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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

Subject: SAILING AROUND THE WORLD FOR TYLER
(Posted on Oct 15, 2012 at 02:08PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
met this morning with loyal COOPER client CHAD BREMNER in CALGARY - CHAD is doing the CLIPPER ROUND THE WORLD RACE & brought this heartfelt information to our attention:

Looking for a little support from the sailors around the World. 15 sailors will escort "Tyler the Monkey" around the world in support of a 5 yr old boy and his fight with cancer.

Tyler Puetz from Regina Saskatchewan Canada was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in Sept 2012. He is currently receiving treatment in Saskatoon Canada.

To support Tyler in his battle with cancer, a team of 15 sailors from the CLIPPER RTW race who are currently training to sail and race around the world in 2013 have joined together and will carry our mascot "Tyler the Sailing Monkey" around the world. For the full story check out the Facebook page "SAILING AROUND THE WORLD FOR TYLER"



LIKE the page and follow the story about Tyler and the race.
Subject: NORTH SAILS marathon 3dl coming
(Posted on Sep 27, 2012 at 09:47AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
STEVE CROWE from NORTH SAILS VANCOUVER is aboard TEAM ALEGRIA for 2013 

here is what he has to say - 

Congratulations on the order of the new Dufour 45e for advanced and offshore training programs at Cooper Boating.  Having a modern vessel with such a rare combination of speed, comfort and style will certainly raise the bar for sail training in our region.

We are especially delighted to be supplying the sails to this program and look forward to supplying both the MARATHON 3DL and downwind sails for the new vessel.   Our North Sails team in Vancouver looks forward to sea trials and being involved with the expert level sail training on ALEGRIA in 2013



Subject: rally to save KITSILANO COAST GUARD base
(Posted on Aug 12, 2012 at 01:54PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
join the RALLY to save our KITSILANO COAST GUARD BASE ~ AUGUST 25th at VANIER PARK from 1pm onwards



it seems a really bone headed move to close the CCG base in KITSILANO ~ VANCOUVER HARBOUR has so many boats out and having the COAST GUARD close by seems paramount to boating safety

we understand the need to make cuts ~ but this one seems to be a little off the mark ~ add your voice so critical functions like search & rescue don't vanish from our playground
Subject: the finishing touches to our NEW OFFICE at PORT SIDNEY MARINA
(Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 02:00PM ) Tags:
we are very pround of our new office and it just keeps getting better as the finishing touches get completed ~ if you are in the SIDNEY area drop by and visit us at our new location ~ we are just on the right hand side as you walk through the main entrance into the Marina, you can't miss us! 

we are here 7 days a week to help you explore the best options for your upcoming BOATING ADVENTURES.


Subject: SAILING LESSONS getting even more exciting in 2013!
(Posted on Jul 11, 2012 at 04:55PM ) Tags:

ADVENTURE SAILING courses in 2013 are looking more excitng then ever!  We are looking forward to the arrival of ALEGRIA, a  brand new 2013 Dufour 45e 4 cabin yacht to our school fleet for next season. This Dufour  won the 2011 cruising world  boat of the year award.  A great all round performer, ALEGRIA  will certainly make an impression on the students going round Vancouver Island in 2013.  Our 2013 dates will be published in the fall, so let us know if you would like to be notified of our next round Vancouver Island Course.  When not out on Advanced level courses, ALEGRIA will also be available for charter during the 2013 season.


 
Subject: new fleet additions - READY for this great summer
(Posted on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:46AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
the market has been moving and owners have just added the following boats to our program - boats all available for you to charter this spectacular summer



2010 BENETEAU 43 - SANS SOUCI (sidney)

2012 BAVARIA 36 CRUISER - CORENIA (vancouver)

WESTCOAST 64' - ISLAND ROAMER (powell river)

BAVARIA  46 4 CABIN - COULL ENDEAVOUR (sidney)

CATALINA 320 - ALLWYNDS (vancouver)

there are a few more in the works - so stay tuned

wondering why the sudden activity? ~~ we will say the stars are all aligned thanks to a strong currency market, market bottom pricing, looming tax changes, available moorage and more - ask us today to elaborate on how you could take advantage of these conditions