•    Into the sunset…   

    Since 2020, Stamps Landing Yacht Club has no longer been an active club. It’s been over 30 years, of many fun events, camaraderie, and sailing. So many people have come and gone. Many thanks to the folks who made it all happen, and Smooth Sailing for all.pic2a

  •    Membership Dues for 2020   

    Treasurer Jean Lehmann reports that as our bank account is in good shape, our Annual Dues will remain unchanged.

    Early Bird Discount Rates (if received by Jan 31):

    Single Membership: $90
    Family Membership: $125
    (includes spouse/partner and any children under 19)
    Associate Member (Out of province): $50

    To apply for (or renew) your 2020 membership, click here for the Membership Form

    We can also accept E-Transfer now, see the Membership Form for details.

  •    Snug Cove March 2018   

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  •    AGM 2018   

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  •    Sail Past 2018   

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  •    Christmas Party 2017   


    The SLYC Christmas Party was held at Timber Restaurant on Robson Street, a very Canadian Lumberjack-themed venue, hence all the plaid shirts! Thanks to Jean & Richard for organizing the event, we had a great turnout, lots of fun, and TONS of door prizes, one for everyone!

    Link to photo album – CLICK HERE.

  •    Snug Cove Wind-up, or “Wind Up”…?   

    Last cruise of the year – who else is crazy enough to go sailing in November? (besides racers, of course!). Some of us got a head start on the Friday, which was a fine day with glassy calm seas, and a bit of sunlight to warm us along the way.


    Rain was forecast for the weekend, but it held off, which was much appreciated for some local exploration of the island.

    On Saturday afternoon Bernard hosted some of us in the big enclosed cockpit on board “Wasabi“.


    Saturday evening at the cabin was organized by Jean and Richard, with a “White” theme – everyone wore something white for Baby Nate’s first birthday! There was food a-plenty for all.

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    Jean and Richard organized an excellent brunch for Sunday morning as well. But the foul weather that built up that morning was not exactly welcome. The forecast has called for a windstorm to blow through overnight, and ease by morning – that was not the case, the storm arrived a bit late and really started howling by noon.

    Lady Dane” and “Wasabi” decided to brave the conditions and head back, but it was rough sailing! Wind speeds reached 40 knots or more, the seas were bad, and on board Wasabi nobody could see through the dodger, the crew had to take turns peeking out the side windows to see where they were going. Not a comfortable ride at all.

    The crew of “Hale Pau Hana” decided it was wiser to just stay an extra day. Dinner at the Tuscany Grill made for a most excellent reason to linger another night. The cruise back on Monday was nice and calm too.

    Link to Photo Album Here

  •    Plumper Cove   

    The SLYC crew sailed to Plumper Cove for June 23-25, included in the fleet were Irish Cream, White Feather, Free Spirit II, and Hale Pau Hana.

    The crew of Hana had a great sail out of English Bay, but got caught in the “washing machine” of wind-over-tide off Point Atkinson. Six foot swells, mmm, lots of fun! Fortunately that didn’t last long, and we charged into an entirely different sea, much calmer and different coloured water, which was the incoming tide running over the outgoing tide.


    Rounding Cape Finisterre

    A nice run up past Snug Cove, where the wind died off as usual, forcing us to motor around Cape Finisterre. White Feather was well behind, they managed to miss the nasty chop off Point Atkinson. There was a beautiful breeze up Collingwood Channel, we hung onto that almost all the way to Plumper Cove, just had to motor in the last little ways.

    The docks were pretty crowded already – we managed to snag a tight spot at the end of one of the docks when a power boat moved up a bit to give us room. Irish Cream was already at a mooring buoy. White Feather arrived later, and was very lucky to snag a spot only just recently vacated by another boat.  Seems like it’s mostly the Gibsons crowd that comes over for a sunny weekend, such a long trip, eh?

    First item – mix up some G&T’s, while we still have cubed ice! Followed by our first corn on the cob on the BBQ of the season, mmm yummy. After dinner we made a visit by dinghy over to Irish Cream, where Gil insisted we sample some of their latest vintage of wines. We were pleased to oblige.

    The following day, the crew of Hana went out on a little hike, checking in on a few geocaches along the way. Free Spirit II arrived, and was also lucky to grab a spot recently vacated by another boat. Little Nate got to see Plumper Cove for the first time, and most of us congregated on FS II for drinks and a yak.


    The sun was so hot though, that some of us had to seek shade and a nap, and recuperate when the heat of the day had passed. Time for another BBQ! Steaks are on. Now that things have cooled a bit for the evening, time to take the dinghy out for a little exploring. The little Honda 4 worked just dandy, we circled around the little islands, out past the old government dock, and back… well, almost back, I did run it out of fuel at the last! A little row is good for you.

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    A sunset dinghy ride

    Meanwhile, Commodore Peter went on an exploratory hike of his own, all the way to the east end of the island, and then couldn’t find the trail back to the campground, and it was getting dark. He encountered a cottager, and upon asking for directions for the trail, the fine fellow offered to just dinghy Peter back to the marina, it was far easier than finding the trail in the dark.

    The only drawback to Plumper is it seems to attract some of the floating trailer park trash – there’s always one boat with the thumping stereo and party-makers who think everyone else wants to hear their music and rowdiness late into the night. Mixed with clouds of pot smoke to boot. That mooring buoy was starting to look like a pretty good idea.

    We did get sleep at last – though it was tempting to start blasting opera music at 7 AM to entertain those passed out on the party boat. No matter, a cup of coffee (or two) makes things right with the world. After getting things ship-shape, it was time to pull the lines and head home. Well, not for everyone – Free Spirit II stayed an extra day, and it was tempting to do the same – it sure would have been quieter after all the weekend warriors had to rush off home!


    Free Spirit II caught some nice sunsets on their extra day

    We made our own adventure on the way home, we weren’t in any big rush. Turns out, there’s a geocache on a little islet connected to Hermit Island by a stony beach. It hadn’t been visited for about a year. I had carefully planned the best approach and anchorage ahead of time, but when we arrived we found the Coast Guard hovercraft had taken my spot! No matter, there’s another anchorage right nearby. Dropped and set anchor, it held well, so we launched the dinghy and hoped Hana would still be there when we got back!


    Hovercraft “Moytel”

    We landed on the beach by the hovercraft, and after a short bit of bushwhacking (which turned out to be unnecessary) found our “treasure“. Mission accomplished! Back to Hana, the anchor came loose without fuss, and we sailed for home. A worthy weekend adventure. But maybe we’ll take that mooring buoy next time…

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    Thanks to Rory and Richard for pics!

  •    Caulfeild Cove Cruise   

    Back when we thought summer was starting (late May), two SLYC boats decided to rendezvous at Caulfeild Cove. (yes it’s spelled right, it really is E before I). There’s a small government dock there, just big enough for one decent-sized sailboat – or two if you raft up. Signs posted allow 3 hours for tying up. But almost any time I pass by, (by sea or by air!) I see the dock is open.


    Free Spirit II was returning from a weekend at Snug Cove, and Hale Pau Hana had my parents (visiting from Nova Scotia) on board for a day sail,  as well as First Mate Jen. We couldn’t pass up an opportunity for a nice sail and a rendezvous! We combined our collections of snacks and bevvies, and lounged under the shade awning on Free Spirit II, entertained by the newest little Free Spirit, First Mate Nate.


    It’s worth a stop if you’re out for a day sail, and want to feel like you’ve “arrived” somewhere.

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  •    Sailpast 2017   

    We couldn’t have asked for a finer day for Sailpast! How many times have we done this in the rain? Alas, Commodore Peter could not make it, having fallen ill with some scurvy flu. So Vice-Commodore Bernard stepped up to receive the salutes of the fleet, and anchored Wasabi in English Bay.


    The growing number of boats permanently anchored out there made it a bit of an obstacle course, but we threaded the needle, and enjoyed a nice sail afterwards. Saluting the Vice-Commodore were White Feather, Hale Pau Hana, Fan Sea, Main Brace, and Free Spirit II.

    Back at Mahoney’s Pub, the gang had a great spot upstairs with a fine view of the marina, the sun beaming in the windows, and some summery beers and other drinks and plates of appies. A fine day to break out the navy blazers and white pants!

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