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Subject: May Loooong Weekend Flotilla Opportunity! May 20-24, 2011
(Posted on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:44PM ) Tags:
Long weekends are great, but lo-o-o-ng weekends are better!! Planning for the May Long Weekend Flotilla is underway!
Typically, we sailors make it a five day weekend ...why not? The fun is in the journey-- and we here are all happiest if that journey is on a sailboat! Especially with a group of boats and friendly sailors. A couple of seasons ago we had a flotilla of 12 boats go into the San Juan Islands and we'd like to do a return trip for this year's May Loooong Weekend, May 20-24 2011.

The boats will be leaving downtown Vancouver on Friday May 20th. First port of call will be Point Roberts Marina. Here we can get our cruising boat permits to enter U.S. waters. Make sure you bring your passports and all the proper boat paperwork. There are local bar/cafes here for an evening social gathering. 
The next morning we head off for Roche Harbour! This is a BIG favourite of Canadian sailors due to the charm of the buildings and services, walks of historical interest, food and drink spots, a spa and some fun shopping.

On Sunday the 22nd of May we have a short haul down to Friday Harbour: there are bike rentals, art galleries, afternoon movies at the theatre, shopping, and maybe some good old relaxing on your boat with your favourite book or a friendly game of cards.

Monday is the 23rd of May and our journey takes us into Bedwell Harbour to become Canadian again, and then it's up to Montague Harbour for an overnight on a mooring buoy or at anchor. Montague Harbour is at Galiano Island and is a lovely marine park for hiking and photo taking. If we're lucky the famous BAKERY BARGE will be there! They make incredible cinnamon buns and pies! We'll have to order ahead.

On Tuesday the 24th, slack water at Porlier Pass is at 1039... plenty of time to have breakfast and get up Trincomali Channel, through the pass and then home to Vancouver by the end of the daylight.

The enjoyment of life exponentially increases with the vacations you look forward to ... one every six months should do it!
Contact Marla@cooperboating.com for information on which boats are available for this spring vacation.
Subject: Jibset Open House April 10th and new clubhouse opening
(Posted on Apr 3, 2011 at 04:12PM ) Tags:

ITS OFFICIAL!  The JIBSET 's new Crows Nest has moved from the Granville Island boatyard to a spacious new home at the corner of Mast Tower Road and Foreshore Walk, across the street from the Cooper Boating Granville Island office.

Our Open House is Sunday, April 10th, starting at 11:00 am. 
Where: 1815 Mast Tower Road, Granville Island, Vancouver

RSVP: jibset@jibset.org

Come on down for a free ride on one of the Jibset cruisers, C&C 29 'Mystique' and Catalina 28 'Resolute'! Normally only available to Jibset members!


www.jibset.org
Subject: Arcturus Bavaria 32 Arrives at Granville Island
(Posted on Mar 30, 2011 at 01:29PM ) Tags:
The new Bavaria 32 Arcturus has arrived from Germany and commissioning is underway.  This is the first of the new generation Bavarias designed by Bruce Farr to enter a local charter fleet.  
Arcturus will be based out of our Powell River location this summer.  In the meantime, she is here in Vancouver.  Very exciting!




Subject: Is the Caribbean calling YOU?!
(Posted on Mar 28, 2011 at 04:52PM ) Tags:
The Siren Song of the British Virgin Islands in the sweet Caribbean is calling to us again! We Canadian sailors need a bit of sun, sand, surf and sailing before the Christmas season hits our west coast. It's Cooper Boating FLOTILLA time!! December 3 to 13th 2011.
This year we are going to arrive on the island of Tortola on Saturday the 3rd of December in the afternoon OR if you can get an early flight, the morning of Sunday Dec.4th, 2011.The flotilla schedule is for ten days so we'll be departing the boats on the 13th of December, 2011.
Our itinerary will take us to all the favorite stops and spots .... the Baths for snorkeling, Norman Bight, the Indians for diving, Virgin Gorda Sound, White Bay and Sandy Cay, and socializing in Cane Garden Bay!
Charter your own boat with friends and family OR join one of the boats with a mentoring skipper from the Canadian Yachting Association and work on mileage and certifications if so desired. 
For bareboat pricing or for per person pricing, contact marla@cooperboating.com. Phone: 604.683.6837 ext. 19 or cell at 604.789.2995.
TIPS to be supplied:
Flight routing - What gear to take - Where we'll be visiting - Provisioning info - Sailing certs available - Assistance with BOAT choosing

Subject: Cooper Boating welcomes Lagoon PowerCat 43 NIKKO BELLA!
(Posted on Mar 23, 2011 at 12:29PM ) Tags:

Cooper Boating welcomes Lagoon PowerCat 43 NIKKO BELLA!

It is no secret that the popularity of catamarans has been growing in recent years. Why? Their wider beam and double-hulled stance offers more space and stability compared to a monohull of the same length. But Nikko Bella, as a *power* cat, has an extra advantage over a single-hull powerboat: better fuel economy. This is a result of the reduced drag of two shallower hulls, which give you the speed you want while consuming less fuel in the process. With 3 staterooms, each with its own head, this boat is a perfect choice for couples!

More space, comfort, privacy and stability. Less fuel. What could be better?

Nikko Bella joins us at the end of May.


Subject: Introduction to sailing program - 2 great evenings ahead!
(Posted on Mar 15, 2011 at 12:27PM ) Tags:

One fun filled evening at our Granville Island sailing school classroom for shore based training followed by up to 4 hours on the water for a total of 7 hours of instruction for the world's best pastime!   

 $139 per person


2011  CLASSROOM DATES (6.30pm to 9.30pm)

Tuesday, April 5   Friday, April 8             Tuesday, April 19             Monday, April 25

Monday, May 9              Monday, May 16         Tuesday, May 24           Monday, May 30

Tuesday, June 7             Friday, June 17           Tuesday, June 14           Monday, July 4

Thursday, July 7           Monday, July 18           Wednesday, July 20       Tuesday, August 2

Thursday, August 11      Tuesday, August 16     Monday, August 22      Friday, August 26

Wednesday, September 7 Tuesday, September 13  Thursday, September 15


At any of of these shore based sessions, we will organize folks into subsequent water based afloat sailing sessions, which will be offered evenings from 5pm to 9pm or dusk (whichever is earlier).  Classroom groups will be divided into on the water sessions offered in the 2 weeks following each shore based session.  

To reserve a space in a classroom session above, please go to our course page for this program.

We are unable to book the water sessions through the office - these reservations are only made at  the classroom sessions

Afloat sessions are aboard our Martin 244 pocket cruisers - designed and built locally for maximum sailing fun in Vancouver Harbour.

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Subject: Cooper Boating sails New Zealand
(Posted on Feb 27, 2011 at 11:34AM ) Tags:

Friends and family of Cooper Boating travelled to New Zealand in February 2011 for sailing in a land that closely resembles our Canadian West Coast. Except the water was warmer!


Contact Marla if you would like to know MORE about sailing in a country that seems to have invented HOSPITALITY and laid back lifestyles. New Zealand is part of our International Cooper Vacations program. 

Subject: Stay off the ROCKS
(Posted on Feb 15, 2011 at 08:36PM ) Tags:
SKIPPING ROCKS.  It was fun as a kid and now it is relieving as an adult.  When in command of a cruising boat, it rocks are best left well away from your path.  We've run the first of our new one day SKIPPING ROCKS seminars and students found it a great set of exercises delivered by a seasoned captain in a fun format.  



Enroll for this one day course today and get back in touch with what this means:  
Subject: TOP FUN instructor awards and class of 2011
(Posted on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:58AM ) Tags:
Congratulations to Marla Hedman and Stephen DesRoches, our first two TOP FUN instructors - celebrated last night at our annual pre-season instructor meeting.   Marla and Stephen have been working - occasionally as a team as you will see here - to generate spectacular courses here at Cooper.  We have to admit some of their feats can only be described as 'magic' - but keep up the great work and here's hoping the magic dust washes over to the 'runners up' and our new instructors!



We also want to congratulate the batch of 'freshly minted' instructors from the January class under the guidance of David West



The November class, led by Oliver Woolcock and James Johnstone were a bit camera shy except for this burn around the bay on a Farr 40.

 


Wait a moment - FARR 40? - perhaps this group is well on their way to TOP FUN status?
Subject: Bluenose II - rebuilding a piece of Canada's sailing history
(Posted on Jan 25, 2011 at 09:58PM ) Tags:
Seen a Canadian dime lately?  That's not just any boat.  Bluenose II is officially a huge part of our sailing heritage and something to be proud of as a Canadian.  The original Bluenose doubled as both fishing schooner and undefeated racing machine of her day and was sadly lost on a reef years ago (nb - take your navigation courses!)



The current incarnation is Bluenose II, built in the same yard in Nova Scotia by many of the same people.  Now a handful of them and their kids and grandkids are busy at work putting her back together as can only occur on a wood vessel:



We thought Don Martin's Lady Van project was intense.  This is officially takes 'keeping up with the Jones' to another level.

Thanks to the miracles of modern day technology, all of Canada (and the world for that matter) can watch the rebirth of a legend.  Visit the live webcams and youTube channels


Some of us were delighted to be part of hosting Bluenose II when she came to Vancouver Harbour to welcome the world to Expo '86.  Okay, some of us were cutting class to stowaway on her as much as we could!!  We're digging for those photos now... so stay tuned here to the Bluenose's west coast connection right here at Cooper Boating!!