BEAUTIFUL weather at the VANCOUVER BOAT SHOW for 2014 ~
we are partnered with DISCOVER BOATING to do short demonstration rides on small power boats & sailboats ~ here's club member KAY enjoying a quick 40 knot ride on the GLACIER BAY catamaran ~ can't wipe the smile off his face
the sailors are having a great time as well
a host of boat show specials on sailing & power courses, charters & club memberships
you can also drop by our booth at BC PLACE & try your hand at similated CATAMARAN handling!
to sail hard or not to sail hard?
THAT is the question
there are times aboard to push a little, grow a little and see what you’re made of
at other times, it’s best to kick back & CHILLAX ~ allowing others to take the above steps while you just recharge in the magical way that life afloat affords
so goes the story of “ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY” getting his ears (so to speak)
while visiting the BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS for the first time years back, a question surfaced about his intent to be the skipper (as the veteran sailor / senior ‘officer’ aboard – otherwise known as the 'boss')
“YOU be the SKIPPER ~ I’LL be the ADMIRAL ~ over there reading my book!”
combine this quick statement to a regular desire to make increasingly more challenging treasure hunts each EASTER weekend
these concepts combine to the name “ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY” ~ the name has stuck since
more recently, CREW CLUB cruises with freshly minted crews with a combination of eager people to push forward, ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY prefers to kick back & relax
“DO WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE WITH THE BOAT (as long as I don’t have to call the owner or the insurance company!) is the standard line honed from this approach
so, when joining a capable crew, some push forward, some CHILLAX, but everyone having an enjoyable time is THE objective
JUST HAVING FUN ~ an admirable goal from ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY
the days are back getting longer & that indicates we’re back on our way to boating season (when does it really end anyways?!)
the year kicks off with the POLAR BEAR CRUISE JANUARY 1 & roars along to our HOLIDAY PARTY in DECEMBER, with plenty of large & small adventures in between
here are a few highlights:
january 5 FIRST sunday sail of 2014 ~ casual sailing through our CREW CLUB
january 22 * earliest VANCOUVER BOAT SHOW ever! ~ join our SHOW & TELL & grab a free ticket!
april 17 ~ easter FLOTILLA ~ boat show is early & easter is about as late as it gets this year ~ check out our 2013 photo logbook
may 9 ~ friday night RACING ~ become a FRIDAY NIGHTER!
may 15 ~ MAY LOOOOONG weekend cruise ~ our long weekends are longer
june 8 ~ circumnavigation of VANCOUVER ISLAND ~ course & rally
june 14 * * * BROUGHTONS FLOTILLA * * * with the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM
july 3-7 VICTORIA -MAUI 2014 (our crew is SOLD OUT)
july 20 - 25 ~ WHIDBEY ISLAND RACE WEEK
july 26 ~ VIC-MAUI banquet in MAUI
july 27 ~ MAUI back to BC offshore course/passage (our crew SOLD OUT)
october 26 ~ BAJA HA HA – rally from san diego to cabo san lucas
november 23 ~ ATLANTIC RALLY FOR CRUISERS ~ cruise rally style across the ATLANTIC from LAS PALMAS to ST LUCIA
this is just a sample of some of the great adventures ahead -- check back for more as the season gets rolling
Subject: TIS the SEASON - give the gift of JOY on the WATER
(Posted on Dec 6, 2013 at 11:08AM by Maya Tatuch)
a GIFT CERTIFICATE for BOATING COURSES and ADVENTURES will be the best way to have your loved ones realize their DREAMS.
let the COOPER ELVES customize a special certificate for you!
we are open daily at our office on GRANVILLE ISLAND from 9AM - 5PM, with just a few exceptions
Dec 24th 9AM - 1PM
Dec 25th closed
Dec 26th closed
Dec 31st 9AM- 1 PM
Jan 1st closed
Subject: explore the BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO with the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM
(Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 03:46PM by Colin Jackson)
NORTH of DESOLATION SOUND & CAMPBELL RIVER ~ but still within the protection of our lovely VANCOUVER ISLAND is the BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO & your once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore it as part of a group led by the DREAMSPEAKER CRUISING GUIDE TEAM is here
this captivating group of islands, islets & passages that make up an exquisite region remains chalked full of wildlife, untouched harbours & quaint villages
your leaders literally WROTE THE BOOK on this region & plenty of great times were had at their 2013 event in DESOLATION SOUND
our adventure begins JUNE 14 2014
come to our session & meet the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM LIVE & IN PERSON
got a book? ~ get it autographed ~
need a book? ~ we can hook you up! ~
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1 at GRANVILLE ISLAND (starts 6.30pm) RSVP
check back at our site, we'll roll the cameras to capture some fo the 'preliminary' magic
this summer we have seen orcas, humpbacks & pods of white sided dolphins in the region ~ the fall has different adventures in store
magnificent sailing & boating adventures await once you have that big boat experience & this is the official launch of the “OTHER” sailing season ….. the season that has clear blue skies & empty anchorages in all of our favorite cruising areas
remember that all the boats are well equipped with furnaces, you’re always warmer when you share a cabin & you get a chance to try out your new “foulies”
our SIMPLE PLEASURES FLOTILLA is a great event where every crew brings a pot luck food dish & we share our offerings on the biggest boat or rafted boats in the flotilla ~ bring your best dish & an appetite!
we board FRIDAY EVENING & review weather & the fun ahead of us as a group at 6.30 pm at GRANVILLE ISLAND
weather permitting, we leave SATURDAY morning from VANCOUVER bound for the GIBSONS area
we’ll recover from the POTLUCK on SATURDAY night by crashing the famous MOLLY’S REACH in GIBSONS for breakfast before navigating to SNUG COVE on BOWEN ISLAND
on MONDAY we shall observe REMEMBRANCE DAY & thank our fallen heroes with a special ceremony for mariners, then sail home, having enjoyed the SIMPLE PLEASURES of great people, a great pastime & some wonderful food - check out last year's event highlights
DATES: boarding FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8 for 6.30 briefing – home on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 by 5pm
CONTACT: 604-687-4110 to book a charter boat or to join a group of members through the CREW CLUB
Subject: knockout weekend ahead ~ little decisions for BIG ADVENTURES
(Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:30PM by Colin Jackson)
we have a knockout weekend ahead ~ NOVEMBER 1 - 2 - 3 ~
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1
~ from 6.30-8.30 pm on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1, we have a YOLO evening (You Only Live Once) to help you with those life changing decisions to put a big boating adventure into your life ~ many adventurers agree that the only real decision is the one to go in the first place ~ the rest falls into place after a relatively small decision to DO SOMETHING
~ we have the CHAIRMAN of the VIC-MAUI race on site to talk about the exciting group of boats heading off in the 2014 edition of this ocean classic this coming JULY ~
~ we will also be exploring the adventure that is ALASKA to and from GLACIER BAY ~
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2
big boat handling ~ strategies clinic
power & sail, some of us find the big boats much easier to handle than their smaller counterparts ~ so if you'd like to take bigger groups & bigger boats (or just the bigger boats) ~ come learn all the magic behind driving what you previously thought of as monsters
a combination of chalk talk ashore & hands on experience is sure to delight ~ power & sail ~ clinic designed for 45'+
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3
one of the biggest decisions, & for many, the realization of a lifetime dream is the purchase of a boat ~ our BOAT BUYING SEMINAR arms you with the right information to know how the game is played
contact us today about the knockout weekend ~ we look forward to helping with those small decisions that can change your life
a couple humpack whales decided that this fantastic THANKSGIVING FLOTILLA was too much to miss... they have joined our little adventure!!
others think the event is great too... lots of sailing so far from SIDNEY base
this update brought to you in real time from COULL ENDEAVOUR!!
Subject: The next BIG FUN event at Cooper Boating – THANKSGIVING FLOTILLA
(Posted on Sep 20, 2013 at 02:28PM by Maya Tatuch)
So many of us look forward to this excellent event - a long weekend sharing boating, food and friendship!
This year our trip boards Friday October 11th in Vancouver with a couple of boats joining us from Sidney.
We’re heading thru Porlier Pass on the 12th …. Around noon and so our departure time should be 0800hrs.
Thetis Island Marina and Pub is our destination. The PUB will be open with its regular menu.
The next day we’re heading for Silva Bay - slack current thru Gabriola Pass during daylight hours is near noon on Sunday.
Recommendation is to go through the pass at noon and take in the wonderful Gabriola Art Studio Tour.
Silva Bay Marina has reservations for us and the Pub is serving Thanksgiving Dinner …. Reservations will be required.
Call to get your favourite boat booked now!
complete with their entourage, one of the pods of our resident J clan wandered through ACTIVE PASS – while it was clear from the followers on the various whale watching boats that they were present, they ran deep around us & we only saw them off in the distance along the MAYNE ISLAND shore
these giants travel as a family & one must wonder if they feel like the local royal family with all the paparazzi types out to see them… or maybe they like the attention & socializing
this video clearly taken by somebody that had more luck than we did on a recent delivery, but we are happy they found some space from those chasing them (with cameras)!
for more information, WIKIPEDIA has some great info on our SRKW’s (aka ORCAS of the SALISH SEA)
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