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Subject: a few unique sailing school opportunities
(Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 06:14PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
we have a new selection of truly unique course opportunities on our fresh page

one more chance to explore the WEST COAST of VANCOUVER ISLAND with us this season!

we still have a couple spots left on our AUGUST 4th trip starting in UCLUELET for 7 days of spectacular cruising along the west coast including stops in the BROKEN ISLANDS & BAMFIELD before making your way back to our PORT SIDNEY location

build upon your existing sailing skills in this MILEAGE BUILDER program or work towards achieving your INTERMEDIATE certification 
it’s up to you what you would like to achieve during this unique experience






DATES ADDED ~ ADVANCED COURSES NEW DATES ~ after rave reviews on sold out programs on the pure sailing machine that is ALEGRIA, our new DUFOUR 45e, & a spike in interest, we will be adding another 5 day advanced program later this SEPTEMBER 







SEPTEMBER 11 - cruise with the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM on the DESOLATION SOUND flotilla ~
join COOPER boating and the authors of the DREAMSPEAKER cruising guide series,  ANN & LAURENCE YEADON-JONES, on a trip of a lifetime



LAURENCE and ANNE YEADON JONES would like to make this flotilla a unique experience where clients feel that they are going on a personal voyage with the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM and where they will share some of their favorite destinations & experiences

with LAURENCE as the coach on this MILEAGE BUILDER program, this cruise is with an instructor but the goals are building up experience at your current level without looking at new material. With Ann, you will learn all the history &details of every bay & island in DESOLATION SOUND without turning a page
                                                                                                                                                  
this trip is 7 days, 7 nights starting and finishing in POWELL RIVER Sept 11th, to book a cabin on ANN & LAURENCE'S  boat please contact our office as soon as possible as we are booking up fast ~ this flotilla currently has 6 boats confirmed but we have room to add a few more if you would like to book your own group on your own private charter




become an INSTRUCTOR


share your passion for introducing others to the art of sailing this program is for you!  dates for the fall INSTRUCTORS' courses have been set with a condensed 6 day option starting in VANCOUVER on NOVEMBER 5th


Subject: cannot tie knots? TIE LOTS
(Posted on Jul 25, 2013 at 04:57PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
they say if you can't tie knots, tie lots

we see a lot of interesting creations dockside, we've termed this one a CHARTER HITCH:



to learn how to create more beautiful & effective knots, join one of our courses or check out this link to the animated knots page

you'll be doing it right in no time!!
Subject: ADVENTURES on VANCOUVER ISLAND'S west coast
(Posted on May 21, 2013 at 06:57AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
a maze of emerald islands & chalcedony coloured bays comprise BARKLEY SOUND ~



YOU can explore these magnificent cruising grounds on one of great WEST COAST ADVENTURES:

~ JULY 21 ~ travel from SIDNEY to UCLUELET

~ JULY 28 ~ begin & end in UCLUELET

~ AUGUST 4 ~ travel from UCLUELET to SIDNEY



~ 7 day course price ~ $1,899 per person (includes meals) ~ inquire about charter opportunities
Subject: POWELL RIVER open house SATURDAY
(Posted on May 7, 2013 at 10:54AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
we'll be having an OPEN HOUSE in POWELL RIVER this SATURDAY AFTERNOON (MAY 11)~ come sail with us for 1.5 hours at either 1pm or 3.30pm



our boats are in NORTH HARBOUR on A & B dock - to register for a complimentary boat ride aboard one of our charter fleet boats,

~ interested in lessons? - one of our local instructors who's sailed 2/3 around the world is on hand ~

interested in charters? ~ our crew is happy to show you around the fleet ~

please register your interest so we may book you into a time slot

Subject: FRIDAY NIGHT RACING underway
(Posted on May 5, 2013 at 02:00PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
our first FRIDAY NIGHT RACING session was an absolute success (apart from the crew that lost every race - which I helped lose one race!)



~ to say we were off to a slow start would be an understatement ~ took the first boat almost 22 minutes to START (after the start signal) ~


~ the crew of WAYNE, JOANNE, JOEL & LEO took every race in the newly wrapped TEACHER'S PET ~ perhaps racing cars on the side of boats makes them faster? ~


BREAD 'N BUTTA put out a good showing on the last evening with her original mainsail ~ maintenance day saw the addition of new rags!


~ will we see you FRIDAY night? ~ JIB SET would love to have you aboard - see our new site & never miss one of our fun events by signing up with our MEETUP group (now with 400 sailing enthusiasts!)

& let's not worry about those last place finishes - the crew knows there's nowhere to go but UP now!

as 'FRIDAY NIGHTERS' can be heard saying:  SEA U FRIDAY

Subject: welcome MAGDALENA
(Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 08:03PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
we’re thrilled with new boats joining our fleet ~

take a look at look at MAGDALENA  ….. immaculate 36 GRAND BANKS trawler at our PORT SIDNEY base ~ feel free to email DAWN and the crew in SIDNEY for more information on this great boat



or ~ how about IOLAR NA MARA ~ the gorgeous 2 cabin BAVARIA VISION 46  ~ perfect for two couples wanting larger state rooms

expected in service this AUGUST is BOHEMIAN ~  a 3 cabin 49’ HANSE just being finished before her travels from EUROPE shortly

check out all the additions



we'll mention how exciting it is to get a 36' GRAND BANKS - (a bunch of others have been pretty BIG) ~ let us know if you are interested in a 33-36' boat (power or sail) for SIDNEY ~ we could use a few more & it is easier now to get a slip than a few years back  
Subject: come to VICTORIA BOAT SHOW
(Posted on Apr 11, 2013 at 07:49AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:


beginning THURSDAY APRIL 18, join our COOPER BOATING CREW aboard ELECTRA, our 42 Nordic Tug on ‘F’ dock


a few of our lovely boats are featured at this event & we’d love to show you Electra as well as one of our 'COOPER BUILT' WESTCOAST 46 motor yachts & the best new sailboat on the BC Coast – ALEGRIA – an award winning Dufour 45E:


not to be out done -  IOLNAR NA MARA (eagle of the sea) will be there as well - heading to our SIDNEY base following the show - check out the most state of the art sailboat we've ever offered (bow & stern thrusters, electric 'rewind' winches):


COME BY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUPER BOAT SHOW SPECIALS - charters, course & club offerings - remember, life's just better on a boat

VICTORIA BOAT SHOW

date: APRIL 18 - 21 VICTORIA's BEAUTIFUL INNER HARBOUR
Subject: unforgettable EASTER flotilla
(Posted on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:53AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
the WEATHER gods were kind to this year's EASTER FLOTILLA - check out our photo logbook with preliminary images of this year's event!



owners, bareboat charter clientele and club members enjoyed the fun and camaradarie of the northern GULF ISLANDS in this trip'

Subject: WHOA! - what a week for the charter fleet
(Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 10:29PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
it's been a short week - although we managed to have the busiest boat shuffle in our 30 year history

over two million dollars in yachts added or changed hands
in the COOPER FLEET this week


with owners adding & even exchanging with eachother, we can barely type this- so let's share with some pictures:

  ARRIVED - RIGGED & LAUNCHING SHORTLY
(ALEGRIA - SEE HER AT VICTORIA BOAT SHOW)

PURCHASED -  BRAND NEW 2013
BAVARIA VISION 46 -SEE HER AT VICTORIA BOAT SHOW


ORDERED -  BRAND NEW 2013
HANSE 495 -EXPECTED SUMMER 2013

  DUFOUR 365

DUFOUR 385

MERIDIAN 490

HUNTER 31

GIB SEA 37

CATALINA 320

WHILE GRATEFUL THE MARKET WOKE UP, it was a bit odd to all happen same week

there are a few more items brewing that we can tell you about later, meantime, we're off to enjoy the beautiful EASTER WEEKEND weather on our legendary flotilla and recover from this week

SEEING AS THE GREAT WEATHER IS HERE - WHY NOT BOOK YOUR BOATING HOLIDAY NOW?

ps - odd as it sounds, we are still trying to find some mid 30 foot sail & power boats for the fleet - catch the wave

ps2 - MR COOPER will be BUSY shortly (like he isn't already - good thing we've also got the strongest team ever!)







Subject: SAILING LESSONS or CRUISING LESSONS?
(Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 08:16AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
for many years, we've had the ability to do SAILING lessons on smaller performance keelboats that blast around the bay & as one graduate put it well" "the boat taught me to sail" - the responsiveness of a pure sailing machine accelerates the learning process

similarly, CRUISING lessons like our popular CRUISE & LEARN allow you to venture off to explore our beautiful coast while enjoying a relaxing pace that is the essence of CRUISING



now, we can take that entry level concepts up to our bigger boat programs - with the recent arrival of ALEGRIA, our DUFOUR 45e, we have a giant sporty boat that will respond quickly to the inputs of the crew - taking sail training to a new level

at the same time, a few people want to continue a relaxed pace & don't obsessively tweak the sails - the lessons are as much about learning to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of cruising - the flavour is different and rewarding in a different manner - a great option, but not exacty what you'd experience on our new rocketship

our selection in sailing & cruising courses allows you to jump aboard ALEGRIA & push your boundaries - you should brush up past learning experience & prepare to enjoy two instructors - your certified instructor & a boat whose pedigree makes her a big part of your learning experience as well



alternately, you could turn the learning pace to a simmer and enjoy the relaxed pace of beautiful cruising areas like BARKLEY SOUND on BC'S WEST COAST

don't worry about the destination - when you're on these boats "you're already there"

contact our crew today to arrange your spectacular course - we'd love to help you choose from a variety of unbelievable experiences



QUICK LINKS:

sailing lessons

advanced on ALEGRIA

offshore on ALEGRIA

CIRCUMNAVIGATE VANCOUVER ISLAND on ALEGRIA


cruising lessons

WESTCOAST ADVENTURES

CRUISING CIRCUMNAVIGATION