Lots of equipment suggestions. I assume that you have a the requisite pdf, harness and tether.
You should be able to work around the boat at night. That means being able to work with the lines in the dark: coiling, flaking, tying and untying knots, etc..
Check the charts for the course and use the light list so that you can identify aids to navigation. The ones that are in the vicinity of Nanaimo-Parksville and Vancouver are hard to pick out against the lights of the cities. A couple of sets of eyes are often necessary.
What role are you playing on the boat?
I had an offer, but I had to turn it down. Have a get ride.
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