(Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 01:43PM by DANIELLE robertson)
as the french national anthem was sung dockside it could only mean one thing... that ANTOINE CENSI
had been awarded the gold medal at the JIBSET CLUB’S first annual docking HULLYMPICS ~~
7 participants competed in 3 events, and FRANCE CAME OUT ON TOP~~congratulations ANTOINE!
& of course PETER & HARRY, our silver & bronze medalists!
photo: harry pratt
~UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY~
the MYSTERY CRUISE was a huge success ~ ~ we had some great wind and a great crew,
with the infamous stephen desroches skippering CASSIOPEIA, our beautiful & FULLY ENCLOSED
bavaria 42 that is currently living in vancouver ~ ~ here’s what our winners had to say:
“Jason and I really wanted to thank everyone at Coopers Boating for organizing such a great day out on the water.
Stephen was fantastic and we both truly enjoyed ourselves. We are honestly grateful to have been invited.” -Toula
“It was a perfect day..... Stephen is marvellous and so entertaining - he gets the message out while making sure
everyone is keeping safe and having fun! The weather was perfect. Lots of wind for some really exciting sailing.
The crew was great - a perfect mix....The boat was fabulous - how lucky was I to be included on a stellar day like that!
I can't thank you enough!” -Kathleen
just another great weekend at cooper boating!
CASSIOPEIA (bavaria 42) is raring to go for your off-season adventure ~ her full enclosure makes sailing at this time of the year especially pleasant
No experience required, but a sense of humor is essential!
As a CREW CLUB member, you get to take the helm, pull lines, tie knots and be part of the planning process, all under
the direction of a qualified skipper.
$39 per month, then pay as you go to various events
For a calender of events visit http://cooperboating.com/events/
There is even a FREE one month trial if you just want to try it out!
Coming up is our THANKSGIVING FLOTILLA cruising to THETIS ISLAND through PORLIER PASS - then up to GABRIOLA ISLAND
to stay at SILVA BAY before heading home.
This is all over the long weekend OCtober 10-13, boarding on Friday evening and returning Monday.
Become a temporary member and come along! We need a few more people on CORUS, our beautiful Bavaria 50.
Contact Danielle or Dawn at 604-683-6837
JOHN has been part of the sailing club for a few years now ~ having been a regular at FRIDAY NIGHT RACING, & needing a release from the accounting job, a suggestion came his way to do a series together at a higher level with a consistent crew
despite going through some big changes including a move & way too much work, JOHN stepped up to compete in the FALSE CREEK YACHT CLUB thursday night series ~ he had a team of JIB SET members that raced through AUGUST & early SEPTEMBER evenings
how'd it go?
thanks to a new crew, a few light air evenings & the gymnastics of that spinnaker, it was a few evenings before the crew made it all the way around for a finish ~~ but the crew certainly improved throughout the series & there is a sign of stronger performances to come
after sailing, the crews often got together at FCYC to share tips & tell a few lies over drinks & a meal
our favourite quote circled around a boat that showed up to the start area ~ & despite not being registered to race ~ helped the new crew with additional challenges at the start line --- the quote that followed
directed at the rogue skipper: "register a boat & come fight like a man"
congratulations JOHN on stepping up to a higher level of competition ~ keep it up!
& YES ~ ENGLISH BAY IS A SPECTACULAR place
DOUG & PATRICIA ~ one of our favourite 'inspirational cruising couples' from CALGARY
~ certainly a little background is in order ~ DOUG was retired when we met him & PATRICIA remained working ~ as DOUG contemplated yacht ownership through our charter program, one of his many quotable moments surfaced:
DOUG: "I need something to do ~ how about you put fuel in the chase boat & I can go out and help people?
RESPONSE: "2/3 of our callouts relate to challenges with sewage systems - we're thinking of calling the place "POOPER boating"
DOUG: "I'll do 1/3 of your callouts"
~ & so it went ~ with almost no experience & living land locked in ALBERTA, this couple bought a cruising catamaran with the aspiration of cruising it to ALASKA, while training
how'd it go?
check out their story as published in PACIFIC YACHTING, & be sure to register your interest for your very own ALASKA adventure (we're heading there in SPRING 2015 as a group)
ps - our couple are now POWER BOAT adventurers, perhaps you will join DOUG on the next trip to ALASKA with a slightly different flavour ~ being retired & having wife & kids away working, DOUG has named his dog after TOM HANKS' volleyball "WILSON" in "CASTAWAY" ~ come to ALASKA & help DOUG back out of retirement!
DR. KEN owns a beautiful cruising boat in our fleet, let's check out DR. KEN's big adventure from this year ~
<<REWIND: september 2013
DR. KEN: well, I've got the time off in july ~ am I racing with you to HAWAII or should I head out on my own boat?
RESPONSE: let me check with the owner of the boat ~ hang on
how'd it go?
FORWARD>>: july 2014, about 120nm from MAUI
DR. KEN: do you think we've got a little too much sail up? (winds near 50 knots)
RESPONSE: (from owner of the boat): this is FUN
DR. KEN: right
~ the tail end of TROPICAL STORM WALI was quite the adventure ~ the boat was going 13knots with just a 105% jib up & rain… never seen rain like that before, but the next morning ALEGRIA pulled into MAUI in typical conditions for paradise… catch the landfall here:
let's get YOU in these sort of pictures... starts with a key decision to do something SPECTACULAR
A truly great navigator uses all the tools available to monitor where they are and where they are going.
Courses at this level focus on the different tools, and how to bring them together.
The format allows you to learn one piece at a time- and together they combine to a national certification.
1. Understanding Weather
Thursday October 2+Thursday October 9
2 evenings 6:30 to 9:30 for two consecutive Thursdays
Understand weather from a boaters’ perspective, with an emphasis on examining global
forces as they drive local conditions, as well as interpreting forecasts and weather maps
Dont let this be you!!
2. Electronic Charts
Saturday October 4
1 full day 9-5
Gain a basic understanding of different types of electronic charts, their features and limitaions,
and learn how to record waypoints and build a route
4. Understanding Radar
Wednesday October 15
1 evening 6:30 to 9:30 + 1 day practical the following Saturday (October 18) 9-5
Discover how to use radar to fix a position, track and identify targets and avoid collision
5. Advanced Passage Planning
Friday October 24
1 evening 6:30-9:30
Board following Friday until Sunday (October 31-November 2)
This on the water practical is the final component of the CYA Advanced Navigation Standard
The first four courses can be done with only Coastal Navigation as a prerequisite, however
to do the Advanced Passage Planning all other Advanced courses must be completed first.
After completion of all 5 modules, you will receive your CYA Advanced Navigation certification.
flotillas are fantastic opportunities to cruise in company with other boats
~ travelling with a group gives you the comfort of safety in numbers, & a platform to meet people with similar nautical interests ~
the generally relaxed schedule, provide opportunities to participate as much or as little as you please- so even on the same trip, the social butterflies & the bookworms each find their little piece of holiday heaven
~ thanksgiving weekend flotilla ~
FRIDAY october 10th @ 6pm ~ monday october 13th @ 5pm
board FRIDAY evening at 6pm, leaving the docks SATURDAY morning and heading to THETIS ISLAND through PORLIER PASS
from there we'll head up to GABRIOLA ISLAND & stay at SILVA BAY on SUNDAY & head home returning the boats by 5pm MONDAY October 13th
~ your flotilla LEADER:
your flotilla leader is our very own COLIN JACKSON, president & part time janitor at COOPER, incredible mad-skilled boater, & a general salty dog is departing from VANCOUVER ~ we have interest in boats from SIDNEY as well
~ special boats:
we're working on plans to get the VIC MAUI race boat ALEGRIA out there (also a plush cruising boat with teak decks, furnace etc… but OH how it sails) ~ the race is currently on for the JIB SET members to charter ALEGRIA before the CREW club has enough enrolment for this boat… perhaps a CRUISING CLUB MEMBER with advanced level training will snipe the whole boat… act now so we can see her out there
~ perhaps another boat that begins and ends with 'A' - AMRITHA is a big cat out of SIDNEY
~ alegria & amritha~
~ many ways to join us!
CHARTER a boat ~ contact our office for boat availability
bring your own boat ~ contact our office to register your vessel for the event
join the CREW club boat CLUB MEMBER PRICE $349 per person (NOT A MEMBER? - you can obtain a 30 day trial membership to try out our events once before joining the club)
JIB SET MEMBERS - a few of your fellow members are looking to put together a charter
~ HOT rumours about the flotilla:
don't hold me to it ~ but I heard from someone, who knows someone, that there will be a scavenger hunt happening on this flotilla...
~ also heard a rumour that GINGER, the JACKSON's bernese sailing dog (aptly named for a character on GILLIGAN'S ISLAND) ~ will be the first dog in history to skipper a sailboat! (if you haven't heard a good rumour by 11am - start one!!)
ginger ~ the bernese boating dog (no mountains in her future)
~Learning to Sail at Coopers~
(Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 04:53PM by DANIELLE robertson)
As a member of the office staff here at Cooper Boating, I decided it was high time I learned how to sail.
I managed to get myself into a Crew Course, and it was a blast! Very patient and knowledgeable instructors, plus beautiful weather and a great crew made for an amazing experience.
In the classroom we learned all about the parts of the boat and sails, the basic principles of sailing, and safety procedures. But being out on the water and putting this to practical use was an entirely different story.
I was pretty nervous at first, especially about docking. Having to squeeze our Martin 244 in and out of the dock seemed very daunting. Fortunately we spent a lot of time practising, and working together it became easy (well, we didn’t crunch anything anyway). Once on the water, we practised tacking, gybing, and rescuing a (hypothetical) man overboard. We also all took turns at the helm (gasp!) which freaked me out a little but I soon got a lot more confident, and our instructor was always there to help.
Now that I know the basics, I can’t wait to get out on the water more and improve my skills! And it will be nice to be able to keep up when everyone is dropping nautical terms all around me at the office.
We have a few Crew Courses coming up before the end of the season. If you’re looking for a comprehensive and fun introduction to sailing, I would highly recommend it.