Feb 13, 2020

Cruise to Smuggler CoveClub’s 2019 cruise to Smuggler Cove.

The Gulf Yacht Club was formed in 1965 and is based in Vancouver. 

Their monthly meetings (of which there are eight, plus two pub nights) generally include a short business meeting then a presenter.  They conduct the meetings at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.  A presenter may be a club member who has sailed to Haida Gwaii, a local sailmaker talking about sails and their care, a sailboat rigger explaining rigging maintenance and new products, a presentation by Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue or someone who is an expert on whales in the Salish Sea.  Every meeting has a interesting and entertaining presenter. 

A Small Gathering A small gathering on unofficially named Dog Poo Island

The main focus of the Gulf Yacht Club is on companionship when cruising local waters.  Members are always willing to help each other with any questions or hands-on assistance.  The organized cruises are always well attended and offer lots of good eats, camaraderie, fun and friendship.

Isabel Bay

 

 

 

 

 

4 boats rafted in Isabel Bay

The Club a very active membership and a busy cruising schedule with 9 organized cruises each year.  In 2020 our schedule looks like this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 21-22           Shakedown Cruise             Snug Cove, Bowen Island

April 10-13             Easter Cruise                    Ladysmith

April 25-26             Sailpast                           Snug Cove, Bowen Island

May 15-18              Victoria Day Cruise            Telegraph Harbour, Thetis Island

June 5-7                Summer Cruise                 Port Graves & Plumper Cove

June 29-July 2        Canada Day Cruise            Smuggler Cove

July 31–Aug 3         BC Day Cruise                   Comox (N) or Montague Harbour (S)

Sept. 4-7                Labour Day Cruise             Newcastle Island

Oct. 2-4                 Fall Cruise                        Port Graves & Gibsons

Besides the cruises they hold monthly meetings (not in the summer) and there is always an entertaining or informative speaker.  They are a “virtual” club with members boats moored in a variety of marinas and some members belong to other clubs. 

The Gulf Yacht Club is a sailing and rendezvous club with a difference.  They are known as the friendliest sailing club in the Vancouver area and they encourage other sailors join the raft-up.

They are seeking new members and for any sailors that are interested and would like additional information check out their website: www.gulfyachtclub-bc.ca

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