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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

Subject: ultimate sailing school boat approaches CANADIAN waters
(Posted on Mar 11, 2013 at 09:59AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
ALEGRIA, our new DUFOUR 45e, on path to set a new standard for sail training in CANADA, is approaching CANADIAN WATERS - see this morning's AIS plot as she piggybacks aboard the STAR ISMENE - next time she's off the OREGON COAST, she'll be on her own bottom!!



follow her steps to the ocean on her very own COOPER page 




Subject: 3 great ways to enjoy our popular EASTER FLOTILLA
(Posted on Mar 11, 2013 at 07:22AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
CHARTER - we've been busy hauling, painting & polishing the fleet to ensure you've got a great ride for the EASTER FLOTILLA for the group you like to cruise with - boats from VANCOUVER & SIDNEY will join the flotilla & boats from POWELL RIVER have also been seen in VANCOUVER getting ready for the season 

 

CREW CLUB - if you don't have a group to cruise with, our CREW CLUB is all about BOATING ADVENTURES MADE SIMPLE - easter flotilla per member rate of only 

 

not a member? - try out the club with our current  bonus offer

 

COURSE - our mileage builder courses are great ways to cruise with professional coaching & we have one lined up to sail with the flotilla

 


contact MARLA today (604.683.6837 ext 19) & join us this FLOTILLA  FRIDAY for a fun filled session to get you ready for the season  

 

MARCH 15 FLOTILLA FRIDAY *PARTY*

 

MARCH 22 FLOTILLA FRIDAY *PLANNING & PREPARATION*

 
Subject: thanks VANCOUVER, hello ALBERTA
(Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 08:05AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:

last weekend we saw some great sessions in VANCOUVER including DON MARTIN telling the epic tale of LADY VAN'S 2012 EUROPEAN ADVENTURE on the classic yacht racing circuit 

 

experts are on their way to EDMONTON & CALGARY this weekend with DEREK HATFIELD (see below), solo ocean racer with the SPIRIT of CANADA headlining with some of our popular favourites like JEFF COTE of PACIFIC YACHT SYSTEMS & newcomer ALAN BOREHAM author of BEER IN THE BILGES (~adventures in the SOUTH PACIFIC)

while our local in VANCOUVER was DON MARTIN and LADY VAN (how's the one above for a stunning photo?) we have EDMONTON & CALGARY locals from the ALBERTA OFFSHORE SAILING ASSOCIATION (love that name) and CANADIAN SAIL & POWER SQUADRONS joining us in their home towns

as we blaze the trails of WESTERN CANADA with boating experts in support of the FOOD BANK - be sure to let us know if we should bring this show to you - let our VANCOUVER OFFICE know if you would be interested in hosting a YES event in your town

ALBERTA HEADLINER - DEREK HATFIELD


ABOUT THIS PRESENTATION:

It takes tremendous courage, determination and persistence to race around the world alone, Derek Hatfield is the 126th person in history and the only Canadian to have done it twice!
 
Racing single-handed around the world is an incredible accomplishment, for perspective over 400 astronauts have gone into space and 10,000 climbers have reached the summit of Mt. Everest. Having now raced over 200,000 miles singlehanded Derek’s truly inspiring story of becoming a competitor in 3 singlehanded races around the world includes a devastating pitch-pole and dismasting near the infamous Cape Horn, building North America’s first state-of-the-art all carbon Open 60, spending over 50 days alone at sea at a time, much of that time enduring vicious Southern Ocean storms, torrential rain, scolding heat and bitter ice and snow.
 
Most recently Derek raced in the Eco 60 Class working towards circumnavigating the globe without the use of fossil fuels. In order to reduce his impact on the planet Derek used solar and wind power instead of fossil fuels to generate the electricity needed during the race – an approach that goes hand in hand with the main principles of working towards a more sustainable future.
 
Derek finished the most recent race the VELUX 5 Oceans single handed around the world race in France at the end of May, 2011 and once again took a place on the podium for Canada.
 
Here to tell a story of perseverance & determination is Derek Hatfield - SPIRIT OF CANADA OCEAN CHALLENGES

Subject: ALBERTA YACHT EXPO SEMINAR DETAILED SCHEDULE AVAILABLE
(Posted on Feb 22, 2013 at 09:00PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
OUR YACHT EXPO SEMINARS ARE UNDERWAY in VANCOUVER and next week we will be on the road to ALBERTA - come out & learn about some great boating topics in anticipation of the season ahead and support the FOOD BANK in the process

CHECK THE EDMONTON SESSIONS FOR MARCH 1 & 2


CHECK THE CALGARY SESSIONS FOR MARCH 3 & 4


please take a moment to quickly indicate the sessions you are interested in attending to help our planning (right hand side of detailed schedule)

your admission is your choice of something to support the food bank - food or money would be FANTASTIC

Subject: YACHT EXPO SEMINARS friday & saturday
(Posted on Feb 21, 2013 at 10:29PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
seminars begin 1300hrs FRIDAY and continue into the evening & through SATURDAY ALL DAY

come down to GRANVILLE ISLAND - everyone welcome with a donation to the foodbank as admission

see here for the COMPLETE SCHEDULE & simple RSVP form



DON MARTIN, BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE 2012 (sailing) will regale stories of racing classic boats (flying pianos as he may refer to them) in EUROPE last summer

see some of the pretiest boats on the planet & start tugging at those heart strings as boating season approaches on the horizon

wondering about ALBERTA SCHEDULES?  they go public mid day tomorrow

Subject: DEREK hatfield and DON martin headline YACHT EXPO SEMINARS
(Posted on Feb 15, 2013 at 11:19PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
our 2013 YACHT EXPO seminars have a great lineup - DON MARTIN, 2012 BC SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE headlines VANCOUVER while DEREK HATFIELD of the SPIRIT OF CANADA offshore challenges headlines our ALBERTA events and many more experts partake in our fun get togethers on a great variety of topics

 

JEFF COTE is back to shock you on MARINE ELECTRICAL items, as is DAVE BONAR of BOSUN'S YACHT SALES - both with new topics and the same great delivery

JEFF SUTCLIFFE, only 16 YEARS OLD, will draw on his two VICTORIA-MAUI races and help you discover your appetite for a similar adventure

browse all the speakers

register to get the updates as they unfold - including CALGARY, EDMONTON & VICTORIA/SIDNEY

browse the FEBRUARY 22 & 23 VANCOUVER DETAILED SCHEDULE (others to be released shortly - register now for priority)

Subject: heading into last day of VANCOUVER BOAT SHOW
(Posted on Feb 10, 2013 at 08:52PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
four days down - last one is our new BC FAMILY DAY ~ what a better way to spend family day could there be than to check out the BOAT SHOW?


we've had the crew from the JIB SET & some of our instructors taking out people for boat rides on power boats and sail boats - gettting the best for boating instruction and sailing instruction as well as our fun filled clubs - our fun centre also has the bbq running from 2-4pm so you can grab a hot dog and some snazzy cupcakes courtesy of goodies2go ~



our office is 44 steps from the floating show entrance



in the floating show, check out the many cool boats, especially the new GREENLINE HYBRID through BOSUN'S YACHT SALES


at BC place, we're at booth 523 



last chance is MONDAY - hope to see you there!
Subject: go boating WITH LEGENDS
(Posted on Jan 30, 2013 at 11:58PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
legends in their own time or own minds ~ you decide!

FIRST - he literally wrote the book on putting other things aside to chase the dream of exploring by boat



ADRIAN SPARHAM - one of the best instructors we've ever had the delight to work with & the author of the book "SLOW BOAT FROM CHINA

NOW he's taking sailors up a notch with their experiences through an instructional exlporation of the beautiful WEST COAST on a BAVARIA 46 "COULL ENDEAVOUR"  - join him and start changing your life ~ an experience that starts by just meeting this fascinating fellow

short adventure - or - all the way around the island


& THEY'RE BACK

DESOLATION SOUND WITH THE DREAMSPEAKER TEAM



SEPTEMBER 11, 2013

CHECK OUT THE DETAILED ITINERARY HERE

Subject: seminar - PERFORMANCE cruising on the DUFOUR 45E
(Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 03:25PM ) Tags:

NEW program just announced - one day PERFORMANCE cruising seminar on ALEGRIA the NEW DUFOUR 45E

saturday APRIL 27th & sunday MAY 5th


ALEGRIA the brand new DUFOUR 45e is arriving early spring 2013 ready to embark an a full schedule of ADVANCED, RACING and ADVENTURE sailing programs 

when she's not out on high level training programs ALEGRIA will be available for CHARTER to those with
experience on the vessel

this cruiser-racer offers the best of both words - unbeleivable sailing performance paired with a comfortable and stylish
4 cabin interior - the perfect charter boat for advanced skippers looking for a high performance experience
 
 
these SEMINARS are aimed to familiarize those interested in chartering Alegria or those just wanting to gain some insight /experience

seminar fee is $399  per particpant and runs 10-4 starting with a classroom briefing followed by an afternoon hands on training session with STEVE CROW on the DUFOUR 45E
 
all participants in the progam will recieve a $300 VOUCHER  towards a future CHARTER on ALEGRIA




 STEVE CROWE bio - It seems like I have been on and around the water since the day my family first arrived in Canada from     Newcastle Upon Tyne, England over 40 years ago.  Starting as a junior sailor on dinghies, I crossed over to keel boat racing in my teens and haven’t looked back.  As a boat builder, sail maker and rigger, as well as owning my own repair shop for over 20 years, I have had the opportunity to sail the seas across the globe.  Most recently, I managed and captained the Mayhem Racing program which started with a Farr 40 and graduated to TP52s.  Aboard these Grand Prix boats, renowned in sailing circles as fun, safe and reliable, we have had some outstanding results on the course.When not on the water, I split my time between hanging with my wife and daughter in Vancouver and working at North Sails.
 
 


Past Results
Newport-Ensenada - First
Aldo Alessio Regatta, San Francisco - First
IRC East Coast Championships - First
Southern Straits – Class Winner
San Francisco Yacht Club Summer Regatta – Class Winner

for more information or to register contact COOPER BOATING   604-687-4110  or email