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RVYC Sea of Lights - Lighted Ship Parade

On Friday, December 2nd thirteen boats and two paddle boarders doned their festive lights and decked their hulls with twinkling stars, flashing trees, and inflatable snowmen. The group set sail at about 6:30 pm from the RVYC marina and headed out past Cattle Point then to Willows Beach where a large crowd had gathered to watch the annual parade of lit up boats. After Willows, the group headed back to Cadboro Bay where they dazzled onlookers from Gyro Park with their lights and music as well.

Oak Bay Fire created a giant, and very warming, bonfire on the beach at Willows and the Oak Bay Kiwanis served Hot Chocolate and cookies out of the Oak Bay Tea Room by donation. RVYC set up a boat in the parking lot where we played Christmas music for all the hear. At Gyro Park the Salvation Army and the Gary Oak Sea Scouts served Hot Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate by donation of money or non-perishable food items as well. 

The boats arrived right on time at Willows Beach, around 7:30 pm and entertained us with a very graceful group pirouette, and one boat even honked their horn to the tune of jingle bells!

Mayor Nils Jensen and Commodore Gordon Wilkinson judged the parade, aboard Resonance, Roger Palmer's boat and the Naval Reserve Caribou 57 lead the pack to and from Willows. When the parade was over, everyone headed back to the clubhouse to enjoy a delicious Sheppard's Pie dinner prepared by Chef Andrew Dickinson. Prizes were also handed out to every participant, which were donated by our local businesses.

Thank you to everyone involved, it was another success! To take a look at the full list of donors and event sponsors, click here. 

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RVYC Christmas Craft Beer Festival

On Thursday, December 1st, we had our inaugural Christmas Craft Beer Festival. We decided to call it the inaugural event because after the success of our first beer fest we'll be sure to host this event annually for the members!

85 Members joined together in the Main Lounge to enjoy beer samples from Phillips Brewing & Malting Co., Moon Under Water, Category 12 Brewing, Spinnakers Brewpub, Lighthouse Brewing Company and Hoyne Brewing Co. Passed hors d'ouevres were served to the members and a cheese plate was put out for everyone to enjoy. Closer to the end of the evening, Commodore Gordon Wilkinson made a speech to everyone thanking the vendors for their time and service, thanking the members for coming and then finally announed the winnner of the Turkey Draw. Dree Diamond was the lucky winner of the 12' turkey!

Members then continued to enjoy the livations until the conclusion of the evening, where the members then submitted their token for a keepsake RVYC crested beer glass. Each attendee received one glass, and a few bought a couple extras to complete their set. 

A special treat we got to taste was Phillips' cask created just for this event! The beer was a spin on their Chocolate Porter. The bew master added cocoa nibs and Antiguan Rum soaked Bing cherries to the brew. The rum being used was an English Harbour Rum whose recipe was developed by their own in house distiller Laurent Lafuente. This was a big hit, with crowds gathering in front of the table. 

Additionally, Sasha from Spinnakers attended the event with their House Dry Apple Cider and Honey Kolsch beer. We were so happy to hear that were still able to attend after their unfortunate fire incident at the Spinnakers Restaurant. You'll be happy to hear that the Spinnakers Restaurant is planning to open today, Friday, December 2nd!

For a look at what was served by each vendor, please click here

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Eleven BC marinas prepare for marine oil spill


By: Georgia Straight Alliance, Suncruiser Media

Eleven marinas, all members of Georgia Strait Alliance’s Clean Marine BC program, participated in a theoretical and practical marine oil spill response training session yesterday at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf in Vancouver. Participating marinas refreshed their knowledge and honed their planning and preparation skills to be able to effectively deal with and respond to a small-scale marine oil spill, which involved a mock spill at a moored vessel.  

“This is the first spill training session that we’ve ever organized for marinas as part of our Clean Marine BCprogram.” says Christianne Wilhelmson, Executive Director of Georgia Strait Alliance. “Now these eleven facilities are better equipped to execute coordinated, effective, and quick responses if a spill happens at their dock or boatyard which is so important because a competent marine spill response can mitigate the harm caused by oil and fuel entering our water.”  

“We’re a busy commercial fishing harbour, and spills can happen,” says Mike Loy, Harbour Manager of False Creek Harbour Authority. “It’s our job to be ready to react. For me, the practical element in yesterday’s training was extremely valuable; we’ll be taking some new knowledge and skills back to our harbour.”  

Personnel from the following Clean Marine BC-certified or enrolled marinas, yacht clubs and boatyards participated in the full-day spill training session:  

  • Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard
  • False Creek Fishermen's Wharf
  • False Creek Fuels
  • Granville Island Maritime Market & Marina
  • Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina
  • Royal Vancouver Yacht Club – Jericho and Coal Harbour
  • Royal Victoria Yacht Club
  • Stones Boatyard
  • Vancouver Marina
  • West Vancouver Yacht Club  

The roles the 20 participants play at their own facilities range from general, wharfage and marina managers to dock hands, foreshore leads, wharfingers, and dock maintenance technicians. The session was facilitated by Global Stratagem Consulting and hosted by False Creek Harbour Authority, with the support of Georgia Strait Alliance.


For more information on the Clean Marine BC program, please click here


Island Farms Santa's Light Parade

We had so much fun at our first attendance at the Island Farms Santa's Light Parade on Saturday, November 26, 2016. 

Our club truck and boat were decked with hundreds of lights, and the Grinch stood tall at the front without taking flight! The music was festive and bright, while the children waved to the crowds with all their might. Hundreds of lollipops were handed out to the eager hands, while a man in a Santa hat danced for all the fans. We couldn't thank our volunteers enough, with all that rain they really were tough!

Our float consisted of the Club truck decked out in lights with a large RVYC sign on the front. The truck was pulling a power boat with a large 8' Grinch on the bow, children in the stern and a moose in a kayak on the swimgrid! We even had blue lights to make it look like the boat was in water. Next year we hope to use a sailboat, we'll just have to 'shorten the mast' to conform to height restrictions. 

A big Thank You goes out to Andrew Mathews who not only let us use his boat for our float, but helped to decorate and drove the truck in the parade! Another big Thank You to the RVYC Foreshore team, especially Wallace who helped to decorate and 'undecorate' the club truck, all with a smile and to Peter Bates who also assisted. 

Finally, thank you to the members who helped with decorating and participating in the parade. It wouldn't have been the same without the participation of our members representing the club.  Next year we hope to make our float even better! Stay tuned for notifications.

If you missed the parade, you can check us out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91bI14k6f7A We are at 38:24. CHEK TV will also be airing the parade on December 4 at 6pm and on Christmas Day.

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Paddler's Night

The Paddlers had their annual Dinner and Presentation night on November 17, 2016. All attendees were surprised with a little presentation by Chris Daley, who showed a clip of the wolf on Discovery Island howling into the wind. It was quite the sight to see!

Around 45 people attended a delicious gourmet hot dog dinner with all the fixings. And when I say all the fixings, I mean it! We had three different types of buns, three types of meat, pineapple relish, caramelized onions, crispy shallots, crunchy julienne corn tortilla, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, green relish, ketchup, mustard, mayo, fresh basil, jalapenos, bacon bits, and the list goes on. 

Everyone enjoyed their hot dog dinner while engaging in conversation. When everyone was finished eating their meals, a flurry of activity started to happen. Chairs were being brought out from the storage closet, lounge chairs were being brought forward from the main foyer, and couches were being moved so we could fit the extra crowd of attendees that arrived for Ian Hinkle’s presentation! Ian told us about the movie we were about to watch, which was one he did 20 years ago over a three month paddle along the Inside Passage, which was commissioned by the Discovery Channel. The movie was called ‘The Living Coast’ and was not only very informative, but visually stunning. Still today, many of the lessons taught echo in today’s economy and environmental landscape. After the movie, Ian answered a few questions that were tickling our minds as we watched. 

A big thank you to Anne Daley for organizing this event, and executing a very successful evening. Well done! 

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