Who is CVYC?
The Comox Valley Yacht Club (or CVYC) is proud of its nickname – “The Blue Jeans Yacht Club”. We are a group of between 150-175 boaters, some with power boats, some with sailboats and some presently without boats. Compared to traditional yacht clubs, CVYC is informal and inexpensive because we not burdened by a marina or a clubhouse to pay for and maintain.
Our main activities include:
The following events are based on “normal” circumstances. Currently due to the current COVID 19 restrictions, we have had to make almost all our events virtual until further notice.
We schedule 6 to 8 cruises each season, heading both north and south and led by volunteer Cruise Captains. These cruises can be from 2 days to 3 weeks long.
By travelling together we look after each other - sharing our knowledge and expertise (and sometimes tools!). If we are on a dock, we generally get together for “Docktales” and “Docktails” – a yarn and a drink – before supper. (During the Covid Crisis, we have switched to dinghy get-togethers where we socially distance outdoors by taking tying our dinghies together and floating around for a social hour or two.) We often have sing-alongs in the evenings, as we are lucky to have a number of musicians in the Club who enjoy playing together. We go on walks, hikes, and generally exploring. We have fun with our water toys (kayaks, SUPs, etc) when we are at anchor, and share prawning, crabbing and fishing tips.
Going on a Club cruise is a great way to get to know other Club members, new anchorages, docks, routes and cruising areas. Past cruises have been around the Broughton Archipelago, down to Vancouver for the Fireworks, through the San Juan Islands, and just over to Lund/Okeover for the weekend.
(No boat? Some of our docks have land-based accommodations and we are happy to have you join us by car.)
Social get-togethers are a very important part of CVYC and range from monthly TGIFs to our only formal event, the annual Commodore’s Ball. While we have been having fun holding these events by Zoom in the past year, we look forward to getting together in person as soon as we are permitted to.
In the past, our Social Events, held between September and June, have always included monthly TGIFs and various theme parties or suppers such as Robbie Burns night, Chinese New Year, Hallowe’en, Trivia Nights, etc. We’ve also held bowling and snow shoeing evenings.
Our Sail Past, in the Comox Harbour, is a salute to each year’s new Commodore, and while we try to do it the way more formal yacht clubs do, sometimes things get out of hand. (You’ll have to join the Club to find out!)
We hold Tech Nights 4 or 5 times a season. They are presentations focused on improving our nautical knowledge and can consist of safety, mechanical, or general knowledge related to boating.
Our Tech Nights have been very diverse. In fact, some, such as a fire fighting demonstration, have been during the daytime! We have had man-overboard rescue demonstrations, presentation of members’ extended cruises on the Great Loop and in the West Indies, introduction of new maritime books by the authors, boat cleaning tips by a professional, a slideshow of First Nations archeological sites, seafood cooking lessons – all with an eye to teaching and entertaining.
CVYC is proud of its role in the boating community and the Comox Valley.
We are a charter member of the Council of BC Yacht Clubs
We are active in the BC Marine Parks Forever Society
We contribute to various charitable and environmental causes:
Council of BC Yacht Clubs
Through our membership in the Council of BC Yacht Clubs we contribute to activities that enhance boating in BC. The Council represents the interest of members from more than 50 BC yacht clubs. It provides key input into the affairs influencing all British Columbia boaters, including Canadian Coast Guard activities, debris control, water use applications, and parks research. When required, the Council lobbies regulators for changes that benefit the boating public.
CVYC helped the Council monitor US vessels in Canadian waters during the border closure of 2020 and, and as the most northerly active club, we are regularly asked for comments on items that affect us here and north of Comox waters.
For more information, here is the Council’s website: https://www.cbcyachtclubs.ca
BC Marine Parks Forever Society
BC Marine Parks Forever Society is a completely volunteer-driven organization raising funds for marine parks land acquisition and enhancements that are user- and ecologically-friendly. It is also the organizing body who placed stern tie rings throughout the Salish Sea and Desolation Sound.
The funding for this not-for-profit society comes from the members of the Council of B.C. Yacht Clubs, financial support in partnership with other associations, special bequests and private donations. CVYC presently has two of its members participating as members of the Advisory Committee for BC MPFS.
For more information, here is the BC MPFS website: https://www.bcmpfs.ca
Charitable and Environmental Causes
1) We are the ‘Stewards of Tree Island’
CVYC members are the “Stewards of Tree Island” (as we know it) or “ Jáji7em and Kw’ulh Marine Park” [a.k.a. Sandy Island Marine Park], which includes Sandy Island – known locally as Tree Island – and the nearby Seal Islets.
Every spring we sail over to the park to do an annual clean up on the island, followed by a BBQ. We also have a member’s boat tied up to the buoy (installed for our use) every summer weekend. By displaying our Park Host flags and distributing information, we help park users enjoy this beautiful area with the most minimal possible impact on the environment.
2) We support the Comox Valley Food Bank
Our Christmas Social Event always includes a chance for members to donate to the Comox Valley Food Bank. In 2020, despite the lockdown and having to Zoom the event, we raised over $2,000 in monetary donations.
Additionally, In 2019 and 2020 we collected over 500 pieces of warm, gently-used outdoor clothing that was donated to Car-a-Van and two other charities that care for those less fortunate than we are. Our waterproof boating clothing is greatly appreciated, and as many of us participate in outdoor winter sports when we can’t boat, this clothing was also in demand.
CVYC budgets for an annual donation to both BC Marine Parks Forever Society and RCM SARS (2020 - $1,500 each).
3) We donate annually to the BC Marine Parks Forever Society
4) We donate annually to RCM SARS
How do we keep track of all these activities?
CVYC Monthly News Bulletin
Our CVYC Bulletin is published monthly from September through June, and provides reports from the Executive, news of past and coming events (social, tech and cruising) as well as a “Want and For Sales” area. Finally, it gives members and up-to-date list of companies who offer Club members discounts. Articles are accompanied by photos of our activities, and it is a very enjoyable part of the Club experience. Members can access past editions on our website.
We have a system set up for ‘broadcast emails’ (i.e. emails distributed to all of us simultaneously) as reminders of upcoming events, last minute changes to events, etc.