Bluewater Cruising Association Proudly Presents Japan: Cruising Heaven or Hell

Kirk Patterson

January 21, 2014 BCA member Kirk Patterson, half through his attempt to be the first foreigner to circumnavigate the entire Japanese archipelago, will discuss the pleasures and pitfalls of cruising in Japan.

He will introduce some of destinations and Japanese cruising customs. Kirk will highlight the depth and breadth of Japanese history and culture, and touch relationship with the sea.

Prior to starting to sail in lived in Japan for 25 years and earned a Ph.D. in international specialization in East Asia studies

BCA fosters seamanship and friendship for people with an active interest in offshore cruising.

All Club Nights take place at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club 3475 Ripon Road, Victoria
Doors & No-Host Bar open at 1900
Meeting at 1930; Presentation at 2000
Members: $5.00 General Public: $10.00

Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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The Other Virgin Islands

Sunset off St John

By Mark Stevens

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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