Show includes impressive display of dream boats
Seminars, watercraft and accomplished sailors
The Vancouver International Boat Show recently gave us a five-day a glimpse into the coming summer. The weather was spectacular, with perfect conditions to wander around the many boats at the outdoor floating show on Granville Island.
Future captains could step aboard of a variety of recreational sail and power boats. Yacht brokers were readily available to praise the advantages of the different types of boats.
It appeared to me that the average boat gets bigger every year, and I could not help noticing the resemblance of a Yaletown luxury condo and the interior of a new yacht.
Several boats were available to take visitors for a free ride around False Creek and sometimes out into English Bay. The rides gave many people their first view of Vancouver’s skyline from the water and others were excited to go out on a sailboat for the first time. The Discover Boating organization coordinated the rides.
Looking between the big yachts with their polished hulls I spotted what looked like a spaceship from Star Wars. Up close, it turned out to be a row boat. Rebecca Berger and Leanne Zrum are showcasing Honey Badger, a 22-foot ocean row boat.
Berger said this of the endeavour: “We will be rowing her in the first ever Great Pacific Race. The race spans 2,100 nautical miles from Monterey Bay, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. We will be the first Canadians and the first female pair to row the Pacific.”
Having sailed to Hawaii from Victoria, I have a huge respect for the pair and wish them all the best.
No boat show would be complete without a get-together in the evening with fellow boaters. This year Yacht Sales West organized an evening with drinks and appies at their docks on Granville Island. What better way to conclude a day at the show with a glass of wine under a starlit sky, standing on beautiful yacht and chatting with fellow boaters. Share the dream!
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Christof Marti is the owner of Simply Sailing School in Vancouver (simplysailing.ca) and is a director on the Board of BC Sailing. Trained as an engineer and with an MBA in finance, Christof is also a qualified sailing instructor and a certified Yachtmaster. He will be filing reports from B.C.’s coastal waters over the season.
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Christof is the owner and operator of Simply Sailing. An enthusiastic sailor he loves to share his knowledge with other sailors.
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