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Subject: An Easter to remember
(Posted on Apr 11, 2018 at 11:38PM by Colin Jackson)
The rain gods stayed at bay so we could have a spectacular Easter cruise.  Check out the photos and don't miss the next flotilla.  May loooong weekend coming up and next Easter is extra late in the season.

funny bunnies

newcastle harbour on easter flotilla


hunting eggs sail


bigger treasures

john appears for the hunt

group photo easter flotilla

another great boating adventure

thanks to Chris Stanley for the awesome photos
Subject: A fantastic EASTER cruise
(Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 09:35AM by Colin Jackson)
The annual EASTER FLOTILLA was blessed with great weather and awesome people with a group of boats totalling 13.   Open houses ahead to come talk more about the next events!

easter at newcastle

stray cat easter 2017

We had power and sail, monohull and multihull boats exploring our standard easter routing with the club through PORLIER PASS, THETIS ISLAND, DODD NARROWS, NEWCASTLE ISLAND, SILVA BAY.  The club provides planning, leadership and tips on this great style of cruising.   It is great for new boating enthusiasts, but equally enjoyed by the 'veteran old salts.'   We have upcoming events over the May Looooong Weekend (ours is longer!) and for Canada's 150th birthday.
Subject: EASTER ~ flotilla secrets unveiled
(Posted on Feb 25, 2016 at 08:53PM by Colin Jackson)

For years now, one of our legendary flotillas has been the EASTER cruise.  We tend to believe that what works doesn't necessarily need fixing, so here's the insights into what makes this thing tick (from ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY himself):
1) We start by planning the trip so people don't need to toil over the planning.  The highlights of where we are going have been up for a while here
2) People join in a number of different ways.  Some folks have a group - that means join with your own boat, your own charter boat or the boat you just stole (caution with that last one please).   If you don't have a group, join one through the CREW CLUB.
3) We kick off on THURSDAY night with a briefing on weather, communications & some of the details that unfold as the weather sets up and we can more accurately guess the exact flavour.

4) We shove off together from either VANCOUVER or SIDNEY.  For the VANCOUVER boats, we tend to see the start of the SOUTHERN STRAITS race, where silly people head off to sail into the night while we bask in the comfort of our warm cruising boats. There's a lead boat to help shepherd the group through passes and away from known hazards.  
Your leader will be dockside to help catch you & known to jump aboard to help with your first docking of the season if required.  EASTER is a great event to blow off those 'boating cobwebs'.
After arriving at THETIS island where we all enjoy dinner ashore at a funky restaurant.  We always love when the musically adept take to the piano.  We love it more when the not so musically adept take to the piano. 

dodd narrows conga line
5) Cruising north, a legendary 'conga line of boats' forms near DODD NARROWS so we can head through at a prescribed time (in your trip plan).   Once the fleet is through, people tend to explore NORTHUMBERLAND CHANNEL, where sea lions are known to bask on the log booms just south of NANAIMO.  Our destination is the marine park at NEWCASTLE ISLAND.  From there, a task force is dispatched to prepare for the evening bonfire.  We regroup at the DINGHY DOCK PUB - the only floating pub in the region.  There's a family friendly side for our younger folk.

6) Sunday morning is the EPIC all ages treasure hunt.  We've had explorers from 8-80 yrs of age.   Come learn about the 'that's not chocolate' standing joke & enjoy exploring an abandoned quarry full of treasure.   From there, we set off to SILVA BAY for a final evening of fun before heading back home on MONDAY.


*For those unable to do the 4 days (those not working with banks, schools, government offices & the underemployed/retired), know we often have a few boats head home from NEWCASTLE directly.
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Subject: how ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY got his name
(Posted on Dec 31, 2013 at 01:57PM by Colin Jackson)
to sail hard or not to sail hard?

THAT is the question

there are times aboard to push a little, grow a little and see what you’re made of

at other times, it’s best to kick back & CHILLAX ~ allowing others to take the above steps while you just recharge in the magical way that life afloat affords

so goes the story of “ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY” getting his ears (so to speak)

while visiting the BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS for the first time years back, a question surfaced about his intent to be the skipper (as the veteran sailor / senior ‘officer’ aboard – otherwise known as the 'boss')

“YOU be the SKIPPER ~ I’LL be the ADMIRAL ~ over there reading my book!”

combine this quick statement to a regular desire to make increasingly more challenging treasure hunts each EASTER weekend 

these concepts combine to the name “ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY” ~ the name has stuck since

more recently, CREW CLUB cruises with freshly minted crews with a combination of eager people to push forward, ADMIRAL EASTER BUNNY prefers to kick back & relax

“DO WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE WITH THE BOAT (as long as I don’t have to call the owner or the insurance company!) is the standard line honed from this approach

so, when joining a capable crew, some push forward, some CHILLAX, but everyone having an enjoyable time is THE objective   

Subject: unforgettable EASTER flotilla
(Posted on Apr 2, 2013 at 11:53AM by Colin Jackson)
the WEATHER gods were kind to this year's EASTER FLOTILLA - check out our photo logbook with preliminary images of this year's event!

owners, bareboat charter clientele and club members enjoyed the fun and camaradarie of the northern GULF ISLANDS in this trip'

Subject: 3 great ways to enjoy our popular EASTER FLOTILLA
(Posted on Mar 11, 2013 at 07:22AM by Colin Jackson)
CHARTER - we've been busy hauling, painting & polishing the fleet to ensure you've got a great ride for the EASTER FLOTILLA for the group you like to cruise with - boats from VANCOUVER & SIDNEY will join the flotilla & boats from POWELL RIVER have also been seen in VANCOUVER getting ready for the season 


CREW CLUB - if you don't have a group to cruise with, our CREW CLUB is all about BOATING ADVENTURES MADE SIMPLE - easter flotilla per member rate of only 


not a member? - try out the club with our current  bonus offer


COURSE - our mileage builder courses are great ways to cruise with professional coaching & we have one lined up to sail with the flotilla


contact MARLA today (604.683.6837 ext 19) & join us this FLOTILLA  FRIDAY for a fun filled session to get you ready for the season  





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