My visit to the Whale Interpretive Centre

I had the pleasure of interviewing an interpreter at the Whale Interpretive Centre in Telegraph Cove. Meet Gillian Holmes who is spending her fourth summer at the museum. 

Can you tell me a little bit about the Whale Interpretive Centre?

It’s an education centre all about marine mammals, mostly local species but also just marine mammals in general. It opened in 2002, started initially as a education centre for the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve, which is where killer whales go to rub on the beach. It’s grown to include marine mammals in general.

What is your favorite part about working at the Whale Interpretive Centre?

I like having the opportunity to talk to people from all over the world to teach them about the fantastic animals that are in the area and to have the chance to teach them something new.

Why is it so important we care about our sea life such as whales?

If we don’t care about the local species we’re not going to do anything to save them. We’re not necessarily going to be as interested in preserving the behaviors we see here or the unique environments. If we care about it we’re going to work to preserve it.

What is your favorite thing to get asked by visitors?

It’s when people come in with either a piece of bone or a photo of something and they don’t know what it is and I like walking them through the identification process. I like involving them in the process rather than just telling them what it is.

If a visitor approached, wondering about the safety procedures when on a boat with whales in the waters around, what would you tell them?

I’d tell them the regulations, 100 metres from most marine mammals, but for killer whales it’s 200m and for southern resident killer whales it’s 400m. I’d also tell them that common sense is a big factor here. Don’t run up and park yourself in front of them.

How old is the oldest bone in here? What’s it’s story?

I think the oldest is probably the blue whale jaw bones, those came from the Coal Harbour Whaling Station, closed in 1967, in their 19 years of operation they took over 1000 whales and so these ones were donated to the Centre.

What’s your favorite artifact in the Whale Interpretive Centre?

I really love the Minke skeleton but also the big killer whale skeleton is certainly beautiful, that’s one of our newest specimens. It’s really interesting to compare the size of that one to the younger killer whale we had before.

Can you tell me how we can all be more “whale aware”?

Whats important when you’re out on the water is just keeping a close watch. If you spend some time up here you’ll here the phrase “if you see a blow go slow.” This is really important for the killer whales and dolphins and porpoises that we have around here, they have echolocation so they’re pretty aware of what’s going on around them. The bigger whales like the humpbacks and the minkes are not necessarily so aware without that echolocation, so they may not know a boat is coming towards them. It’s important to be cautious of what’s in the area.

Why do you think whales like being in the Queen Charlotte Strait?

I think it’s a good opportunity to get a lot of food. There’s historically been a lot of salmon here, which is why we see so many of the northern resident killer whales. There’s also a lot of juvenile herring which is good for the humpbacks. It’s just a lot of food in a nutrient rich area, it’s a good ecosystem for them.

Why is underwater noise such a problem for sea life?

While underwater noise doesn’t necessarily directly affect their health, it just adds a lot of stress to their everyday life. For killer whales especially who are really interacting with each other and communicating with each other it adds a damper and how they can communicate. If you’re looking to buy a house you’re not necessarily going to settle in right next to a highway where it’s going to be loud at all hours of the day or search out a construction site. That would add a lot of stress to your life just like underwater noise does to our killer whales.

What else do you think we should know?

I think as long as people continue to care about these animals that there is certainly hope to really make a difference for the animals that are starting to struggle. As long as people continue to care we can still keep working towards a solution.

If you have the time I highly suggest going out to Telegraph Cove and checking out the Whale Interpretive Centre, be sure to say hi to Gillian!

Check out these photos from the Whale Interpretive Centre:

 

Port Hardy Camping

Port Hardy has many unique and beautiful spots for you to go camping! Camping is an always fun pastime to do by yourself, with your family or with some friends – so go out and go camping! Here are some campgrounds in the Port Hardy area:

Cluxewe Resort

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Cluxewe is a beautiful resort with campsites, RV sites, and cabins. For RV’s it has full hookups and partial hookups. Each of their twelve cabins come equipped with full kitchen facilities, bathrooms with shower, bedding, towels and satellite television. Cluxewe has it’s own restaurant called the Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro. It is located right on the water between the communities of Port Hardy and Port McNeill.

 

Quatse Campground

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This campground is located on the banks of the Quatse River, a five minute drive from downtown Port Hardy and a 10 minute drive to the BC Ferries terminal. The campground is part of a richly forested regional park containing trees hundreds of years old, with wild flora and fauna found in old growth forests. There’s a trail right beside it called the Quatse Trail Loop which is 2.5 km. If you’re wanting seclusion, a nice river to swim in and a trail near the campground, Quatse Campground is what you’re looking for!

 

Port Hardy RV Resort & Log Cabins

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This is a nice place if you have an RV or want to stay in a cabin. The cabins have a kitchen and their own on-suite bathroom. They can fit up to 4 people in one cabin. It’s right off the highway and close to two trail heads, Quatse Trail Loop and the Fort Rupert Commuter Trail. It’s open year round

 

Scotia Bay Resort

This campground and RV site has a beautiful view of the ocean. They also have 3 suites available! The RV sites can come with hook ups or partial hookups. All Campsites offer a nice ocean view.

 

Wildwoods Campsite

This beautiful spot has over 75 Campsites on the estuary of Hardy Bay. Family owned and operated for over 30 years, it is fully landscaped and has secluded sites just 2kms from the BC Ferries Bear Cove terminal. There is a small dock for up to 20 ft boats and the fishing is great. If you’re looking for seclusion and a hiking trail that leads to one of our favourite beaches, then Wildwoods is right for you!

For more information on places to camp click here 

 

Cove Adventure Tours

Recently Laura and Seth, who are members of our visitor services team, went to San Josef Bay with Cove Adventure Tours and here is their take on the day. It was AMAZING! The tour starts at 8:30am when you are picked up in Port Hardy and you are greeted with the smiling faces of your tour guides Chris and Leah.

To get to San Josef Bay you travel on the Holberg road, a gravel active logging road for two hours. After which you will arrive to the San Josef’s Bay trail head and hike 45 minutes to the beach. While you can take your own vehicle, with Cove Adventure Tours you can relax and arrive ready to enjoy your experience of San Josef Bay.

Chris and Leah have amazing stories of Port Hardy and about the history of the Cape Scott area to make the 2 hour drive seem go by quickly. In Holberg they make a stop at the Scarlet Ibis Pub enjoy a bit of the history of Holberg.

As we walked to San Josef Bay from the trail head we stopped to check out the unique growth patterns of some of the trees. The trail to San Josef Bay is super easy and doesn’t even seem like 45 minutes.

San Josef  Bay is breathtaking and you’ll see no other beach like it. With Cove Adventure Tours you travel around the beach and they also supply you lunch! It’s great to feel the sand between your toes and check out the cool tide pools.

  

On your way back they either stop at Ronning’s Garden, the Fossil Beds or the Holberg Dock depending on your preferences. Sadly there was a pet boar on the loose so we did not go to Ronning’s Garden.

At around 4:30 you arrive back in Port Hardy having enjoyed an eventful day. The trip in all was super fun and we highly recommend going to San Josef Bay with Cove Adventure Tours, or even on your own.

At the Port Hardy Visitor Centre we believe that the best way to describe an experience is to have the experience.  Thank you to Cove Adventure Tours for making this experience possible.

 

These are a few of my favourite things (to do in Port Hardy.)

We asked Laura, a member of our Visitor Services team, to come up with her top ten favourite things to do in and around Port Hardy.  Here it is straight from someone who grew up here!  Check out the rest of the website for more information.

Starting with number 10:

10. Grab a group of friends and go bowling at North Island Lanes.

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9. Leap into the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre and learn everything to know about a salmon.

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8.  Relax and go camping in one of our campgrounds in Port Hardy!

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7. Head to the west coast and visit San Josef Bay.  On your own or with one of our local tour operators. San Josef Bay is beautiful and a must see.

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6. Check out the North Island Mall and while you are there get some bubble tea! Bubble tea is all the new craze and is delicious, with different flavours every day!

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5. Walk the Sea Wall in the evening. The Seawall which is 0.2 km spans from Government Wharf  to Tsulquate Park. In the evening the wall is illuminated by blue light.

 

4. Grab a coffee or a snack at one of our local eateries.  After work or even for my lunch break I love to order a my favourite sandwich, sit down and read a book.

 

3. Watch the sunset and roast some marshmallows at Storey’s Beach,  our sandiest beach in Port  Hardy, great for the kids to play on or to explore yourself.

 

2. Hike the Fort Rupert Commuter Trail. This trail consists of 4 km of boardwalk and gravel one way. It’s just a trail everyone wants to do in Port Hardy. One of the trail heads is at Storey’s Beach so once you complete the trail you can relax at the beach.

 

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1. Enjoy the day at a Lake. I love sitting down and relaxing by a lake. Beaver Lake is just off the turnoff to Port Alice and has a cute little dock. The Beaver Lake Forest Trail will take you about 45 minutes around the lake and is super simple. If you’re looking for a campsite by the lake then Alice Lake or Georgie Lake is your friend.

 

Are you ready for the Van Isle 360?

The Van Isle 360 is a biennial (odd year), 580 nm. point to point race circumnavigating wild and rugged Vancouver Island, B.C. Sailed in a series of legs the course provides inshore, offshore and overnight legs through some of the most stunning and challenging waters on the planet. Now in its 20th year the race will reach Port Hardy on Wednesday, June 5th. During the lead up to this event we will be posting information about the competitors.

Meet the next round of competitors:

Serenite Details on this years campaign to come!

The Serenite.

Sail #: 93

Skipper: Victor Mushkatin

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Sloop Tavern Yacht Club

Type: Beneteau Oceanis 46

Designer: Berrett

Builder: Beneteau

ORC GPH: 617.0

LOA: 13.700m

Beam: 4.302m

Draft: 2.029m

Shearwater is based out of Orcas Island, having been purchased on the East Coast in 2011. Shearwater is a pelagic bird that spends most of its life as a nomad travelling the seas. In 2018 we sailed Patos Island, Swiftsure and Southern Straits in preparation for our 2019 Van Isle 360.

The Shearwater.

Sail #: USA 120

Skipper: Christina & Justin Wolfe

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Orcas Island Yacht Club

Type: J/120

Designer: Johnstone

Builder: TPI

ORC GPH: 583.5

LOA: 12.244m

Beam: 3.67m

Draft: 2.168m

Back Again! This will be Steve & crew’s 8th consecutive Van Isle, starting out on Flash and last go round entering with Smoke. The secret behind being able to endure 8 consecutive Van Isles is their incredible shore support tea of one. Never complains, always there to assist with a big smile and a “how can I help”. Oh and a consistent group of “young crew” ensures outstanding camaraderie. Smoke will be one of 4 TP52’s competing in this years race, the other 3 being Glory, MIST and Sonic.

The Smoke.

Sail #: 52005

Skipper: Steve Travis

Province/State: Washington (Honorary British Columbia)

Yacht Club: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle

Type: TP52

Designer: Botin Carkeek

Builder: Del Pardo

ORC GPH: 446.1

LOA: 15.850m

Beam: 4.372m

Draft: 3.176m

Sonic has recently arrived in Seattle via the Great Lakes. This will be her first go round the Rock, with many of the crew previous Van Isle veterans. Sonic will be one of 4 TP52’s competing in this years Van Isle, the other 3 being Glory, MIST and Smoke.

The Sonic.

Sail #: USA 52725

Skipper: Marek Omilian

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle

Type: TP52

Designer:

Builder: Cookson

ORC GPH: Application in process (446ish)

LOA: 15.850m

Beam: 4.372m

Draft: 3.176m

Surfider   About us: Still to come.

The Surfider.

Sail #: CAN 1015

Skipper: Greg Johnston

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Type: Santa Cruz 50

Designer: Bill Lee

Builder: Santa Cruz Yachts

ORC GPH: 506.9

Length: 13.310 m

Beam: 3.682 m

Draft: 2.394 m

Ultraman lll, is presently on her way from Hawaii to the Pacific North West via freighter. Arrival is estimated for January 18th in Seattle. Looks like Jason and crew will be a little busy getting her ready for the usual slate of spring racing.

The Ultraman III.

Sail #: JPN 6288

Skipper: Jason Saunderson

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Type: S-40M OD Naval Force

Designer: Joubert/Nivelt

Builder: Maree Haute

ORC GPH: 541.4 (2013)

LOA: 11.970m

Beam: 2.970m

Draft: 2.398m

No more “Caw Caw”, Ian Lloyd is a veteran of the Van Isle and decided to move from Raven in 2017 to Wraith, an offshore capable Grand Prix 26 built in 2008 to the GP 26 Class Box Rule. The boat has both masthead and fractional asymmetric spinnakers. Carole Speck will be the logistics coordinator for a 5th time!

The Wraith.

Sail #: 18

Skipper: Ian Lloyd

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: West Vancouver Yacht Club

Type: Grand Prix 26

Designer: Brooks Dees

Builder: Brooks Dees

ORC GPH: 618.0

LOA: 7.840m

Beam: 2.438m

Draft: 1.878m

The NOR was barely dry when the first entry for 2019 race arrived, almost hand delivered to Winter Harbour by Zulu. Findlay and the Gibbons lads will be back to defend their 2017 Division 2 second place podium finish and their first place finish in Division 2 in 2015. If you are in need of an electrical consultation prior to the race, please consider contacting Trevor Gibbons, owner of A-Sea Marine, a terrific sponsor of the race.

 

The Zulu.

Sail #: 74391

Skipper: Findlay Gibbons

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Type: Jespersen 42

Designer: P. Gartside

Builder: Jespersen Boat Works

ORC GPH: 586.7

LOA: 12.780m

Beam: 3.946m

Draft: 2.162m

 

Van Isle 360 is Just Around the Corner!

The Van Isle 360 is a biennial (odd year), 580 nm. point to point race circumnavigating wild and rugged Vancouver Island, B.C. Sailed in a series of legs the course provides inshore, offshore and overnight legs through some of the most stunning and challenging waters on the planet. Now in its 20th year the race will reach Port Hardy on Wednesday, June 5th. During the lead up to this event we will be posting information about the competitors.

Meet the next round of competitors:

Third time around the Island for Hana Mari, their sail past just before the Nanaimo start is a treat not to be missed….literally! Same old hands, some new crew but the same enthusiasm for adventure we always have. In 2017 Ged was recognized by the skipper of Oxomoxo for his local knowledge in assisting Doug Frazer to a first place finish in Division 3. May karma be good to you Ged and your crew in this years race.

The Hana Mari.

Sail #: 79026

Skipper: Ged McLean

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Type: Wylie 43

Designer: Tom Wylie

Builder: Schooner Creek Boat Works

ORC GPH: 579.9 (Test Certificate)

LOA: 13.215m

Beam: 3.778m

Draft: 2.198m

Tuna is one of two CS 36 Sailboat operated by the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Fleet School Pacific. Her mission is to provide Sail Training Opportunities to summer students and students waiting for formal trades training. HMCSTV Tuna was commissioned in 1985 and served the East Coast since joining her sister ship Goldcrest on the West Coast in 2017. Tuna raced and trained extensivley taking part in races to Bermuda, St John’s and St Pierre as well as Chester Race Week and Marblehead. She is the second RCN ship to hold the name Tuna. The first Tuna was the sailing sloop Seeraubertaken which was transferred to the RCN as a war prize from the German Navy after the Second World War.

The HMCSTV Tuna.

Sail #: KC2372

Skipper: LCdr Christopher Maier

Province/State: British Columbia – Actually Canada

Yacht Club: Canadian Forces Sailing Association Esquimalt

Type: CS 36

Designer: Raymond Wall

Builder: Canadian Sailcraft

ORC GPH: Application in progress (680ish)

LOA: 11.130m

Beam: 3.510m

Draft: 1.930m

We have been preparing Image for our planned offshore events, and our experiences on Oxomoxo. Looking forward to the race.

The Image.

Sail #: USA 79175

Skipper: Marc-Andrea Klimaschewski

Province/Stat: Washington

Yacht Club: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle/Sloop Tavern Yacht Club

Type: Catalina 38

Designer: Sparkman Stephens

Builder: Catalina Yachts

ORC GPH: 655.5

LOA: 11.610m

Beam: 3.610m

Draft: 2.070m

Iris is A brand new Jeanneau that will have a very experienced Time Bandit crew on board including Bob Brunius. John has been racing for over 30 years and is looking forward to his first Van Isle.

The Iris.

Sail #: 75

Skipper: John Sheppard

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Quartermaster Yacht Club

Type: Jeanneau 51

Designer: Philippe Briand

Builder: Jeanneau France

ORC GPH: Application in process (570.0ish)

LOA: 15.380m

Beam: 4.700m

Draft: 2.500m

JAM is returning after sailing in the 2015 Van Isle under stunning conditions, which of course will happen again in 2019! Over a period of 12 years, Bill sailed a Catalina 27 in out of Quadra Island, opposite Campbell River in Discovery Passage. This may be the boat to watch for local knowledge from Mittlenatch Island up to Hardwicke Island whre the fleet will be challenged with the vagaries of the currents in the Inside Pasage.

The JAM.

Sail #: 18

Skipper: Bill Fox

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Gig Harbor Yacht Club

Type: J/160

Designer: Johnstone

Builder: TPI

ORC GPH: 529.6

LOA: 16.002m

Beam: 4.426m

Draft: 2.778m

Lodos relocated from the East Coast to her new home in Seattle in July 2016. She has been racing extensively locally and 2019 will be her first Van Isle 360. Most of the crew have done at least 2 Van Isles before, and we know that the competing with the other boats will challenge our skills and competitive spirit while reinforcing our friendships. We look forward to the adventure and getting to meet a lot of other folks along the way.

The Lodos.

Sail #: 171

Skipper: Tolga Cezik

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle

Type: J/109

Designer: Johnstone

Builder: TPI

ORC GPH: Application in process (607.0ish)

LOA: 10.757m

Beam: 3.524m

Draft: 2.127m

MIST is one of 4 TP52’s in this years race, along with Glory, Smoke and Sonic. Steve has sailed in 7 Van Isles with White Cloud, and this will be his first with MIST. The balance of the crew have at least 2-5 Van Isles so experience is no issue. In 2017 Steve and his crew stood by 65_Red Roses II when she lost her rudder off Port Hardy. If ever there was a time for some positive Karma, perhaps it is this years race for MIST after coming back from a dismasting in the 2018 Swiftsure race.

The Mist.

Sail #: 52

Skipper: Steve Johnson

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle

Type: TP52

Designer: Bakewell/White

Builder: Stevenson

ORC GPH: 453.6

LOA: 15.846m

Beam: 4.288m

Draft: 3.219m

Team Mojo is keen to participate in the 20th anniversary Van Isle 360. This will be the second time around The Rock on Mojo after thoroughly enjoying the 2017 race. Mojo also won her division in 2017 narrowly beating out Zulu. Oh, and Zulu is back, and come to think of it so is Serendipity who placed third. Looks like Div 2 could be a bit competitive with some of the new contenders as well.

The Mojo.

Sail #: 237

Skipper: Mark Hansen

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Vancouver Rowing Club

Type: J/109

Designer: Johnstone

Builder: TPI

ORC GPH: Application in progress (608ish)

LOA: 10.757m

Beam: 3.524m

Draft: 2.127m

This will be the third Van Isle of Nirvana, and her skipper and crew are looking forward to competing with some of the best sailors in the Pacific North West.

The Nirvana.

Sail # CAN 47071

Skipper: Dmitriy Minenko

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Vancouver Rowing Club

Type: Beneteau 40.7

Designer: Farr

Builder: Beneteau

ORC GPH: 583.3

LOA: 10.757m

Beam: 3.524m

Draft: 2.127m

Returning from a first place finish in Division 3 in 2017 is Oxomoxo. Doug and his team also competed in the 2018 Vic Maui where he earned the distinction of “Turtle Man” for temporarily heaving to in order to save a sea turtle which had become entangled in plastic. Consensus is so long as Bob returns as tactician Oxomoxo will be competitive.

The Oxomoxo.

Sail #: 39118

Skipper: Doug Frazer

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle

Type: Swan 391

Designer: Ron Holland

Builder: Nautor

ORC GPH: 630.1

LOA: 11.975m

Beam: 3.826m

Draft: 2.244m

Last time a boat named RIVA sailed the Van Isle was 2013, along with two other boats named Diva and KIVA. Looks like the wait has been worth it with a brand new J/121 speedster. The crew of 5 has significant offshore experience.

The Riva.

Sail #: 11211

Skipper: Scott Campbell

Province/State: Oregon

Yacht Club: Portland Yacht Club

Type: J/121

Designer: Johnstone

Builder: CCF Composites

ORC GPH: Application in process (568ish estimate.)

LOA: 12.19m

Beam: 3.746m

Draft: 2.522m

Returning to defend her 2015 first place finish in Division 3 is Rubato, with some of the same crew from 2015 and the balance will be new crew from the Vancouver Area Racing Circuit (VARC) divisions 3 & 7.

The Rubato.

Sail #: 74408

Skipper: Steve Blaine

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Vancouver Rowing Club

Type: Hanse 400e

Designer: Judel/Vrolijik

Builder: Hanse

ORC GPH: 608.1

LOA: 11.990m

Beam: 4.042m

Draft: 2.022m

Serendipity is back after its first Van Isle in 2017, eager to improve its third place finish, in the ultimate test of sailing skills on the West Coast.

The Serendipity.

Sail #: CAN 258

Skipper: Tom Sitar

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

Type: J/109

Designer: Johnstone

Builder: TPI

ORC GPH: 609.2

LOA: 10.757m

Beam: 3.524m

Draft: 2.127m

Van Isle 360 Meet the Boats & Crews

The Van Isle 360 is a biennial (odd year), 580 nm. point to point race circumnavigating wild and rugged Vancouver Island, B.C. Sailed in a series of legs the course provides inshore, offshore and overnight legs through some of the most stunning and challenging waters on the planet. Now in its 20th year the race will reach Port Hardy on Wednesday, June 5th. During the lead up to this event we will be posting information about the competitors.

Meet the next round of competitors:

When we first acquired Fortuna direct from the factory, the plan was to just cruise. Funny how a race develops whenever two boats meet up, and so we entered the realm of racing. Smith Island was our first race, where we learned a lot! Oregon Offshore was next to get a feel for offshore legs, and now we are focused on getting Fotuna ready for Van Isle by stream lining for a crew of six. We are looking forward to the adventure.

The Fortuna

Sail #: 62

Skipper: David De Lanoy

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Sloop Tavern Yacht Club

Type: C&C 115

Designer: Jackett

Builder: C&C

ORC GPH: Working on it – about 595ish

LOA: 11.5m

Beam: 3.654m

Draft: 2.052m

This will be the first Van Isle for Freja and her team. We are looking forward to the event to provide a test of our preparations for offshore events.

The Freja

Sail #: USA 2

Skipper: Jonathan Cruse

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Sloop Tavern Yacht Club

Type: Aerodyne 43

Designer: R. Martin

Builder: Aerodyne Marine

ORC GPH: In the works (estimated 549ish)

LOA: 13.027m

Beam: 4.304m

Draft: 2.454m

This will be the first Van Isle for the skipper and Crew of Galmegi. We know she knows the way around the Island having won her division in 2013, and wish Jeremy and his crew all the best.

The Galmegi.

Sail #: 69307

Skipper: Jeremy Hale

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Vancouver Rowing Club

Type: Ross 930

Designer: Ross

Builder: Hopwood Yachts

ORC GPH: 617.8

LOA: 9.290m

Beam: 2.810m

Draft: 2.078m

One of 4 TP52’s competing in the Van Isle 360, Glory will join MIST, Smoke and Sonic on the start line. John has been racing boats in the Pacific North West for over half a century.

The Glory.

Sail #: 88008

Skipper: John Buchan

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Seattle Yacht Club

Type: TP52

Designer: Judel/Vrolijk

Builder: Goetz

ORC GPH: 447.4

LOA: 15.850m

Beam: 4.440m

Draft: 3.191m

Goldcrest is one of two CS 36 Sailboats operated by the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naval Fleet School Pacific. Her mission is to provide Sail Training Opportunities to summer students and students waiting for formal trades training. Goldcrest was commissioned 3 May 1985 and has served the West Coast since. She has participated in many prominent races in the Pacific Northwest throughout the years
In 2018 she was joined by her sister ship Tuna which was recently transferred from the East.
She is the second RCN ship to hold the name Goldcrest. The first was the sailing sloop Dontaff which was transferred to the RCN as a war prize from the German Navy after the Second World War.

The Goldcrest.

Sail #: KC2355

Skipper: Kevin Greenwood

Province/State British Columbia – Actually Canada

Yacht Club: Canadian Forces Sailing Association, Esquimalt

Type: CS 36

Designer: Raymond Wall

Builder: Canadian Sailcraft

ORC GPH: Currently underway (estimated at 670ish)

LOA: 11.125m

Beam: 3.505m

Draft: 1.890m

Having purchased Gusto less than 2 years ago, we decided to forgo a Vancouver Island circumnavigation cruising adventure for the 2018 Pac Cup, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Now in 2019 we look forward to racing around Vancouver Island, perhaps making a few notes for a return cruise.

The Gusto.

Sail #: 44119

Skipper: Holm Albrecht/Beth Miller

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle

Type: Swan 441

Designer: Ron Holland

Builder: Nautor Swan

ORC GPH: Working on it (625ish estimated)

Length: 13.520m

Beam: 4.060m

Draft: 1.980m

The Countdown to Van Isle 360 is on!

The Van Isle 360 is a biennial (odd year), 580 nm. point to point race circumnavigating wild and rugged Vancouver Island, B.C. Sailed in a series of legs the course provides inshore, offshore and overnight legs through some of the most stunning and challenging waters on the planet. Now in its 20th year the race will reach Port Hardy on Wednesday, June 5th.

Meet the next round of competitors:

The core crew of Boomerang are also part owners in a J/24, it was a toss up which boat to bring since the crew is very comfortable bunking together and the accommodations below are similar. The team is very excited about circumnavigating the rock and look forward to the camaraderie and adventure.

The Boomerang.

Sail #: 9680

Skipper: Greg O’Byrne

Province/State: Washington

Yacht Club: Corinthian Yacht Club Seattle

Type: Cal 40

Designer:

Builder: Jensen

ORC GPH : In the works!

LOA:

Beam:

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This is a brand new all carbon fibre cruiser/racer catamaran, and so far, the only multihull entry. We competed in the 2003 and 2005 Van Isle’s with the original Cheekee Monkee.

The Cheekee Monkee.

Sail #: 1036

Skipper: Marc Owen-Flood

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Type: Dufour 335

Designer: Umberto Felci

Builder: Dufour Yachts

ORC GPH: In the works! (around 656)

LOA: 10.045m

Beam: 3.54m

Draft: 1.920m

Discernment

The Discernment.

Sail #: 1036

Skipper: Marc Owen-Flood

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Type: Dufour 335

Designer: Umberto Felci

Builder: Dufour Yachts

ORC GPH: In the works! (around 656)

LOA: 10.045m

Beam: 3.54m

Draft: 1.920m

Having competed in the 2016 Vic-Maui, Expresso is looking to compete with a “mature crew” all over 60, perhaps with the exception of a bow person yet to be recruited. Awesome to see a boat from the Nanaimo Yacht Club competing again.

The Expresso.

Sail #: 18373

Skipper: George Bishop

Province/State: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Nanaimo Yacht Club

Type: Express 37

Designer: Carl Schumacher

Builder: Alsberg Brothers Boat works

ORC GPH: 617.8

LOA: 11.305m

Beam: 3.530m

Draft: 2.244m

This will be the first Van Isle 360 for Flow, though many of the crew raced together on Syrena in the 2017 Van Isle. Despite the vomiting and leaking holding tank, we had so much fun (must be Canadian eh?) we had to come back. The goal, as before, is to have a good time and enjoy some friendly competition whilst circumnavigating Vancouver Island.

The Flow.

Sail #: 707

Skipper: Stuart Horak

Province: British Columbia

Yacht Club: Bowen Island Yacht Club

Type: Dehler SQ

Designer: Judel/Vrolijk

Builder: Dehler

ORC GPH: Working on it (Around 637ish)

LOA: 10.972m

Beam: 3.522m

Draft: 1.984m