Boat-Out Day

by Victoria Coady

, I will be stepping up into the role of Sail Director for the coming year. I’ve sailed at RPSA since 2015 as a program participant, volunteer, and coach, and I look forward to continuing to work with club members and local sailors through our sailing programs.

As we near the end of the season, we are beginning to organize the club’s Boat-Out Day. We use this event to winterize our boats and equipment, and bring them into safe storage until the spring. This event also provides an opportunity to meet other club members and coaches. Every year, we’re incredibly grateful for the help our members provide to complete this task. 

This year, we are planning to hold Boat-Out Day on Sunday, Nov. 27th. We will be meeting in front of the Old Mill Boathouse at 9AM, and will be working both up at the Old Mill Boathouse and down on the docks / launch ramp. We estimate that we’ll finish up around 3pm, however any amount of help is appreciated!

If you are wanting to volunteer, please fill out the sign-up form linked below so that we have an estimate of numbers. 

Sign up form:

Hope to see you there!

Annual General Meeting

by James Anderson

Rocky Point Sailing Association’s 2022 AGM will be held Tuesday December 13 at 7:30pm at the Old Mill Boathouse.

Get important updates on RPSA news, cast your vote for the upcoming Executive Committee, and catch up with old friends!

We are looking to fill two vacant executive positions:

  • Secretary
    • Primary role is to prepare meeting agendas and take meeting minutes
  • Vice Commodore
    • Primary role is to support the Commodore in providing leadership and guidance on the club’s development.

If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us

Welcome Victoria!

by James Anderson

RPSA is excited to announce that Victoria Coady will be taking on the role of Sail Director. Victoria has been coaching at RPSA for the past four years. 

Some of her notable sailing achievements include 1st place finishes at the 2022 Canada Summer Games and ILCA Championships.

Aside from being a talented sailor, Victoria also instructs skiing during the winter and is currently a student at Simon Fraser University studying mechatronic systems engineering.

August Update

by Musa Fortin

The summer is quickly coming to a close. Our final summer program ends on September 2nd, the race team will be headed to their last regatta of the summer, Whistler regatta, and adult summer program comes to a close this weekend as well. On the 16th we had our August board meeting, and you can find the meeting minutes attached. Here are a few updates for the rest of the season: 

End of Summer BBQ social

It was scheduled for the 27th of August; however, we have to reschedule due to limited staff. It will now occur on the 4th of September. The aim will be to get on the water at around 11:00 to start sailing/racing. After this we will do a BBQ social after racing comes to an end.

You can sign up here, the purposes of the sign is just to get a sense for numbers:

Thursday Nights

Thursday nights should continue into and throughout September. 

Board Meetings

Our next board meeting is set for September 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm at the Old Mill Boathouse. They will continue to run every month on the 3rd Tuesday, until December, when we will be holding the annual general meeting on the 13th of December.

Cruising Course

This year we have run a Basic cruising course for the first time this Spring, and we are offering 3 more sessions in the fall. If anyone is interested in getting into keel boating, feel free to check it out here:

Summer Update

by Musa Fortin

The summer is in full force right now, our first full round of summer program came and went, out race team is currently on its way to the BC summer games, and we are having beautiful weather and great wind for an exciting sail. We had to cancel our July Board meeting because we did not meet quorum, so here are a few updates for membership:

Programs have run without a hiccup. Big red’s engine was having problems early in July, so it was sent in to Inlet Marine. Currently of our boats are working. The need for dredging has become even more apparent, especially with some of the recent low tides, as it is narrower and harder to get through than ever. In addition to our summer programs, our summer Adult program is starting up on Saturday July 23rd, running from 1-5 every Saturday, and I started a weekday adult program running on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-8 which began on the 18th, and will be running until August 10th. 

Race-team Update:

Summer Race-team began on July 10th. The formerly scheduled training camp in Surrey for last weekend had to be cancelled, but will be rescheduled sometime later in the summer. Currently they are headed to Prince George to compete for their respective zones in the BC Summer Games. 

Ongoing Events:

  • Weekly Thursday night racing 
    • An instructor will be available to help, set up courses, and run races as of 5:00 pm
  • Monthly Board meeting at the OMBH
    • Third Tuesday of every month
    • Next one is scheduled for August 16 at 7:30 pm

Upcoming events for membership: 

  • Spinnaker Crash Course: August 2nd
    • Intended to provide introductory on how to sail spinnaker on a 420. 
  • Belcarra sail: August 12th starting at 4:30
    • Long group sail with the goal of reaching deep cove and back. There will be a safety boat or two with an instructor to ensure safety, and to tow if that becomes needed. 
  • End of Summer BBQ social: August 27th
    • This will be the last of our summer adult class. We are inviting membership to go out sailing, there will be some races run for all to participate in, followed with a barbeque at around 5:00 pm.  Feel free to show up for the sailing, the barbeque, or both. 

I hope to see you all out on Thursday nights, our upcoming Board Meeting, or any of the upcoming events that interest you. 

Fall Basic Cruising Sessions

by Greg Ryley

Please be advised that the Basic Cruising course at Rocky Point Sailing Association is now open to register for September & October.

The format will be Mon,Tues, Thurs (6:30-9pm) Sat/Sun 830-530 & testing on the following Monday 5:30 to ~9pm

2022 Session 3

Sept 12,13,15, 17,18,19

2022 Session 4

Sept 26,27,29. Oct 1,2,3

2022 Session 5

Oct 10,11,13,15,16,17

I’ve got 12 slots and I anticipate to fill all spaces with this advanced lead time.

Please let me know if you’ve any questions. 

Hope to see you on the water!

Volunteer Sign Up

by Musa Fortin

Volunteers are and have been a vital part of running programs at RPSA. In order to consolidate all of the volunteering information, and have better organization of volunteer hours, schedules, waivers, and contact information. Please fill out the following registration, and include all weeks you may be interested in volunteering.

Basic Cruising Course

by Greg Ryley

RPSA has been approved by Transport Canada to offer the Basic Cruising Course. This is an entry level keelboat course. It will run out of Old Mill Boathouse classroom for 3 weekday evenings and all day Saturday/ Sunday on one of the club keelboats in Burrard Inlet/ Indian Arm. Upon completion of the course, the following Sail Canada certifications are possible:

  • Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate
  • Basic Cruising
  • Basic Crew

We plan on only offering the course in June and September. Currently the following sessions will be made available shortly to book.

1st Offering (3 of 4 slots available)

Monday 6  6:30 – 9:30pm
Tuesday 7 6:30 – 9:30pm
Thursday 9 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday 11 8:30 am  – 5:30pm
Sunday 12  8:30 am  – 5:30pm

2nd Offering (4 of 4 slots available)

Monday 20  6:30 – 9:30pm
Tuesday 21 6:30 – 9:30pm
Thursday 23 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday 25 8:30 am  – 5:30pm
Sunday 26  8:30 am  – 5:30pm

The course is $649.00 per person plus tax, open to 16 years or older and no prerequisites are required. 

Thursday Night Racing

by Musa Fortin

The first Thursday night racing of the season starts tomorrow at 5:30 pm.

We would appreciate any feedback whether positive or negative about how it has worked in the past, and what might improve it from your perspective.

  • How do you feel about race team participating in it as well?
  • How does Thursday work for you?
  • Do you want more casual sailing, or do you like the racing?
  • Would you want more instruction, and perhaps coaching during it?

I look forward to seeing everyone on the water. 

Tentative Program Schedule

by Musa Fortin

I am excited to say that the start of the 2022 sailing season is right around the corner. And with this, we have a couple of important upcoming dates. 

Tentative Upcoming Dates: 

  • March : Race team registration
  • April 10th : Boat-in Day
  • April 15th : Summer registration opens
  • April 17th : Start of Spring Race team

To kick the season off, we will be holding a boat-in-day at the Old Mill Boathouse on April 10th, starting at 9:00 am. Please Let me know if you are interested in attending and helping get the boats back on the water, so I mey get a sense of what to expect with regards to numbers. 

You will be able to find registration on our website, I have attached the tentative Summer 2022 schedule for your reference. 

Lastly, I will be sending out the Spring Race team registration soon. We have an exciting season planned with lots of racing and regattas, and I am really looking forward to it getting started.  Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you all out on the water very soon.