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Vancouver Club Night - Sailing the South Indian Ocean & Around the Cape of Good Hope
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You’ve sailed the South Pacific and you are in New Zealand, Australia, or SE Asia—now what?!

When: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:00 PM
Where: Scottish Cultural Centre
8886 Hudson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia 
Contact: Heather Marshall

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You’ve sailed the South Pacific and you are in New Zealand, Australia, or SE Asia—now what?!

Cresswell Walker and Irena Chmielowicz, aboard Conversations, took a less-travelled route home from the South Pacific and will share memories of the passage at our last Club night of the season.

One of the biggest barriers to sailing the South Pacific, and onward around the world in most people’s minds is the leg from Australia and SE Asia. It’s a tough sail back eastward across the Pacific without the tradewinds working for you. Continuing westward, with pirates still a problem along the route across the northern Indian Ocean to the Red Sea and the Mediterranean, presents few options. The only real options for moving westward are shipping your boat to the Mediterranean aboard a freighter (expensive), or sailing Southern Indian Ocean and rounding the Cape of Good Hope and South Africa (scary).

But hold on! If you have sailed the South Pacific, you can sail the South Indian Ocean and round the Cape of Good Hope. It is some of the best and most beautiful sailing on the planet. This talk will show you why you might want to, and how to do it safely. We will look at some of the wonders of this not much sailed stretch of the world and speak to what you want in a boat, your boat’s equipment and crew to make this passage safely.

About The Speaker

Cresswell is a life-long sailor, having gotten his start at the age of 10 racing dinghies. He and his partner Irena have completed a 10 year, 50,000 mile circumnavigation. Most recently, he and Irena have participated in the Baja Bungee, a rally from San Carlos to Puerto Vallarta and back.  A lifetime of sailing has built an expertise that is bone deep, sailing safely, conservatively and professionally and having fun doing it. His work as a Captain also draws on a lifetime of adventure and professional experience. Cresswell has two professional careers: as an award-winning Professional Urban Planner, and as an Executive Coach and Organizational Development Consultant. He has published his sailing experiences in “A Voyage of Uncommon Sense: Sailing the 7Cs to Purpose, Passion and Power”. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

BCA Members: 5$; Non-members: $10 (cash only at the door).

The bar will be open as usual.

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