Nautical News Spring 2022 Issue

As the weather gives us the good old April heave/ho, it’s time to look back and ahead at what’s happening in the world of boating and Gibsons Yacht Club activities.

Commodore’s Corner by Kate McQuaid

Wrapping up 2021
  • The last year certainly had many Covid highs and lows. Trying to plan around fluctuating restrictions challenged us all. However, we made Zoom work for us—travelled vicariously to Africa with Gord and Marlene, enjoyed a trivia night, and other presentations that pulled people together virtually. Finally, we celebrated a delayed kickoff for the yachting season, holding our Sail Past followed by a BBQ and games at our house in Roberts Creek. We had a great turnout because everyone was so delighted to meet in person, and a great time was had.
  • The cruisers sailed and motored away for fun-filled spring and fall cruises. Back on shore, we gave thanks at a delicious Harvest dinner at Harmony Hall. Our Halloween party in the private front room at the Blackfish was a popular event and a great new venue! The Remembrance Day cruise was just like old times and enjoyed a great turn out despite the start of the new 2021 word—Atmospheric River’—closing in on us. The Christmas Party at the Legion featured great food, beverages and even music—even though dancing was still a no-go.
  • We are fortunate to have so many dedicated member volunteers who help us make Yacht Club activities fun and successful, both on and off the water. Our social events could not happen without you, and the club boat program and maintenance is a huge commitment. The GYC also plays a role in our seaside community in promoting and protecting our waterways, whether through participating in sailing and racing regattas, ensuring our members have access to safe boating through Canadian Power and Sail Squadron training and showing our finest at Sail Past.
  • As we wrapped up 2021 at our AGM in March, we announced the addition of our new club boat, “Allons’y,” familiar to many of you as Jon and Gerry Nimmo’s lovely, red-hulled Aloha. You will see her often this year as she joins Django and Pavlova in our Club Boat fleet.
  • The Forward Planning committee is working on reciprocals and hopes to have some news soon, and we continue to explore opportunities for a ‘modest’ club house in the future.

We’ve got some great events planned this spring. See below for more details. In the meantime, I am looking forward to more GYC camaraderie on the water and dockside. As “Ratty” so aptly said in Wind in the Willows:

“There is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

February’s “Meet and Eat” at Leo’s

We filled the house at Leo’s on February 24, a delightful way to welcome new members and see old friends within Covid restrictions. Delicious food, great door prizes, and vibrant conversation kept the place buzzing with good feelings.

March AGM

Harmony Hall welcomed our in-person AGM, where thirty-nine members gathered to vote on agenda items. Of special note:

  • Allons’y joins the Club Boat fleet, a welcome addition to Django and Pavlova. Thanks to Jon and Gerry Nimmo for sharing her with us, she is in great shape and came with her own slip!
  • Boating members must have their own boat and equipment insured with a minimum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) Liability Insurance. Some marinas will not admit you unless you show proof of this, and it protects all of us.
  • New position of Communications Director to replace Public Relations Officer.
  • Notice of increase in fees for 2023.

For full minutes from the AGM, see the Members’ section of our website: (If you need the password, please email

March’s St. Patrick’s Shenanigans

Himself would have approved of the green and gold abounding at Harmony Hall on March 17. The buffet tables groaned with corned beef, Irish stews, salads, sides and desserts—all calorie-free, of course! Ken Beall treated us to a glimpse of his sailing holiday across Australia’s Bass Strait to Hobart in Tasmania. While few of us would venture into this dire strait, we enjoyed seeing how intrepid sailors weathered the churn of waves, wind and seas.

May 7 at the Gibson Marina gate: Club Boat Info Day & Nautical Swap Meet

Join us on the dock at Gibsons marina to create some buzz at the Club Boat Open House (have you toured them yet? Now’s your chance!) And visit the tables at the Nautical Swap meet where you may find what you didn’t know you need. We encourage members to share information about the Open House and the Club Boat program with friends and relatives who might love the chance to share the boats and cruise the coast without having to own their own boat. You can refer them to our public web page:


Get your tickets fast! Contact Gail Davies cel 604 818-1640 or leave a message at 604 886-4531. Pick up tickets @ 1047 Goddard Road, Gibsons. See full details @ Password: orca2022

Saturday May 14 @ Harmony Hall

Brunch $5.00 (and something to contribute to the table).

Sail Past parade in front of Grandma’s Pub @ 2:00.

Pig Roast/Salmon Dinner $35.00 each.



May 26–Ladies’ Bike Cruise on the Grey Goose Trail

An enthusiastic group of women are preparing for the (first annual?) Grey Goose Trail bike cruise: details on the member site at

Special thanks to Kim Monk for the beautiful shot of the marina we’ve used as the header of our site.

April – New

We have refurbished our look for spring and created a dual-purpose website: one that is public facing, inviting non-members to learn more and join us. The member website is accessible from the main public page and requires a password to access it. Here you will find everything from cruise info to upcoming socials to Club governance documents. You’ll even find this new format of the GYC News on the website. Best of all, we finally have enough room to feature photos from members enjoying GYC activities on land and at sea. (password orca2022)

Saluting Anne MacLachlan for Seven Years of Nautical News!

Beginning in 2014, Anne MacLachlan has produced a newsletter a month for GYC—84 issues in all, and all as a volunteer. We are fortunate to have had such an experienced editor overseeing our historical comings and goings.

Born in England and raised during the Second World War, Anne started reading at the age of four and writing by the age of five. Following the war, her family moved to Canada, where she attended Dalhousie University. Subsequently, she spent some months travelling in Europe and Russia in the early days of communism, a close-up perspective not many of us have experienced.

Her professional career is studded with familiar names. Anne wrote for the Edmonton Journal, Canadian Press (where she was the first woman editor in the Western sector), Western News, and The Courier. She married a CP correspondent and moved with him to Vancouver, where they raised their three daughters. She wrote and produced the SFU Alumni Magazine for eight years before moving to the Sunshine Coast.

Anne credits Gerry Nimmo for pressuring her relentlessly to join GYC. Anne and her ex-husband (a foul-weather sailor) had spent many days on their sailboat, and she missed the camaraderie of the nautical life. It didn’t take long for her to take the tiller of the Nautical News.

After seven years, Anne is looking forward to twiddling her toes in the home and garden she shares with Woody, whom she met in 2014. However, she will remain an active social member of GYC–and will be aboard the Commodore’s boat at Sail Past.

Thanks, Anne, you’ve given us a world of nautical memories. Only problem is: very few photos of you!

This & That

  • GYC has its own bookshelf at Harmony Hall, where we can share our books on navigation, boating and all things to do with the sea. Bring some along to our next event at the hall, or drop them off at the Nautical Swap meet on May 7.
  • Darlene Finch is interested in compiling a collection of recipes perfect for short and long cruises. Any volunteers to help plan and organize it?
  • What about a ‘buy & sell’ section on the website? Or on our Facebook page? Anyone interested in that?

Any other ideas for how we can enhance your GYC membership? Socials? Cruises? Associations with other groups?

2021-22 Board of Directors

Commodore – Kate McQuaid
Vice Commodore/Liaison Director – Jim Forward
Corporate Secretary – Darlene Finch
Treasurer – Sheila Kinnear
Membership Secretary –Gerry Nimmo
Social Secretary – Gail Davies
Co-Social Secretary – Vacant
Cruise Master – Gord Cudlipp
Club Boat Technical Director– Gord Cudlipp
Club Boat Member Liaison – Jim Forward
Liaison Officer – Jim Forward
Public Relations – Anne MacLachlan
Insurance Officer – Julian Taylor
Director at Large – Doug Rogers
Past Commodore – Hugh Willson