Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Boating Week BC April 17 & 18

Come out and help Island Cruising celebrate Boating Week BC
A free community event, April 17 & 18.
Island Cruising will be at the Port Sidney Marina on Dock G, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. We will be running sailing demos with a certified instructor. They will run every hour on the half hour, lasting approximately 60 minutes. Arrive early to put your name on the list! Enjoy our complimentary barbeque and beverages, as well as our onshore entertainment, while you wait to board your boat. Chat to our staff about our cruise & learn programs. For more information check out our website www.islandcruising.com or find us on Facebook “Island Cruising”.

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Calgary outdoor adventure & travel show - March 27 & 28, 2010

Don't miss Canada's largest outdoor adventure & travel show! Island Cruising will be there Saturday and Sunday, come check us out we'll be at booth #412.
With over 200 exhibitors from a wide variety of recreational pursuits, this show has something for everyone. For those who like to get their feet wet there will be a variety of paddle sports and scuba diving options to explore.

This well established event combines a retail shopping experience with simulated outdoor, interactive features and education. The end result - an awesome day out, the chance to expand your knowledge of outdoor adventure and travel pursuits, while upgrading your equipment to ensure you are well equipped for the 2010 season.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Royal Victoria Yatch Club: Spring Dinghy Regatta Spring


The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing. The CYA prescriptions to The Racing Rules of Sailing will apply. The applicable One Design Class Rules will apply. The sailing instructions may change some racing rules. The changes will appear in full in the sailing instructions. If there is a conflict between languages the English text will take precedence.

Eligibility and Entry

The regatta is open to one-design dinghy classes with a minimum of 5 entries. Classes that do not meet this requirement will be started together and scored with North American Portsmouth numbers. We anticipate classes to include Fireballs, 29ers, 420s, 470s, Lasers, Radials, Megabytes, Bytes, and Optimist.

For more information, please contact the RVYC Sailing Office at:

Royal Victoria Yacht Club / Phone: 250-592-6113 / Fax: 250-370-2286 / sailing@rvyc.bc.ca /

Registration online at: https://eventmanager.competeat.com/Manager/event/home.do?eid=2510

Saturday, March 20, 2010

News from the Edmonton Boat Show

So far so good at the Edmonton Boat Show! We have moved locations, and you can find us at booth 245 in Hall B (near the mini donuts stand...).

There are lots of presenters at this show, so don't miss it! Tomorrow is the last day. See you then!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Where's Waldo?

Some boating fun...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Crossing the Swell: An Atlantic Journey by Rowboat

Tori Holmes, a 21-year-old from Alberta, and Paul Gleeson, a 29-year-old from Limerick, Ireland, met in Australia when Holmes answered an ad to drive the support vehicle for Gleeson's 5,000-kilometre cycling trek across that country. During their first adventure together, Paul fell hard: both off his bike and for the woman driving the car.

It soon became clear that crossing a continent together was simply not enough. Acting on self-assured determination and an ever-growing sense of adventure, Paul and Tori embraced the dream of rowing a tiny boat across the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean in the 2005/06 Trans-Atlantic Race. Of course, neither of the young adventurers knew how to row.

In November 2005, after months of training, Paul and Tori left the Canary Islands to row 4,800 kilometres across the Atlantic. They completed their epic journey in February, after 86 days of huge seas, violent storms, terrifying capsizes, unbearable thirst, bizarre hallucinations and sleep deprivation. Along the way, however, during one of the darkest moments in the race, inspiration came in the form of an unseen, yet completely perceptible, presence. Old seafaring lore has several theories as to what this might have been, but both adventurers are keeping their minds open on it.

To hear the entire story please join us for this rather unusual presentation.

All meetings take place at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 3475 Ripon Road, Victoria.

April 20: Doors and no-host bar open at 1900 (7:00pm); meetings start at 1930 (7:30pm)

Cost: $3 BCA members; $10 non-members


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Have You Entered Your Great Boating Story Yet?

Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of international brands across spirits, wine and beer including Talisker, has partnered with Canadian Yachting magazine and Sail-World Canada to run the Talisker Tales Contest. The authors of the top three boating stories, provided either by text or video, will be flown to Toronto for a two-day stay at a luxury downtown hotel and be the VIP guests at a scotch nosing event where all three stories will be told (or viewed) and voted on by the attendees. The winner will receive a beautifully engraved scotch decanter and a one-of-a-kind Talisker Tales burgee. The contest closes September 30, 2010 to ensure we get all your great boating stories, past, present and future. To enter go to http://www.taliskertales.ca/ also email Island Cruising your story, we would love to hear them!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Pacific Rim Whale Festival - Tofino, Ucluelet & Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Pacific Rim Whale Festival - Tofino, Ucluelet & Pacific Rim National Park Reserve:

"Welcome to the Pacific Rim Whale Festival!
March 6-14, 2010

Every March, spring splashes into Canada with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival!
Join the fun on the shores of Vancouver Island's wild west coast, as we celebrate the arrival of upwards of 20,000 grey whales on their northbound migration from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska's Bering Strait and beyond. Come experience the wonders and charm of the 24th annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival, with an array of events taking place throughout the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Storm "Xynthia" devastates European marinas

Over the weekend, a massive storm hit the West coast of Europe causing widespread devastation to boats and marinas from Portugal north up to the Netherlands.

To read more about the storm, check out the article in Blue Water Sailing.