COOPER BOATING news ~ latest information about boating in BC
Subject: Waterfalls, Glaciers and Bears- OH My!
(Posted on Nov 10, 2015 at 10:57AM )
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2652 Miles, 2 boats, 8 weeks: Sidney to Juneau Alaska and Back.

John Gourlay, our head Instructor at Cooper Boating, took two groups aboard powerboats Electra, and Island Roamer on an epic journey up the Inside Passage to the stunning and beautiful waters of Alaska.   John has stories of route planning, the unexpected, and the WOW factor of it all.

Come hear John Gourlay speak on NOVEMBER 21 about this Alaska adventure with waterfalls, glaciers and bears. . . Oh My!


john waterfall


YACHT EXPO SEMINARS benefit the food bank & allow you to share some of the magic by those who have gone before & done what you may hope to do.  Register your interest today & stay connected to the magic.

Subject: ALASKA 2015
(Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 02:56PM by Samantha Jackson)
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have you dreamed about cruising the INSIDE PASSAGE TO ALASKA
well next summer from may 16th to july 13th you could live out your dream!




COOPER BOATING is setting up a flotilla that will be leaving POWELL RIVER may 17th and headed for JUNEAU ALASKA
~the trip will be run in 4 – 2 week long stages:  powell river to prince rupert, prince rupert to juneau, juneau to prince rupert, and prince rupert to powell river ~ you can book a boat and take your own crew, or book a berth and travel with a group of like-minded adventurers ~choose 1, 2 or all 4 stages~  if you have your own boat, you can join the flotilla too



 
for more information call dawn at our sidney office at 250-655-4979 and she will help make
your INSIDE PASSAGE dream trip to ALASKA happen!
 
fair winds and following seas…
Subject: a few great people going incredible places (BY BOAT)
(Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 01:54PM by Colin Jackson)
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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: knockout weekend ahead ~ little decisions for BIG ADVENTURES
(Posted on Oct 13, 2013 at 10:30PM by Colin Jackson)
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we have a knockout weekend ahead ~ NOVEMBER 1 - 2 - 3 ~




FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1

~ from 6.30-8.30 pm on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1, we have a YOLO evening (You Only Live Once) to help you with those life changing decisions to put a big boating adventure into your life  ~ many adventurers agree that the only real decision is the one to go in the first place ~ the rest falls into place after a relatively small decision to DO SOMETHING

~ we have the CHAIRMAN of the VIC-MAUI race on site to talk about the exciting group of boats heading off in the 2014 edition of this ocean classic this coming JULY ~

~ we will also be exploring the adventure that is ALASKA to and from GLACIER BAY ~



alaska




SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2



big boat handling ~ strategies clinic

power & sail, some of us find the big boats much easier to handle than their smaller counterparts ~ so if you'd like to take bigger groups & bigger boats (or just the bigger boats) ~ come learn all the magic behind driving what you previously thought of as monsters

a combination of chalk talk ashore & hands on experience is sure to delight ~ power & sail ~ clinic designed for 45'+




SUNDAY NOVEMBER 3

one of the biggest decisions, & for many, the realization of a lifetime dream is the purchase of a boat ~ our BOAT BUYING SEMINAR arms you with the right information to know how the game is played





contact us today about the knockout weekend ~ we look forward to helping with those small decisions that can change your life





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