Cruise with GYC

Gent’s Cruise

Our annual cruise calendar kicks off with the Gents’ Cruise in early spring. The stated objective is to check out any winter wear and tear and ready the boats for the popular Spring Cruise in June. We hear, however, that the gents on the cruise manage to find time to dine, race and generally enjoy themselves on the water. However, we cannot verify facts since “what goes on the cruise, stays on the cruise.”

The gents visit the Gulf Islands on a five-day cruise. Typical destinations include Newcastle Island/Nanaimo/Ladysmith/Ganges/Montague Harbour and Silva Bay before setting sail (or motors) for Gibsons and home.

Spring Cruise(s)

 June is spring cruise month. Many boaters head to Destination Sound to enjoy nature’s playground before the busy summer months. Others head to the Broughton Archipelago to explore dozens of islands and islets providing sheltered waters and anchorages. A few hardy boaters venture further—around Vancouver Island, to the central coast, or Barkley Sound and the Broken Group archipelago. BC waters beckon and Gibsons Yacht Club members enthusiastically respond.

Fall Cruise

After busy summers at home, GYC members once again hoist anchors and sails right after Labour Day and head out for a two-week cruise of the Gulf Islands. Visiting marinas like Telegraph Cove, Poet’s Cove, and Winter Cove, boaters also enjoy hiking, card games, horseshoe tournaments and, of course, barbecues on the shore.

Remembrance Day Commemorative Cruise

GYC members sail or motor to Bowen Island to join in the ceremonies on November 11, followed by lunch at the Legion and a barbecue dinner with member-led singalongs.

Two “Bike Cruises”

The popularity of the men’s “Tour de Goose” from Tsawwassen to Sooke and back in just three days inspired the women to book their own “cruise.” Not on the water but crossing the water by ferry qualifies these as “cruises” in our book.