Re: Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.
Not many from Northern BC in Sailnet. Lots of Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, with sprinkling of Albertans (like me).
You might also take some lessons. There are lots of schools in Vancouver.
The coop idea is worth exploring.
Many race boats are looking for crew, especially those who can commit. Some crews ask for cost sharing which can be variable; others are free rides. You just need to show up with the right gear and some beer.
My start was on a race boat, I then shifted to cruising and have raced occasionally; including some of the bigger races on the coast. The racing experience was very valuable as a cruiser. It is like skiing the blue runs after the black runs.
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