving, and, most importantly to the modern day explorer by sea, challenging but uncrowded and easily accessible cruising grounds;......Middle, or Central, America continues to evolve into one of the world’s top sailing destinations!

Long plagued by a violent history, political instability and crippling poverty, until recently Central America was better known as home to civil war, armed guerrillas, death squads and corrupt dictators - than to warm and welcome…and safe… cruising grounds. With this in mind, for many years most sailors heading south either turned quickly right, bound for the South Pacific or made a beeline from Mexico to the Canal and eastern Caribbean.

Since the end of this period and the advent of “la Paz” (the peace), in the mid 1990’s, Middle America has become a much more friendly, welcoming and…most importantly, a safer and easier place to cruise. In the past 10-15 years the region has slowly changed from a true “adventure” ( ie., very sketchy) destination with few facilities and real challenges, to one that still offers adventure and very rustic, and inexpensive lifestyle, but is also reasonably safe and increasingly popular to tour, cruise and even live/retire…in fact, as of 2017 Central America is now home to 3 of the world’s top ten countries to retire to…(Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua…Mexico is ranked #1).




Based in Vancouver, BC., BCA members Steve and Tricia Nash are owners of SeaRoom Yachting Services, which specializes in coastal and offshore consulting, preparation and at sea training. A former Navy officer, lawyer and businessman, Steve is an advanced sail instructor with ISPA and IYT. Tricia, his wife, is a former commercial pilot and now a converted, and experienced, offshore sailor.

In 2011, after time cruising the waters in BC and Washington, Tricia and Steve turned Kuyima left and headed for California and points south. Each summer season they make their home in Vancouver and each winter season they head south to sail Kuyima. Currently Kuyima is moored in St. Petersburg, Florida. Next season they plan to cruise Cuba and then explore the eastern seaboard of the US.

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