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Hackers Tournament on Sept 21, 2019

In conjunction with Port Browning Marina, we are pleased to announce the Port Browning-PI Junior Sailing annual Hackers Golf Tournament. The fateful day is Saturday, September 21st and the weather looks to be co-operating, despite the current spate of moisture.

This is a shot-gun start Best Ball Tournament and participants may join as a foursome or PI Golf will arrange a foursome for you. All levels of swinging competence are welcome – lol.

Cost is $75 for 18 holes of golf and dinner, $55 for PIGC members or for dinner only which will be hosted by Port Browning Marina. Tickets are only available at the golf club.

Contact PIGolf@Shaw.ca or (250) 629-6659.

We hope to see you on the links and/or for dinner! All proceeds go to Pender Island Junior Sailing.

 

 

2019 Registration Process

2019 Registration Process

Similar to past years, registration will be staggered to accommodate returning students/their siblings followed 2 weeks later by registration for new students.

  1. Registration for returning students and a sibling is May 1st.
  2. All other (new) students will be on May 15th.

We will again offer CANSail beginner course Levels 1 & 2 using Pirate-class training sailboats (similar to our old Flying Juniors) and advanced course Levels 3 & 4 using Lasers and a Byte.

The 2019 Course Dates are: July 15-19; July 29-Aug 2; Aug 5-9; Aug 19-23. All course levels (1-2-3-4) will be offered in each of the above weeks, providing maximum flexibility for our participants.

All students in Levels 1 & 2 must be at least 9 years old at the start of the course, and 12 years old for Levels 3 & 4. Adults are welcome. All students must be able to swim and will be tested.

Registration is a 3-step process for both the May 1st and May 15th registrations.

1) Notify by emailacoffey@telus.net, the name of the student(s) immediately after 8 AM Pacific Time on May 1st/May 15th along with their course level, primary/secondary preferred week-date, and the email address of parent/legal guardian. As a backup, you can call Allyson Coffey immediately after 8:00AM Pacific Time at: (604) 220-7259.

2) Registration forms will then be emailed to above legal guardians for completion and returned to acoffey@telus.net within 14 days.

3) We request that payment for the courses be made within 14 days of returning the registration form, which should be done shortly after Allyson has confirmed registration. Until PIJSA has received payment, the registration is not secure.

The 2019 course fee is C$175. Payment should be sent to our Treasurer – Rick Mudie –

  1. by e-transfer to [leonamudie@telus.net] or,
  2. by cheque left in the PIJSA folder at Dockside Realty (Driftwood Center) or,
  3. by postal mail to 2727 Anchor Way, Pender Island, BC V0N2M2 .

It is vital that individuals initially contact our Registrar at acoffey@telus.net at 8 AM on May 1st/15th to confirm your registration and start the process.

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Another week and another great commencement. We had 9 boats and 18 sailors on the starting line for this week’s festivities. A dozen (largely novice) young sailors using Flying Junior boats were accompanied by a half dozen skilled denizens of the deep using our Lasers. To be fair, half the Lasers were being handled by first time skippers, so our complement of students overwhelmingly would have a “Learner/Novice” plaque affixed to their current mode of transportation.

Monday has become our swim test day and everyone attacked the waters with gusto. A local otter was wondering what the commotion was, but s(he) quickly scampered away in the face of 18 determined swimmers.

Youngsters Kicking up a Storm Laser Swimmers

 

It was a challenging morning as winds were light and variable (aka fluky), leaving some of our newer sailors wondering what has happening to their propulsion systems – hehe. Despite the changeable winds, they performed admirably and had their vessels crossing in formation by the end of the first morning. Well done sailors!

Day 1 FJ's Flying in Formation Fj's Chased by Instructor

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Fine weather ushered in our final day on the water for this sailing group. Their strong performance throughout the week allowed our instructors to challenge all sailors to a multi-leg race to/from Mortimer Spit as the “grande finale” to the week. To add some spice, Laser sailors were required to beach the boats, circling them on foot AND completely roll/right their vessels on the water.  It was destined to be a day of drama and fun, keeping our land-based Directors busy scanning the horizon while others manned our crash boat on the water. Things started with beach instruction on rigging a Laser II which, of course, our instructors snaffled as their preferred rig for the romp (providing them with an – ahem – slight advantage). Spectators enjoyed 10 boats mastering the breeze along some fine gymnastics to execute Laser rolls.

Friday PM #14 Friday PM #15

The race dispensed with, our hungry sailors arrived at Mortimer Spit for the traditional BBQ. They dispatched our goodies using the same precision targeting displayed in the race. “One up/one down” was the order of the day – keeping our parent and director volunteers more than a little busy satisfying pent up demand – lol. It was a fun filled hour where everyone gelled and relaxed before returning to the matter at hand … sailing in perfect weather in pristine waters.

Friday PM #10 Friday PM #6 Friday PM #7 Friday PM #9And sail they did! Often the end of the week leaves tired sailors slowly de-rigging boats and returning them to their base. This group was still rocking with juniors being introduced to the advanced Laser boats thanks to our more experienced sailors guiding them. The sailing continued into the late afternoon with boats beached long after our instructors had left to return to Vancouver Island. It was an unmitigated blast for sailors and spectators …

Friday PM #12 Friday PM #11 Friday PM #5 Friday PM #4 Friday PM #3 Friday PM #2 Friday PM #1 Returning Home with a Dry-Roll

Our sailors and parents have always been generous and fulsome with their praise for the efforts of the volunteer Board as well as our instructors. We were delighted when they handed instructors and the Board a card with well wishes at the conclusion of the week. Surprise turned to mild shock when our parents also donated funds to assist in refurbishing some of our boats. We will develop a work plan to put your generosity to best use over the winter! A huge thank you from all of us to each of you.

Thanks Thank You Cards

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

A dull morning start gradually shifted to Pender sun later in the sailing day. Our FJ crews focused on the all-important man overboard routine as fluky winds bedeviled their attempts to provide succour. Asides from the obvious life-saving aspects, this process emphasizes boat control under duress – as many of our participants quickly found it. Based on a point of maximum inconvenience, crews drop a life preserver at the sound of the instructor’s whistle. Fortunately we did not insert a large watermelon into each preserver – but we always reserve the right to do so at a future point! (A slippery heavy melon certainly adds a touch of realisme).

Man Overboard Drill

By noon bright sunshine returned, providing an opportunity to capture our Laser fleet beached and awaiting their Captains.  This shot included our crash boat in action as well a Flying Junior in the background. The afternoon concluded with Lasers practicing racing maneuvers and our FJ’s continuing with the overboard drills. Friday will be the picnic run to the far end of Browning Harbour and our Lasers will be putting their racing expertise to use, including the dry-roll demonstrated in the final beach run at the end of the day.

Lasers on the Beach Returning Home with a Dry-Roll

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Wednesday brought somber clouds with occasional rain showers. A welcome respite for islanders who are suffering from an El Nino-induced drought. It was not quite as fulsomely welcomed by our sailors who faced cool waters with variable winds. The upshot of the day was a minor collision with a moored ocean-voyager at the culmination of our classes. Our instructor spoke with the owners and relayed a damage report to us. Our Commodore and I motored out with apprehension.

And then it happened …

We have all read of blue sea voyagers when perusing our copies of Cruising World or World Navigator. Today was my first “in the flesh” encounter with sailors who have crossed the seas and returned to help us coast huggers move beyond the small stuff. What could have been an exchange of insurance documents (yes, we are covered) quickly transitioned to their desire to support our neophyte  sailors and the joys and learning experiences of voyaging. Where others would focus on vessel defacement, owners John and Loren considered gelcoat scrapes as life marks (even though their boat is absolutely beautiful). I was frankly entranced by both, later reflecting that sailing offers that rare chance to meet the best of folks who brush aside minor issues to focus on the truly important. Needless to say, the Commodore and I could have hung onto their toe rail for hours!

We reluctantly returned to shore knowing this encounter will remain with us for years to come. Thank you John and Loren for sharing your perspective on life and living.

“L’Il Ollie” is based in Oak Bay, Victoria and we hope our paths will cross again. Safe passage and our heartfelt best wishes go with you and your worldly wise crew …

L'Il Isle

(The vessel is adorned with the dark blue canopy).

Tuesday August 4th, 2015

The day dawned bright and clear – affording ideal conditions for our students to once again be introduced to Pender waters (literally). Capsize day is intended to provide sailors with the confidence to right their boats by themselves. We tether a boat to a  buoy and have teams capsize and right their Flying Junior boats. A popular sight for our shore audience which seems to be equally enjoyed by participants. We always seem to have students asking “can we do that again?” – and , of course, we are more than happy to oblige. This year’s team included two visiting teachers from the north. With skill and alacrity they showed us all how it is done! In a fitting compliment, our experienced sailors then offered a Laser Fly-Past to ensure a picture-perfect memory.

Northern Adult Visitors Proving their Agility Safe and Securely Righted with a Complimentary Laser Fly-Past

 

People are what makes the difference in any endeavour. Today we hosted two generational extremes. Our Honorary Board Member is a former Commodore with a stellar resume stretching from fighter jets and commercial planes to water craft. Peter is a young 93 – with a mind sharper than any boat can tack – who self-propels with a pair of walking sticks for balance. Accompanied on this occasion by daughter Joanne visiting from Montreal, he regularly visits and regales us with stories in the air. His presence contrasts with an equally loved Pender family originally hailing from Japan. Our newest future recruit is ensconced in the safety of her ever-buoyant mother’s envelope while Dr. Don introduces other youngsters to the water. We salute all past and future sailors and remain enriched by their daily presence.

Honorary Commander with Visiting Daughter Seeding Future Generations