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OCA 2019 - Eleven Years on the Old Man's Old Boat

Join BCA members Jim Shortreed and Andrea England, as they share the story of Jim’s preparations for sailing the South Pacific aboard his Old Man’s 36-foot boat Island Prism and their serendipitous meeting on the tropical island of Vava’u, Tonga. Adventure abounds solo sailing across the Pacific, paradise island hoping all the while learning how to survive on a small boat.

When: Friday, March 8, 2019
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson St
Vancouver, British Columbia 
Contact: Anne Trudel

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About the Adventure Talk

In 1982, after eight years of boat building, Les and Audrey Shortreed launched their 36' sloop 'Island Prism'. When Les passed away, the boat went to their oldest son Jim. Dreaming of bluewater sailing over post-hockey beers, Jim turned fantasy into solid plans, and in 2007 he and Island Prism left the shores of Canada to search for adventure and romance. He found both.

On the tropical island of Vava'u, Tonga, Jim met Andrea. Paradise island hopping was wonderful fun- but how did the love triangle of man, woman and boat fare when international passages became part of the equation? After all, seasickness and marine heads are not the stuff of romance- but the freedom gained from a life at sea can help make dreams come true.

Find out about Jim's non-stop 68 night solo sail from Thailand to New Zealand. Discover how to sail across the Pacific the wrong way, see how Andrea found her passion for art reignited by cruising life and learn how to survive on a small boat with no means to chill your wine. There's also a love story.

About The Speakers

Jim and Andrea met sailing in the South Pacific and now call Victoria home. Since their return in 2018 they have continued to pursue their passion with Andrea focussing on her art including illustrating "Marine Diesel Essentials- A Learning and Colouring Book" and Jim serving as captain and chief bottle washer on their sailboat Island Prism.  They now sail the pacific northwest and plan on exploring the Broughton Archipelago during the coming summer, whilst plotting future blue water adventures.


Tickets are available online and at the door.  The price of admission includes a slice of gourmet pizza; bar service (wine and beer) is available.

BCA members:  $10

Non members:  $15



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