What we're about

Turkey Head Sailing Bunch is a collaborative group of Victoria sailors looking to improve our skills, network with other sailors and most of all, have fun! Events are organized by our members for our members and include social events, day and overnight cruises and races. Contact Garry Sagert, Richard King or Dorrie Collins if you want to post an event.

New members (skippers and crew) must complete the Meetup group profile outlining their experience level and interests. This is the primary way skippers connect with potential crew members. We do not guarantee spots for crew on boats.

To participate in an event sign-up for the event on this site, ensuring your profile is complete and clearly outlines your experience level. Interested skippers will reach out to you prior to the event if they are looking for crew. You are also welcome to join us for coffee (time is included in each event listing) or for any social event as a way of getting to know members, even before getting on a boat.

Please bring appropriate clothing for all kinds of weather, including gloves. You are also responsible for your own snacks, water and PFD. Skippers also welcome the occasional token of thanks!

Note for new sailors

* We currently have very limited capacity to support first-time/new sailors. If you have no/limited experience, we suggest you take formal sail training from an accredited source prior to joining the Bunch.

What we're not

  • A sailing school - but we do suggest you take formal training from an accredited source.
  • A sailing co-op - although many of us started out as members of co-ops and some of us still are. If you want lots of experience, co-ops are a great way to go.
  • A tour operator. If you are just looking for a free sailing trip, this isn't the place to find it. We are looking for serious sailors, eager to learn and willing to put in the effort and financial commitment to be competent on the water.

COVID-19 Protocols
THSB is committed to a safe return to activities by following provincial health www.gov.bc.ca/PHOguidance and Sail Canada guidelines www.sailing.ca/covid-19-updates.

Disclaimer
* There are risks of injury and death involved in sailing.
* The skipper is always responsible for the safety of their vessel and crew, and has the final decision on who may sail aboard their vessel.

Upcoming events (3)

Canoe Cove Marina Pursuit Series - Win a Haul Out!!!!

Oak Bay Marina

Canoe Cove has generously donated a FREE HAUL OUT and standard blocking. It must be used by March 31.

The series consists of six Sunday Pursuit Races.
Dec. 4, 11, 18, Jan 8, 15, 29.
Your four best finishes count.
The Pursuits have a staggered start and we don't always see the finishers.
Post your attendance and finish time in the comments of each event or send them to [masked]
The series consists of six Sunday Pursuit Races.

Scoring: 1 point for rounding the first mark after the star, 2 Points for placing in the first three. Ties are decided by the best by the best finishes (The most first), seconds an thirds if required. Your four best finishes count.

Skippers Meeting: NON Mandatory - coffee at Oak Bay 9:45 to 10:15 just to say hello

Start times are according to your PHRF rating. If you don't have one check the internet or ask us.

The Start/Finish will be the range formed by the transit of Tod Rock and Fiddle Reef, with one end at Tod Rock, and the other on Cattle point.
The yellow buoy, Royal Victoria Yacht Club Private Marker "A1" is not part of the Start / Finish.
Warning: 10:55
Preparatory: 10:56 No signals

Course: S-3-9-Fulford- Seabird-7-Finish Starboard
Start at Todd; - Fiddle, 3=Gemmy Jones (West), 9=Gemmy Jones east, Fulford, Seabird point,7=Trial Island Private Mark all marks to starboard.
Start Times:

| | | rating | rating |
| --- | --- | ------ | ------ |
| Start 1 | 11:00 | 250 | 254 |
| Start 2 | 11:01 | 245 | 249 |
| Start 3 | 11:02 | 240 | 244 |
| Start 4 | 11:03 | 235 | 239 |
| Start 5 | 11:04 | 230 | 234 |
| Start 6 | 11:05 | 225 | 229 |
| Start 7 | 11:06 | 220 | 224 |
| Start 8 | 11:07 | 215 | 219 |
| Start 9 | 11:08 | 210 | 214 |
| Start 10 | 11:09 | 205 | 209 |
| Start 11 | 11:10 | 200 | 204 |
| Start 12 | 11:11 | 195 | 199 |
| Start 13 | 11:12 | 190 | 194 |
| Start 14 | 11:13 | 185 | 189 |
| Start 15 | 11:14 | 180 | 184 |
| Start 16 | 11:15 | 175 | 179 |
| Start 17 | 11:16 | 170 | 174 |
| Start 18 | 11:17 | 165 | 169 |
| Start 19 | 11:18 | 160 | 164 |
| Start 20 | 11:19 | 155 | 159 |
| Start 21 | 11:20 | 150 | 154 |
| Start 22 | 11:21 | 145 | 149 |
| Start 23 | 11:22 | 140 | 144 |
| Start 24 | 11:23 | 135 | 139 |
| Start 25 | 11:24 | 130 | 134 |
| Start 26 | 11:25 | 125 | 129 |
| Start 27 | 11:26 | 120 | 124 |
| Start 28 | 11:27 | 115 | 119 |
| Start 29 | 11:28 | 110 | 114 |
| Start 30 | 11:29 | 105 | 109 |
| Start 31 | 11:30 | 100 | 104 |
| Start 32 | 11:31 | 95 | 99 |
| Start 33 | 11:32 | 90 | 94 |
| Start 34 | 11:33 | 85 | 89 |

Links to Chart of Marks, Start table and Courses.
Chart
Starts
[Revised Course Guide](https://www.meetup.com/Turkey-Head-Sailing-Bunch/photos/32314567/#[masked]

THSB - Bowl of Hearts Pursuit

Needs a location

Join us in our third annual love-inspired recreational event when we will meet out on the water and have some fun. A trophy will be awarded to the first boat that follows the course and crosses the finish line.
How it will work:
Course:
To be posted before the event Stay tuned

Communications: Tune to Channel 9 for possible changes.
Postponement: If a postponement is necessary it will be announced on VHF 9.
Start Times: This is a Pursuit sail. Start times will be as below.

3. Each boat is asked to bring a love-inspired prize (worth between $10-20) and to add it to the "love boat" (a theme decorated dinghy which will be in place off Willows beach by 10:30am so arrive well before 11am start). Note: Prizes must be carefully packaged and placed in a bag with handles for ease of pick-up with your boat hook. You may want to decorate your bag to make it more appealing. THSB will be placing in the boat two bottles of wine and chocolates to start things off.
4. Before heading back to the marina at the end of the course, each boat passes the "love boat" and a crew member carefully snags one prize bag and/or a bottle of wine and chocolates (if still there)

FINANCIALLY SUPPORTING THE BUNCH
Let's show THSB some love too while we're at it! We don't take membership fees and all of our events are hosted free of charge. But, we do have annual expenses of a few hundred dollars/yr (for a subscription to the Meetup site, prizes, engraving and promotional materials). All of this is currently covered mostly by donations from our members and with contributions by Oak Bay Marina and our race sponsors.

We are using this event as an opportunity for THSB members to contribute to these expenses by blowing us kisses . Each kiss is worth $10. e-transfer them to : [masked].
Garry Sagert has agreed to manage the member contributions and funds raised will be reported at the next brainstorming meeting after the event. Please private message Garry to get his contact information. Oh!...and we'll also accept loonies and toonies tossed into the "love boat".

No Host -MONTHLY DAY SAIL (Prize Draws - Skippers and Crew eligible see below.

9:45 to 10:45ish Meeting on deck or inside the Marina coffee shop. There is a DRAW PRIZE each month for any skipper attending who signed up before 6:00pm on previous day (if there are more than 3 skippers). NEW: We are also adding a draw prize for crew registering by 6:00pm on the previous day and showing up on the day.

Crew members looking for a skipper, please indicate this in the Comments section when you sign up.

Length of event will depend on conditions and might run a little longer than indicated. Cruise direction and duration determined by participants. Channel 9 for contact.

Skippers invite their own crew from the website or elsewhere.

(Future Monthly Day Sail dates: Mar. 25th, April 22nd, May 27th, June 24th, July 29th, Aug 25th, September 22nd, Oct. 28th, Nov. 25th, Jan l st,2024)

NOTES FOR POTENTIAL NEW CREW MEMBERS

  1. We currently have very limited capacity to support first-time/new sailors.
  2. You are always welcome to join us for coffee/social events to get to know the Bunch, We cannot guarantee a spot on a boat.
  3. Ensuring you have a complete profile, with details about your sailing experience, is the best way for a skipper to identify whether you'd be a fit for their boat. Some may be willing to take out inexperienced sailors, while others will be looking for at least a basic level of knowledge and experience.
  4. If you are looking for a skipper to take you, please indicate this when you sign up.

WHAT TO BRING

  1. A life jacket. Some skippers have a spare to lend
  2. Bring a snack and beverage if you are going to be out for a while (skippers also welcome the occasional token of thanks!)
  3. It is always cooler on the water. Dress in layers that can be be adapted to the conditions. Wear flat shoes with non-slip non-marking soles and bring a pair of sailing gloves (climbing gloves with leather palms and fingers are also suitable).

SAFETY
There are risks of injury and death involved in sailing. You are responsible for your own safety and must assess the situation for yourself. (This includes an assessment of the skipper, the crew, the boat and the conditions. The more challenging the conditions the more confident you want to be about who you are going with.)

The skipper is always responsible for the safety of their vessel and crew, and has the final decision on who may sail aboard their vessel.