May Cruise 2018

The May Cruise is ready for boarding!

Please read on to find out how to sign up!

The 2018 Annual Viking May Cruise is set to take place May 18 to 21.Tyra

This year there we will be a total of 3 boats, including our lovely 34′ keelboat TYRA, with room for 20 people. We will be departing Saturday morning from Sidney and heading first to Russell Island Marine Park, where we may stay the night or carry on to Winter Cove Marine Park.

In both cases we will be eating dinner on board at anchor on Sat Night.

Sunday we have options during the day at Reef Harbour, Cabbage Island and Tumbo Island Marine Park or Winter Cove. Sunday night we have confirmed berths on the dock at the luxurious Poet’s Cove Spa and Resort. All guests on the dock have free use of the heated swimming pool and hot tub, as well as the free (no quarters required!) showers.

Sunday dinner is either on the dock or at your pub of choice.

Finally back to reality and Port Sidney Marina on Monday, with a good possibility of an exploratory lunch hook at Sidney Spit on the way.


What you need to know

Friday, May 18 Meet at Port Sidney Marina @ 16:00 or later

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Make your way on Friday afternoon or evening to Cooper Boating – Port Sidney Marina which is a few minutes’ drive from the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. Since it is a holiday weekend there are extra sailing options out of Tsawwassen.


The orange Sidney Taxis are the best option for the short drive into Sidney. Avoid taking the yellow taxi’s as they primarily go to Victoria and may charge more. Public transit departs approx every 30 min from Swartz Bay and the stop in Sidney is at Fifth & Beacon (approx. 6 blocks walk from the marina.)  At the Marina there is paid parking available at a cost of $11 per day. Parking passes are available through the Marina Office and must be displayed on the dashboard of the registered vehicle.

Our Boats will be available to board between 1600 and 1800.

Once your gear is stowed join your fellow Vikings at one of the port restaurants – Rumrunner Pub or The Surly Mermaid are Viking favourites.

We will be back in Sidney between 14:00 and 15:00, to allow for the 17:00 or 19:00 return ferry to Tsawwassen on Monday.

The cost is $275 for members and $300 for non-members. Cheaper than 2017 Rates!

The fee covers the cost of the charter. Provisioning is organized by your Skipper and the cost is shared by everyone on your boat (3 days’ groceries plus moorage, which will be around $50-75 for the boat). Other costs, including eating out or any alcohol you want to bring, are your own. Each boat is equipped with refrigeration and cooking facilities.

Other Important Details

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Come to the Planning Meeting
The May Cruise Planning Meeting will be held at Jericho (Northwest room) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1900.

Taking the Helm 

In 2009 the Federal Government introduced new licensing requirements which require anyone in control of a boat with a motor (whether it is on or not) to have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC).

If you do not have one, you can take an online class and obtain your license in an afternoon through a site such as Please consider getting yours before the cruise.

Boat Provisioning                       

The charter company does not outfit boats with bedding for charters of less than a week. This means you need to bring your own pillows, bedding, and towels.

Supplies/groceries are available a short walk into town and there are several options. Fairway Market is located about a two minute walk up the street. Feel free to use your shopping cart to bring your groceries back to your boat, then return it to the pick-up area at the top of the dock ramp. Thrifty Foods offers grocery delivery within the area. There is a BC liquor store in town and Beacon Landing Pub near the marina sells beer & wine.

How to Sign Up!

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You can reserve your spot by emailing Steve Smith at Please include the following information in your email:


  • Your name
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail Address

Steve will arrange payment with you directly via credit card or cheque.

Reservations are on a first-paid, first-reserved basis with a total of 20 spots available.

Act early to avoid disappointment – the May Cruise always fills up. New members are especially welcome. No previous sailing experience is required, and you do not need to know anyone – just sign up!

February 11th, 2018