MIST (Mid Island Sail Training) is a weekend of camaraderie and fun with the goal of making us better sailors in a more basic, practical sense. It is hoped that participants will arrive at the docks at Newcastle Island, Nanaimo with their boats, although in the past we have had "boatless" people who have managed to book berths on others boats and have a great time.
Friday, May 5
Please bring something to contribute to an informal happy hour at 5pm on Protection Island (Grace & Rob Dodge, hosts).
Saturday, May 6: 9:00am - 5:00pm
The main theme this year will be navigating without your electronics including dead reckoning, using depth contours and celestial navigation. We will go over the function of your sextant, what to buy if you don't already own one, how to ensure it hasn't been dropped and knocked out of adjustment and how to readjust if needed. There will be "classroom" time on Saturday and time on the boats figuring out where best to take the sights from and your eyes elevation. This will be followed by some theory and the calculations to take a noon sight establishing both your latitude and longitude.
Potluck supper on Protection Island.
Sunday, May 7: 9:00am - ??
A day on the water at a predetermined location in the middle of the Strait; boats will sail on one or more dead reckoning exercises after generating a compass deviation card and with a bit of luck will get a mer-pass position.
The program always seems to evolve with the interests and needs of the participants so don't be afraid to request any non electronic training you may want - heaving too, reefing on ALL points of sail, wind vanes etc.
MIST is limited to 22 people.
Advance registration is required - please email email@example.com or call 250-753-1245.
Cost per participant is $10, payable upon arrival.
Newcastle Island dock or mooring buoys, or anchoring in Mark Bay.
Skippers are encouraged to bring a mentor along with them. Request one when registering or search under RESOURCES/MENTORS on the BCA website.
Don't have a boat?
Boat-less sailors who wish to participate as crew can also register by contacting Rob Dodge; effort will be made to find a host boat and accommodation. Boat-less sailors are also encouraged to ask at Club Nights and/or use the website to try and line up their own ride.