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January 2020

Cruising Dinner  ::  Cruising & Dinners

RVYC’s First 2020 Sailing Cruising DinnerJanuary 16, 2020 

A Delivery Crew’s Voyage from Puerto Rico to Victoria via French Polynesia 

The question: To ship or sail John and Judie Abel’s 49’ sailboat, AP Over Eh, from the Caribbean to Victoria?
The answer: three sailors along with other crew joining various legs made an 11,000-mile voyage lasting five months.

Vern Burkhardt and Steve Illman, who sailed the whole distance, will reveal to you all the planning required to be delivery crew: safety, navigation plans, weather forecasting, provisioning, watch keeping, and solving the inevitable repairs required along the way.

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You will vicariously experience crossing the Panama Canal with a stop in the Galapagos Islands to experience what Charles Darwin saw 184 years ago. You will visit the Marquesas to experience isolated islands, and what had been planned to be a brief stop in Hawaii. And, of course, there’s the sailing—day after day in good and challenging weather, mostly good.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
No host cocktails 17:30; Dinner 18:30; Presentation 19:30
Members & guests: $30 pp—includes dinner, dessert, coffee, gratuities and taxes.

Register below or phoning the office at 250-592-2441.
A 24-hour cancellation notice is required or your account will be charged. 

Educational Series - Anchoring Basics  ::  Educational Opportunities

anchoring basics

Anchoring Basics

This presentation is a review of various types of anchors, anchoring principles, and the basics of a well-planned and conducted anchorage as well as steps to deal with a dragging anchor.

It will also cover techniques for a successful Mediterranean moor (stern-tie) for those lovely places with limited space like Princess Cove on Wallace Is. 

Bring your experiences and questions

February 2020

Family Day - Clubhouse & Foreshore Closed  ::  Statutory Holidays in BC

Cruising Dinner  ::  Cruising & Dinners

RVYC’s Second 2020 Cruising Dinner
February 20, 2020

Conquering a Few Bumps to Kathmandu

In August and September 2019, intrepid RVYC members Ron Jewula and Dunnery Best switched from sailing and racing to cycling across the top of India and Nepal through the Himalayas. They started in Mulbeck near Srinagar and ended in Kathmandu, pedaling over seven alpine passes between 12,000 and 17,600 ft high. The ride took two months, was 3,200km long, and involved more than 35,000m of climbing

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They pumped their legs the length of the Spiti Valley and visited these famous towns:

  • Shimla, the old hilltop summer capital of British India
  • Rishikesh, yoga capital of the world
  • Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha
  • Pokhra, the base of Annapurna Gorkha, as in the famous
  • Gurkha regiments
  • Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital.

They dealt with the challenges of temperature extremes, learned the local rules of the road and “enjoyed” rice and dahl at every meal. The presentation will include a discussion on the challenges of cycling at high altitudes.

Thursday, February 20, 2020
No host cocktails 17:30; Dinner 18:30; Presentation 19:30
Members & guests: $30 pp—includes dinner, dessert, coffee, gratuities and taxes.
Register below or phoning the office at 250-592-2441.  

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

Winter Cruise  ::  Cruising & Dinners

Registration Now Full
Please call the Office to be added to the waitlist 250-592-2441


Moorage available including power at Port Sidney for $25 per boat up to 49 feet and $35 over 50 feet. Maximum 2 nights at this price. Please call (250) 655-3711 to reserve your berth. 

Victoria Distillers tour February 22 @ 4:00 PM - cost $5.  This tour is limited to the first 30 who reserve. 

At 6:00 a No Host bar and Appies will be provided by the Cruising Committee at the Rumrunner Pub with Dinner to follow.

Sidney Winter Cruise

Educational Series - Sail Repair & Maintenance  ::  Educational Opportunities

Sail Repair and Maintenance

Sail Repair and Maintenance with Paul Betts
Thursday, February 27, 7pm
Main Lounge

They say that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

That probably holds true for sails as well, but what happens when things don’t work out as planned? How about some tips, suggestions, and ideas on what tools and materials might help you achieve an emergency repair.

Feel free to bring questions, your experiences or specific problems and we will figure out what can, and cannot, be done when your sail breaks and you can’t get to a sail loft.

March 2020

Educational Series - Basic Racing Rules   ::  Educational Opportunities

basic racing rules


Basic Racing Rules with Mike Turner
Tuesday, March 3, 7pm
Main Lounge


Bio: Mike is an active keelboat racer. He is an International level judge who has volunteered at many national and international events. He has worked at world championships and with Canada 1 for the Americas Cup.

This year he was on the water judging at events for 30 days over the summer at the RS Aero and 29er North Americans, both in the Gorge, Melges 24 North Americans in Michigan, Laser Radial Youth Worlds in Kingston (210 boats from 33 countries), Blind Fleet Racing Worlds - also in Kingston and the Hobie 16 North Americans - held at Harrison Lake. That didn't leave much time for sailing other than the normal Sunday and Wednesday racing at RVYC. This years schedule includes three world championships in South Carolina, Oregon and Florida. 

Course Description: In terms of the talks themselves, the Basic Rules session is aimed at the newer racers / crews, particularly those taking part in the Thursday / Saturday casual racing. We'll talk about rules that everyone should know for our local races, not only the right of way rules but rules related to the conduct of races in general. I would welcome any questions that racers have regarding any aspect of the rules, especially if it is something that they encountered that they are not sure about.

The advanced rules session will be focused on the more tactical aspect of the rules, particularly the rules related to rounding marks. The material will be of value to those with less experience as well so I would encourage people to attend both nights if they can. Again, the best discussions come from questions posed by the those in attendance, so I hope people come with lots of questions.

Educational Series - Advanced Racing Rules POSTPONED  ::  Educational Opportunities

advanced racing POSTPONED


Advanced Racing Rules with Mike Turner
POSTPONED until further notice


Education Series - Extreme Cruising - Cancelled  ::  Educational Opportunities

extreme cruising CANCELLED

Extreme Cruising - The Trials and Rewards
with Peter Smith of ROCNA Anchors

CANCELLED until further notice