Ask anyone who's done a big adventure and they will always credit the people who helped get them there. We've been uniquely positioned with a collection of boats, instructors and a compulsively helpful shore and dock crew.
It all comes together to become great experiences mostly because of the people who plug in to this community.
Recently, we had one of our fleet owners, Allen, go around Vancouver Island offering a jump on / jump off experience for members to plug in and experience the beauty of that region. His role aboard is as a mentor, helping others move forward and become more comfortable with a modern boat in a more remote region.
Another member, Ryan, who intends to become an instructor, took it upon himself to spend many Thursday afternoons mentoring new people. Watching what they are doing and getting them feedback and a path to future success… the mentoring sails have been delightful for all.
At the heart of these new opportunities are our clubs - the JIB SET for affordable day sailing and the CREW CLUB for cruising adventures together.
Talking with participants, the club happens to solve three common problems:
1) NEED MORE BOATING FRIENDS ~ You may simply not have people to get on the water with. Your current group of friends and family may not be boating enthusiasts (they may simply be "boating polite". That's okay, they are probably still nice people. We happen to collect nice people who ARE PASSIONATE about exploring by boat.
2) A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT ~ We have a paradox whereby the boats are becoming more complex and require more training to gain comfort with, but people have less time to devote to training. If you can't drop the rest of your life to immerse yourself in the marine environment, why not join someone saltier than you in an environment where you don't initially need to take charge of the boat? NEW PLAN: become a part time "old salt"
3) CHARTER RISK ~ We've watched it over and over - you book a boat, your friends jam out and then you have a really expensive vacation taking on the cost without them. Our program has less jam outs (we start with PASSIONATE boating fanatics) and we pick the boats after we know how many people we have?
HOW CAN YOU PLUG IN TO ALL THIS MAGIC?
(EASTER IS OUR FAVOURITE - kids of all ages!!)
MILLIONS OF EXPERIENCES ~ ONE COMMUNITY
by CREW member MAX
Not many people know but there is a world class dungeness crab, spot prawn, and salmon fishery right outside of our Granville island and Sidney charter bases.
Chances are if you have talked to me on the phone you know that I spend many of my off days out on the water setting crab and prawn traps and fishing for salmon right here in our local waters. Not only is it a great way to get out on the water but it has been a fantastic source of food over the past year. Make sure to get your tidal fishing license online and check for any recent fishing closures and you will be good to go!
Opportunities for harvesting crab abound right here in English Bay as well as up into Howe Sound and over in the Gulf Islands. General rule is if you can find a sandy ledge in about 40 feet of water you have a good chance of finding some crab! Bait choices can vary; there are pellets you can purchase at almost any gas dock however I have found that nothing works better than a salmon carcass. These can be purchased right here at the Granville Island Market. Set your traps and let them soak for a few hours for best results.
Spot prawns are plentiful in Howe Sound as you can see from my fish well filled with over 20lbs of them! And from just one set! Finding them can be trickier than crab but when you locate them get ready for some good eating. Best places to look are in Howe Sound in depths of 200-300 feet alongside some deeper water. Make sure you have some willing hands as hauling up these traps can be tiring but if you ask me there is no better reward than a pan of prawns sizzling in butter and garlic to make you forget about your sore arms. Very effective bait for these guys is the same pellets used for crab trapping. Same idea as crab set the traps and let them soak for a few hours and then get ready for good eating!
By far the most sought after fishing in Vancouver’s waters is for the mighty chinook salmon. There are fishing opportunities available for these beauties year round as well as many smaller species of salmon that make their way into our waters every year. Fishing for them is generally done with downriggers and specialized equipment however one very effective way of catching these fish with minimal gear is to drift fish for them during the summer Capilano Run. All you need it a rod and some bait and you can join in the fun! Either take your boat down to the mouth of the Capilano River off of West Vancouver or anchor and zip over in your dinghy and then it is as easy as hooking a piece of herring onto your line and lowering it down to the fish waiting below. During the months of August and September and as early as July thousands of fish come into the area as they prepare to swim upriver so get out there after them!