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Vancouver Island Cruising Experience (VICE) 2019
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There is no preparation for going offshore quite like being offshore. You can do this by joining VICE (Vancouver Island Cruising Experience).

2019-07-20 to 2019-07-24
When: July 20 - 28, 2019
Where: West Coast Vancouver Island
Contact: Dave Wilson

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There is no preparation for going offshore quite like being offshore. You can do this by joining VICE (Vancouver Island Cruising Experience). 

Each year a number of BCA vessels from all three chapters get together online to plan a multi-day offshore trip usually in late June/early July. They wait for a weather window off the West Coast of Vancouver Island before sailing out to sea. The idea is to leave in reasonable weather that is similar to what you will be experiencing on your offshore voyage.

The boats head out into the Pacific (generally west) for two or three days sailing towards a selected GPS destination before turning back. This shakedown cruise will give you a chance to test your boat and yourselves – cooking, eating, sleeping, using offshore systems, communicating and keeping watch at sea – the skills you will need when you leave on your real voyage. VICE also gives you the opportunity to practice manoeuvres like heaving to and deploying a drogue or storm anchor – best practised before Mother Nature puts you to the test!

Boats that participate in VICE may be looking for crew. This is a golden opportunity for boatless dreamers to experience life on board, prior to buying and equipping a boat.

VICE 2019 starts with boats gathering in Bamfield on or prior to July 20. We will depart on July 20 (depending on weather) for an offshore point approximately 100nm from our starting point and sail out and back in an effort to experience a proper taste of going offshore. Our destination (GPS coordinates) will be finalized a bit closer to the time, depending on forecasted weather.

If you are interesting in learning more about VICE, reading past reports from cruisers who have tried it out, or want to sign up (or put your name down as crew), please visit the VICE Group link, here.

To complete your sign up, you must:

1. Join the VICE Group

2. Register and pay the $25 fee (above)

3. Fill out the Google Sheet

4. Complete a BCA Liability Waiver for VICE

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