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VI Mid-Island 2018 – Women and the Realities of Voyaging

Topics of interest to women. AM: Liza​ will present ‘Voyaging Realities & Routines,’ what it's really like to be at sea, with some open discussion about boat organization, living in close quarters, & more! PM: Agathe will facilitate an interactive discussion & small group work sessions to empower the participants to make the decisions THEY need to prepare for long-term cruising by identifying their areas of comfort/discomfort & make individual action plans to prepare for the Great Adventure!

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
9:30 AM
Where: St. Mary’s Church Hall
2600 Powder Point Road
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia  V9P 9E8
Presenter: Liza Copeland/Agathe Gaulin
Contact: Kathy Swangard/Agathe Gaulin
250-821-6265 Kate / 250-339-5654 Agathe

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Join us for a full day seminar and discussions broaching subjects of particular interest and concern for women who are planning an offshore adventure, or to set off for extended cruising.


In the morning, Liza Copeland will present a seminar called ‘Voyaging Realities and Routines’. What is it really like to be at sea? The many tips in this seminar about departure routines and requirements; routes and world weather systems; storm avoidance and storm strategies; sails, sail plans and chafe; on board safety rules and watch-keeping routines; radio nets and resources; cooking, cleaning, fishing, seasickness, guests and crew will turn a possible nightmare into a positive memorable experience. Liza and Andy Copeland did a six year circumnavigation with their three children, in their Beneteau 38, Bagheera, which has taken them 124,000 nautical miles to 114 countries. Liza is a best selling author of cruising books and is a well-known presenter at major boat shows worldwide.

Liza will add a few things to think about when planning your voyage, or even your next passage:
1. Arrival Procedures and Travel Tips Ashore (being prepared and doing your research)
2. Creative Boat Organization Below (time to share ideas and experiences)
3. Technical and Practical Preparations for Coastal and Offshore Cruising
4. How to live with your partner/crew 24 hours a day for extended periods in close quarters!



In the afternoon, Agathe Gaulin will lead an interactive discussion and small group work sessions to empower the participants to make the decisions THEY need to prepare for long-term cruising. BCA's Fleet group and training seminars are a great way for women to acquire the multitude of skills needed to sail offshore. However, most women retain an underlying fear that they are not fully ready to untie the mooring lines and sail away. This 3 hour seminar helps women identify their areas of comfort and discomfort along with their motivations for sailing offshore. We'll look at the multiplicity of roles one has to take on to safely and efficiently sail our boats and then develop individual action plans to better prepare oneself for the Great Adventure! This workshop is all about building self-awareness, sorting out fears from lack of competency and experience, and then planning to DO something about it. An added bonus is the potential for creating a support network with like-minded women. Agathe is an experienced facilitator and consultant in organisational development. Her qualifications include a Master’s degree in Adult education and ISP Association Yachtmaster Offshore and Sailing instructor certification. She is a BCA “Doner” having competed in the 2012 Vic-Maui and delivered a Vic-Maui boat to Victoria in 2016. She and Georgette Duhaime own Free Spirit, a Spencer 44, being prepped for extended voyaging.


LunchCoffee and teas will be available.  Bring your own bag lunch. There is a microwave and electric stove available.  We suggest you bring a lunch which you might prepare while underway in your boat. “Show and tell” for those who wish to share their recipe/idea/choice.

Wrap-up Happy Hour: BYOB and Appie potluck.  Departure between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.


Registration: BCA members and Non-members can register using the Register link above, or reach out to either of the two Contacts for assistance with Non-member registration - please provide name and contact information <>

Car-Pooling: Location is Nanoose Bay, BC near Nanaimo. We can assist members coming from Victoria and other points with car-pooling. Driving time from Victoria is 1.5 - 2 hours depending on traffic and departure point. Car-pooling assistance available from either of the two Contacts. 

BCA member: $35
Non-members: $35


Maximum Class Size: 35 students

Cancellation: There is a $15 processing fee in the event of participant cancellation.


We look forward to a great turnout!

Kate Swangard
VI Mid-Island Representative


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