After 50 years, there are a lot of people by now who have DONE the VIC MAUI race. Far fewer have WON the VIC MAUI race. We're fortunate this SATURDAY to have PETER SALUSBURY on site. Peter was the 2014 VIC MAUI CHAMPION aboard his purpose built LONGBOARD.
Come join the adventure from the comfort of the GRANVILLE ISLAND classroom. VIC MAUI, 50 years of pine trees to palm trees is SATURDAY at 1300 hours.
~ YACHT EXPO SEMINARS benefit the VANCOUVER FOOD BANK ~ join the fun ~ learn ~ support a great cause ~
all our presenters volunteer & your only cost is a donation to this great cause
2652 Miles, 2 boats, 8 weeks: Sidney to Juneau Alaska and Back.
John Gourlay, our head Instructor at Cooper Boating, took two groups aboard powerboats Electra, and Island Roamer on an epic journey up the Inside Passage to the stunning and beautiful waters of Alaska. John has stories of route planning, the unexpected, and the WOW factor of it all.
Come hear John Gourlay speak on NOVEMBER 21 about this Alaska adventure with waterfalls, glaciers and bears. . . Oh My!
WOW! If you've been struggling on that decision between your Falcon jet, a new exotic car, or adding a hundred feet of boat to your inventory, well FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW was the place to be 'efficient with all your choices'. Grab your entourage & have some fun.
While touring the various superyachts, it was clear that CIRCLES are back in. Why do stripes when you can add circles down the side of your boat?
This one has overlapping circles - very CHIC!
Speaking of CIRCLES, bring your wheels right to the dock. That way the shipwrights can figure out how to match the paint on your various rides, or find a boat big enough to roll the wheels right aboard. You'll note this little 'tub' just didn't match up with the ride.
Speaking of circles, there are plenty of lights top & bottom. This one was sparkling at sundown in front of her red carpet. While not circular in nature, this RV inspired 'bumpout 'is essential for summoning 'your peeps':
If you need a great dose of excess, mark your calendars for the FLIBS!! It was so much fun!!!
A decision on a snowy engineering job site led to a phone call which fostered a lifetime of sailing adventures - ultimately an entire book of sailing memoirs.
How exactly does THAT happen?
Join ALAN BOREHAM on NOVEMBER 21 at 1600hrs as he shares the adventures of sailing to & through the SOUTH PACIFIC - at our GRANVILLE ISLAND LOCATION.
Alan is a sailor & world traveller. In 1982, Alan left Vancouver to sail to Hawaii on an offshore training course and continued on, working his way across the South Pacific aboard sailing yachts. He is an author & travel writer & lives in North Vancouver.
After returning from cruising, he joined COOPER BOATING as head instructor before heading for points east. His recent collaborative effort "BEER IN THE BILGES" represents both memoirs from the epic journey & a reminder to get out and enjoy adventures by boat.
You can often find him hanging around Cooper Boating on Granville Island. He’s one of our Instructors, and also one of our capable crew aboard our entry boat Alegria for the 2016 VicMaui race.
Right now, Tom is trying out some new safety gear for ascending and descending masts- I’ve been given the task of contact person- I am standing in the nice warm office with my coffee in one hand, 2 way radio in the other- watching Tom out in the crisp air wrangling lines.
“Hello Max, testing”. Says Tom. Max has just gone to lunch.
“Max isn’t here Tom, It’s Jeny”.
“Ok great- just testing my emergency line”
“Oh don’t worry Tom”, I say, “ you’re completely safe in my very capable puppeteering manipulative hands”.
There’s a short burst of static. . . did he drop the radio?
“Oh!” he chuckles, “that’s - really. . . great!”
I think he likes Max better. It’s probably a guy thing.
~ CONGRATULATIONS to PETER & his sailing friend CATHY (not to be confused at all with his WIFE PATRICIA) ~
PETER & CATHY had their THREE HOUR CRUISE with CAPTAIN NIGEL ~ we're just so pleased that they didn't become 'castaways'
~ both avid sailors, PETER said he thinks the "DARK SIDE" is great & CATHY was totally amazed with NIGEL's handling of the boat in very tight quarters ~
if you would like to check out NETTA JEAN for your own magical trip, cruise to the next article on our blog & check her out ~~ NETTA JEAN is available for your next power boat charter adventure in BEAUTIFUL BRITISH COLUMBIA