Boating

George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Rub-a-dub-dub: Nanaimo family keeping up 55-year tradition of tub racing

Johnson family’s old racing tub being refurbished to enter Sunday’s Nanaimo bathtub race

 

Lake Country RCMP Detachment (Brittany Webster)

Man drowns while helping another person on Okanagan’s Wood Lake

B.C. Coroner Service attended the scene

 

Yachts are coming into Nanaimo Harbour by the boatload as the craft are transferred from ports in the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico to B.C. the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Many of the craft, unloaded Thursday, July 7, from the cargo ship AAL Genoa, are destined for Vancouver. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Cargo ship delivers boatload of boats to Nanaimo

More than 20 yachts brought from the Caribbean and Mexico

 

The Cape Lazo handbook is a good resource to have for on board guests. Photo by Barb Thomson

BOATING WITH BARB: Every boat needs a first mate

By Barb Thomson Special to Black Press Forrest Gump had Lieutenant Dan,…

  • Jul 6, 2022
The Cape Lazo handbook is a good resource to have for on board guests. Photo by Barb Thomson
Dorothy bound for Salt Spring Island in 1910.
(Photo submitted)

125-year-old sailboat being ferried to new home berth on Vancouver Island

Ladysmith Maritime Society will care for Dorothy until Maritime Museum of B.C. finds permanent home

Dorothy bound for Salt Spring Island in 1910.
(Photo submitted)
Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

Let Outdoors West be your guide to the great outdoors this summer!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo
Many boatyards are equipped with specialized haul-out facilities to handle power and sailboat maintenance. This is Jack’s Boatyard in Lund. its crane can lift up to 50 tons. Photo by Barb Thomson

BOATING WITH BARB: Marine travel lifts the only option for larger vessels

By Barb Thomson Special to the Record After an exchange of pleasantries…

  • Jun 8, 2022
Many boatyards are equipped with specialized haul-out facilities to handle power and sailboat maintenance. This is Jack’s Boatyard in Lund. its crane can lift up to 50 tons. Photo by Barb Thomson
Members of Shearwater Madness will be racing a 28-foot sailing ketch in the Race to Alaska. Photo supplied

Race to Alaska a test of skill, endurance

‘Just finishing is a major victory’

Members of Shearwater Madness will be racing a 28-foot sailing ketch in the Race to Alaska. Photo supplied
A vessel burns off the coast of Qualicum Beach on May 23. (Petra Hergt photo)

2 people rescued after boat catches fire, sinks off Qualicum Beach

Craft had approximately 1,000 litres of diesel fuel on board

A vessel burns off the coast of Qualicum Beach on May 23. (Petra Hergt photo)
Last year, RCMSAR volunteers from 31 marine rescue stations across coastal and inland B.C. responded to 515 calls for help on the water, assisting and saving 455 people’s lives.

RCMSAR reminds you to ‘call for help immediately’ when facing a marine emergency

If you experience an emergency on the water, call for help immediately.…

  • May 23, 2022
Last year, RCMSAR volunteers from 31 marine rescue stations across coastal and inland B.C. responded to 515 calls for help on the water, assisting and saving 455 people’s lives.
The photo was taken at Taku Resort and Marina on Quadra Island, where strong winds made it almost impossible for this sailboat to dock without help from staff and two other boaters. Photo by Barb Thomson

BAOTING WITH BARB: Docking a boat takes patience, and practice

By Barb Thomson Special to Black Press Boats don’t park like cars.…

  • May 4, 2022
The photo was taken at Taku Resort and Marina on Quadra Island, where strong winds made it almost impossible for this sailboat to dock without help from staff and two other boaters. Photo by Barb Thomson
VicPD have arrested a man after an attemped arson incident on an occupied boat in Esquimalt Wednesday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fire fails to ignite, man arrested after gas poured on occupied Esquimalt boat

Police say 2 people onboard when gas poured onto boat Wednesday, parties knew each other

VicPD have arrested a man after an attemped arson incident on an occupied boat in Esquimalt Wednesday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Canadian coalition is calling for restrictions on boating noise as Transport Canada asks for public feedback on the issue. (Pixabay photo)

B.C. groups want to restrict noisy boats as Transport Canada looks at options

Decibel Coalition members advocating for limits for boat manufacturers and users

A Canadian coalition is calling for restrictions on boating noise as Transport Canada asks for public feedback on the issue. (Pixabay photo)
Barbara Thomson is seen here using a stern tie chain to secure the family boat in Walsh Cove Marine Park, where the BCMPFS has installed 15 stern tie long link chains. Photo supplied

Boating with Barb: Stern tie program benefits boaters and the environment

By Barb Thomson Special to the Record You find a beautiful anchorage…

  • Apr 4, 2022
Barbara Thomson is seen here using a stern tie chain to secure the family boat in Walsh Cove Marine Park, where the BCMPFS has installed 15 stern tie long link chains. Photo supplied
Rescuers and survivors stand on the rocky shore off Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point as an overturned 21-foot centre console sports fishing boat bobs upside down. (Louis Rouleau photo)

Three men survive capsized boat off Ucluelet’s stormy Wild Pacific Trail

Trio plucked off rocky shore by Ucluelet Fire Rescue in ‘horrible conditions’

Rescuers and survivors stand on the rocky shore off Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point as an overturned 21-foot centre console sports fishing boat bobs upside down. (Louis Rouleau photo)
This photo shows another variation of the go bag, a small floatable capsule the Thomsons carry on their dinghy in the event of a capsize. Photo supplied
This photo shows another variation of the go bag, a small floatable capsule the Thomsons carry on their dinghy in the event of a capsize. Photo supplied
The Bulk Pangaea, a 225-metre bulk carrier, picked up Shuswap resident Don Cavers (at back with white hair) in a life raft in the Caribbean Sea in mid-December 2021 and took him to Jamaica after his disabled sailboat crashed on a reef. (Photo contributed)

VIDEO: Shuswap man defies odds when his tiny life raft found in Caribbean Sea

Blind Bay resident floats for six days, consuming only nacho chips, crackers and tiny fish

The Bulk Pangaea, a 225-metre bulk carrier, picked up Shuswap resident Don Cavers (at back with white hair) in a life raft in the Caribbean Sea in mid-December 2021 and took him to Jamaica after his disabled sailboat crashed on a reef. (Photo contributed)
Registration is open for the FGPC Comox Dragon Boat Festival. Photo supplied

Comox to host a dragon boat festival in June

FGPC Comox Dragon Boat Festival one of five Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Series stops

  • Feb 16, 2022
Registration is open for the FGPC Comox Dragon Boat Festival. Photo supplied
Cape Lazo Power and Sail Squadron is offering Zoom-based training classes for many boating essentials. Photo supplied

BOATING WITH BARB: Fresh course offerings through Cape Lazo Power Squadron

Barb Thomson Special to the Record Got the wintertime boating blues? Can’t…

  • Feb 2, 2022
Cape Lazo Power and Sail Squadron is offering Zoom-based training classes for many boating essentials. Photo supplied
This is the Comox Valley Yacht Club burgee, raised on a halyard to identify Club membership. Photo supplied

BOATING WITH BARB: Comox’s ‘Blue Jean Yacht Club’ is welcoming and unpretentious

Barb Thomson Special to the Record Rolex. Hermes. Bentley. Prada. You get…

  • Jan 5, 2022
This is the Comox Valley Yacht Club burgee, raised on a halyard to identify Club membership. Photo supplied