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Subject: introducing NauticEd online sail training
(Posted on Jan 15, 2013 at 08:26PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
COOPER BOATING is pleased to announce our friends at NAUTIC ED

here's a great way to get rich media sailing theory courses in preparation for a fine season

whether you are just getting started or brushing up to be at the top of your game, NAUTIC ED is a perfect path to FUN on the water




              Click for novice to advanced
                Online Sailing Courses
Subject: HAPPY 2013 – resolve NOT to buy a boat this year and spend more time on the water – HOW you ask?
(Posted on Dec 31, 2012 at 11:57AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
the truth about boats ~ from our experience ~ is you must love boating more than anything else (not altogether a bad thing) to the point you are using the boat all the time ~ that’s when ownership is really worthwhile
 
if you’re looking to get out on the water lots more and have big piles of fun in 2013 ~ your best year yet ~ then how do you do that without buying a boat?
 
JOIN ONE OF OUR THREE CLUBS

 we’ve come up with three innovative clubs specifically aimed at BOATLESS BOATERS – power & sail
 
CREW CLUB
they don’t get any simpler than this club ~ $39/month ~ we have a rolling 12 month calendar of FUN events why you pay a per trip fee ranging from $29 evening SOCIAL SAIL to $999 for a whole week in DESOLATION SOUND with the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM ~ authors of the DREAMSPEAKER CRUISING GUIDES


 
there are even bigger trips on the horizon for that once in a lifetime experience ~ but let’s just start by having some fun
 
we organized the destinations ~ we assemble the crews, we’ll pick boats from a great inventory that suit the group ~ YOU just plug in and go!
 
CRUISING CLUB
rather than casual charters, commit to a certain level and enjoy the best rates, best terms and ultimate in cruising convenience ~ if you are looking to spend a combined time of 20 days on the water, the CRUISING CLUB is the program for you


 
JIB SET
if you have seen the blazing red jibs out sailing, you have seen JIB SET and some of the smartest boatless boaters in BC ~ beyond the ability to sail as much as you would like on the sporty MARTIN 244 pocket cruisers, the JIB SET has an unmatched GROUP OF PEOPLE TO SAIL WITH ~ part of the savings stem from club members participating in operating the club and taking care of the boats ~ in 2013, the actual boat builder of the MARTIN 244 is on staff at GRANVILLE ISLAND ~ so learning about the boats just jumped up a level!
 
whether crew or captain, JIB SET is a great opportunity for short trips, including our popular FRIDAY NIGHT RACING ALL SUMMER

 
ALL OUR CLUBS offer many fun shore side opportunities to learn new topics like spinnaker and electronics, book readings from authors who are adventure experts and opportunities to just hang out with like minded boating folk ~ arguably the best sorts to hang out with on the planet ~ many of these shore side functions are free to members
 
STARTING IN 2013 ~ on the 13th of each month we send out our MEMBERS ONLY bulletin with unique opportunities reserved exclusively for MEMBERS, ranging from deeply discounted last minute offers to MEMBER ONLY EVENTS such as attending the popular FIREWORKS after dark
 
CAN’T DECIDE?
 know that we have many people that belong to more than one club and we make it easier to do that
 
with the rollout of the CREW membership, we are talking to a number of people interested in joining all three
 
    ~ WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? ~
one initiation fee of $499 and for $588 per month the member gets UNLIMITED SAILING on the MARTIN 244’s, $6,000 annually of charter time on anything in the entire fleet for your own group(s) and the opportunity to join the per trip programs of the CREW club with our groups
 
hey folks – we have people paying way more JUST TO MOOR THEIR OWN BOAT ~ and they go boating less with less variety
 
 
for some ~ PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP remains unmatched & despite our cries not to, they WILL BUY A BOAT ~ we can help ~ either with our FREE BOAT BUYING GUIDE ~ aimed at making you an educated buyer ~ to the opportunity to JOIN BC’s FINEST FLEET and ensure that when you are not using your boat, it derives revenue from our CHARTER, COURSE and CLUB programs at any of our THREE WORLD CLASS LOCATIONS
 
CONTACT US TODAY TO STEP UP YOUR LEVEL OF ENJOYMENT THROUGH THESE INNOVATIVE OFFERS
Subject: ANOTHER FLOTILLA TO THE BVI's
(Posted on Dec 27, 2012 at 12:46PM ) Tags:
march 17th FLOTILLA ~ BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
 
if you missed out on our january FLOTILLA to BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS?? never fear… here is another opportunity!!

it starts march 17, 2013 and we’re boarding two of the narliest catamarans in the CARRIBEAN SEA at noon on march 17th 2013

our sailing vacation is 7 days long and ends at noon on march 24
 
can you just picture you and your family on WILD THING or TOP SECRET??

COOPER BOATING sailors have vacationed on these boats and gave big thumbs up!

these boats are 58 feet long with 5 staterooms and 6 heads. our sailing vacation is 7 days long

price per double cabin $3,499 CDN funds

price per person $1,749 CDN for shared cabin



FAMILY  friendly? for sure!

SKIPPERED? yes!

want to BE the skipper and book the whole boat? let us know

timing - it’s bc SPRING BREAK time!

includes: bedding, galley equipment, snorkel gear, safety equipment, dinghy and outboard, marine park permits

costs to share: food, beverages, moorage, & fuel

for INFO on how to get to the B.V.I.'s and more you can call the COOPER GALS at 604.687.4110 or toll free 888.999.6419

CALL TODAY

Subject: CREW membership underway PLUS DECEMBER special
(Posted on Dec 8, 2012 at 05:38PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
almost 25 years ago, COOPER BOATING changed hands and one of the first tasks at hand was to set a schedule for the school courses ~ taking the lead on scheduling courses was a key ingredient that fuelled  growth for the last quarter century 


last night we did our second preview evening for the CREW membership and it is clear that setting a schedule for the events that are all about having FUN and less about SKILL DEVELOPMENT has a lot of appeal ~ within minutes of unveiling the necessary paperwork for the club, we had a pretty nice group of freshly minted members


WHAT IS THIS APPEAL? - no need to do all the organizing - we've got that covered - dates, where to go, lead boat, shoreside events/meals, briefings - just browse our list of events, enrol and have fun 


some events are MEMBER EXCLUSIVES - in 2013 we only offer fireworks cruises to MEMBERS - if you are looking to attend the fireworks on one of our boats, you'll need to be a MEMBER - it is a very special experience



we draw on a selection of the finest boats based in three great locations - but more than that, we have a collection of great people that want to explore the BEST COAST and play together on boats ~ because there's just nothing better than messing about on boats


the club is built on a foundation of great MEMBER rates and getting involved is EASY -  there is no need to organize groups - just come as an individual or couple and we'll build the crew lists and select appropriate boats 72 hours prior to start times ~ for multi day trips the captain will be in contact to organize meals afloat and start planning out some of those finer details of your adventure 


we'll start each of those longer trips with a briefing of what's in store - and unlike those gigantic cruise boats - that nobody lets you drive - you'll be part of the crew - part of the adventure - part of the magic


if you have ever asked the question, how could it be simpler to get out on the water and have fun? - well the new club is really just that easy 


for DECEMBER, we're making the deal even sweeter - a special offer for two free months - only $390 for the entire 2013 year (and we'll include the NEW YEAR'S event - even though it's technically half in 2012!)


CREW membership - JUST have FUN

Subject: EARLY BOOKING SPECIALS
(Posted on Nov 30, 2012 at 11:54AM ) Tags:
our EARLY BOOKING SPECIALS are coming to a close.  If you havn't yet booked your charter or course for 2013, contact our office and let us help you plan your next adventure.    tel 1-888-999-6419
Subject: EARLY BOOKING SPECIAL - online reservations unavailable
(Posted on Nov 27, 2012 at 08:20AM by Colin Jackson)
it would appear clients have been waiting patiently for IRMA - our internet reservations asistant ~ to serve up some great holiday dates ~ well, long story short, IRMA didn't attend our meetings with the super-duper early booking specials - so we sent her back to school (took her offline) and she'll be back working in time for the festive season when we humans at the bases want to rest a bit 

MEANTIME, many of the crew here are available (some just back from holidays) - and able to get you some of the best deals of the year - boating charters & hands on boating courses right here in beautiful BRITISH COLUMBIA 

phone 250.655.4979 in SIDNEY, 604.687.4110 in VANCOUVER and toll free 888.999.6419 from elsewhere or email 

 

owners - IRMA handles many of your requests as well - so call or email if you need anything - meantime, we're upgrading the online maintenance database and are pleased to be part of a launch group for the new mobile APPS - we can log care & feeding items for your boats from smart devices ON YOUR BOATS next season!
Subject: 3 SPECTACULAR december events - including BEER IN THE BILGES
(Posted on Nov 25, 2012 at 05:29PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
we have 3 great events that each provide superb chances to think boating without actually going boating on the near horizon:

on DECEMBER 1, we have a preview of the new DUFOUR 45e "ALEGRIA" - come learn about the technical mumbo jumbo that makes this boat soooo special - and learn a little about the finer points of sailing at the same time ~ our advanced sail training courses for 2013 will set a new standard for fun & excitement afloat

on DECEMBER 7, we have a double feature - learn about the new CREW membership and how to join groups exploring BC & BEYOND by BOAT - and meet COOPER VETERAN INSTRUCTOR ALAN BOREHAM as he debuts his new book BEER IN THE BILGES 



on DECEMBER 15 our HOLIDAY PARTY at KITSILANO YACHT CLUB is back

3 great chances to get together with warm boating folks off season - we're open daily for your RSVP ~ and visit our EVENTS page for more fun ~ including trips that are actually on the water!




Subject: SIMPLE PLEASURES 2012 flotilla highlights
(Posted on Nov 12, 2012 at 06:24PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
certainly a mixed bag for weather on our last flotilla completely in 2012 (the NEW YEAR's event crosses to 2013 of course)

it started with the renaming ceremony SATURDAY morning for GENA II ~ ensuring the gods would be kind to her with the new name (and ensuring she wouldn't sink enroute to our first destination)  (KEY WORD for the morning: libations)

GENA II ~ undersail with her newly minted name (ENGLISH BAY)


CORENIA making her way up the NORTH SHORE (ENGLISH BAY)

in preparation for the POTLUCK dinner, new owner BRIAN & assitante ALEX prepared the PRINCESS PATRICIA to receive guests


and let the POTLUCK begin - testing the limits to the capacity of the WESTCOAST 46'

watch the carpet please says new owner BRIAN!


lots of tasty treats and the boat at absolute capacity


WAYNE is happy because he's so much taller than SEAN - we're not sure why SEAN is happy - must be the food


a few laughs on the sundeck of PRINCESS PATRICIA


more POTLUCK fun


WOODY had a great time not having sunk on the way over thanks in part to the official re-naming ceremony that morning ~ he also gave specific orders to eat all the LASAGNA so he wouldn't have to pack it back on the plane (reminders of that great cat GARFIELD?)

the next morning saw getting the boats out with no room to spare thanks to the arrival of the fishing fleet overnight

SHADOWFAX squeezes out with millimeters to spare


and CORENIA follows with at least an inch or two more to spare

we abandoned plans for SMUGGLER's COVE and headed up around GAMBIER ISLAND and back to SNUG COVE

after a lively night dockside at SNUG that saw STRAY CAT reposition from one side of the government dock to the other to minimize the bouncing - PRINCESS PATRICIA weathered the windward side of the dock all night and watched a couple movies 

the this morning we left SNUG COVE and headed back to GRANVILLE ISLAND - all 7 flotilla boats are now tucked in back at GRANVILLE ISLAND


CATCH YOU AT THE NEXT EVENT!


 
Subject: YOLO adventure (You Only Live Once)
(Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 08:50AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
DATES are set for a once in a lifetime experience - join us on a cruise to and from ALASKA in 2013 

4 legs of about 2 weeks each will see some of our finest charter boats head to and from the waters of GLACIER BAY with crew change locations in PRINCE RUPERT, BC  &  JUNEAU, ALASKA



join the cruise with via our CREW MEMBERSHIP - and attend an information night on NOVEMBER 18 for the complete overview of our FUN and YOLO events for 2013


Subject: SIMPLE PLEASURES fotilla - NOVEMBER
(Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 04:09PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
celebrate the SIMPLE PLEASURES - great food, great cruising and great people as we wrap up the 2012 flotilla lineup with what has been, at times, our largest event (why we may never know!)

YOUR GROUP our OURS?  - if you have a group, charter one of our boats or bring your own - if you don't, we are rolling out our new CREW membership and you can experience your first event as a trial member of our club - only $349 per person for this great 3 day, 3 night event

so far, we have 4 vessels confirmed - SHADOWFAX V, PRINCESS PATRICIA, CORENIA and GENA II (formerly ARISTA)



a few more details here