The Comox Valley Yacht Club (CVYC) is proud of its nickname, “The Blue Jeans Yacht Club.” We are a group of over 150 boaters, some with power boats, some with sailboats, and some presently between boats. Compared to traditional yacht clubs, the CVYC is informal and inexpensive because we are not burdened by a marina or clubhouse to maintain. And just like our boats, while our members vary in age and marine experience, we share in a spirit of mutual respect and adventure, exploring our local waters, the Salish Sea and beyond.
Our main activities are:
We schedule 6 to 10 cruises each season, heading both north and south, and led by volunteer Cruise Captains. These cruises can be from 2 or 3 days to several weeks or more and destinations can vary each year. Members can participate in the full cruise or jump on/off at any point. We have a “Reciprocal Program” which allows members to stay one or two nights free at the docks of yacht clubs who also participate in this program.
Social get-togethers are a very important part of CVYC and range from monthly TGIFs to our only formal event, the annual Commodore’s Ball. Our volunteer social committee is constantly working on creating exciting and fun group events for our members to look forward to in the off season.
We hold Tech Nights four or five times a season. Guest speakers or Club members offer educational presentations focused on improving our nautical knowledge, discussing safety, mechanical, and seamanship skills.
The Comox Valley Yacht Club has a formal Partnership Agreement with BC Parks “for the purpose of assisting the Ministry with the maintenance, protection, restoration and enhancement of Jáji7em and Kw’ulh Marine Park” (a.k.a. Sandy Island Marine Park) – known locally and loved as Tree Island.
CVYC is proud of its role in the boating community and in the Comox Valley.
a) As a charter member of the Council of BC Yacht Clubs
b) We are active in the BC Marine Parks Forever Society
C) We contribute to various charitable and environmental causes by:
Supporting the Comox Valley Food Bank
Donating funds annually to the BC Marine Parks Forever Society
Donating funds annually to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue
How do we keep track of all of these activities (and each other)?
Our colourful CVYC Bulletin is published monthly from September through June and is distributed by email to the entire membership. For more immediate news, we ‘broadcast emails’ for reminders of upcoming events, or last minute changes.
The monthly Bulletin includes reports from each member of the Executive, a general greeting and summary of past and upcoming events (Social, Tech, and Cruises). Like any great Bulletin for boaters, there is a “Want to Find” and “It’s for Sale” section, as well as a list of companies who offer Club member discounts.
Another section is open to new Club members who are invited to introduce themselves and their boat to the membership. This section is complimented by a Founding Members section, who contribute and carry forward the stories of the CVYC early beginnings.
Submitted articles are varied and often accompanied by photos of our activities (a potential Boat Hook Award), all of which make the Bulletin a vital part of the Blue Jean Yacht Club experience. And what is a Boat Hook Award? Well, let’s just say for now, it has something to do with Docktails and Docktales . . .