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.
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.
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?
(EASTER IS OUR FAVOURITE - kids of all ages!!)
MILLIONS OF EXPERIENCES ~ ONE COMMUNITY
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)
congratulations JOHN on stepping up to a higher level of competition ~ keep it up!
directed at the rogue skipper: "register a boat & come fight like a man"
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"
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
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
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