Newbie Itinerary

Expert Coaching From the Team that wrote the Book on this Area

we are pleased to present a selection of Anne & Laurence’s ‘PERSONAL PICKS’ from DREAMSPEAKER CRUISING GUIDE vol. 3 – sunshine coast

If you find this information useful you can purchase the guide at dreamspeakerguides.com

in the entrance to HOWE SOUND lie three diverse islands BOWEN, GAMBIER and KEATS ~ summer breezes that blow between the islands make HOWE SOUND a sailor’s delight

Day 1

SNUG COVE

(page 44)

BOWEN ISLAND is only 9 nautical miles from downtown VANCOUVER and SNUG COVE is a great first stop to help mend the stresses of life. On approach keep lookout for the frequent HORSESHOE BAY ferry that enters the cove. As the UNION STEAMSHIP MARINE RESORT is a popular destination be sure to call ahead and secure a berth for the night. Promenade on the waterfront boardwalk and delight in the charms of “downtown” BOWEN ISLAND with its choice of local shops, galleries, pubs, bistros and restaurants.

take a hike on the well-marked trails and discover the islands lakes and beaches

Day 2

PORT GRAVES

(page 55)

brush up on those sailing skills before heading into PORT GRAVES where you can practice anchoring in a large, laid-back anchorage ~ laze in the cockpit or hike the well-worn trails to LOST LAKE

Day 3

GIBSONS LANDING

(page 70)

moorage is available at the HARBOUR AUTHORITY MARINA and GIBSONS MARINA ~ in the busy summer months reservations are recommend ~ dine at the original MOLLY’S REACH, the home of the BEACHCOMBERS or at one the eclectic mix of restaurants

buy fresh fish and prawns from the work boats and enjoy the many shops, cafés and art galleries filled with local work

Day 4

PLUMPER COVE MARINE PARK

(page 60) as the breeze fills in enjoy a sail over to this well established marine park as it’s a local favourite, be sure to arrive early to pick up a park’s buoy or tie up at the park floats ~ hike the pleasant circular trail, picnic in the 90-year old orchard and explore the shoreline by dinghy or kayak return to VANCOUVER the following morning via COLLINGWOOD CHANNEL

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TRAINING & EVENT CALENDAR – 2022/2023

Sept 23-Oct 7

Desolation Flotilla (Power) – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Oct 3 & 5

Oct 13

Oct 18

Oct 21

VHF/ROC(M) (Classroom) – Vancouver

Bay Skipper 1 – Vancouver

Coastal Navigation (Classroom) – Vancouver

Basic Power – Vancouver

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VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by November 7)

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VHF/ROC(M) – Online (Register by December 23, 2022)

March 25-31

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn – Sidney

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April 22-24

April 27-May 1

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2023 Charter Client Check-Ride Weekend – Sidney

Refresher Weekend – Sidney

Docking Clinic – Sidney

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Exploration

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn – Sidney

10-day Advanced Sail – Sidney

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May 25-29

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5-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

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3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn (Sail) – Sidney

2023 Charter Client – Check-Ride Weekend – Vancouver

Refresher Weekend – Vancouver

Docking Clinic (Power & Sail) – Vancouver

3-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Women on the Water Power Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

5-day Powerboat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

3-day Power Boat – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Beginner Crew & Skipper Cruise & Learn (Sail & Power)- Sidney

3-day Power Boat Course – Bellingham with NW Explorations

Sept. 29–Oct. 6

10-day Advanced Sail – Vancouver

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