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Vancouver International Boat Show


FREE Seminars


Dominique Prinet

FREE Hourly Seminars

Boating experts from around the world educate, inspire and entertain at the 2014 Vancouver Boat Show, sharing their experience and expertise on everything from boating basics to spellbinding boating adventures.

All three Seminar Rooms are located
on the main floor of BC Place.

Click here to view the 2014 Seminar schedule

*Speakers and schedule subject to change

2014 Speaker Bios


Geoff Baile
"Being on the Water at Night"

Being on the water at night has its own set of unique challenges, and sometimes we are out there due to unexpected circumstances. There are things every boater should know about safely navigating our night time coastal waters. This presentation was put together after consulting with the Joint Rescue Center in Victoria, a Marine Pilot, a Tugboat Captain and a Gillnetter. Getting their perspectives on what recreational boaters should avoid and look out for, may assist you if you ever find yourself on the water at night.

Geoff’s first sailing experience was as a Navigator; he took Coastal and Celestial Navigation by correspondence. He was one of three young men aboard a 32’ wooden sailboat leaving Newfoundland and arriving in the Azores mid November of 1978. It was a winter crossing of the North Atlantic and that ocean did not fail to deliver on its reputation. Two more crossings followed, the North Pacific and the South Pacific. Geoff also spent a year in Kennebunkport, Maine learning to build wooden sailboats at the Landing Boatshop. Later, he was a volunteer with the Canadian Marine Rescue Auxiliary on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife, NWT. During the last 20 years, Geoff has frequently sailed our coast as a member of the Barnet Sailing Co-op. As a former Co-op director, he was involved in the ongoing operations of the club which included bringing in guest speakers. Geoff has given presentations to various boating organizations in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island.


Campbell Black
"Marine Mechanical Technician and Marine Service Technician"

Campbell W. Black has been owner and president of Blackline Marine Inc. since it’s founding in 1980. With a staff of 20 and an international reputation for quality, the company provides specialty services in composite structures, sailboat rigging, high end refinishing and metal fabrication from its Sidney location.

Campbell was, in 1983, a founding partner in Current Designs, a company that became one of the premier kayak manufacturers in North America.

Training and industry cooperation have been a recurring theme in Campbell’s life. In the mid 90’s he was a key motivator in establishing the Marine Service Technician apprenticeship in B.C. and the private trades training company, Quadrant Marine Institute Inc. He was also an active member of the Marine Industry Workforce Development Committee that developed the Marine Mechanical Technician apprenticeship that is currently being “rolled out”. Although he has loved boats all his life, his real joy is working with and helping to grow the talent in this marvelous industry.


Alan Boreham
“Sailing Adventures in the South Pacific”

Alan is a sailor and world traveller. He was the chief instructor for Cooper Boating for many years and volunteered with the Canadian Yachting Association to train sailing instructors. In 1982, Alan left Vancouver to sail to Hawaii on an offshore training course and continued on, working his way across the South Pacific aboard sailing yachts. An author and travel writer, Alan lives in North Vancouver.


Candice Clough
"Mediterranean Cruising – where to go, when and why!"
"Caribbean Cruising – where to go, when and why!"
"All about charters in the British Virgin Islands "

Candice oversees all charter activities in the US and Canada and is the crewed charter specialist. Candice has sailed since childhood, coached sailing for over 8 years, and races everything from dinghies to keel boats. Her personal and business travels have brought her on over 40 countries to date and she continues to charter once or twice a year to keep up to date on the best cruising grounds. Her goal is to make LateSail USA even bigger than LateSail UK!

She is an active member of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) Active members of CYBA INTERNATIONAL is a prestigious industry association of charter brokers founded over 25 years ago


Liza Copeland
"Voyaging Realities and Routines "

What is it really like to be at sea? The many tips in this seminar about departure routines and requirements; routes and world weather systems; storm avoidance and storm strategies; sails, sail plans and chafe; on board safety rules and watch-keeping routines; radio nets and resources; cooking, cleaning, fishing, seasickness, guests and crew will turn a possible nightmare into positive memorable experience.

"Cruising Around Vancouver Island"

This seminar focuses on the specific strategies for cruising around Vancouver Island, not only a stunning and boating facilities and resources, weather, piloting, facilities ashore and communication resources, challenging trip in itself but also a significant experience for those planning to head offshore. Along with route-planning and weather it include an overview of the region - harbors, moorage and anchorages.

"Cruising with Kids locally and around the World"

Liza will share the joys of cruising with kids and grandchildren along with potential problems. She and her husband Andy circumnavigated with her three sons initially aged 2, 6 and 9 and have since entertained their grandchildren and step-grandchildren on board now aged 1-21 years.

Liza will discuss demands regarding age, activities, comfort, safety and health along with social life and education; also the benefits of planning events and providing resources that will stimulate an enthusiasm of life aboard for all.

"Cruising for Couples"

Like her readable text 'Cruising for Cowards', this talk is a realistic, practical A-Z of cruising for beginners to circumnavigators that has a knowledge base from Liza’s long association with other experienced cruisers worldwide. The seminar will have a particular emphasis on the dynamics of couples, crew interaction, boating skills required, setting up a user-friendly, low labor-intensive boat (particularly important when cruising into retirement), communication systems with the ‘real’ world and the crunch of cruising - living with your partner/crew 24 hours a day - all sweet harmony - yeah right!

Liza is a lifelong sailor, both cruiser and racer. After marrying Andy aboard the classic yacht Ticonderoga the Copelands have explored the world, including a 6-year circumnavigation with their three children. Their Beneteau Bagheera has currently taken them 120,000 n.miles to 114 countries and currently counting with a recent trip to Alaska.

Liza is the award-winning best-selling author of four cruising books, with Just and Still Cruising recounting their world adventures, Comfortable Cruising their coastal trip around North and Central America and Cruising for Cowards, co-authored with Andy, an inclusive current technical and practical A-Z for cruisers whether coastal voyaging or offshore. Liza also writes for many yachting magazines, gives seminars at major boat shows worldwide and gives frequent talks for a variety of clubs and organizations. When not travelling the world she lives in Vancouver B.C.


Jeff Cote
"The Most Common Pitfalls of DIY Electrical Projects & Electrical System Upgrades"

Jeff is a systems design engineer, avid boater, entrepreneur, the author of the monthly column "Tech Talk" in Pacific Yachting Magazine and a regular Power Squadron presenter. His company, Pacific Yacht Systems Inc., provides boaters with easy to use, reliable solutions for marine electrical and electronics. This presentation is designed for beginners, tech-savvy, and DIY experts alike.

"The Most Common Pitfalls of DIY Electrical Projects"

Pacific Yacht Systems Inc. specializes in marine electrical. Over the years our Technicians have been on a lot of boats and they have seen a lot of DIY projects gone terribly wrong. We have collected photos of some of the most common errors people make when installing their own electrical and put them together in this presentation. Jeff Cote will walk you through some of the typical and not so typical installations then explain why they are so dangerous and how to avoid the same mistakes on your boat. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

"Electrical System Upgrades with Jeff Cote"

Are you thinking of improving your electrical system? Would you like to increase your battery power or install a larger alternator? How about staying at anchor longer and running your generator less? Perhaps you have been considering some of the new marine solar technologies on the market? Join Jeff Cote of Pacific Yacht Systems Inc. and explore your options.


Sarah and Will Curry
"Mexico to Australia, a Two Year Adventure"

Sarah and Will Curry began talking about an offshore sailing adventure on their first date. Despite their similar backgrounds (both from Vancouver’s North Shore and grew up boating in Desolation Sound), they had dissimilar sailing experience. Will had already done three offshore trips and came from a sailing family while Sarah didn’t really know the difference between a ‘sheet’ and a ‘halyard’. In January 2012 they purchased their Beneteau First 405, SV Hydroquest, in Mexico, and began outfitting her for offshore cruising and, of course, getting Sarah up to speed on all things nautical. Two years later, they’ve sailed Hydroquest across the Pacific Ocean.

The dream of sailing to the South Pacific is a powerful one… tall swaying palm trees over clear blue water on lush tropical islands. This is our story of how we chose to go young, go now, and set aside just two years of our ‘normal’ life to make our dream a reality. One year in Mexico preparing the boat and one season - seven months – to sail 7,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean, with the final plan to sell the boat in Australia. In this seminar we will answer questions for aspiring offshore sailors and adventurers such as: How different is the cruising lifestyle? What’s it like to be at sea for nineteen days (our longest leg)? What are some of the ‘don’t miss’ South Pacific destinations? What were our biggest challenges? And - Is two years really enough time?


Jack Dale
"Rescue Me – Are You Ready?"

Jack was the return delivery skipper on Turicum, a Vic - Maui boat, during a medical evacuation to an 1100 foot container ship 1040 miles north of Hawaii in August, 2012. The presentation discusses both the evacuation, with video from our perspective and from the container ship, and the role of the Automated Mutual-assistance VEssel Rescue System (AMVER) in marine rescues.

Jack Dale has sailed for 30 years. In that time he was accrued over 36,000 miles. 10,000 miles of that are passages including three Vic-Maui returns and a delivery from Newport RI to St Barths via Bermuda. He has circumnavigated Vancouver Island 12 times, once on the 2007 Van Isle 360. His race experience also includes 3 Swiftsure races. His cruising grounds have included Turkey, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and the Pacific North West. For the past two decades Jack has been a cruising instructor.


Anthony Dalton, FRGS, FRCGS
"Canoeing the Mighty Hayes River in Manitoba"
"Shipwrecks on the BC Coastline"

A former expedition leader working in Africa, the Middle East and the Arctic, Anthony Dalton is the author of 13 non-fiction books and co-author of two others – many of which are nautical in content. His illustrated articles have been published in magazines and newspapers in 20 countries and 9 languages. His first novel, Relentless Pursuit, was published in September 2013. Anthony is the Past President of the Canadian Authors Association, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of the Welsh Academy. He has won awards and honours in Canada for his writing and for his services to other writers. He now spends much of his time cruising the world as a guest speaker for two cruise ship lines. He lives in Tsawwassen, B.C.


Catherine Dook
“Offshore – The Reluctant Crewmember Speaks"
"Two Seasons of Living Aboard - Wardrobe Decisions and Summer Recipes”

Catherine Dook was born and raised in the Arctic. She prided herself on being a good sport when she sank past her ankles in muskeg, and on knowing what to do if she spotted a polar bear on the way to school. She married her husband, John, 15 years ago and discovered these skills were all transferrable to living aboard.

Catherine is author of "Darling Call the Coast Guard We're on Fire Again!", "Damn the Torpedoes!" and "Offshore".


Mike Evans & Jayne Finn
"Newfoundland Circle "

Mike learned to sail in Vancouver, British Columbia and from there graduated to racing and cruising on the Pacific Coast. After relocating to Toronto he and Jayne met and in 1998 decided to become boat owners, purchasing a C&C 27 Mark V. They raced and cruised their C&C on Lake Ontario and loved life on the water so much moved up to Phantasia II, the 1978 Niagara 35 they currently own. Since purchasing “Phanty” in 2000 they have cruised extensively on Lakes Ontario, Eire, Huron and Georgian Bay and completed a multi-season, “Down East Circle” to Quebec, Atlantic Canada and New England.

Their “Down East Circle” Gone Sailing, series of DVDs is available through Nautical Mind books. Jayne and Mike have pictures and articles published in Cruising World and Sail magazine. Visit their web site or You Tube Channel to see and sign up for their latest news and videos, http://gonesailing.finnevans.ca , http://www.youtube.com/GoneSailingCA

“Newfoundland Circle - Part 1”: In the summer of 2013 Jayne and Mike set out on a 1,600 mile journey from Lake Ontario to the West Coast of Newfoundland. They are now members of the Bay of Islands Yacht Club near Corner Brook where Phantasia is over-wintering, ready to continue a circumnavigation of Newfoundland in the coming years.

Their slide and video presentation for 2014 details the route down the Seaway and St. Lawrence River to Quebec City, sailing up the Saguenay River fiord and then crossing to Rimouski and St. Anne des Monts. They'll take you to bustling Sept Isle and cruise the remote and beautiful Mingan Archipelago and Cote Nord of Quebec. Departing from Natashquan, Quebec they cross the Jacques Cartier Strait and Esquiman Channel to enter Newfoundland's fantastic Bay of Islands, anchoring in the shadow of 2500 foot Blow Me Down Mountain. During their presentation they'll explore dramatic scenery, charming towns and remote anchorages, see whales, sea birds and dolphins in areas where few cruisers venture.


Duane Geddes
"Disabled Sailing Association of BC – How we started, where we’ve been and where we’re headed"

Duane Geddes is an able-bodied, non-sailor, who is, in truth, unqualified to discuss the topic. However, Duane has worked side-by-side with Sam Sullivan since 2000 following a successful career in upper management in the newspaper industry. In 2005, when Sam was elected mayor of Vancouver, Duane took over as executive director of Sam’s foundation and as executive director of each of the six major societies founded by Sam since the mid-1980s. He has guided these societies – including the Disabled Sailing Association of BC – successfully over the past eight years, growing awareness, funding levels, participation and volunteer resources.

Birth of disabled sailing in North America – from Margaret Thatcher to Rick Hansen to Sam Sullivan. How disabled sailing grew from involving a handful of people at Jericho who were looking to get out of their wheelchairs to experience the freedom that only sailing provides to becoming a major, world-wide Paralympic sport.


Derek Hatfield
“Spirit of Canada Story”

Derek Hatfield knows all about the courage, perseverance and determination it takes to sail around the world alone - he's only the 126th person to have ever done it. In May of 2003, after eight gruelling months at sea, he completed more than 28,700 nautical miles in the "Around Alone" Single-Handed Yacht Race. His 1st in fleet and 3rd place overall in Class II finish - despite major obstacles - quickly earned him a name as Canada's premiere solo ocean racer; since then, he's represented Canada in three single-handed around the world races. Join Derek at the Vancouver International Boat Show where he'll talk about his podium finish and record-breaking Velux 5 Oceans Single Handed Round the World Yacht Race, and share his next steps in a decade-long career that has spanned over 200,000 nautical miles single handed racing.


Jennifer Handley & Campbell Good
"Offshore Cruising: Realizing the Dream"

Thinking of going offshore or wanting to embark on an extended coastal cruise? Join Bluewater Cruising Association (BCA) Commodore Jennifer Handley and skipper Campbell Good as they take you on a 25,000nm journey to the South Pacific aboard SV Camdeboo. Learn how the knowledge, mentoring and first-hand experience they gained from the education programs offered by BCA helped prepare them, their family and their friends for this adventure of a lifetime. BCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering seamanship and friendship for people with an active interest in offshore cruising. www.bluewatercrusing.org

“The Long Beat: Fiji to Hawaii”

After realizing the dream and sailing their 50’ Lavranos sloop, Camdeboo, to the South Pacific in 2006-07, Campbell Good and Jennifer Handley planned to sell their boat and return to coastal cruising in BC. Of course, life doesn’t always go as planned and Camdeboo remained in the South Pacific until 2011. That’s when Campbell embarked on the penultimate passage, the long beat from Fiji to Hawaii with four teenagers as crew. The fears and anxieties experienced during hard beats and tough passages, when dealing with medical emergencies, repairs at sea or dodging fishing boats were a small price to pay for an amazing, once in-a-lifetime experience. www.camdeboo.ca

Jennifer learned to sail in Nanaimo as a young teenager, but not liking the dynamics of racing, showed limited interest until she and Campbell purchased their first boat, a trailerable McGregor 26. This led to renewed interest and the rest is history. Jennifer is now putting her offshore experience to use as the Commodore of the Bluewater Cruising Association, organising workshops and presentations for the "dreamers" (people planning to go offshore). Campbell learned to sail in northern Saskatchewan before moving to Vancouver Island where he started to crew on keel boats in high school and while at university. Campbell is a volunteer coxswain and simulator instructor with the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue (RCM-SAR).


David Hoar & Noreen Rudd
"Catching, Harvesting and Cooking with Bounty from the Sea"

Tips on provisioning for your travels, recognizing what you harvest, its preparation, and recipes that are simple and nutritious will be presented. All factors that help you take advantage of the sea foods and seashore plants that can be added to your daily meals when cruising the Pacific coast.

Retired scientist and physician have spent 4-5 months cruising the remote areas of the north west coast for over 20 years. These authors of "Cooks Afloat!" and "Grilling & Beyond", have refined the art of extended cruising in remote areas and living aboard (which they did full time for 5 years). Trading in the scientific laboratory for the galley, their tips for living off the coastal bounty and eating well are thoroughly researched and will be invaluable for new coastal cruisers


Drew Irwin
"Marine Mechanical Technician and Marine Service Technician Careers"

Drew Irwin is the co owner, President and CEO of Philbrooks Boatyard Ltd., since 1987. Philbrooks is a premier yacht builder and boatyard providing full service facilities and industry leading quality dating back to 1955. Under Drew’s leadership Philbrooks has experienced significant growth from 15 to 220 full time employees through the 90’s and survived the recession in recent years resulting in staff levels of 60 full time staff.

Drew has been President and a director of British Columbia Yacht Building Association, a director of the Saanich Peninsula Foundation Society, a director of the West Coast Boatyard Association.

Philbrooks is a partner and Drew a director of Quadrant Marine Institute, a training school created to provide certified apprenticeship training in the marine industry based in Sidney, Vancouver and recently Halifax. In life before the marine industry, Drew worked across the North and West as a commercial pilot largely in remote reaches on floats. While based in Toronto, Drew was a senior manager in a retail chain focused on sporting goods, growing the chain from two locations to seven over two years.

Drew is married with two teenaged children, a boy and girl, and enjoys Whistler as often as possible year round.


Colin Jackson
“Boat Buying”

Many dream of owning a boat. Unfortunately, the process of finding, obtaining and maintaining your ship of dreams is not always altogether intuitive.

The Boat Coach Yacht Ownership program was developed by Colin Jackson of Cooper Boating – who just finished his 25th year in the business. Colin has coached hundreds of buyers through millions of dollars in acquisitions.

In recent years, he assisted the founder of Cooper Boating and Coper Yachts, Forbes Cooper, builder of some 8,500 vessels, with his latest custom boatbuilding and repair projects. From 2008 to 2010, Colin also orchestrated the building of 19 boats – power & sail – and the plugs/tooling for the all new Martin 244. It was only 11 months from drawing to full production and the front cover of Pacific Yachting Magazine by leading Mr. Cooper's capable crew as this veteran took a break from construction projects.


David Jones
"Weather for Dummies!"

Have you heard about the near-disaster in the Southern Straits Race of 2010? Some sailors may have misinterpreted the forecasts and observations that day. When you read a marine forecast do you really know what the forecaster is trying to communicate? Do you know how to estimate the peak wind and the peak wave from a marine forecast? If you don’t, your decisions at sea may be poorly informed. Your safety on the water depends upon a clear understanding of the weather information available to you. This seminar will help you to better interpret and use marine forecasts and observations. It might just save your life…

An avid skiier and soccer player, David Jones got hooked on weather on the slopes of Grouse Mountain and the wind-swept playing fields of Ambleside Beach Park. After graduating from the meteorology program at the University of Alberta in 1985, he attended Environment Canada's Meteorologist Course #7 in Toronto. His first posting was to the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Centre in Halifax where an interest in broadcast meteorology led to a weekend gig as a weather anchor. He returned to Vancouver in 1988, working the aviation, public, marine, satellite, and supervisor desks at the Pacific Storm Prediction Centre. Upon returning home, David pursued opportunities in the media, becoming a familiar voice and face in local radio and television.

In 2010 David was a spokesperson for Environment Canada during the Vancouver Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games where three of his passions converged: skiing, weather and broadcasting. His current position is Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, acting as a liaison between the weather service and the media and emergency measures organizations. With years of experience forecasting and broadcasting, David enjoys the challenge of making a complex science understandable and helping people make better weather-related decisions.


Bill Kelly
"Exploring Fitz Hugh Sound"

Fitz Hugh Sound is becoming one of the most-discussed destinations for boaters in B.C. and the Pacific Northwest. The reasons are several, including great anchorages, stunning beaches, a truly inspiring range of wildlife including several species of whales, and the serenity and peace which comes with its remoteness.

Bill's presentation on Fitz Hugh Sound will include images of the anchorages and wildlife of Fitz Hugh Sound, including humpback whales. He will also provide navigation insights and routes for accessing this area north of Cape Caution, with recommendations on best ports for provisioning and obtaining fuel.

"Big Passes of the B.C. Coast"

Some of the most beautiful anchorages of the B.C. coast are north of the main passes which gives access to Johnstone Strait. In this presenation, Bill shows the best ways to approach each of these passes and successfully transit these passes. He will discuss Seymour Narrows / Discovery Passage, Surge Narrows, the Okisollo Rapids, the Yucultas and the Dent Rapids. Aerial photography, sea-level images and charts will give attending boaters a clear picture of the nearby anchorages and routes to navigate these passes.

William Kelly has written about cruising the B.C. Inside Passage for over 30 years, his stories appearing in several yachting publications which include Pacific Yachting, Canadian Yachting and 48 North. He and his wife, Anne Vipond, have sailed as far north as Kodiak Island and Prince William Sound in Alaska. Anne and Bill are the authors of the best-selling guidebook BEST ANCHORAGES OF THE INSIDE PASSAGE and a new edition of their book has just been released that covers anchorages from the Gulf Islands and Victoria in southern waters, up to Fitz Hugh Sound and Bella Bella on the central coast. Bill has given several presentations at past Vancouver Boat Shows, including one on his adventures sailing to Kodiak Island.


Wayne and Margy Lutz
"Off-the-Grid Living"

Techniques for establishing a remote home that features boat-only access and no public utilities. A how-to seminar based on float cabin lifestyles in coastal British Columbia, including a women's point of view regarding off-the-grid living. How do you get started, and what are the strategies to make a smooth transition?

Wayne’s educational background includes a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Buffalo and an M.S. in systems management from the University of Southern California. He is a flight instructor with 7000 hours of flying experience. Wayne has written 11 non-fiction titles in the series Coastal British Columbia Stories. He is also the author of 5 science fiction novels. Wayne currently lives off the grid in a float cabin on Powell Lake, BC.

Margy Lutz received her B.A. and M.A from Cal State University, Long Beach, and a doctorate in education from the University of La Verne. She worked in Los Angeles most of her adult life as a teacher, elementary school principal, and educational administrator. Margy is currently an educational consultant, but prefers tending her floating garden, boating, and living off the grid on Powell Lake.


Matt MacDonald
"Weather Basics for Mariners, a look into BC weather patterns"

Ever wonder where that sudden burst of gale force wind came from? Why were the waves so big that day despite the light winds? Join Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald for talk on local weather effects along the coast of B.C. and find out what drives our local weather.

Matt MacDonald is a meteorologist with the Meteorological Service of Environment Canada. Over the past 10 years, he has worked as a forecaster for the aviation, public, and marine divisions. He was the French spokesperson for weather during the 2010 Winter Games. More recently he has been providing weather services to media and emergency management organizations. Matt is an enthusiastic presenter and has taught several weather related courses to avalanche professionals and the sailing community. Matt has been sailing since the age of 11 and raced on the Canadian Sailing Team.


Christof Marti

Christof Marti learned to sail on the lakes of Switzerland. After moving to Vancouver he participated in Wednesday night races, competed in the J24 Canadian Nationals as well as in international regattas on 6M boats. He sailed in all the local distant races including VanIsle 360 and cruised extensively off BC’s coast for the last 10 years. The culmination of his sailing experience to date is completing the Vic-Maui race and the return delivery back to Vancouver. When Christof is not racing, he operates Simply Sailing School, passing along his passion for sailing. He also serves as the chair of the Learn to Cruise program on the board for BC Sailing.

"The Vic-Maui Race - Sail from Victoria to Hawaii"

Join an experienced bluewater sailor to hear about sailing from Victoria to Hawaii in the Vic-Maui race. The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race, first contested in 1968, is the pinnacle of Pacific Northwest ocean racing. The Vic-Maui runs every second year, starting in July from Victoria and finishing near Lahaina, Maui, a rhumb-line distance of approximately 2308 nautical miles. The Vic-Maui race challenges sailors to demonstrate their skills by beating out of the Juan De Fuca Strait, reaching around the Pacific High Pressure zone and running the trade winds to Hawaii. The adventure begins during the long days of mid-summer and each day of the passage South brings warmer temperatures. Teamwork gets the boats to the finish line near Lahaina on the island of Maui, where day or night each arriving boat is greeted with an outstanding Hawaiian welcoming party. The 2012 Race was the 23rd edition and for the first time included a cruising division. This seminar will highlight the overall Vic-Maui experience, including preparing the boat & crew. Racers and cruisers are equally welcome. For more information, visit www.vicmaui.org.

Getting Started Sailing - Made Simple!

If you ever dream about exploring BC’s beautiful coast buy boat or even thought about more distant shores, but don’t quite know where to begin, this seminar is for you. Getting started sailing is as easy as signing up for classes. The Lower Mainland offers a wealth of options. Experience Vancouver from a completely different vantage point. Feel the fun and freedom of commanding a beautiful sailing boat, while learning new skills and earning a certificate which is recognized worldwide. Christof Marti regularly files reports for the Vancouver Sun from B.C.’s coastal waters.


Lorna Malone, Alison Malone Eathorne & Hilary Malone
"Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley"

Join Lorna Malone, Hilary Malone & Alison Malone Eathorne, the authors of the sailing-themed cookbook Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley, as they give helpful tips on food planning, preparation, and storage for trips aboard. Their book is full of creative ideas for fun recipes using local coastal ingredients, whether you'd like to make an appie to share when you're docking up, a hearty meal for a chilly race at sea, or a picnic for relaxing on the beach. And the best part is that all the recipes can be cooked right in the galley of a sailboat!

Lorna Malone is a veteran yacht racer and taught her daughters, Hilary and Alison, to sail and cook alongside her on the family sailboat, Aeriel. She’s participated in the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, the Van Isle 360°, and other yacht races that take place off the coast of BC, and as a result is the expert behind most of the recipes in the ‘Racing’ section of Sea Salt. Alison Malone Eathorne is a freelance author who’s written travel, food and design articles for publications such as Western Living, BC Home, and Where Vancouver, and contributed her writing chops to the book. Meanwhile her sister, Hilary Malone, is the fearless cook of the family—she won the Gold Medal in the Skills Canada BC 2013 competition, is a student of Vancouver Island University’s Culinary Arts Program, and contributed most of Sea Salt’s recipes.


Marilyn Mower
"Expedition Yacht Trends "

A look at expectations of range, speed, luxury, security and toy-carrying capability for the explorers of today.

"Megayacht Design Trends"

How "open-plan" residential design and taste-makers from emerging markets are influencing yacht designs.

Marilyn Mower has been writing about the large yacht industry since 1988. She is the editorial director of all U.S.-based publications of Boat International Media, which includes ShowBoats International magazine, Dockwalk magazine and CharterFleet International, and editor of three annual hardcover books published by Boat International Media: The Superyachts, Megayachts: Concept-Design-Construction, and Refit. She lives aboard a 40-foot motor yacht in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


Dominique Prinet
“Off Shore Weather”
“Celestial Navigation”

Dominique Prinet is a Power and Sail Instructor, certified for all levels by the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) and the International Sail and Power Academy (ISPA). He is an Instructor Evaluator for the CYA. He has taught boating in France, and out of Vancouver since 2000, both on water and on land. He holds a 60-ton Master's certificate from Transport Canada, and frequently teaches courses for Transport Canada, such as Marine Emergency Duties, and Small Vessel Operating Proficiency. He also holds a General Radio Operator's licence from Industry Canada.

Dominique has considerable boating experience, in the Mediterranean, the British Channel, around Brittany, across the Atlantic, along the Caribbean, and along the West Coast.

He holds an Engineering degree from UBC; an MBA from McGill; and an Airline Transport Pilot licence. In the sixties, he flew commercially as a Bush Pilot and Chief Flying Instructor out of Vancouver and, subsequently, in the Canadian Arctic and High Arctic out of Yellowknife.

In between his flying and boating careers, Dominique was V.P. Marketing at Canadian Airlines in Vancouver. He taught Economics to MBA students at McGill for eleven years, and continued at UBC. He went on to turnaround and manage the national airline of Tanzania, sailing his own boat on the Indian Ocean out of Dar es Salaam.

Teaching has always been his passion. He lives in Vancouver, and started Vancouver Marine Courses where he teaches ground classes. His wife teaches languages at UBC. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday by obtaining his helicopter licence.


Zuzana Prochazka
"20 classic Sailboats for Cruising "

Learn about classic cruising boats 37-48 feet that are affordable and can still go the distance. Pros, cons and approximate pricing discussed.

"Upgrades to your Cruising Boat"

Cruising is easier with the right equipment. Find out what works and what gear makes passages safer, and living aboard less like camping.

"Chartering Off the West Coast"

Charter near, charter far. You don't need planes, trains and automobiles to get to the Caribbean. Here are four destinations just one flight (or less) away: San Juan islands, the Southern California coast, Sea of Cortez and Tahiti.

Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites for both powerboaters and sailors. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations , techincal how tos, cruising and other topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.


Amanda Spottiswoode
"Tales, Triumphs and Tribulations of Cruising the West Coast with Dogs on Board"

At the age of 13, Amanda was taught to sail by the Royal Navy on the river Thames and has been a keen sailor ever since. She is now co-owner of “South Islander”, a 34-foot wooden sloop, and has been cruising up and down the B.C. coast with her husband and dogs since 1998. Recently retired from running a theatre company on Salt Spring Island, she now plans to spend more time sailing and finding new places to walk her two Jack Russell Terriers.



Daphne Stuart
"1 Single Mom, 2 Boys and a Very Small Boat"

Daphne Stuart, a 40 year old single mom, developed her passion for the ocean as a young girl when her parents bought a small sailboat. She has fond memories of the many idyllic days spent on the waters around Vancouver Island. As an adult, she has been carrying on the tradition with her own boys, now 15 and 11 years old. Daphne and her boys spend 7 straight weeks every summer on their very small power boat (only 18' feet), exploring the waters between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Come and see some fantastic pictures, Daphne's favourite being the one of her boys dangling their hands over the edge, reaching for the dolphins riding their bow wave, learn the logistics and the finances of how you can do it, and hear some hilarious stories from this adventurous single mom. http://www.daphnestuart.com/Boat_Trips/Boat_Trips.html


David Sutcliffe
Vic-Maui Event Chair & Safety at Sea Instructor

David Sutcliffe has competed in events ranging from the Vic-Maui race to Key West Race Week to the Sydney Hobart race. He's also skippered in many local races including Southern Straits, Oregon Offshore, Swiftsure and the Van Isle 360. David is the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club's Event Chair for the Vic-Maui race and also serves as an instructor for BC Sailing's acclaimed Safety at Sea program, which is Sail Canada - ISAF Approved.

"Learn about Safety at Sea training programs"

Sailors around the world take Safety at Sea training to prepare themselves and their boats for distance and offshore sailing. Safety at Sea programs are offered in many countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some sailing event organizers recommend or require Safety at Sea training for participating crews. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) specifies personal survival training requirements in the Offshore Special Regulations. This type of training is for experienced sailors who are participating in distance and offshore races and passages. Courses offer classroom and practical sessions. Topics covered include safety equipment, storm sails, weather forecasts, heavy weather, man overboard, emergency signals and communications. Practical sessions include inflating and using lifejackets, life rafts and other safety equipment in a pool environment.


Sylvia Taylor
"The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast"

Bestselling author, Sylvia Taylor, and her literary memoir of the salmon fishing industry, explore the West Coast's wild, untamed waters and a way of life changed forever.

"Adventure Writing: Turning Your Tales Into Gold"

Everyone has a goldmine of life experiences and stories to tell. Whether it’s a whole-life autobiography, or slice-of-life memoir, for family and friends or the publishing world, be inspired to shine to nuggets and bring them to the page.

Sylvia Taylor is an award-winning writer, editor, educator, and communications specialist in Metro Vancouver. A past director of the Federation of BC Writers for 13 years and current director for the Arts Council of Surrey, she consults with authors and entrepreneurs, teaches writing-related skills, and is a popular conference presenter and adjudicator.

Her works have appeared in anthologies and genre magazines in Canada and the US, and was shortlisted for the CBC National Literary Awards. With over 400 articles in print, she has edit-coached over 100 book manuscripts and hosts author-readings series in partnership with city libraries. Heritage House Publishing released her historical literary memoir, The Fisher Queen: A Deckhand’s Tales of the BC Coast, September, 2012. www.sylviataylor.ca words@sylviataylor.ca


Michael Walsh
"Cape Horn in Comfort and Style"

Follow the adventures of a retired Canadian couple in their mid-sixties, who in 2009 set out on a three-year voyage from Vancouver.

Their intention was to sail in full comfort through some of the remotest and wildest seas in the world. They had already seen more than their fair share of palm trees and tropical beaches, so on this voyage they chose to head to Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, and around Cape Horn. Sequitur, their yacht, provided them with great comfort, and as their voyage progressed, the quality and style of their onboard dining, both at sea and at anchor, became legend. At the height of its popularity, their online blog was consistently receiving over 3000 page views per day.

Michael Walsh is a retired Canadian naval officer, a former exploratory mountaineer, a former wine importer, wine writer and wine judge, and a former culinary instructor and restaurant critic. He is a former instructor and Training Officer with the Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron, where he is a Past Commander. He bought his first boat in 1964 and he still boats. He and his wife Edi are currently exploring the canals, wines, and foods of Europe in their 1908 Skûtsje, Zonder Zorg, a restored century-old Friesian barge.


Peter Wealick
Vic-Maui Trustee

Peter Wealick is an accomplished sailor who has competed extensively in round-the buoys races and distance events including Southern Straits, Swiftsure and the Van Isle 360, and on a variety of boats including the J-24, Farr 30, J-36 and First 47.7. Peter has a special touch on the helm, especially in light air, and is a calm and natural leader. He and his family also enjoy cruising the BC coast. Peter has completed one Vic-Maui, is signed up for another, and is a Vic-Maui race trustee.

"The Vic-Maui Race - Sail from Victoria to Hawaii"

Join an experienced bluewater sailor to hear about sailing from Victoria to Hawaii in the Vic-Maui race. The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race, first contested in 1968, is the pinnacle of Pacific Northwest ocean racing. The Vic-Maui runs every second year, starting in July from Victoria and finishing near Lahaina, Maui, a rhumb-line distance of approximately 2308 nautical miles. The Vic-Maui race challenges sailors to demonstrate their skills by beating out of the Juan De Fuca Strait, reaching around the Pacific High Pressure zone and running the trade winds to Hawaii. The adventure begins during the long days of mid-summer and each day of the passage South brings warmer temperatures. Teamwork gets the boats to the finish line near Lahaina on the island of Maui, where day or night each arriving boat is greeted with an outstanding Hawaiian welcoming party. The 2012 Race was the 23rd edition and for the first time included a cruising division. This seminar will highlight the overall Vic-Maui experience, including preparing the boat & crew. Racers and cruisers are equally welcome. For more information, visit www.vicmaui.org.


Laurence Yeadon-Jones
"Puget Sound – A Boater’s Guide"

Anne and Laurence Yeadon-Jones are experienced sailors, who over the past 25 years have logged thousands of cruising hours chartering, recording and photographing their travels along the rugged and beautiful coastline and islands of the Pacific Northwest. As passionate ambassadors of the regions unspoiled cruising waters, their detailed and accurate navigational and cruising information is delivered in a personable style to promote a safe and fun boating lifestyle. www.dreamspeakerguides.com

In their seventh Dreamspeaker Guide, Anne and Laurence continue their explorations below 48° North to Puget Sound, the most southerly and protected boating region in the Pacific Northwest. It took them two summers on the water to record the wonderful labyrinth of inlets, passages and harbours that make up the densely populated sound, and they were pleasantly surprised to find a wealth of friendly, well-maintained marinas, welcoming waterfront communities, scenic state parks and peaceful, protected anchorages.


Wilson Kao
"Welcome to the Water" – a special Mandarin presentation

An introduction to boating and the boating lifestyle, presented in Mandarin by Wilson Kao, and including a tour of the show floor. Wilson is a certified boating instructor and local yacht salesman who offers years of experience and a wealth of knowledge about BC's boating market.

Sport Fishing in BC Speakers


Richard Kesslar
“Sturgeon: How, when and what to use”

After retiring from the Royal Bank in 2003, Richard pursued his passion for fishing by starting his own guiding business, Hook Line & Sinker Adventures. His 3rd trip out sturgeon fishing landed him a whopping 10’ 8” - 900 lb. monster. There was no looking back; he was hooked! He has been pro-staffing for Rapala (lures, rods and reels, Suffix, Luhr-Jensen), Plano and Mack’s Lure and he brings 30 years of extensive sturgeon and salmon fishing experience to the table.


David Korsch
“Local salt water fishing for Salmon”

A member of Shimano's field staff and a Scotty pro staff, David Korsch is one of Vancouver's most experienced saltwater guides. David caught the fishing bug early. By the age of six, every summer (and most weekends throughout the year) was spent at the family's cottage in Halfmoon Bay; fishing became an obsession. Hundreds of hours each year were spent in pursuit of Chinook and coho salmon and, in the process, a vast knowledge of their habits and movements was being created while his angling skills were honed. In 1986, at 22 years old, David began his professional guiding career. Now, with more than 25 years of guiding experience, his attention to detail continues to make David a consistently productive charter skipper. In 2011 he became one of the first Certified Tidal Angling Guides in British Columbia, this new program was created to establish the best practices and standards for saltwater guides and ensures the highest level of customer service and safety standards. David’s innate curiosity about what drives salmon to feed, his background in Fisheries Management, and his desire to unravel all the intricacies of the winter fishery, drove him to create a detailed analysis of his catches. Since 1990, he has recorded very specific information about all salmon caught aboard the Predator–the 24-foot Mako of Predator Charters. His catch data and analysis is information that any serious angler will find very interesting as tide, moon phase and barometric pressure results will have applications worldwide.


Tom Johannesen
“Local Coho fishing techniques”

I have had the good fortunate to be an avid fly-tier and fly-fisherman in beautiful British Columbia for over thirty years. Writing and guest-hosting fishing programs for television have been part of the interests that fuel my passion. To date I have had well over one hundred articles published in Canadian outdoor magazines including BC Sport Fishing, BC Outdoors, Outdoor Edge, Canadian Fly Fisher, Home Waters, Reel Angler and Island Fisherman. My excursions and writing assignments began on the lower mainland and have since taken me throughout British Columbia in search of new and more exciting fisheries to photograph and write about. Articles to my credit have consisted of useful information on fly-fishing along with numerous lodge profiles and weekend outings. I enjoy writing on specific techniques and aquatic life as it helps the readers better understand the many mysteries involved in becoming an avid fly-fisherman. Over the past few years my interest in still photography has excelled greatly, I enjoy heading out on a fishing trip in search of quality photos to accompany my articles. Over the past ten years I have also been a guest speaker at numerous fly clubs and schools on the Lower Mainland. I have always enjoyed sharing my experiences in the world of fly-fishing with others. For about fifteen years I have also pro-staffed for several companies giving them feed back on new and updated products.


Tom Davis
“Salmon Trolling Secrets - Tips for Catching Trophy Chinook & Coho”

Tom Davis was born in Victoria in 1948 and since been a long-time Sidney and lower Vancouver Island resident, currently living in Metchosin, BC. An avid angler, Tom began saltwater sport fishing at age five and has turned his passion for tackle design and manufacturing in to his profession; Tom has been the owner of Rhys Davis Ltd since 1990 and has been an Executive Member of the Sport Fishing Advisory Board, a Canadian delegate to the Pacific Salmon Commission and the Director of Fisheries Renewal BC. Considered a qualified professional in the sport, Tom is also a contributing writer for BC Outdoors Sportfishing and Pacific Yachting magazines.


Mike Perkins

Mike Perkins has been with The Harbour Chandler Ltd for many years selling and servicing Lowrance and Simrad products. His vast knowledge of the product has helped many a boater out over the years and he is often referred to as the “go to” guy when any one has issues with their radar. He is a certified Simrad and Lowrance Technician and some years ago when his customers had asked him if he would teach them how to use their systems, he obliged and started to hold seminars on how to use and understand your electronics better. So come join Mike and learn more about your Lowrance/Simrad system and get all your questions answered.


David Greer
Four Guys Cross the Atlantic

In 2013, four guys sailed Dick and Marian Leighton’s Prout 39 catamaran Van Kedisi more than 2,800 NM across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Barbados. Crossing oceans with your spouse is one thing, but what about when the spouses can’t or don’t want to cross an ocean? This presentation covers the ups and downs of how Dick, his 21-year old son Andy, and friends Rick Lane and David Greer coped with living together, sailing, and dealing with boat issues as we sailed across the Atlantic, including an emergency stop in the Cape Verde Islands.

David Greer started sailing before he was a teenager taking CYA lessons at Pigeon Lake in Alberta while racing fireball sailboats with his Dad. With his wife Karalee Greer, they have owned four boats traveling up and down BC’s coast. In 2001, they commissioned a sailboat in the south of France and for two years home schooled their three children while sailing more than 5,000 NM in the Mediterranean. David writes and presents extensively on sailing, passage making, and family living on a sailboat.

Our Two-Year Mediterranean Family Adventure

David and Karalee Greer spent two years cruising the Mediterranean with their three children from 2001 through 2003. Come hear what it’s like to set out with Jocelyn (11), Kevin (9), and Allen (5) as they learn how to cope in a 43 foot sailboat, avoiding Mediterranean storms, while being home schooled. Lean what it’s like to live in exotic cultures like Tunisia and exploring the Sahara Desert. David and Karalee have cruised the West coast for twenty years and their children have sailed since they were babies, yet our Mediterranean adventure taught us many things about travel, culture, and people, but mostly about ourselves. We have a wealth of lifetime experiences as a family that Jocelyn (24), Kevin (22), and Allen (18) still draw from and talk about, that we share in this presentation.