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About Nanaimo Yacht Club

Established in 1931 to encourage the sport of yachting, to foster seamanship and navigation, and to provide and maintain a suitable clubhouse and moorage facilities for the use and recreation of its members.

A historic maritime city located in central Vancouver Island, Nanaimo is closely associated with the sea. The Nanaimo Yacht Club is an integral part of this community, with approximately 750 members who enjoy benefits such as a modern clubhouse and first rate moorage. By volunteering for administrative and maintenance positions, the members have achieved a 1st class facility and very attractive rates.

The Nanaimo Yacht Club is clearly indicated on the Nanaimo Harbour chart at the south end of Newcastle Channel and just north west of the main anchorage.

Applications for membership are being accepted from anyone who has attained the age of 19, who resides in the area defined as School District 68 or School District 69; who followed the prescribed procedure, paid the prescribed fees and has been accepted for membership by the Executive Committee.

Associate memberships now available per the following criteria.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER – a person who has attained the full age of 19 years, who has followed the prescribed procedure and has been accepted by the Executive committee. An Associate member shall not vote, hold office, chair any committee, have moorage, or acquire Seniority with respect to moorage, and shall have not interest in any property of the Club. They shall be entitled to attend all General Meetings and enjoy all other facilities and functions of the Club, with the exception of Reciprocal clubs and outstations. An Associate Member may fly the club burgee and may apply for Regular membership upon request, and payment of the appropriate fees.

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NYC's Silly Boat Regatta - Silent Auction / Burger & Beverage Night

Pender Harbour, Fisherman's Resort Outstation Sold

We still have Fisherman's Resort as an out station for 2015.

Hello from Fisherman's Resort & Marina -

We have big news! Our business is being purchased by Allyson Nelson and Richard Gaudreau. They are excited about the opportunity presented at Fisherman’s and look forward to bringing their Jeanneau sailboat back and forth this summer from North Vancouver. 

Allyson and Richard take over the business on May 1st. They will run Fisherman's much as we have always done, honouring the moorage contracts and bookings we've already accepted. In addition to learning the business, the initial focus will be to furnish our former personal residence. Once ready, this beautiful, very comfortable house will be available for short and longer term furnished rental bookings sometime in late June. Look for information on the website, in due course.

The business will be managed by Stephen Beagle, who comes to Garden Bay from being the General Manager of the Milltown Marina & Boatyard inVancouver. You will find Stephen an eclectic, passionate individual who loves to sail and has a wealth of knowledge.

Richard and Allyson are looking forward to being part of the Garden Bay community – and enjoying all that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Please come by and introduce yourself to them and to Stephen.

We will continue to work here until May 15, and we move to a new house on the Madeira Park side of the harbour on May 29th.  

We want to thank you very much for your patronage over the ten years we've been here. It's been a real delight to share our little slice of paradise with so many interesting people, from all walks of life, and to develop many lasting friendships.

Best Wishes,

Jennifer Love and David Pritchard

Fisherman's Resort & Marina


Fisherman's website

Salt Spring Marina 2015 Update

To Our Club Members,

Summer 2015 has now begun and we’re very excited to give you the inside scoop on our marina.

The pub and restaurant ‘Mobys’ is doing wonderfully, great food, great service and amazing views, In the evenings some nights you’ll also get to experience some of the islands best live music!

Unfortunately we no longer have the Queen of de Nile but don’t worry because Island Pathways are just now completing a great lit pathway from our marina to lower Ganges road so you no longer have to worry about walking on the busy road. We also have, for S/S Marina guests only, an amazing taxi voucher to and from uptown center (which includes stores like Country Grocer, Pharmasave and uptown Liquor store)

We can’t wait to see you this summer!
-S/S Marina

Looking for SIN Social Event Coordinator

Hi Everyone

This year’s Snake Island – Nanaimo (SIN) regatta is on July 4 & 5, 2015.

Getting involved in the planning for our annual SIN regatta is a great opportunity for either new or long-standing members of the NYC.  This is a fun event that brings in locals and visitors from as far away as Anacortes & Seattle.  Over the years, our SIN regatta has evolved and adapted to the changing culture of sailboat racing on the water, and shore side there is plenty of opportunity for creativity and showing visitors how great of a host the NYC is.

This is a fun opportunity that involves working with other volunteers on the shore side of the event - planning a few meals and entertainment, as well as assisting the Race Chair (David McCallum) and NYC staff with registration, and administration of one of the NYC's big annual events - the SIN regatta.

We would like to thank Dave Maudie for his tireless work for the past SEVEN YEARS heading the social side of the SIN weekend.  Unfortunately he is stepping down from these duties this year, so we desperately need someone to volunteer to take on this very important position IMMEDIATELY, as time is of the essence to get everything planned and in place for the July weekend.

 Please if you are at all interested in helping fill this position contact me as soon as you can. 

NYC Fleet Captain 

Cruise Notice Symphony Splash 2015 (Date Sensitive)

This is an early notice for anyone interested in attending the Symphony Splash in Victoria next summer.  Symphony Splash, for your information, is a performance of the Victoria Symphony, on a barge in Victoria Harbour, the evening of Sunday August 2nd.  It’s a huge public event; tens of thousands of spectators jostle on shore to observe the show.  As boaters, we have the opportunity to get moorage on the same dock the Symphony barge is moored to.  Being on a dock gives us moorage with secured access, right in the center of the action.  To secure moorage at the Causeway Dock (in front of the Empress Hotel), participants need to get their reservations in as soon as reservations open on January 2nd at 0900 hrs.  Either phone in to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (250.383.8326 ex 265), or email; they need the information that is on their online form at: http://gvha.ca/reservations.php.   Moorage is limited, rafting may be required.
Shelley and I will act as Cruise Leaders for this event.  We plan to have a potluck appetizer and a dinner over the weekend, otherwise leaving attendees to enjoy the event, friends, and downtown Victoria. If you are cruising southern waters next summer, and feel you can commit to attending this event (this event requires commitment, it is a 10 to 15 hour trip for most folks), we’d like you to join us.  Please sign the sheet in the Clubhouse, and we’ll start a group email to keep everyone connected and informed (and I can send you the contact info by email!).   You can call me with questions at 250-753-0868.
Rob Wiebe, and Shelley Boese

Learn to Sail at NYC!

Have you always wanted to learn to sail? Did you know NYC offers Sailing programs for Adults, Children and Youth ages 5-18!

Click here to see all the courses we are offering this year.

Recreational Dinghy Sailing
Non-structured sessions provide those with Basic Sailing Skills with an opportunity to sail purely for fun in a safe and supportive environment. An instructor will be on hand to help with equipment and to monitor safety. This is NOT a Learn to Sail Program. Participants must be able to self-manage and follow directions to participate.

Day and a Bit Race

The Day & A Bit race dates are 27/28 June (note the change from the incorrect dates previously shown on the NYC calendar).  The weekend format is a pursuit-style fun race to Gibson's Landing on Saturday, with a return race to Nanaimo on Sunday.  This race always attracts a wide range of sailboats...cruisers, racers, cruiser-racers, racer-cruisers, even multihulls are allowed...it doesn't really matter as long as you come with the approach of having a fun weekend.  With the format being pursuit-style, the slowest boat leaves first and the fastest boat leaves last...and in theory everyone arrives at the same time.  This makes for a fun crossing.

New this year is the plan to have dinner at The WaterFront restaurantThis is a cozy restaurant with a wide variety of menu choices (but no greek).  Depending on our group size, we may have the entire side room to ourselves.  Of course a Gelato fix is also possible at Mike's Place (Gibson's has possibly the best Gelato outside of Italy).
We are fortunate to have Lohmann Sails and Covers returning as title sponsor again this year.  The grand prize is a draw for a new mainsail cover or jib snorkle cover.  Every boat sailing this race gets an entry in the draw, plus extra entries for the top 3 race results (1 extra entry for 3rd overall, 2 for 2nd, and 3 extra entries for 1st overall).  This gives everybody a chance to win this great prize, with increasing winning odds as a reward for good race results.  Please visit boatcovers.ca to see the products offered, including full and partial boat covers. 
Watch for more details on the NYC facebook page.  Contact Greg Keel for more information and to pre-register (must pre-register for this race):  250 753 5655 or greg.keel@shaw.ca

NYC's Silly Boat Regatta - Silent Auction / Burger & Beverage Night

July 11th 1800- 2100hrs $10.00/ticket ($8.00 minors)

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