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January 2016

Education Evening - Close Quarters Boat Handling   ::  Cruising & Dinners

Education Evening 
An Expert talks about Close Quarters Boat Handling  

Thursday, January 21, 2016 
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Place: Discovery Room
Cost: $5 per person
Signup: Email or call the admin office at or 250-592-2441 

Many sailors worry about berthing their yacht safely and competently. The Cruising Committee has arranged for a very experienced Yachtmaster Instructor – Evaluator to deliver a comprehensive Theory Session on boat-handling techniques. The class will cover how to establish the handling characteristics of your boat and outline some exercises to polish up your skills. You’ll work through a series of valuable techniques to cover awkward situations, such as how to handle a strong wind or tide, how to cope with a weak crew, and also how to berth larger boats with high topsides.  

You’ll learn a host of interesting methods that you didn’t know about, and many valuable hints!  

Your instructor, David Almond, is an International Sail and Power Association (ISPA) Yachtmaster Instructor – Evaluator and a Certified Instructor with the American Sailing Association (ASA) and with International Yacht Training (IYT). He is a member of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Turkey Head Sailing Association.    

Compass and Ropes  ::  Learning

compass and ropes

February 2016

Compass and Ropes  ::  Learning

compass and ropes

Compass and Ropes  ::  Learning

compass and ropes

Cruising Dinner  ::  Cruising & Dinners

RVYC presents its first 2016 cruising dinner on February 18  

Cruising the Width of Canada on Two Wheels  

To complete his dream of bicycling across Canada, Dennis McMillan shanghaied (who else?) and two of his best sailing/racing buddies, Ron Jewula and Louise Anstey, the trio, nicknamed KC3— “Kairos Cross Canada Cyclists”—trained for six months before departing.  

On June 22, they put foot to pedal and left Victoria’s Mile 0. Seventy days later, on August 31, they cycled the last few of more than 7,300 km up Newfoundland’s Signal Hill.  

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Dennis, Louise and Ron will tell you tall tales about cycling over the Rockies, across endless miles of prairie, navigating busy highways, meeting wonderful people and finding the best cinnamon buns in Canada. They will also introduce the rest of the crew that made up the KC3 team.  

How did they keep pushing across all those interminable roads? Said Louise, "It’s a great adventure! It’s doable. You just need to address it one day at a time."  

  Thursday, February 18, 2016
No host cocktails 17:30; Dinner 18:30; Presentation 19:30
Members & guests: $28 pp—includes dinner, dessert and coffee, gratuities and taxes.
Register by logging in at www.rvyc.bc.ca/cruising or phone Rosie at 250-592-2441.  

A 24-hour cancellation notice is required or your account will be charged.  

RVYC Winter Cruise  ::  Cruising & Dinners

February 20, 2016  

Cruise by boat or by car to Downtown Victoria  

This year we are planning an evening of camaraderie and fun at Spinnaker’s Brewpub. We will meet there at 5pm for a Beer Tour complete with appetizers. Dinner is planned for 6pm, followed by Beer Trivia and prizes!  

For those hardy boaters who wish to brave the cold and cruise by boat to the Inner Harbour, we will be mooring at Ship Point (right in front of the Empress Hotel). You may wish to arrive Friday and enjoy a potluck ‘Appy Hour’ either on the dock or on board a boat. Cost for moorage is $1.15 per foot per day; $6.50 per day extra for power; and 5% GST as well. On Saturday, it is only a 20 minute walk to Spinnaker’s.  

For all other RVYC members, plan on driving by car and meeting us at Spinnakers on Saturday, February 20th at 5pm for the Beer Tour and dinner. And, you have the option of staying overnight at Spinnaker’s in their Heritage House, Bungalow, or Guest Cottages. Special pricing for overnight accommodation will be in effect that weekend and includes breakfast the next morning.  

At time of writing this, we don’t have prices confirmed yet for the dinner and/or accommodation; however, Spinnaker’s will be offering us the Dine Around and Stay special, which goes into effect that weekend. Watch the Jibsheet for updates on this.  

March 2016

Race to Alaska Cruising Dinner  ::  Cruising & Dinners

RVYC presents an unusual Racing/Cruising dinner on March 10  

Race to Alaska—Cruise Back to Victoria  

On June 4 this past summer, 53 racing teams started from Port Townsend for the first ever Race to Alaska. After a stopover in Victoria, they departed for Ketchikan—750 nautical miles. Our presenter, John Denny, was one of his team of valiant racers in a Hobie 33, Por Favor.  


The only race rule: No engine. No one knew what was in store. No history, no one to tell competitors, “here’s how it was and here’s how we did it.”  

It was Jake Beattie, executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center, who dreamed up the Race to Alaska. To get there under human or sail power was the main requirement. The race would test everyone’s grit, eschew comfort-ridden big yachts and offer true adventure.  

John will regale us with tales of how preparation, crossed fingers, seamanship and luck helped propel his team, ‘Por Favor’ (Spanish for ‘please, please, please!’) to be the first boat in history not to win anything in the Race to Alaska.  

Join us for an evening of talk and pictures as John takes you through all the stages of the adventure. He’ll tell us about the prep, logistics, navigation and humility gained on this race. And his voyage back—this time with engine reinstalled.  

Thursday, March 10, 2016
No host cocktails 17:30; Dinner 18:30; Presentation 19:30
Members & guests: $28 pp—includes dinner, dessert and coffee, gratuities and taxes.
Register by logging in at www.rvyc.bc.ca/cruising or phone Rosie at 250-592-2441.

A 24-hour cancellation notice is required or your account will be charged.  

Easter Cruise to Roche Harbor  ::  Cruising & Dinners

Easter Cruise to Roche Harbor

Dear Club Members,

The Easter Cruise 2016 will again take place in beautiful Roche Harbor - Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27

Thank you for registering for this event! Registration is now closed, but please click here for more information for each day of the event.

For a layout of the Roche Harbor Marina, click here

To fill out a CPB Form or "Vessel Entrance or Clearnace Statement" before departing, click here

Your Easter Cruise Organizers: Pat & David Clinton-Baker, Janet & Gord Macatee

Easter Monday - Clubhouse & Foreshore Closed  ::  Statutory Holidays in BC

May 2016

Commodore's Cruise  ::  Cruising & Dinners

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