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Subject: Sailing with helmets - awesome talk FRIDAY
(Posted on Nov 29, 2017 at 07:51PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
Well, not everyone you meet wears a helmet to go sailing, but we've got one such person on site this Friday evening for an off season talk.  Kim Alfreds' father founded the original JIB SET that spawned into national training programs (CYA now Sail Canada) and licensed beyond to become the American Sailing Association.   

This talk will look at the original F33 Cheekee Monkee and some of those adventures while looking ahead to the new F45RC Cheekee Monkee destined for our harbour in 2018 (after a few miles sailing from the Philippines).

We're told standing room only is fine - and it's not too long, so come on by and get a dose of multihull magic from someone who was putting foils on boats before any locals (and even the boat designer) thought it could be done. 

flying phantom at COW BAY

This talk is priced for sailors... just like the wind, it's FREE!


 flying phantom

Don't miss this one... should be lots of fun!

Subject: a legend reborn
(Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:23PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
The whole story is fascinating and takes a little while, but let's let the pictures and results speak for themselves.  Our JIB SET sailing club rescued the legendary local race boat HARWAR on JULY 2 and in not long over a single month, transformed her back to her winning ways. 

Thanks to all the community members who have been part of this adventure so far.  We're excited to report that on her second race with the JIB SET crew, HARWAR was back with both line honours a first place finish on corrected time again.

harwar before 
before pickup

flowers
beautiful flowers growing from cockpit drains


a deck only a mother could love

apres lovin
after our community rescue efforts - & many pounds of sealife removed!

back sailing
back sailing - 5 weeks afer project began

winning night

back winning - in only her second race in 8 years!


Come to Granville Island and join the fun rolling unfolding with this great boat.  Remember our core philosophy: BOATS ARE PEOPLE TOO!

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Subject: tale of two cats begins
(Posted on May 2, 2016 at 05:45PM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
Coming soon to a harbour near you: a really great cruising kitty and one absolute lion!

Our F45 is well underway with the interior fully formed.  These are lightweight machines from the mind of legendary designer Ian Farrier.

Latest factory update.

f45

But, check her out with her cousin "Cheekee Monkee" - Kim Alfreds' carbon fibre machine.   It could be appropriate that ours is facing Cheekee's stern - will be hard to stay in front of this magnificent creation.

For interest sake, Kim Alfreds was a big part of the original JIB SET, his father Les having founded the great organization that set so much of our North American training systems in motion.  

There is a certain irony meeting Kim for the first time in the Philippines last year - both boats are destined for Vancouver!

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Subject: hello humpback ~ mentor sail with flavour
(Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 06:54AM by Colin Jackson) Tags:
More than we asked for!  A band of merry mentorors and mentorees set off yesterday afternoon for a sail to polish those skills and blow off a few cobwebs. 

mentor sail

Conditions were near perfect... starting off in windier conditions that moderated, there were opportunities to sail the boat and get the most out of it.  Then it got better - while coming in, a humpback whale was spotted off the bow.   Using newly freshened skills, the crew worked to sail closer to their great whale - which moved strategically upwind!


humpback thursday

So, we've all heard about humpday -- but with us you can experience humpback day!  Want to be part of the fun... our community connects via Meetup site.