Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Island Cruising Yacht Charters & Sailing School - Around Vancouver Island Yachtmaster Offshore. 14 day circumnavigation of Vancouver Island.

Join us on for an incredible sailing adventure!
Next trip April 2011
What’s included: Course material, all meals
What’s not included: Shoreside activities
What to bring: Foul Weather Gear, Strobe Light, Safety Harness, Flashlight, Knife, Thermos
Cost: $3490

Contact us today for further information including prerequisites.

Diving News!

Island Diving!!!!
Fall is here and it is time to get certified!
PADI OPEN WATER course starting November 9th 2010
$450.00 per person (6 hours of pool time & 4 shore dive)
Price includes instuctor, pool fees, crew pack, equipment and PADI PIC cards
For information: - 1-778-426-3483 -

The Importance of Being Winterized

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own boat and having the freedom to go wherever the wind takes you? Or perhaps this dream is already your reality.

Improper boat maintenance and winterization can snatch that dream away. Don't let an easily avoidable problem like mildew stop you from sailing next summer. Here are some tips from our experts in yacht maintenance and winterization:

1. At the end of the season, have your oil and filters changed. Over time, impurities build up in your engine oil that will corrode the internal components and settle around items like rings and seals. Having your oil changed is an essential step in engine maintenance.

2. Have your boat throughly cleaned inside and out. Don't wait till the springtime when the scum and barnacles will be even harder to get rid of and could end up taking twice the amount of time to clean off. Ensure your boat is free from damp and the risk of mildew by purchasing and installing a dehumidifier/heating system. This is especially important for fibreglass boats. Remove your foul weather gear, cushions and other small items which are susceptible to mildew, and store them in a dry, clean space.

3. Drain and clean the bilge and spray with a moisture displacing lubricant.

4. Drain the water tanks and the hot water tank. Empty the holding tanks and add clean water and an enzyme-based additive that will break down any leftover residue.

Island Cruising can assist you with the winterization of your boat, and also with weekly yachtcare, helping to keep your boat in tip-top shape. Call us today at 250-656-7070 and ask for Marta to chat further about your needs.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Great news! Swiftsure will be held the last weekend in May, the 28th and 29th! Registeration will hopefully open in March!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2011 31st St Maarten Heineken Regatta

We are currently getting a team together for the 2011 31st St Maarten Heineken Regatta March 3rd - March 6th 2011!!!

Around Vancouver Island

The Around Vancouver Island trip has recently been completed with skipper Jack Dale on Growltiger. One participant reported that the trip was "enjoyable and a great learning experience". Congratulations to those who completed their Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster courses. Good job!