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Subject: a legend reborn
(Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 10:23PM by Colin Jackson)
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: COMMUNITY: helping eachother
(Posted on Jul 29, 2016 at 10:54AM by Colin Jackson)

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.


vicmaui2
 

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. 

van isle

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?


EVENTS

CREW CLUB

JIB SET including JIB SET EVENTS

FLOTILLAS 

(EASTER IS OUR FAVOURITE - kids of all ages!!)



MILLIONS OF EXPERIENCES ~ ONE COMMUNITY

easter

 

Subject: hello humpback ~ mentor sail with flavour
(Posted on Apr 15, 2016 at 06:54AM by Colin Jackson)
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.
Subject: now THAT's open house weather
(Posted on May 9, 2015 at 09:10AM by Colin Jackson)
CHECK OUT THE WEATHER for checking out boats & programs down at GRANVILLE ISLAND!!



BOATS OPEN 11-5 & still a few slots for boat rides (call ahead if you want one of those 604.687.4110)
Subject: OPEN HOUSE events scheduled for SATURDAY
(Posted on May 6, 2015 at 04:35PM by Colin Jackson)
OPEN HOUSE EVENT SCHEDULE: SATURDAY MAY 9

~ let's connect to launch a spectacular season ~



~ ~ WHATS UP SATURDAY ~ ~


~ ~ boats open 11am - 5pm ~ ~

tour the new AQUILA 44 power catamaran

 


~ COMPLIMENTARY intro boat lessons aboard MONK 36 trawler or CATALINA 445 - please RSVP (604.687.4110)
 

~ COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR SCHEDULE ~

EARLY BIRD  theory & mystery unlocked: SPINNAKERS 10am to noon (COLIN jackson)

           LUNCH & PARTY !!! (BBQ on!!!)

           2pm ~ navigation guru JOHN slater - push & know the limits of GPS ~

           3pm JIM & ISABELA - adventures of SONSIE ~ the cruise to AUSTRALIA

           4pm 2014 VICTORIA - MAUI RACE recap ~ re-live the adventure from the safety of the classroom! (COLIN jackson)



 we look forward to seeing you at GRANVILLE ISLAND

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



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: thanksgiving flotilla
(Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 10:18AM by Samantha Jackson)
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: HAPPY 2013 – resolve NOT to buy a boat this year and spend more time on the water – HOW you ask?
(Posted on Dec 31, 2012 at 11:57AM by Colin Jackson)
the truth about boats ~ from our experience ~ is you must love boating more than anything else (not altogether a bad thing) to the point you are using the boat all the time ~ that’s when ownership is really worthwhile
 
if you’re looking to get out on the water lots more and have big piles of fun in 2013 ~ your best year yet ~ then how do you do that without buying a boat?
 
JOIN ONE OF OUR THREE CLUBS

 we’ve come up with three innovative clubs specifically aimed at BOATLESS BOATERS – power & sail
 
CREW CLUB
they don’t get any simpler than this club ~ $39/month ~ we have a rolling 12 month calendar of FUN events why you pay a per trip fee ranging from $29 evening SOCIAL SAIL to $999 for a whole week in DESOLATION SOUND with the DREAMSPEAKER TEAM ~ authors of the DREAMSPEAKER CRUISING GUIDES


 
there are even bigger trips on the horizon for that once in a lifetime experience ~ but let’s just start by having some fun
 
we organized the destinations ~ we assemble the crews, we’ll pick boats from a great inventory that suit the group ~ YOU just plug in and go!
 
CRUISING CLUB
rather than casual charters, commit to a certain level and enjoy the best rates, best terms and ultimate in cruising convenience ~ if you are looking to spend a combined time of 20 days on the water, the CRUISING CLUB is the program for you


 
JIB SET
if you have seen the blazing red jibs out sailing, you have seen JIB SET and some of the smartest boatless boaters in BC ~ beyond the ability to sail as much as you would like on the sporty MARTIN 244 pocket cruisers, the JIB SET has an unmatched GROUP OF PEOPLE TO SAIL WITH ~ part of the savings stem from club members participating in operating the club and taking care of the boats ~ in 2013, the actual boat builder of the MARTIN 244 is on staff at GRANVILLE ISLAND ~ so learning about the boats just jumped up a level!
 
whether crew or captain, JIB SET is a great opportunity for short trips, including our popular FRIDAY NIGHT RACING ALL SUMMER

 
ALL OUR CLUBS offer many fun shore side opportunities to learn new topics like spinnaker and electronics, book readings from authors who are adventure experts and opportunities to just hang out with like minded boating folk ~ arguably the best sorts to hang out with on the planet ~ many of these shore side functions are free to members
 
STARTING IN 2013 ~ on the 13th of each month we send out our MEMBERS ONLY bulletin with unique opportunities reserved exclusively for MEMBERS, ranging from deeply discounted last minute offers to MEMBER ONLY EVENTS such as attending the popular FIREWORKS after dark
 
CAN’T DECIDE?
 know that we have many people that belong to more than one club and we make it easier to do that
 
with the rollout of the CREW membership, we are talking to a number of people interested in joining all three
 
    ~ WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? ~
one initiation fee of $499 and for $588 per month the member gets UNLIMITED SAILING on the MARTIN 244’s, $6,000 annually of charter time on anything in the entire fleet for your own group(s) and the opportunity to join the per trip programs of the CREW club with our groups
 
hey folks – we have people paying way more JUST TO MOOR THEIR OWN BOAT ~ and they go boating less with less variety
 
 
for some ~ PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP remains unmatched & despite our cries not to, they WILL BUY A BOAT ~ we can help ~ either with our FREE BOAT BUYING GUIDE ~ aimed at making you an educated buyer ~ to the opportunity to JOIN BC’s FINEST FLEET and ensure that when you are not using your boat, it derives revenue from our CHARTER, COURSE and CLUB programs at any of our THREE WORLD CLASS LOCATIONS
 
CONTACT US TODAY TO STEP UP YOUR LEVEL OF ENJOYMENT THROUGH THESE INNOVATIVE OFFERS
Subject: CREW membership underway PLUS DECEMBER special
(Posted on Dec 8, 2012 at 05:38PM by Colin Jackson)
almost 25 years ago, COOPER BOATING changed hands and one of the first tasks at hand was to set a schedule for the school courses ~ taking the lead on scheduling courses was a key ingredient that fuelled  growth for the last quarter century 


last night we did our second preview evening for the CREW membership and it is clear that setting a schedule for the events that are all about having FUN and less about SKILL DEVELOPMENT has a lot of appeal ~ within minutes of unveiling the necessary paperwork for the club, we had a pretty nice group of freshly minted members


WHAT IS THIS APPEAL? - no need to do all the organizing - we've got that covered - dates, where to go, lead boat, shoreside events/meals, briefings - just browse our list of events, enrol and have fun 


some events are MEMBER EXCLUSIVES - in 2013 we only offer fireworks cruises to MEMBERS - if you are looking to attend the fireworks on one of our boats, you'll need to be a MEMBER - it is a very special experience



we draw on a selection of the finest boats based in three great locations - but more than that, we have a collection of great people that want to explore the BEST COAST and play together on boats ~ because there's just nothing better than messing about on boats


the club is built on a foundation of great MEMBER rates and getting involved is EASY -  there is no need to organize groups - just come as an individual or couple and we'll build the crew lists and select appropriate boats 72 hours prior to start times ~ for multi day trips the captain will be in contact to organize meals afloat and start planning out some of those finer details of your adventure 


we'll start each of those longer trips with a briefing of what's in store - and unlike those gigantic cruise boats - that nobody lets you drive - you'll be part of the crew - part of the adventure - part of the magic


if you have ever asked the question, how could it be simpler to get out on the water and have fun? - well the new club is really just that easy 


for DECEMBER, we're making the deal even sweeter - a special offer for two free months - only $390 for the entire 2013 year (and we'll include the NEW YEAR'S event - even though it's technically half in 2012!)


CREW membership - JUST have FUN

Subject: 3 SPECTACULAR december events - including BEER IN THE BILGES
(Posted on Nov 25, 2012 at 05:29PM by Colin Jackson)
we have 3 great events that each provide superb chances to think boating without actually going boating on the near horizon:

on DECEMBER 1, we have a preview of the new DUFOUR 45e "ALEGRIA" - come learn about the technical mumbo jumbo that makes this boat soooo special - and learn a little about the finer points of sailing at the same time ~ our advanced sail training courses for 2013 will set a new standard for fun & excitement afloat

on DECEMBER 7, we have a double feature - learn about the new CREW membership and how to join groups exploring BC & BEYOND by BOAT - and meet COOPER VETERAN INSTRUCTOR ALAN BOREHAM as he debuts his new book BEER IN THE BILGES 



on DECEMBER 15 our HOLIDAY PARTY at KITSILANO YACHT CLUB is back

3 great chances to get together with warm boating folks off season - we're open daily for your RSVP ~ and visit our EVENTS page for more fun ~ including trips that are actually on the water!




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