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30th VYC Boat & Watersports Show

The 30th Boat & Watersports Show, May 4th & 5th, 2019 is coming up soon and it’s going to be our largest to date! The Vernon Yacht Club’s Boat Show grounds and marina will be bustling with latest in new and used boats, boating accessories and hardware, lifts and docks, watersports gear, marine upholstery, and family fun! This year our marina will have the largest lineup of boats we’ve ever had, including electric boats, and our land displays feature both new boats and an large selection of used boats. See our great line-up of vendors this year: VENDORS – 2019 VYC Boat & Watersports Show

The Vernon Yacht Club is a not-for-profit and run by incredible staff members, hundreds of dedicated volunteer members and a hardworking board of directors. The annual Boat Show is our largest yearly event and we have 100+ volunteers to help run the event and all donations go to the Salvation Army Food Bank.  VYC Staff Captain, Susan Mathews:  “The Vernon Boat Show is organized and run solely from volunteers and a few staff who put in many hours to make this a great and free public event.” The VYC Boat & Watersports Show is a free public event, please bring a donation for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Donations are dropped of at the KingFisher Boat at the entrance to the show.

A Huge THANK YOU to Twin Anchors Houseboats for providing the 2019 VYC Boat Show’s Grand Prize for the 4th year in a row! There will be many door prizes announced on Sunday, May 5th and everyone who puts their name in for the Twin Anchors Houseboat vacation on Shuswap Lake has a great chance to win! Good luck everyone!

 

This year we’re teaming up with UnPlug and PLAY again to bring children’s activities to our Boat Show. OASISS has a fun microscopic lake creatures activity “Water Alive” where kids can gather water from the lake and view all the tiny living creatures they catch as well as create nautical crafts! The North Okanagan Sailing  Association will bring back their popular “Wooden Boat Building” activity for young children to make a small wooden boat then can pull along the shoreline. We have free family sailing trips with volunteer VYC members and a new vendor, Holy Doodle Sailing Charters, offering tours of their boat and offering information on the upcoming season.

One of the favourite things to do at the Boat Show is to enjoy the view from our deck and clubhouse. We have both indoor and outdoor seating at the yacht club and offer a delicious barbeque menu and beverages throughout the show. Everyone’s welcome to check out both levels of our yacht club and speak to our Vernon Yacht Club representatives at the VYC booth under the yellow VantageOne Credit Union tent!

New this year is the Templar Marine Group’s fully electric boats, A first for for western Canada! They make water taxis and the Cruiser C26 and are working on the fully equipped Sedan S26 in the photo below.  Templar Marine Launches First Ever Electric Boat in Western Canada

Also New for 2019 is a dedicated corner of our exhibition site for used boats for sale, some from boat vendors and others from private owners. If you or anyone you know has a boat for sale you would like to include here, please contact our Boat Show Chair, Fred Haight at: alboe@telus.net. 

Every year the Vernon Yacht Club’s Boat Show features vendors who offer equipment and services for fun, adventure and sports on the lake.
The Paddle Lifestyle, Banner Recreation & Marine, Innerspace Watersports, BDM Motorsports, Okanagan Recreational Rentals, North Okanagan Sailing Association, Seca Surf & Marine, Kelowna Yamaha & Marine, Malibu Marine, Vernon Paddling Centre and the  Vernon  Telescope, Nature & Science are some of the business coming to equip you with the best gear. The Boat Show is a one stop event for everything you need to get out on the water!

Back again this year is the popular McLellan F1- The Canadian Energy, Optima Batteries Racing Team lead by Mike McLellan! The Vernon Yacht Club Boat Show is an annual event and attracts thousands of people from Thompson Okanagan Region to enjoy a fun-filled weekend at the lake! To get to the 30th VYC Boat & Watersports Show, park at Marshall Field and hop on the shuttles sponsored by Kal TIre. The shuttles run every 10 minutes starting one hour before the show until close. Thank you so much for the generous support of our sponsor: KalTire, Okanagan Spring Brewery, Sandman Hotel and Suites, Vantage One Credit Union, Sun FM, Beach Radio and KingFisher Boats!

VENDORS – 2019 VYC Boat & Watersports Show

Water Stewardship Open House

AGENDA – June 9th Water Stewardship Open House

Water Stewardship Open House, June 9th!

Free family fun on Saturday afternoon 2-5, at the Vernon Yacht Club! Kids activities, gardening tips, demos and lots more to celebrate water stewardship!

This public open house is an all ages fun event to learn about what our community is doing for our lakes, rivers and watersheds! They’ll answer the questions:
What has been done to protect our waterways?
What can we do to protect our waterways? 
This event is sponsored by the City of Vernon’s Sustainability Grants program.

As our communities around Okanagan’s lakes grow and visitors to our valley increase there are many things we can do as individuals, businesses and organizations to keep our rivers and lakes clean and conserves our ecosystems. Learn how we can all make a difference with small changes from how we plant our gardens to innovative water use systems and clean boating practices.

2pm – Event begins
2:15pm – Introductions:

MC, Jing Nui, City of Vernon, Sponsors of the Sustainability Grants program.
1) Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program
2) Regional District North Okanagan
3) Alan Brooks Nature Centre
4) Spa Hills Compost
5) Kelowna Yacht Club Environmental Committee
6) Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society
7) Okanagan Landing & District Community Association
8) Okanagan Basin Water Board – Okanagan Waterwise – lead in to presentation time:

2:30 – 5pm – Presentations and displays (main room upstairs):

Okanagan Basin Water Board – Okanagan WaterWise
2:30pm (5-10 mins) Intro:
Don’t Move A Mussel initiative & Make Water Work, campaign aimed at residential outdoor water use in summer. Anna Warwick Sears will lead the “A River Film” question period at 4:40.

Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program
2:40pm (20 mins)
Presentation: ‘How can we realize our vision for Okanagan Waterways’

Regional District North Okanagan & City of Vernon
3:05 (10 mins) Presentation: ‘
Riparian xeriscaping practices’

Alan Brooks Nature Centre
3:20 (15 mins) Presentation:
‘Connecting youth to our waterways’

Spa Hills Compost
3:40 (10 mins) Presentation:
‘How composting can play a part in water conservation.’

Okanagan and Similkameen Invasive Species Society
Display trailer & booth on:
‘Aquatic invasive species’

Okanagan Landing & District Community Association
Booth on:
OLDCA

Kelowna Yacht Club Environmental Committee
booth on:
Clean Marine BC – Georgia Strait Alliance

4pm – screening of:  Ascent Film Inc.’s ‘A River Film‘ (38 mins)
follower by a 20 minute question period. trailer: > https://vimeo.com/235960865

2-5pm – Children’s activities (lower level or upper deck tbd):
Heather Fleming (Tofino Nature Kids)-  Giant bubbles, Planting seeds, make a fish and fishing rod & more  – thank you Teeter Totter Toys and Britelands

2:30 – 5pm – VYC Boat tours of: NOSA Regatta (weather dependent)

For more information email Pamela at: publicity@vernonyachtclub.com 

The 2018 Boat & Watersports Show is May 5 & 6!

So far Vernon Yacht Club’s Boat & Watersports Show

has 20% more boats coming to our marina over last year and the show is still 3 weeks away! The six organizers are working hard to make it another great event and break a few more records.  Last year the event helped sell more boats than any year previously and attendance was at an all-time high!

Boats, boat gear and supplies, boating services and water related businesses are abundant at the show and if you are looking for anything related to boating this is your one stop location.



Our fabulous VYC staff, hard working committee members and over 80 member volunteers do all they can to offer our vendors, guests and the public a great time, meals and beverages on our deck and fun activities for all ages! Thank you Okanagan Spring Brewery for being our beer sponsor for the Boat Show again this year! All visitors are welcome to come into our club and enjoy a menu of barbequed burgers, hotdogs and vegetarian options on our upper deck with a full view of the show!   

Absolute Classic Marine is back this year with their gorgeous new and antique classic boats! This was one of our our mermaid’s favorite boats last year:

Bonne Belle’s mermaid on an Absolute Classic Marine boat.

Absolute Classic Marine brought these beauties to the show!

UnPlug & Play children’s activities are at the Boat Show and they will list the children’s scheduled events on their website and Morning Star publication. Thank you North Okanagan Sailing Association for organizing the children’s Boat Building Station, Vernon Paddling Centre for bringing the Crafts Activities and Trina the best facepainter around for creating fun characters for children. We have more sailboats on the water this year for free Sailboat RIdes and remote boat demonstrations by Terry Rudersdorfer. Dream Party Production’s Disney character “Moana” will be arriving Sunday, May 6th!

Fun is had by all at the VYC Boat Show these smiles say it all!

Hand made N.O.S.A. boats being tested in the VYC marina.

UnPlug & PLay’s Boat Building activity offered by North Okanagan Sailing Association

The annual Vernon Yacht Club Boat Show is a FREE public event that accepts donations tThe Salvation Army Logoo the Salvation Army in support of the local Food Bank. Look for the KingFisher Boat at the top of the driveway to leave donations! For vendors looking for a great place to stay, Sandman Hotel & Suites are offering special Boat Show rates.

To get to the show the  Kal Tire Boat Show shuttles will be taking visitors from Marshall Soccer Fields Parking Area to the Boat Show every 10 minutes from 8am – after close… People with limited mobility can be dropped off at the Boat Show or there are a few spots available for people with mobility limitations above the yacht club.

For information or to register contact the VYC office at: office@vernonyachtclub.com or 2018 Boat Show Chair Fred Haight at: boatshow@vernonyachtclub.com 

Terry Rudersdorfer’s remote boats demonstration.

JetSurf Canada’s Demonstration at the VYC Boat Show

Free Sailboat rides for visitors..get on the list early! Twin Anchors’ Houseboat Vacations generously donated the Grande Prize 2 years in a row!

 

 

Bonne Belle’s 2017 mermaid on “Litle Miss Magic” Staff-Captain Pam St. Pierre’s Boat

Alan Barnes of Nautical Sailing Services – pro racer with lots of rigging experience

 

 

 

 

 

Twin Anchors House Boats

The 2017 Boat & Watersports Show is just Around the Corner!

This year we decided to name our annual Boat Show the “2017 Boat & Watersports Show” because many of our vendors carry an incredible selection of watersports gear as well as boats and the Boat Show will have it all!

New at the Vernon Yacht Club this year is the new 22’x34’ deck expansion added onto our existing 14’x70’ deck. It’s like having an extra room at the club and with most of our events and dinner at capacity most nights, it’s a  very welcome addition! Boat Show visitors are invited to enjoy all areas of the club and marina and we’ll be serving up barbequed burgers, sausages and veggie options for the Boat & Watersports Show as well as hosting a Okanagan Spring Brewery Beer on our deck.

The restaurant is family friendly, the view is out of this world and now more people can enjoy it! The Vernon Yacht Club has also renovated and expanded the VYC kitchen, completed just over one year ago, to allow for a raft of new kitchen equipment so we can offer menu service to our members and guests.

The VYC Marina and Breakwater are also going through an upgrade this year! You’ll notice the docks moved out from the shoreline to accomodate the construction. All water slips will still be available for our Boat & Watersports Show vendors and he public to come down and enjoy!

The SunCruiser Magazine “Vernon Yacht Club is Growing” article is published and our 2017 Vernon Yacht Club Boat & Watersports Show is featured in this issue >>> http://suncruisermedia.com/…/…/vernon-yacht-club-is-growing/  Thank you to Kal Tire for sponsoring the Boat Show Shuttle that will be taking visitors from Marshall Soccer Fields Parking Area to the Boat Show every 10 minutes from 8am – after close…

Thank You Twin Anchors Houseboat Vacations for the GRAND PRIZE for our Boat Show! Thank you also to Okanagan Spring Brewery for donating beer and sponsoring the show! Thank you to Sandman Inn & Suites Vernon for offering special rates for the Boat Show! Thank you VantageOne Credit Union Okanagan Landing Branch for donating your tent for the Vernon Yacht Club booths! Thank you KingFisher Boats for lending a boat for donations to The Salvation Army – Vernon, BC Thank you 107.5 KISS FM and 105.7 Sun FM Vernon for broadcasting and bringing fun for kids visiting the show!

Mermaid Bonnie Belle Photography

Thank you to Bonnie of Project Mermaid Okanagan for bringing a Mermaid! Thank you Mclellan F1 for the speed demos! Thank you North Okanagan Sailing Association for the Boat Building Children’s activities! Welcome to: High Energy Custom Marine, Darrells Auto and Marine, Distinctive Upholstery & Marine, Elevation Motor Sports Ltd, The Boardwalk, Malibu Marine Kelowna Ltd., Banner Recreation & Marine, Absolute Classics Marine, KingFisher Boats Mabel Lake Resort & Golf Course Seca Surf & Marine, Innerspace Watersports, Jetsurf Okanagan,

BDM Motorsports, Copper Island Docks, Sandale Utility Products – Edmonton Paradise Dock & Lift Inc., Vernon Telescope Nature & Science, BC RCMP Okanagan Recreational Rentals, Karrelea Marine, Alan Christopher Barnes of Nautical Saling Services, Young Living Essentials, Discovery Shoes – Marc’s Footcare and Orthopedic SandalsKelowna and District Safety Council Unplug & Play Vernon Okanagan WaterWise Vernon Paddling Centre Bonne Belle Photography, KelownaVernon Prop, Wheel Repair & Powder Coating, Vernon Volkswagen, Investors Group, Karralea Marine, Western Boat & Lift Sandale Utility Products & Atlantis Marine

The annual VYC Boat Show is a FREE public that accepts donations tThe Salvation Army Logoo the Salvation Army in support of the local Food Bank. Look for the KingFisher Boat at the top of the driveway! To get to the show our Kal Tire Shuttle will run every 10 minutes and Sandman Hotel & Suites is offering special Boat Show rates. Outgoing chair, Rob Mathews has done an exceptional job organizing the Boat Show over the past four years and Fred Haight hit the ground running to chair the Boat Show for 2017.

This year we’ve sponsored UnPlug & PLaY, a fun children’s week-long activiy event that includes many venues accross Greater Vernon.


We’re so excited to invite children from Unplug & Play Vernon to Play at our Boat & Watersports Show May 6&7! We’ll have Mermaids by Project Mermaid Okanagan, Boat Making & Launching by North Okanagan Sailing Association,

NOSA will be helping children make boats to launch in the marina

Sailing Tours by VYC, Junior Dragons’ Den‘ winners from Nakusp Secondary School with Fishing Lure & Flint Demos, Coloring activities by Vernon Paddling Centre, Hand-built Remote Control Boat demos and both 107.5 KISS FM and 105.7 Sun FM Vernon have children’s fun planned! This will be the Vernon Yacht Club’s 28th Annual Boat Show! The Boat Show is a Free Public Event and is run by 80+ Volunteers and our incredible staff!

THANK YOU:

Grand Prize donated by:

Beverage sponsor:
Okanagan Spring Brewery logo

Shuttle service by:
Kal Tire Logo

Vernon Yacht Club tent by:


Boat for Salvation Army donations by:

Boat Show special room rates by:
Sandman Inn logo

Formula 1 demonstrations by:

 

 

Crane Day and the Story of Gandalf

 

Vernon Yacht Club’s “Gandalf” was built by A.E Vroom of Brisbane, Australia in 1976.

Crane Day November 2015, was the first time Gandalf was lifted out of the water in 10 years and the hull’s paint was in great condition. After sitting unused since 2010 its new owner, Andrew Spelchan, bought it in 2015, tuned the engine up and it now runs perfectly. The sailboat is made of fiberglass construction, and has a Volvo Penta MD2b diesel engine/running gear.

As the story goes, it was sailed to Vancouver in 1977 by its builder, Alan Earl Vroom

and resided tSailboat Gandalf 2015 VYC Crane Day November 7 2015 here under his ownership until 1986. From there it changed hands and spent time in Powell River until 1994 then returned to Vancouver under a new owner. In 2002 it was acquired by a Vernon couple and hauled to Okanagan Lake where it has been moored at VYC ever since.

VYC’s Andrew Spelchan acquired the vessel in January of 2015 when the previous owners separated and left Gandalf and a trove of stories for a new owner to take on. Andrew says: “Reality is, next to a body hidden under the floor… I could really care less.” Despite the vessel sitting unused since 2010, the boat is in sound condition, has a new mast and rigging as well as main sail plus a collection of 5 other sails. Overall it just needed some exterior restoration as well as general updating, which happens to be Andrew’s profession as the owner of Distinctive Upholstery & Marine.

Before going back in the water on Crane Day April 16th 2016, Andrew explains Gandalf’s overhauling as follows:

The exterior is being refiGandalf VYC Crane Day 2015nished in AlexSeal Yacht paint. The top deck was stripped and completed summer of 2015. Lots of worn out hardware, and many years of single part paint were removed. There was a fine collection of homemade windows/hatches, all of which are being replaced with new Lewmar hardware.  The exterior mahogany is being done in Epifanes wood finish from Holland. Much research went into this choice as wood requires considerable maintenance and research has shown Andrew that this is the best (wearing-UV-refinishing) on the market and he’s been so impressed by it so far, his business now carries their line of product.   Gandalf VYC Crane Day 2016

Since Gandalf’s been on the hard, the refinishing of the hull has begun. The same process/product will be used as the top deck, just a different color scheme. The boat will be getting a general equipment upgrade as well and the current manual sanitary system is being replaced with a Raritan Vacuflush. The galley is getting a new Dometic fridge and the fresh water system is being replaced completely as it’s patched together and manual.  Fortunately the interior is in rather good condition, so minus system upgrades, it will be left alone.

The top deck is receiving Lewmar Rope clutches to replace the worn out old cam cleats. The tracks, cars/blocks and lines are all in good conduction so will be cleaned up and reused. The bow will be receiving a roller furling upgrade, as well as the old manual anchor winch system is being replaced with a Lewmar electric system. “She’ll be quite the ship once we’ve completed it,” says Andrew.
VYC Crane Day November 7 2015

Gandalf will be going back into the water on Crane Day April 16th, 2016.

Crane Day is open to the public and will start first thing in the morning, April 16th and end around noon. The public can view the boats being lifted into the water from the Clubhouse Balcony and guests are asked to please park off-site to leave room for the Crane and Boat Trailers. There will be a light meal available for purchase and the Gang Plank will be open.

Andrew Spelchan will be bringing his business Distinctive Upholstery & Marine in a refinished Airstream to the 2016 Boat and Leisure Show April 30th and May 1st! The Boat Show runs from 9am until 4:30 Saturday and 9am to 4 on Sunday with a free Kal Tire shuttle every 10 minutes from Marshall Field starting at 8 am both days. Andrew Spelchan's Distinctive Uphostery Airstream for teh 2016 Boat and Leisure ShowLook for Andrew there, ask about more stories on Gandalf and find out about his upholstery of boats, cars and many other custom applications.