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Welcome to our Bluewater Cruising Community!

The mission of Bluewater Cruising Association is to foster seamanship and friendship for people with an active interest in offshore cruising.  We achieve this by providing a forum for communication and information exchange among members through regular meetings, social events, courses and especially, the Association's widely acclaimed publication, "Currents".

Education is a cornerstone of the Association. We teach aspiring offshore sailors how to prepare themselves and their boats for sailing beyond protected coastal waters. Sail around Vancouver Island, to Mexico, to Bora Bora or around the world! We can help you realize your offshore sailing dreams with the appropriate marine courses, a focus group of sailors like you getting ready to go, an offshore trial voyage and guidance from experienced mentors.  To learn more, please click the blue Education button on the left side of the page.

BCA's membership is diverse and includes a wide range of experience: "Doners", who have returned home after completing an offshore passage; "Doers", who are still out there cruising; and "Dreamers", who are considering or actively planning an offshore adventure.

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Ever since the first awards were presented in November 1978, BCA has recognized its members’ achievements at annual awards ceremonies. So, if your answer to any or all of the following questions is "yes", now is the time to act!

  • Have you just returned from offshore?  Are you eligible for a cruising award?
  • Are you retiring from a Chapter Watch or the Board of Directors after a minimum of three consecutive years of service?
  • Do you know someone who is eligible for a cruising or service award or deserves special recognition with a perpetual award?

If you think you are eligible for an award, or know someone who is, please speak up!  The greatest compliment you can pay to a fellow BCA member is to put them forward as a nominee.

Cruising Awards

The Cruising Awards honour the sailing achievements of BCA skippers and their crews and/or their safe return to home port:

  • Coastal 999 Award
  • Offshore Crew Award
  • Offshore Skipper’s Award
  • Owner’s Offshore Award
  • Cape Horn Award
  • Circumnavigation Award

Service Awards

The Service Awards recognize individuals who have served at the Chapter or Board of Director level, for an extended period of time, and those who are particularly deserving of recognition due to their unflagging volunteer contributions.

  • Service Award (for “retiring” Watchkeepers)
  • Rudi Seifert Keeper of the Light Award

Perpetual Awards

The Perpetual Awards acknowledge unique sailing, organizational and sometimes humorous achievements and / or actions that are worthy of recognition; they are awarded from time to time:

  • Peter Doherty Goodwill Ambassador Award
  • Ben Rusi Seamanship Award
  • Doug Mitchell Memorial Single Hander’s Award
  • Antares Pacific High Finders’ Award
  • Ted Long Award

Nomination / Application Process

To apply for and/or nominate other members for any of the above awards, please email Past Commodore, Jennifer Handley.  All applicants for cruising awards will be required to provide detail about the qualifying voyage(s), including dates.  Nominations for Service or Perpetual awards will be required to include detail about nature of service to BCA, including dates, and/or address specific award criteria.

Application deadline is October 31, 2018.

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