The Sixth annual Boat Show at the Creek currently running from Sept. 20 to 23 is already a great success with guests. The VIP Hospitality Night hosted by PY was well attened and featured prize give aways.
The Port of Everett is asking for community input before revising their plan to develop the waterfront. Over the next seven months, the Port of Everett will develop its Marina District Master Plan that will, in part, update its 2005 master plan for waterfront development. The 2005 development plan, which was approved by the City of Everett, called for a mix of uses including residential, retail, hospitality, office space, public access and marina-related services.
After almost 40 years in James Bay, Trotac Marine is moving from Ogden Point to a new location at 370 Gorge Road in December. The marine supply store ended a leasing battle with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority over rising rental costs and decided to purchase an 18,000 square-foot facility.
“We’re still close to the waterfront,” said partner Campbell Thomson. “Because it’s a bigger building there is room to grow and it will allow us to bring everything under one roof. We’re going to be able to show more of our products as well as carry different, larger products. We’ll also be expanding our product lines.” Thomson estimates the move will be completed by mid-December. The company has been family owned for two generations and will celebrate their 40th year in 2012.
The Chilean Navy’s sail training vessel, Esmeralda, the second longest and tallest tall ship in the world, recently visited Victoria and Vancouver as part of a six-month training and goodwill mission. The ship was hosted by the Canadian Navy.
Also known as the White Lady, the ship’s name is significant to Chileans as it’s the sixth ship so christened. Esmeralda evokes two celebrated events of Chile’s naval history: the capture of the Spanish frigate Esmeralda in 1820, and the 1879 naval battle between Chile and Peru at Iquique, during which the then Esmeralda, a corvette, sank.
Today’s Esmeralda is a four-masted, steel topsail schooner whose keel was laid in Cadiz, Spain, in 1946. The ship was eventually given to Chile and entered the Chilean Navy in 1954.
“We have a complement of 320 aboard,” said Captain William Corthorn. “Twenty staff officers, 100 ensigns and 50 sailors. The rest are permanent crew. Many crew members are new graduates of the Chilean Naval Academy and my mission is to train ensigns to work under sail at sea and develop leadership skills.”
The annual Westerly Yacht Sales' Beneteau Rendezvous is taking place on June 24-26 in Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island. The popular event is a chance for Beneteau owners to meet new people and enjoy a fun weekend in British Columbia. Each year the event is different, with boaters travelling from all over North America to attend.