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Tips & Tricks While Social Distancing


June 16, 2020

This week's tip is from Members Doug Bell and Marina Steele, who are part of the Education Committee for the Club.

Sail Canada is providing a free course on "Getting Your Meteorological Information" on Wednesday, June 24 at 4:00 pm, online.

Click here for more information and registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/getting-your-meteorological-information-tickets-109031588416 

June 8, 2020

This week's tip is about Oceans Week which is from June 7-14.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing measures across BC, Oceans Week Victoria 2020 will be hosted virtually! Check out our Calendar for a collection of online learning and entertainment activities from Sunday, June 7th to Sunday, June 14th organized by Action Themes throughout the week. There are lots of opportunities there for you to get involved from home!


June 3, 2020

We really enjoyed sharing all of, not only ours, but member tips and tricks every day for the past two and a half months! Now that we're reopening the Club, and working in office, we'll be transitioning the daily Tips and Tricks to a weekly Tip and/or Trick. Stay tuned next week for the next tip!

Have you got a Tip or a Trick you'd like to share? Email , and we'll try to include it.

June 2, 2020

Today's "tip" is a blast from the past! This was submitted by Member, Roger Palmer:

"I was "cleaning up" my large selection of files on my computer, and came across some video I shot in 1996 of the Mini 12 Cascadia Regatta at RVYC. I was host boat for the event. A group of sailors from St. Francis Yacht Club brought their boats up to RVYC for the weekend, and we had a LARGE turnout. The Americans proved to be good sailors, and their Millimeter class boats were fast. RVYC put the emphasis on "quantity" as opposed to "quality". This resulted in the largest Mini 12 fleets that Cadboro Bay has ever seen!"



May 29, 2020

Today's tip is a new take on cooking Halibut.

We've all been there, you have fresh caught halibut, and you have to cook it but don't want to lug out the deep fryer (or don't have one). The solution is simple - chips!

For texture, Kettle Chips work the best. Cut open a corner of the bag to allow air to escape, and roller the chips in their bag to reduce mess. The finer the chips are crushed, the better the turnout.

In a separate bowl, whisk one egg with 2 tbsp of mayo (I recommend adding dijon mustard to taste, if using plain chips). Coat halibut in this mixture, then coat halibut in crushed chips. Press chips on firmly before placing halibut on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Preheat oven to 450 and Cook 10-15 minutes (depending on fillet size) or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

9622 sfs potato crusted halibut 09

May 28, 2020

Today's "Tip" is a story about Member Bill Norrie who's been travelling solo aboard Pixie admist a Global Pandemic!

Read his story here, and the journey he's been experiencing. We wish Bill a safe journey home


May 27, 2020

Today's Tip is from the Gulf Island National Park Reserve

Limited Visitor Access Resumes at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Starting June 1, 2020, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve will offer limited visitor services. Visitors will be able to access all parking lots, day-use areas, and trailheads. This access comes with restrictions, please click on the link for more information. http://secure.campaigner.com/csb/Public/show/ersl-21ewek--q3fre-dfw24hs8?fbclid=IwAR1jI8UTaoHRnbYGZGA3zaRksXladI6yPVYYjk_byj9Sg-9OlVJS5pUaBdA 

bc parks

May 26, 2020

Today's tip is on the sweeter side.

Here's a delicious and easy recipe to make a sweet treat while on the boat (no baking involved): https://www.marinemax.com/connect/lifestyles/recipes/no-bake-peanut-butter-bars 

no bake peanut butter bars

May 25, 2020

Today's tip comes from Member, Josh Good and Head Coach & Sail Program Coordinator, Steve McBride again.

You can’t sail if you can’t get off the dock. Lowering and raising the motor on the Martin is easier if you pull up and away.


May 22, 2020

Today's tip comes from Member, Josh Good and Head Coach & Sail Program Coordinator, Steve McBride.

Use the halyard bobbles to quickly secure your sail to your halyard. No one will ever know you can’t tie a bowline.


May 22, 2020

Here are the answers to last week's crossword puzzle. How'd you do?

RVYC Crossword Answer Key

May 20, 2020

 Today's tip comes from Member, Josh Good and Head Coach & Sailing Program Coordinator, Steve McBride.

Get your jib tensioned correctly so you can head up better and your mast doesn’t flop around. Just pull the halyard block to the back line. Watch this short tutorial on 420 Jib Tension

May 19, 2020

Today's Tip is perfect with summer weather coming around.

Have you gotten your Pleasure Craft Operator's Card (PCOC)? Did you know it's required for anyone operating a boat fitted with a motor, and not just for the boat itself? Bonus - it's a great way to learn safe boating for anyone!

You can get your license from the comfort of your home by completing the test online. Boating BC Association has partnered up with BOATsmart! to offer 50% off your PCOC! Use offer code BOATBC50, offer expires May 31st.

Redeem your code here: https://www.boatsmartexam.com/ca/

**Photo by Gilda Good and the Central Coast Cruise 2019**

Central Coast Cruise 4 Gilda Good 1

May 15, 2020

Today's trick is a little activity to tackle over the weekend.

Can you figure out this RVYC crossword puzzle? A printable version is available by clicking here.

We'll post an answer key in a week.

RVYC Crossword

May 14, 2020

Today's tip comes from our Foreshore Crew.

A reminder not to wrap the electrical cord just around the pedestal as it has the potential to damage the dock equipment. Please wrap the cord around the bull rail or cleat to take the strain off the electrical pedestal. Staff will need to unwrap improperly stored cords.


May 13, 2020

Today's trick tests your signal flags knowledge.

Signal flags are important when out on the water, especially if it's your only means of communication. Study up on your signal flags then play this game and let us know your best time.


May 11, 2020

We're throwing a riddle your way again, for today's trick. See if you can figure this one out:

When you need me, you throw me away. But when you're done with me, you bring me back. I am?

There were lots of great guesses on our Facebook page. The answer is:
an Anchor!

May 8, 2020

Today's tip comes with the beautiful, HOT weather.

With a high of 26 degress expected for tomorrow, the last thing we'll want to do is run our ovens for dinner. Why not try this refreshing Mediterranean Watermelon Salad? Perfect for any time of day:

For the Honey Vinaigrette
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp lime juice
1 to 2 tbsp quality extra virgin olive oil (I used Greek Early Harvest)
pinch of salt

For the Watermelon Salad
1/2 watermelon, peeled, cut into cubes
1 English (or Hot House) cucumber, cubed (about 2 cupfuls of cubed cucumbers)
15 fresh mint leaves, chopped
15 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, more to your liking

In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lime juice, olive oil and pinch of salt. Set aside for a moment.In a large bowl or serving platter with sides, combine the watermelon, cucumbers, and fresh herbs.Top the watermelon salad with the honey vinaigrette and gently toss to combine. Top with the feta cheese and serve!

**Tip - If you need to make this watermelon salad ahead of time, you can peel and cube the watermelon and cucumber, and prepare the remaining ingredients, then store each in the fridge in separate containers. Add the dressing and mix the salad together just a few minutes before serving.


May 7, 2020

Today's tip comes from Member, Doug Bell. It's for the more ambitious member, but a great project for the boat enthusiast:

This project is from the Wooden Boat Foundation in Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. You can purchase a kit to build a Portage Pram in your own garage then watch the online tutorials!


May 6, 2020

Today's tip is to help with Spring cleaning piles growing in your garage.

Every year we host the Car Boot Sale, where Members can sell their wares. While we're all social distancing at home, let's take this opportunity to build our inventory for the next Car Boot Sale.

Clean the house and the boat, and maybe you'll find a treasure you didn't know you had!

car boot sale

May 5, 2020

Today's tip comes from Member, Clive Brown:

The last 12 issues of these great magazines are available now, for free, online:

Yachting World
Practical Boat Owner
Yachting Monthly
Cruising World
Canal Boat...
and many more magazines on just about anything and hundreds of newspapers from Canada and around the world.

All from the Greater Victoria Library website https://www.gvpl.ca/2017/12/library-pressreader-launch/ : "GVPL library cardholders log in to PressReader on their computers or devices with their library card numbers and passwords. Cardholders can gain access through gvpl.ca or pressreader.com. An app is also available." The app allows you to page through magazines with ease and zoom in/out as necessary.

May 4, 2020

Today's tip is for all the significant others out there...hint hint.

It's Mother's Day on Sunday (May 10). Why not get the family involved and do something special for mom. A few ideas include breakfast in bed, clean up the house, clean her car, go for a family walk or make this cute craft (perfect for mom, grandma, aunty, or whoever else is special to your family)


mothers day craft for kids handprint canvases1

May 1, 2020

Today's tip comes from Member, Marianne Scott:

As regattas, golfing, work and having sleepovers are now banned, it may be time to tackle boxes with old photos leftover from pre-digital days.

Families like knowing about their ancestors and other relatives. You can organize the pix, put them in an album, scan them and make up a personal digital family album, especially adding identification and if possible, dates. A fun project everyone has been putting off.

Or you can take thousands of e-pix and organize them into different family or travel albums and stream them to your big screen. Great memories of times past.

pile of photos

April 30, 2020

Today's tip needs no translation.

This sailor has some great tips for sailing during isolation...from home! Need to make it more challenging? Turn the temp down in the water to make it feel like the real thing


April 29, 2020

Today's tip is from our Curatorial Committee.

In these “stay at home” times when we are spending lots of time cooped up, this would be a great opportunity to reflect on your memories of the club and record them. It can either be a written account, or recorded on a smartphone with a voice recorder app. We have a list of basic questions to guide you. Get your family involved (remotely) in this documenting of your reminiscences. Contact the curatorial committee if you need some help getting started at  

first race

April 28, 2020

Today's tip is more of a reminder. Clean Marine BC shared with us COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance issued by Transport Canada and a PDF physical distancing reminder.

Take a look and please stay safe.



phyiscal distancing when boating

April 27, 2020

Today's tip is all about family fun activities.

Recently, this link was shared with us and we thought - what great ideas to explore with the family while stuck inside! **Probably best to proceed with a Blizzard...or two**

Check out these downloadable activities, and let us know which ones your family tried.


dq activities

April 24, 2020

For today's trick, here are some photos from past Opening Days. Can you tell us what year each is from?

**Hint - They're in chronological order

IMG 9608  P1800158  ODay2017 217  P1110045 

April 23, 2020

Today's Tip is a way to celebrate Opening Day in your own way. Normally we'd be seeing the dressed boats in the marina by now, with signal flags ready. With social distancing and many people staying home, we're missing this sight to be seen.

Why not dress your boat, or your home, anyways?! Take out those signal flags and hoist them on your boat for all to see, or if you're staying home, dress your balcony or your front entrance. You can even write a message of thanks, love, celebrations, etc for those savvy enough to read it. Be sure to share a photo with us if you do!

Do you have a guess if the Cherry Blossom tree will be blossoming by Saturday? Let us know in the comments.


April 22, 2020

It's not Opening Day related, but it's still very important. Today's tip affects us all.

Did you know it's Earth Day? Looking for ways to be involved? The Earth Day website has lots of great ideas to stay involved while at home.

A few of our suggestions include turning your lights off, sorting your recycling, and since many of us have been decluttering, take a look at that pile for the dump and see if anything can be donated or given away instead. Keep it stashed away for a little while longer, and distribute it when we can all get back to "normal". 


April 21, 2020

Today's trick is a History Pop Quiz!

Keeping with our Opening Day theme this week, we have a fun little RVYC History Quiz. Can you answer all of them?Hint - Most answers can be found within the Club website. 

RVYC History Quiz

What date did 46 yachtsmen found the Victoria Yacht Club?
Where was the original clubhouse built?
How many times did the original Clubhouse sink?
What year did the Club become Royal?
Where is the Club’s second marina?

And something for fun – How many roast beefs did we go through during the 125th Anniversary Opening Day Dinner?

Answers are as follows:

-What date did 46 yachtsmen found the Victoria Yacht Club?  June 8, 1892
-Where was the original clubhouse built? Victoria’s Inner Harbour
-How many times did the original Clubhouse sink? 3
-What year did the Club become Royal? 1911
-Where is the Club’s second marina? Tsehum Harbour
-And something for fun – How many roast beefs did we go through during the 125th Anniversary Opening Day Dinner? 550

clubhouse old

April 20, 2020

This week we're focusing on Opening Day! Since we can't host our annual Opening Day celebration, we're going to celebrate virtually.

Today's "trick" is a wordsearch focused on Opening Day words, a printable version is available by clicking here.

Additionally, we're taking bets (all for fun), on if the Cherry Blossom tree will have blossomed by Opening Day. Members new and old know about the cherry blossom tree, and it's always a beautiful surprise when it blossoms for Opening Day. We'll post a photo on Opening Day (Saturday, April 25) of the current status of the tree.

 OD Wordsearch ODay2017 203

April 17, 2020

Now that we are officially past the 1 month mark (!!) of being closed, today's tip is more of a reminder to all the members.

If you need assistance getting your groceries, medication, or anything you are in need of, we have a long list of Member Helpers waiting at the helm to do the pick ups for you. No need to explain why you can't go out, just give a member in your area a call and together you will organize pick up/drop off all while social distancing.

A list of Member Helpers can be found on the Club website by clicking here, but you do need to be logged in to see this list as it does contain private contact information.

We're a family at the Club, and your family is here to help.

here to help

April 16, 2020

Since Bread seems to be the trending topic these days, our Tip today is from our Communications Chair, Christy Strach. She's provided us with a delicious recipe for Amish White Bread. Let us know how it goes for you!

Do you have a bread recipe you've tried during social distancing? Send it to us to share. 

Click here for printable recipe.

amish white bread photo

April 15, 2020

Today's tip is for all the frontline workers out there. We may not be able to fully show just how much we appreciate each and every one of you, but we can all join together to say Thanks!

You may have heard the loud clanging, clapping, sirens and shouting at 7pm every night. Well now's your time to join in! Get outside at 7pm every night to bang your pots, shout and scream and clap as loud as you can. These expressions of gratitude are being heard around the world and are the public's way of saying THANK YOU to all frontline workers for what they are doing.

police salute

April 14, 2020

After a long weekend of chocolates and good food, lets get outside and enjoy this incredible weather - while being socially distance and safe of course.

Today's tip is a fun scavenger hunt to get you outside! Go to our website for a printable version of this scavenger hunt fit for the whole family. Take some pictures during your hunt and send them our way!

Click here for the printable version.

Scavenger Hunt

April 9, 2020

Today's Tip is perfect for staying in touch with family over the holidays.

Missing out on the big family Easter Dinner? Don't want to miss seeing the kids look for their Easter goodies in the morning? Want to share your take on the traditional family glazed ham? Connect virtually! There are plenty of virtual options for staying in touch with family and friends. Here are a couple of our favourites:

Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/home?zcid=2478 Allows for multi video conference calling. Sign up for free and get 40 minutes with 3 or more people per call.

Google Hangouts: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/google-hangouts/nckgahadagoaajjgafhacjanaoiihapd?hl=en Free resource, all participants just need a gmail account.

Facebook Video Chat: Allows for up to 4 people video chatting at a time (text chat is much more!). Everyone just needs a facebook account.

And one for the kids to stay in touch: Facebook Messenger Kids https://messengerkids.com/how-it-works/  Allows the kids to chat, with parental controls put in place by the parents.

Do you have a favourite you'd like to share? Comment below.

**Today's Egg count clue: The vase is 6.5" tall**

virtual meeting

April 8, 2020

Today's tip is from a staff member. One tradition she always enjoyed with her family over the holidays was to set the crab trap in the evening, then retrieve it early morning and make the best crab eggs benny breakfast you've ever had!

Enjoy them on the boat, in the sun, with a hot cup of coffee. Sets the day off perfectly.

**Today's egg count clue: The eggs did not come from multiple packages**

crab eggs benny

April 7, 2020

Today's trick is definitely a "tricky" one. A fun take on the Jelly Bean Challenge (and the fact we didn't have jelly beans at home), comes the Cadbury Mini Eggs Challenge!

Can you guess how many Cadbury Mini Eggs are in the vase? Comment with your guess below. You can make one guess per day, so keep coming back for more chances to win. Contest will be open until 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 12 and the prize is a $75 Gift Certificate to Skip the Dishes.

A new hint will be posted daily but we'll start with this: There are NO broken eggs in this vase (all eggs are whole).

Comment with your guess on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/RVicYC/ 
**Contest is Open to Everyone**
Closest to the correct number, without going over, wins.

how many eggs

April 6, 2020

This week we're keeping this festive. We'll be posting Easter Themed Tips & Tricks all week, perfect for social distancing requirements.

Today's tip is something you may already know about.Have you driven or walked around your neighborhood and noticed painted, coloured, and artsy eggs in people's home windows? Have you thought....am I missing something? If so, there's still time to have some fun! The Victoria COVID-19 Community Easter Egg Hunt group has been organizing an egg hunt perfect for social distancing. All you have to do is walk during a quiet time of day or drive around your neighborhood, and find all the eggs in the windows. Feel like participating? Then join the group and start getting crafty!

A map of many of the houses can be found by clicking here, but know not all houses are listed.

Please be mindful to keep a safe distance when passing others on the street.

egg hunt

April 3, 2020

It's Friday, so we thought we'd lighten the mood with a fun little parody by the Phoenix Chamber Choir and their Coronavirus Rhapsody.

Thank you to Member, Michael Nusbaum for sharing this with us.


April 2, 2020

Today's tip comes from Member Louise Anstey:

Sailing single-handed boats is a great outdoor activity that supports social distancing. You will be enjoying an 'on the water' activity that we sailors love, plus getting the benefit of physical activity.

The 2.4mR fleet has implemented the ‘Doug Bell Covid-19 Room’ rule. That is, 2 metres of room must be given between boats at all times on the water to maintain social distancing requirements. Do take care to keep a distance from others on the dock and when in the change rooms.

PCC CAN 7a 2019

April 1, 2020 <- Notice the date! 

Did you see this?! We were taking a look at the Google Maps aerial shot of the Club marina when we noticed this large shadow in the water! Much too big for a whale…maybe the lack of activity on the water, and lack of bystanders on the beach, encouraged some creatures to come out of hiding?

cadborosaurus spotted

March 31, 2020

Today's tip is from Members Tibbie and Rob Adams, for the perfect cup of coffee while on your boat:

We always enjoy a cup of coffee on the boat. While plugged in, we have an electric percolator for great coffee, that perks the coffee and then keeps it warm, all in one program.

Once at sea, we have instant coffee but kick it up a notch with hot chocolate. YUM YUM says, Rob. Instant coffee and a tablespoon of hot chocolate thrown in with the hot water.

Add a side of chocolate for real decadence.

coffee at sea

March 30, 2020

It's Monday, and it's time for another activity tip!

Do you have your basic knots down pat? Let's put it to a test. Grab your family, a scarf and a stop watch, and challenge your family members to a knot tying contest.

Pick one knot from the video and time yourself doing it blindfolded! Now, can anyone in your family do it faster? Post the winner's best time (and what kind of knot) in the comments on Facebook. Have fun! 

Knot tying tutoria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rhHYq4SZng
RVYC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/RVicYC/ 

knot tying

March 27, 2020

Today's tip is for those wanting to check in on their boats, but not comfortable leaving the house at this time.

The club also understands that members want to know the condition of their boats at all times. Some RVYC members use a remote boat monitoring system to keep on top of their boat's condition when they are away from their boat. These systems can give members assurance while reducing the number of visitors to our club facilities.A fellow member is offering a member discount for remote boat monitoring.

Go to https://brnkl.io/rvyc for more information.

**The Club does not endorse or recommend products from the members; however, we provide information for member's discretion**


March 26, 2020

Now's the time to tackle that Spring Cleaning you've been meaning to do...on your boat! Today's Tips and Tricks are some essential spring cleaning tips for any boat owner: https://www.westshoremarine.ca/spring-cleaning-tips-for-how-to-clean-a-boat/ 

March 25, 2020 - Bonus Tip

We get a bonus tip today! Mr Mojo, a familiar face at the Club, will be putting on a live show of his family friendly songs tomorrow at 2pm PST.

Grab the kids, a computer or tablet, and enjoy a little jam session! https://www.facebook.com/events/573433166860722/ 


March 25, 2020

Today's little ditty is more of a trick, than a tip. Here's a nautical themed riddle fit for anyone!

A ladder hangs over the side of a ship anchored in a port. The bottom rung touches the water. The distance between rungs is 20 cm and the length of the ladder is 180 cm. The tide is rising at the rate of 15 cm each hour.

When will the water reach the seventh rung from the top?
We'll post the correct answer tonight!


March 24, 2020

Today's Tip is for all the cruisers out there, looking to find more information on cruising in the Pacific Northwest. As many of us will be finding ourselves with extra free time to read and research, a member suggested reading the DreamSpeaker series out on your backyard hammock or while social distancing on your boat.

The series has detailed information on the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast, Desolation Sound, The Broughtons, and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. For more information, you can take a look at their site here: https://www.dreamspeakerguides.com/ 


March 23, 2020

RVYC is starting a new Tips & Tricks Campaign where we will be posting a daily tip, trick, activity, idea, notice, etc. We strive to continue this campaign for the duration of the social distancing period, and hope this will give our members and viewers some fun ideas to try out, wisdom to consider, pointers for their racing, cruising and sailing needs and future ideas to put in the bank for use at a later time.

Without further ado our first submission is a fun little activity for the family to try out. Have you been yearning to get out and race? Want to bring that excitement home?

Well look no further, here are some instructions on how to make a paper boat to "sail" and have your own races at home:

**For a video tutorial, take a look at this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wu5oKy4m5s 

paper boat how to