CRUISING

The Yachting Section hosts a series of group boating rendezvous or ‘Cruises’ on every long weekend of the year.  We sail to a variety of beautiful destinations in Howe Sound and the Gulf Islands including some of the Club’s Outstations.

Each Cruise has a different theme and variety of group activities.  They always include a social warmer happy hour, a grand feast, a great party, some awesome prizes to be won, a guitar sing along and lots of fun and laughs.  Many of our members feel that Cruises are the best club events. They are wonderfully relaxing and fun.  The welcoming and comfortable atmosphere lends itself to easily meeting other members, making new friends or reuniting with old club buddies, all through our mutually shared passion for boating and socializing. 

Cruises are run through the volunteer efforts of club members.  There is an expectation that you volunteer to help out for some of the many light duties required in the preparation and running of these events.  Duties include: shopping for food, liquor or prizes; assisting in the transportation of supplies and equipment to and from the club to our cruise destination; helping with setting up for parties and meals; the preparation and serving of food; the clearing, clean up and washing of dishes; helping with activities and events such as a golfing, dinghy races, volleyball, badminton, bocce, cards, games, walks or hikes or restaurant dinner parties.  You’ll find we have a lot of fun doing these things and a lovely sense of camaraderie develops through or interaction as a club.

Notification of upcoming Cruises including the event details are advertised a month in advance.  Members receive an e-mail followed by a reminder e-mail a week prior to the event.  Cruise notices are posted in the club house and dockside notice boards.  They are also published in the club’s ROAR newsletter and posted under the Cruising heading of the Yachting Sections web page.  

Easter Cruise and potluck at Camp Artaban on Gambier Island.  Friday is a “welcome" happy hour (BYOB.)  The club provides snacks, and we all contribute to dockside potluck appies.  Saturday events include hiking and games. Sunday night is the Easter dinner and for this night the club supplies a ham, snacks and a “refreshment".  Everyone brings a potluck entree or dessert to contribute to the dinner. Kids are encouraged to attend.  Please advise the Cruising Officer if you are bringing kids so he can give a “heads up" to the Easter Bunny.  Please bring your own plate/bowl/cutlery.

Join us for Victoria Day at Silva Bay on the May long weekend.  Join us for Saturday night happy hour.  Sunday is the Chilli Cook-Off Contest, Golf event, Dingy Race and Hiking.  The club provides the judges, fun, prizes and some wine and beer.  Everyone not cooking a chili brings a side dish for the competition. Bring your own plate/bowl/cutlery and something to put into your glass! . Any 'Open Water' certified PADI or NAUI scuba divers bring your gear and join others headed for the local dive sites.

Canada Day Cruise.  Our big Canada Day BBQ will be at the VRC Ganges Outstation docks on Salt Spring Island. Activities include a, Baseball game, Frisbee Golf pot luck and hiking. There'll probably be a couple of guitars around, bring your own and join in with others on the docks during a 'sing-along'.

On Thanksgiving join us at Camp Artaban for the long weekend.  We'll be preparing and serving a fabulous candlelit turkey dinner. We have a potluck dinner on Saturday  with the main event –Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday.  Volunteers are essential to making this event a success. For more information on ticket prices and their availability – check out the 'Next Cruise' on the VRC website under the Yachting  section, the posting in the ROAR or  posters around the club and dock closer to the event.

Last year was a great cruising season. Many of you volunteered at events and some of you at several. Each cruise takes organization and work and the more involved the easier it goes. If you’d like to volunteer either for the organizing beforehand of a particular event or onsite during it please let us know. 

For more information, contact our Cruising Officer.