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Wednesday 27 March 2019 19:00
Boat Safety - A Swiftsure Presentation  ::  Educational Opportunities

CCMC Swiftsure 2019 Tech Night Poster 2.3

Thursday 28 March 2019 17:30
Cruising "Boozing" Dinner  ::  Cruising & Dinners

RVYC’s Cruising “Boozing” Dinner

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Historian Rick James Presents the Real Story of West Coast Rum Running   

It was the radio operator, Fraser “Sparky” Miles, aboard the “distributor boat” Ryou II, who pointed out that rum runners as a group made the Sphinx sound like a chatterbox. “It allowed the business to flourish in obscurity at the time, but left an impossible job for later historians trying to research Pacific Coast rum running, especially as the active participants didn’t write anything down either,” he said.

The thousands who were involved in our West Coast booze trade all kept their mouths well shut long after U.S. Prohibition was over and done with in December 1933. Still, thankfully, a handful stepped forward much later in life to tell their tales, going into some detail in explaining how the whole operation ran.

With PowerPoint photos from his latest book, Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ Nohow: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running, historian Rick James will explain what really went down in BC during these years by bringing together information gathered from newspapers, magazines, archival records, oral-history recordings and accounts of all those who did finally write it all down. Indeed, Rick’s research came across a 1924 newspaper account where a local reporter described the waters of Haro Strait as filled with “Oases of Scotch in Desert of Sea.”


Photo by Patrick Lawson.

Rick’s informative and entertaining book will be for sale before and after dinner.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

No host cocktails 17:30; Dinner 18:30; Presentation 19:30

Members & guests: $30 pp—includes dinner, dessert and coffee, gratuities and taxes.

Register below (must be logged in) or call the office at 250-592-2441. A 24-hour cancellation notice is required or your account will be charged.

Thursday 18 April 2019 19:00
Prawning & Crabbing Talk  ::  Educational Opportunities

Prawning and Crabbing presented by Ned Baess

An educational event for members and their guests - registration not required. 

Thursday, April 18 at 7pm in the Main Lounge. 

 Prawning Crabbing


Friday 19 April 2019 - Sunday 21 April 2019
Easter Cruise: Roche Harbour  ::  Cruising & Dinners


Kick off the cruising season with the Easter Cruise! 

Friday, April 19 to Monday, April 22  2019 


Race to Roche—back by popular demand!
Welcome Reception
Potluck Dinner
Bus trips to Friday Harbor
Time to visit with fellow boaters
Annual Roche Easter Egg Hung (ages 11 & under) 
Teen activities    
Saturday bike ride to Lime Kiln Park


$1US/ft, includes 30 amps 


3rd night at Roche FREE or Anchor at Stuart Island 

Register below (must be logged in) or call the office at 250-592-2441 

If you have any questions, please e-mail


Sunday 28 April 2019 - Saturday 04 May 2019
Seattle Yacht Club Opening Day Cruise  ::  Cruising & Dinners

Cruise on down to Seattle Yacht Club with fellow RVYC members to celebrate the legendary SYC Opening Day! 

SYC Opening Day

For more information please contact the Cruise Co-ordinators, Angel and Jeff Kibble, at .

You can also read Jeff's recap of past SYC Opening Day events (filled with raving reviews!) in the Spring/Summer Special Edition or the December Issue  of the Mainsheet - must be logged in to website to view.

Full event details and calendar available on the SYC website HERE.

 If you are interested in joining in the fun, sign-up below!

**We have reached our allocated dock space - if you would like to be added to the waitlist, please e-mail **

Saturday 18 May 2019 - Monday 20 May 2019
Commodore's Cruise: The Timbers, Bedwell Harbour  ::  Cruising & Dinners


Saturday, May 18 to Monday, May 20, 2019

At Timbers on Pender Island

Across from Poet's Cove by water or by road at 6901 Shark Road

The Commodore’s Cruise is a volunteer run event held every year on the May long weekend. This year the theme will be “Chilling Out” with friends and family. This Cruise is the biggest cruise of the year and is always wildly successful and fun.

Timbers is provided to our Club by hosts and Honorary Members Bob and Diane Conconi. The property has a heated outdoor pool, spacious grounds with some playground equipment, a gazebo with a fire pit and a drying shed, with a bathroom. It is located across from Beaumont Provincial Park where there are ample anchoring opportunities and park mooring buoys.

Moorage can also be reserved at Poet’s Cove by phoning (250) 629-2111. This is a very busy weekend so early registration is encouraged. RVYC will arrange day shuttle service from the anchorage or Poet’s Cove to the dinghy dock provided at Timbers.  As there are no cabins or camping sites available at Timbers, members wishing to drive over for the Cruise may wish to Google  “Pender Island Tourist accommodation” for appropriate recommendations.

This year we are encouraging self directed activities for those who don’t want to just veg out and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow cruisers. Options are hiking, arranging a golf game, using the Club kayaks and paddle boards which will be brought to Timbers, organizing teen or young family games, participating in the ducky race, joining a musical jam session in the evening, and the list goes on! It will be up to Members to decide what they wish to do.

 If you have any questions or wish to volunteer for anything please don’t hesitate to contact Ellie Conconi  - or Terry Costain –  


Saturday, May 18th

  • Potluck Happy Hour – bring an appetizer, wine provided
  • BBQ – salmon or vegetarian burger, salads and desert provided

Sunday, May 19th

  • Pancake breakfast provided
  • Happy Hour - wine and appetizers provided
  • Potluck Dinner


Early bird registration by May 5th

  • Members 11 years and older: $15
  • Non Members (guests) 11 years and older: $20
  • All children 10 and under: FREE

Registration after May 5th

  • Members 11 years and older: $20 
  • Non Members (guests) 11 years and older: $25
  • All children 10 and under: FREE


Saturday 01 June 2019 - Sunday 02 June 2019
Ladies Cruise  ::  Cruising & Dinners

 More info to come - please check back soon!


Monday 01 July 2019 - Saturday 17 August 2019
Multi Destination Distance Cruise  ::  Cruising & Dinners

 More info to come - please check back soon!


Saturday 31 August 2019 - Monday 02 September 2019
Interclub Cruise: Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island  ::  Cruising & Dinners

 More info to come - please check back soon!


Saturday 21 September 2019 - Sunday 22 September 2019
Corn Cruise: Long Harbour  ::  Cruising & Dinners

 More info to come - please check back soon!