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 (2)

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 jsut 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 times are based on a selected distance.
Warning: 10:55
Preparatory: 10:56 No signals

Course: To be posted here by Sat. (t the latest Monitor channel 9 for changes

Start Times: posted here prior to the race

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]

NEW YEAR'S DAY SAIL! (Prize Draw - Skippers eligible see below).

Oak Bay Marina

Note that we are meeting later than usual. Meet on deck of 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)

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.

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.

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