“Owning a boat is expensive, right?”
Wrong – it doesn’t have to be.
Would-be sailors can enjoy the privileges and fun of boat ownership through the Gibsons Yacht Club. All you have to do is to join the club, then join the Club Boat program. If you are a new member, and join before March 6, you can enjoy lots of sailing for a year for under $700 per family.
“It’s a bargain,” said Commodore Mark Evans, who started sailing as a teenager in Gibsons and still loves boating.
The Club Boat program allows members to use a fine sailboat without having to buy or maintain it, Evans added. Experienced sailors in the Club mentor beginning sailors, and participate in a sail racing program in local waters during the winter.
“We have a number of former boat owners who don’t want the trouble of owning and maintaining a boat, but want to continue sailing. It’s also an opportunity for people who don’t have enough money to buy a boat to enjoy sailing.”
The Gibsons Yacht Club has two sailboats available for “group” ownership: Pavlova, a 26-footer, and Django, a 28-foot Grampian. They are moored at Gibsons Marina.
“Club dues are low, fellowship is important and our members have a blast doing things that appeal to them,” Evans said. “The common interest is recreational marine activity: anything from working on boats, going on long or short cruises or overnight trips, and more.
“We have a wide range of social events, so there’s something for everyone, whether you’re single, a couple or a family.”
GYC enjoys a close affiliation with the Power Squadron. There are courses and training available for anyone who wants or needs it. The price is reasonable.
For further information, come to the membership chili fest on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Harmony Hall, 6 p.m. If you want to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact cruise master Gord Cudlipp. Newcomers are welcome. The website is www.gibsonsyachtclub.com
– Submitted by Anne MacLachlan