The West Vancouver Yacht Club again requested the assistance of CLI’s Delta Lifeboat as a communications and safety vessel for the 2019 “Southern Straits Yacht Race” held on the Easter Weekend. A large fleet of 85 yachts from Canada and the US raced over 3 courses – short, medium and long, all starting off Dunderave Pier, West Vancouver, at 10:30 on Good Friday morning. The long course yachts would race as far north as Sisters Islands, well beyond the ability of the WVYC monitoring radios. Therefore the Delta Lifeboat was requested to deploy to the Islands to monitor all rounding’s as well as be on hand if any yachts required assistance. Continue reading “Southern Straits Race 2019”
The Fraser Lifeboat conducted 2 safety patrols over the Easter long weekend, one of Good Friday and one on Easter Monday. Crews sailed between Sandheads and Shelter Island Marina as well as the approaches to the Fraser River. We checked “Party Island” or also affectionately called “Gilligan’s Island” which had campers and a campfire burning. Continue reading “Easter Fraser River Safety Patrols 2019”
After a successful training and fishery patrol deployment, the Delta Lifeboat was hauled out of the water from 19 March – 13 Apr 2019 for refit. Over a period of approximately 4 weeks at Shelter Island Marina a lot of work was conducted in replacing some of the wood to protect from future ice damage as well as sanding, painting, caulking, and general upkeep. Most of the work is done by our volunteer crews so that the professionals can quickly do the required tasks keeping our costs as low as possible. The vessel was launched on 13 Apr and sailed back o Ladner for a clean-up to prepare for future operations.
Fresh out of refit, on Sunday 14 Apr 2019 the DELTA L/B conducted an orientation trip with 10 people from Fraser Power Squadron. During the 4-hour trip, they got a chance to practice steering compass courses, taking compass bearings, and using those bearing to establish their position on the chart. Participants also did an anchoring, a docking in Steveston, and look-out and reporting from the bridge. This showed how the CLI does those things, with John H explained the reasons why.
From 23 Feb to 17 Mar 2019 the Delta Lifeboat and Fraser Lifeboat conducted a pre-roe herring fishery training exercise followed by a Fishery Patrol. Crews trained with both lifeboats as well as various fish boats whilst waiting for the herring to come. Our vessels deployed to Comox, on Vancouver Island and then worked the surrounding fishing grounds. Delta L/B was on station for 3 weeks and Fraser L/B deployed for 1 week. Delta L/B was also called to medevac a patient from the fishing grounds to Comox.