July 12, 2018

Port Browning RaftMark your calendar for the BCA August Rendezvous, hosted by the Vancouver Chapter, at Port Browning Marina Resort, Pender Island on August 3-6, 2018!

Arrive Friday evening and join us for coffee and goodies on Saturday morning; registration begins at 9am. The official start is, of course, Happy Appie Hour at 5pm on Saturday. In the evening, a sea-faring movie (or two) will be shown.

Port Browning Sunset

 

 

 

 

Sunday we’ll have some activities – join if you wish or relax on island or on your boat or walk to the village. The day will be capped off with our usual potluck gathering, with Port Browning Marina providing the roast beef. Prizes and sea shanties will follow dinner.

As usual, please remember to bring your own cutlery, napkins, plates, bowls, cups, etc to the potluck and happy hour events.

Port Browing Pub And Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open boat: if your boat is open for visitors at anytime during the weekend, run a tea towel up your rigging and get to know other BCA members.

RSVP here before Friday, July 27 and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your boat name and expected number of crew to ensure we can plan for food and activities. Registration is $10.00.

Contact Port Browning Marina for further information about possible moorage on the dock at (250) 629-3493. Camping is also available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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