SailNet Community - Reply to Topic

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Welcome to Sailnet > Introduce Yourself > Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.
 Not a Member? 

Introduce Yourself Welcome to the Sailnet.com - The world's largest online sailing community! Tell us about yourself so we can get to know you.


Thread: Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated. Reply to Thread
Title:
  

By choosing to post the reply below you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Message:
Trackback:
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:
 

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below


Topic Review (Newest First)
04-04-2012 01:24 PM
Alsandair I'm more to the coast, Prince Rupert would be the nearest harbour.
04-02-2012 10:07 AM
Armchairsailor2
Re: Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alsandair View Post
Are any of you from Northern BC?
Whereabouts are you based? I'll probably be working out of Fort Nelson and/or FSJ for the summer on projects (3wks on, 1 wk off). I'm also aiming to be based generally around Langley area when we get over and buy somewhere. I'd check out the LMYC at White Rock - they have about 7 boats and rates look reasonable.
03-28-2012 03:13 PM
Alsandair
Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.

Yeah, I live in Langley for the school year, and I'm finding that I miss the winters with snow. When I packed for this last year, I had to give my head a shake...then proceed to unpack all my winter clothes and coat. People around here think I'm crazy.
03-28-2012 01:50 PM
Mystic1
Re: Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alsandair View Post
Are any of you from Northern BC?
Not quite from Northern BC, but I did live up in Fort St. John for a year a couple of years ago. All I can say is...... Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Summer was nice though.
03-28-2012 01:33 PM
Alsandair
Re: Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.

My father and I are planning on taking a sailing course in Vancouver. It's a week long with theory/lingo and practical hands-on training. Other than that, I'm hoping for a job on the ferries, (2 wks on/off) so I may spend some of the off time in Prince Rupert, looking for skippers to sail with.
03-28-2012 01:28 PM
jackdale
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.
03-28-2012 01:09 PM
Alsandair
Re: Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.

Are any of you from Northern BC?
03-28-2012 10:37 AM
Armchairsailor2
Re: Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.

Racing is a great way to train on account of it being very intense. You learn to make quick sail changes, use wind shifts and currents to best advantage (hopefully!) and a LOT of reacers are highly experienced. They're always looking for crews, so it's easy to get out for a midweek around the cans blast on a range of vessels, and who knws where it'll lead you? I'd not raced until a few years ago, having always cruised, but found it to be different and very useful for higlighting the gaps in your knowledge. Good for exploring outside your comfort zone. Not to be discounted. Good luck and have fun! I'll maybe see you around later in the year...
03-28-2012 02:21 AM
Alsandair
Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.

Thanks for the advice. I wouldn't want to cross forums.

It is not that I plan not to try racing, it's just that I believe u will prefer cruising. Anyways, like you say, I will have to develop that preference through experience.

Again, thanks to everyone who posted!
03-28-2012 01:56 AM
Faster
Re: Hello from Canada. Looking to plan a long trip, any help would be appreciated.

Pretty well all the sailing related forum sections here will be of use to you.. do yourself a favour and avoid off-topic!

It's very early days for you.. check into the various co-ops in the area, do a lot of dock walking and try to talk to people you see down there.. we're almost always ready for an eager beginner's questions.

Wheel vs tiller, Full keel vs fin keel, heavy vs light, sloop vs ketch, big vs small ....the debates are never ending - even (or esp.) among long time sailors. Your eventual budget will have a big effect on what you will be able to consider. In the meantime you can try to get enough experience to develop your own preferences.

There are various yacht clubs that hold casual racing programs, the Vancouver Rowing Club probably has the most relaxed program, but all clubs sponsor races of one type or another, and boats are often looking for crew - reliability and good attitude will be more important than experience in many cases.. and before you pull the 'I don't race' card, know that this way you might get experience on a number of different boats and sizes for little or no cost. You'll learn the mechanics of sailing very quickly and learning how to get the most out of the conditions under sail will only do you good when you're cruising.

This is a great area.. winter sailing/racing is challenging, and in summer there are few spots in the world better for scenic, sheltered waters. Fascinating inlets, a good park system, and the ability to offer everything from daysailing and short harbour hopping to treks outside Vancouver Island, to Haida Gwai, or Alaska and beyond.
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:38 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.