Come Aboard and Live the Dream!
Join S/V Cassiopeia for a
Vancouver Island Circumnavigation Adventure
this June and July 2016

Join Cassiopeia for part or all of an adventure sailing trip around Vancouver Island. We're leaving Sidney on Saturday June 25th, stopping in Vancouver for others to join us and returning to Vancouver via Sidney July 22nd.  Along the way, we'll make stops for members to join or leave the cruise. (Schedule)

The Adventure is now underway!
Join or leave the cruise at any point along the entire route.

Book any portion or the entire trip now.

Read the Captain's Log

We'll stop at Vancouver, Powell River/Comox, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Winter Harbour, Tofino, Uculet, Bamfield, Port Renfrew, Sooke, Victoria and numerous places in between. Some nights will be at docks in marinas and other nights will be in remote anchorages. Some days will be spent sailing or motoring, other days will be spent on beaches or in towns exploring.

Who will enjoy this trip? People, young and old who want to put in miles at the helm of a fine, comfortable coastal cruiser, and who will appreciate the opportunity to be 'Captain for the Day' on rotation (subject to ability and oversight by a mentor), and who enjoy hiking remote beaches and visiting small towns to sample the fare in seaside restaurants.

Sailing experience is not necessary, but some boating experience is a prerequisite as we will be doing some real sailing and going into the Pacific where we can expect to encounter swells and sea motion, even on calm days. Although we will choose our weather carefully, and sail conservatively and safely at all times, all aboard should be comfortable with sailboat heel and normal sailing motion. No night sailing is contemplated and our policy is to be in port or securely anchored well before dark.

Cassiopeia is a well-equipped, well-maintained three-cabin Bavaria 42 Cruiser with full enclosure and central heat for rainy days.  All lines are led aft, and a furling main and furling genoa make for safe and easy handling from the cockpit.

We carry a cruising spinnaker for low wind days and we trail a dinghy with a 9.8 four-stroke outboard for exploring beaches and for side excursions. Learn more at

This is intended to be a relaxed, informal trip with lots of time onshore and time for poking around along the way.  Some sailors do the trip in half the time, but we want to experience the wild west coast without time pressure.   Although the boat can can sleep eight, for comfort, we are limiting crews to a maximum of four people or fewer plus the captain on any one leg of the trip. The boat has two private cabins suitable for couples.

Members* can arrange to join or leave the cruise at any of the various points along the 600 nautical mile route by previous arrangement. Bus, shuttle and float plane connections are available at many locations all along the route. Please search the Internet and/or ask. While reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individual schedules, when sailing, weather and safety can override plans, so please allow some flexibility in your scheduled connections. After all, this is an adventure. Also be aware that although cell phone coverage is pretty good for much of the route, there may be days or longer without coverage when in the more remote areas.

Members are expected to provide their own transport to and from the boat and are expected to participate in shopping, meal prep, tidying, cleaning, etc. and stand watches as needed. For the comfort of all, smoking and pets are not permitted. For the comfort of others and your own enjoyment of the experience, please limit cell phone and text use to a minimum.

Bring a sleeping bag and pillowcase and towel, plus basic personal needs and one change of clothes for hot and cold weather, foul weather gear or a yellow rain suit, footgear for wet days and for hiking and boat shoes if you have them. Bug spray and sun protection, including lip balm are advisable.  Be sure to have a bathing suit for the hot springs and bring a wetsuit if you like. Don't forget identification and medications and information about any medical conditions.  Bring what you need, but nothing extra. Space for storage is limited. All this should be in soft bags since hard cases don't store well on a boat and get in the way.

Price per member is $379 per week or $55/day booked, plus applicable taxes and includes basic provisions for meals, snacks, and beverages, marina fees, fuel, and other boat costs. It does not include restaurant meals, bar drinks, tips, special orders, etc.

Please be sure to tell your friends about this opportunity. *Although this adventure is for Jib Set club members, that is not an obstacle. The club welcomes new members and a trial club membership is available without cost or obligation.  Additionally, other non Jib Set people may be eligible, so if you are interested, please ask.


Don't delay. Space is limited. Call Cooper Boating reservations at 1-604-687-4110 and ask how you can come aboard the Vancouver Island Circumnavigation Cruise for this trip of a lifetime.

Vancouver Island Circumnavigation Sail Plan
(Revised to actual July 12)

S/V Cassiopeia -- 3-Cabin Bavaria 42 Cruiser
Dates and stops may change a bit to suit participants and the weather. Anchorages my not be exactly as listed & will be chosen according to available space and conditions at the time of arrival. Underlined locations are easily accessed by road or floatplane to join or leave the cruise. For longer passages, routes will be direct, but the shorter and flex days are designed to allow diversions along the way. While the schedule is current as of publication, plans may change without notice but efforts will be made to consult and notify participants.

Sat June 25
Sidney to


Sun 26
Mon 27
Vancouver to
(29 m)
Tues 28
Newcastle to
 Hornby Isalnd
Wed 29
Hornby Island to
 Heriot Bay
Thurs 30
Heriot Bay
 to Blind Channel
Fri July 1
Blind Channel to
Port Harvey
Sat 2
Port Harvey to
Alert Bay
Sun 3
Alert Bay
Rest Day
Mon 4
Alert Bay
to Port McNeill
Tues 5
Port McNeill to Port Hardy
Wed 6
Port Hardy to Bull Harbour
Thurs 7
Bull Harbour to Sea Otter Cove
Fri 8
Sea Otter Cove to Winter Harbour
 Sat 9
Winter Harbour to Walters Cove
Sun 10
Walters Cove
to Tahsis
Mon 11
Tahsis to Hot Springs Cove
Tues 12
Hot Springs Cove

Rest Day

Wed 13
Hot Springs Cove
to Ahousat
Thurs 14
Ahousat to

Fri 15

Rest Day

Sat 16
Cruising and exploring between Tofino and Victoria
Sun 17
Cruising and exploring between Tofino and Victoria
Mon 18
Cruising and exploring between Tofino and Victoria
Tues 19
Cruising and exploring between Tofino and Victoria
Wed 20
Cruising and exploring between Tofino and Victoria
Thurs 21
Cruising and exploring between Tofino and Victoria
Fri 22
Cruising and exploring between Tofino and Victoria
Sat 23

Cassiopeia must be back in Sidney

Note: The agenda from the 15th onward is flexible.

From Tofino to Sidney, the actual agenda will be decided by those participating or wishing to do so at the time and the weather.  We will be close locations where we can pick up or drop off people close to public transit or floatplane service.

The only constraint is that the boat must be in Sidney by early on the night of the 22nd.

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