Dreaming of going offshore or embarking on an extended coastal cruise? Does the road to departure feel insurmountable? Eat the elephant one bite at a time! Having realized their dream against overwhelming odds, Karin and Tony share solutions with humour and practicality for making your voyaging dream come true. An invaluable resource, BCA’s community of like-minded people inspired and supported their goals. Learn how the knowledge, mentoring and first-hand experience gained from relevant and affordable education programs offered by Bluewater Cruising Association can help you prepare for the adventure of your lifetime. With active chapters in Calgary, Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, BCA is a non-profit organization, dedicated to fostering seamanship and friendship for people with an active interest in offshore cruising. www.bluewatercruising.org
Hailing from South Africa, Tony is an ISPA Offshore Yacht Master and has been an enthusiastic mariner since he was a young child. He built his first boat before his 12 th birthday! In addition to 40,000 NM as a Transport Canada Small-Vessel Commercial Skipper, he has logged an additional 25,000 NM offshore including skippering “Big Ben”, a Beneteau Oceanis 50, in the 2012 Vic-Maui International Yacht Race. A sailing novice, Karin was the enthusiastic fanner of the flames, propelling Tony to fulfill his lifelong dream – a South Pacific Ocean adventure. Against many odds, Karin and Tony recently completed their 12-month, 14,000 NM dream voyage on their Hans Christian 38, “Mayaluga”.