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Subject: WEEKEND WRAP-UP
(Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 01:43PM )
~DOCKING HULLYMPICS~
 
as the french national anthem was sung dockside it could only mean one thing... that ANTOINE CENSI
had been awarded the gold medal at the JIBSET CLUB’S first annual docking HULLYMPICS ~~
7 participants competed in 3 events, and FRANCE CAME OUT ON TOP~~congratulations ANTOINE!
& of course PETER & HARRY, our silver & bronze medalists!
 

 photo: harry pratt

~UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY~

the MYSTERY CRUISE was a huge success ~ ~ we had some great wind and a great crew,
with the infamous stephen desroches skippering CASSIOPEIA, our beautiful & FULLY ENCLOSED
bavaria 42 that is currently living in vancouver  ~ ~  here’s what our winners had to say:

“Jason and I really wanted to thank everyone at Coopers Boating for organizing such a great day out on the water.
Stephen was fantastic and we both truly enjoyed ourselves.  We are honestly grateful to have been invited.”  -Toula

“It was a perfect day.....   Stephen is marvellous and so entertaining - he gets the message out while making sure
everyone is keeping safe and having fun!  The weather was perfect.  Lots of wind for some really exciting sailing.
The crew was great - a perfect mix....The boat was fabulous - how lucky was I to be included on a stellar day like that!  
I can't thank you enough!”  -Kathleen




just another great weekend at cooper boating!

CASSIOPEIA (bavaria 42) is raring to go for your off-season adventure ~ her full enclosure makes sailing at this time of the year especially pleasant



Subject: BOATING ADVENTURES MADE SIMPLE
(Posted on Oct 3, 2014 at 05:18PM ) Tags:


WE organize great trips~YOU hop on and have fun

No experience required, but a sense of humor is essential!
As a CREW CLUB member, you get to take the helm, pull lines, tie knots and be part of the planning process, all under
the direction of a qualified skipper.
$39 per month, then pay as you go to various events
For a calender of events visit http://cooperboating.com/events/
There is even a FREE one month trial if you just want to try it out!

Coming up is our THANKSGIVING FLOTILLA cruising to THETIS ISLAND through PORLIER PASS - then up to GABRIOLA ISLAND
to stay at SILVA BAY before heading home.
This is all over the long weekend OCtober 10-13, boarding on Friday evening and returning Monday.

Become a temporary member and come along! We need a few more people on CORUS, our beautiful Bavaria 50.
Contact Danielle or Dawn at 604-683-6837



Hope to see you there :)
Subject: a few great people going incredible places (BY BOAT)
(Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 01:54PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:



JOHN
has been part of the sailing club for a few years now ~ having been a regular at FRIDAY NIGHT RACING, & needing a release from the accounting job, a suggestion came his way to do a series together at a higher level with a consistent crew

despite going through some big changes including a move & way too much work, JOHN stepped up to compete in the FALSE CREEK YACHT CLUB thursday night series ~ he had a team of JIB SET members that raced through AUGUST & early SEPTEMBER evenings

how'd it go?

thanks to a new crew, a few light air evenings & the gymnastics of that spinnaker, it was a few evenings before the crew made it all the way around for a finish  ~~ but the crew certainly improved throughout the series & there is a sign of stronger performances to come

after sailing, the crews often got together at FCYC to share tips & tell a few lies over drinks & a meal

our favourite quote circled around a boat that showed up to the start area ~ & despite not being registered to race ~ helped the new crew with additional challenges at the start line --- the quote that followed 

directed at the rogue skipper:  "register a boat & come fight like a man"
 

congratulations JOHN on stepping up to a higher level of competition ~ keep it up!

& YES ~ ENGLISH BAY IS A SPECTACULAR place






DOUG & PATRICIA
~ one of our favourite 'inspirational cruising couples' from CALGARY

~ certainly a little background is in order ~ DOUG was retired when we met him & PATRICIA remained working ~ as DOUG contemplated yacht ownership through our charter program, one of his many quotable moments surfaced:


DOUG: "I need something to do ~ how about you put fuel in the chase boat & I can go out and help people?

RESPONSE: "2/3 of our callouts relate to challenges with sewage systems - we're thinking of calling the place "POOPER boating"

DOUG: "I'll do 1/3 of your callouts"


~ & so it went ~ with almost no experience & living land locked in ALBERTA, this couple bought a cruising catamaran with the aspiration of cruising it to ALASKA, while training


how'd it go?


check out their story as published in PACIFIC YACHTING, & be sure to register your interest for your very own ALASKA adventure (we're heading there in SPRING 2015 as a group)

ps - our couple are now POWER BOAT adventurers, perhaps you will join DOUG on the next trip to ALASKA with a slightly different flavour ~ being retired & having wife & kids away working, DOUG has named his dog after TOM HANKS' volleyball "WILSON" in "CASTAWAY" ~ come to ALASKA & help DOUG back out of retirement!





doctor ken

DR. KEN owns a beautiful cruising boat in our fleet, let's check out DR. KEN's big adventure from this year ~

<<REWIND: september 2013

DR. KEN: well, I've got the time off in july ~ am I racing with you to HAWAII or should I head out on my own boat?

RESPONSE: let me check with the owner of the boat ~ hang on


how'd it go?


FORWARD>>: july 2014, about 120nm from MAUI


DR. KEN: do you think we've got a little too much sail up? (winds near 50 knots)

RESPONSE: (from owner of the boat):  this is FUN

DR. KEN: right


~ the tail end of TROPICAL STORM WALI was quite the adventure ~ the boat was going 13knots with just a 105% jib up & rain… never seen rain like that before, but the next morning ALEGRIA pulled into MAUI in typical conditions for paradise… catch the landfall here:




let's get YOU in these sort of pictures... starts with a key decision to do something SPECTACULAR
Subject: Advanced Navigation!
(Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 01:54PM ) Tags:
~Advanced Navigation Courses Coming Up~



A truly great navigator uses all the tools available to monitor where they are and where they are going.
Courses at this level focus on the different tools, and how to bring them together.
The format allows you to learn one piece at a time- and together they combine to a national certification.

1. Understanding Weather
Thursday October 2+Thursday October 9
2 evenings 6:30 to 9:30 for two consecutive Thursdays
$139
Understand weather from a boaters’ perspective, with an emphasis on examining global
forces as they drive local conditions, as well as interpreting forecasts and weather maps


http://blindedbythelightt.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-perfect-storm-how-increase-in.html
Dont let this be you!!

2. Electronic Charts
Saturday October 4
1 full day 9-5
$109
Gain a basic understanding of different types of electronic charts, their features and limitaions,
and learn how to record waypoints and build a route


http://ybw.media.ipcdigital.co.uk/11139/000001011/9f81/electronic-nautical-chart-for-ipad-and-iphone-269069.jpg

3. GPS
Sunday October 5
1 day 9-5
$149
The understanding and operation of a GPS with emphasis on waypoint navigation


http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/GPS_Satellite_NASA_art-iif.jpg

4. Understanding Radar
Wednesday October 15
1 evening 6:30 to 9:30 + 1 day practical the following Saturday (October 18) 9-5
$259
Discover how to use radar to fix a position, track and identify targets and avoid collision
 

http://www.taringa.net/comunidades/c4dpsae/6980818/Exposicion-Radar
 

5. Advanced Passage Planning
Friday October 24
1 evening 6:30-9:30
Board following Friday until Sunday (October 31-November 2)
$699
This on the water practical is the final component of the CYA Advanced Navigation Standard
 


The first four courses can be done with only Coastal Navigation as a prerequisite, however
to do the Advanced Passage Planning all other Advanced courses must be completed first.
After completion of all 5 modules, you will receive your CYA Advanced Navigation certification.

For more info visit http://cooperboating.com/advnavigation/
We hope to see you there!
Subject: thanksgiving flotilla
(Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 10:18AM by Samantha Jackson) Tags:
flotillas are fantastic opportunities to cruise in company with other boats
 
~ travelling with a group gives you the comfort of safety in numbers, & a platform to meet people with similar nautical interests ~
 
the generally relaxed schedule, provide opportunities to participate as much or as little as you please- so even on the same trip, the social butterflies & the bookworms each find their little piece of holiday heaven 
 
~ thanksgiving weekend flotilla  ~
 
FRIDAY october 10th @ 6pm ~  monday october 13th @ 5pm
 
the plan:
 
board FRIDAY evening at 6pm, leaving the docks SATURDAY morning and heading to THETIS ISLAND through PORLIER PASS  
 
from there we'll head up to GABRIOLA ISLAND & stay at SILVA BAY on SUNDAY & head home returning the boats by 5pm MONDAY October 13th

 
~ your flotilla LEADER:
 
your flotilla leader is our very own COLIN JACKSON, president & part time janitor at COOPER, incredible mad-skilled boater, & a general salty dog is departing from VANCOUVER ~ we have interest in boats from SIDNEY as well 

~ special boats:
 
we're working on plans to get the VIC MAUI race boat ALEGRIA out there (also a plush cruising boat with teak decks, furnace etc… but OH how it sails) ~ the race is currently on for the JIB SET members to charter ALEGRIA before the CREW club has enough enrolment for this boat… perhaps a CRUISING CLUB MEMBER with advanced level training will snipe the whole boat… act now so we can see her out there 

~ perhaps another boat that begins and ends with 'A' - AMRITHA is a big cat out of SIDNEY

   
~ alegria & amritha~                     


 
~ many ways to join us! 
  • CHARTER a boat ~ contact our office for boat availability
  • bring your own boat ~ contact our office to register your vessel for the event
  • join the CREW club boat CLUB MEMBER PRICE $349 per person  (NOT A MEMBER? - you can obtain a 30 day trial membership to try out our events once before joining the club)
  • JIB SET MEMBERS - a few of your fellow members are looking to put together a charter
 
~ HOT rumours about the flotilla:
 
don't hold me to it ~ but I heard from someone, who knows someone, that there will be a scavenger hunt happening on this flotilla...
 
~ also heard a rumour that GINGER, the JACKSON's bernese sailing dog (aptly named for a character on GILLIGAN'S ISLAND) ~ will be the first dog in history to skipper a sailboat! (if you haven't heard a good rumour by 11am - start one!!) 


ginger ~ the bernese boating dog (no mountains in her future)
Subject: SEPTEMBER JIB SET SPECIAL
(Posted on Sep 2, 2014 at 11:47AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
welcome to SEPTEMBER!



~ anyone joining the JIB SET SAILING CLUB this month will get a free course ~

sail as much as you like for $149/month and with your $499 initiaion, you get a $399 course voucher good towards ANY course at COOPER ~



the JIB SET is a great group of people who love sailing around ENGLISH BAY & we have boats coming on line in POWELL RIVER & SIDNEY as well

check out the JIB SET WEBSITE & contact our office today to take advantage of this great deal



Subject: start any day, finish any day ~ let's deal on the left overs!
(Posted on Aug 3, 2014 at 12:08PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
~ our charters & private courses can begin any day of the week & finish any day of the week ~ from time to time, those create some unique opportunities with the holes left in between ~



additionally, we get people paying to have boats repositioned but those who can reposition to what the boat needs instead of their own can save even more

~ if you are flexible ~ you can save 15%, get free 'one way days' & save on delivery fees ~

give us rough timing along with a size of boat and then talk to JENY or DAWN ~ mention the code:

"WHOLE LOTTA DEALS ON HOLES"
Subject: VIC MAUI yacht race UNDERWAY!
(Posted on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:27AM ) Tags:

after a light wind spinnaker start late SATURDAY morning, the boats are finally making some progress & moving along well

follow  ALEGRIA's progress on the race tracker and cheer along the Cooper Boating Crew onboard!

Visit the Vic Maui intermational Yacht race website for daily reports on the race.

GO TEAM GO!!!
Subject: Broughtons Flotilla update
(Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 11:01AM ) Tags:

Thursday:  Today is beginning sunny and warm.  We leave at 0800 to time Race Pass so we go through at slack or a slight flood.  Currents can run up to six knots and the wind promises to be from the northwest.  This combination can result in lumpy seas during the ebb.  Moreover, at ebb we would hardly make any headway and also have little or no control.

We arrived at Blind Channel Marina, a lovely spot with good facilities and tied up for the night.  A group had happy hour on the upper deck of Raven Magic, while others hiked up to see the old-growth cedar,  then some went for supper in the restaurant while others cooked on board.

We are expecting wind and weather tonight and the waves and wind are building already.  The marina is open in the direction of the wind and waves and the halyards are already slapping, so we may be in for a rocking time tonight.

Friday: The night turned out to be quiet. 

Today we are off to Big Bay Public Dock and the departure is to be mid-afternoon to ride the tide down Cordero Channel and arrive at the Gillard Rapids at slack.

The day proved to be rainy and grey, but people wandered around and entertained themselves until departure.  The flotilla pulled out on schedule and motored down through the currents in Cordero Channel, arriving right at slack. 

At slack, we all went through Gillard Passage without incident and tied up at Big Bay community dock.  We then had a final barbecue and called it a day.

The slack in Yaculta Rapids tomorrow is at 0520 and we want to be there right on time as that opportunity is very short before the the whirlpools start up again as the current increases to as much as ten knots at flood. 

The next slack tomorrow is noon, and most of our boats chose that departure, but that late departure puts arrival at Powell River into evening hours.

Saturday: Three boats traversed the Yaculta Rapids without incident and motored towards Powell River, encountering twenty-five knot winds and chop on the nose after leaving Calm Channel.  Two persevered to Powell River and one decided to sit out the blow in Lund, along the way.

Intrepid is back at the dock in Powell River now and the other boats will be arriving as the day wears on.  We have one last get-together tonight and that is it for the 2014 Cooper Dreamspeaker Broughtons Flotilla. 

This was a record turnout with ten boats and thirty people participating.

Follow us in real time on the Spotwalla or Spot website.

Subject: Broughtons Flotilla update
(Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 12:45PM ) Tags:
Our last update was Day Six. We are now in the Broughtons and our minds are more on the amazing scenery and wildlife, and enjoying bays, marinas and the other boaters' company than on communicating with the outside world -- even if we could out here where Internet is sparse and slow -- so updates will be less frequent.

After anchoring overnight in Claydon Bay, we proceeded to Sullivan Bay Marina.  Happy Hour took place at five under the tent, with excellent live entertainment by the local jack of all trades.  Supper followed in the restaurant on the dock. This is a fun little town.  There are float houses for sale as low as $105K and air service from the major centres if anyone is looking for a remote hideout.

 From Sullivan Bay, we went a short distance to Waddington Bay to anchor for the night.  Intrepid went out to the Strait for some sailing and along the way we encountered at least one hundred dolphins feeding and sporting around over a square mile of sea. They put on quite a show and we have video, but no way to upload it right now.

The next day we were off to Echo Bay Marina.   Pot luck supper was at
six and Bill had caught a fish so we all shared a few bites.

The next morning we all set sail for Qwatsi, but our lead boat diverted to Port McNeill due to electrical problems, leaving the rest of us on our own.  Some boats found room at Qwatsi Marina, but the space was limited and some anchored, but others returned the short distance to Echo Bay while others went on to Lagoon Cove Marina.

Intrepid was among that group, and along the way while running wing and wing down Tribune Channel, we encountered another group of a hundred or so dolphins.  This time they accompanied us and wove back and forth under the bow, leaped from the water and generally put on an amazing show only feet from our boat.  I shot video for twenty minutes at least.

The plan is to meet up with Corus again at Port Harvey.  We leave shortly, and have to time a pass, so that is it for now.  Pictures later.

We leave for there in a half hour.