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Members of Schooner Cove Yacht Club enjoy cruising the eastern waters of Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland of BC area and south into Washington and Oregon. SCYC has Cruising Stations at Genoa Bay Marina, John Henry’s Resort & Marina in Hospital Bay at Pender Harbour, Ladysmith Maritime Society Marina(LMS), Gorge Harbour Marina, Otter Bay Marina (Pender Island), and Salt Spring Marina. Members also enjoy reciprocal privileges at many other yacht clubs. A list of these yacht clubs is available in the Members Area along with a description of each.


Club Cruises are offered in spring, summer and fall. Join one of the cruises and explore the anchorages and marinas along the coast including the Broughtons, Desolation Sound,  the Gulf Islands, the US San Juan Islands and enjoy the amazing camaraderie that SCYC is known for. The annual January 1st Sea Lion Cruise is a great way to kick off the new year. If you’re new to the area or new to boating, cruising with members offers a safe and friendly introduction to the coastal waters and to people with a shared passion for boating.

Cruising Schedule

Cruising Stations

Reciprocal Clubs

Weather & Whiskey Golf

About Us

Cruising on Vancouver Island

Situated between Nanaimo and Parksville, on the east coast of Vancouver Island, members of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club enjoy racing and cruising for twelve months of the year.

 Join SCYC cruises to experience the best of the coastal waters and enjoy the camaraderie of cruising with a group.

Fairwinds Marina has a reciprocal program with other yacht clubs.


Schooner Cove Yacht Club has an active social program and features casual activities on the dock and organized events. The Speaker Series, engages members through presentations and discussions on a wide range of boating topics.

We welcome your application for membership – come and join us onshore and afloat.

SCYC Cruising


Cruising Itineraries 2022

Spring Cruise to Princess Louisa

Dates:   May 14 – 23, 2022

SCYC’s first cruise of the year will be to Princess Louisa in May when the waterfalls will be at their best. Princess Louisa Inlet on the British Columbia Coast is 6 km in length and lies at the north east end of Jervis Inlet. The boat trip through the inlet offers spectacular views of the Pacific coast fjordland including James Bruce Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in North America, and Chatterbox Falls.

The cruise will be led by Doug and Judy Dickson on their power boat Sunny Sue leaving Schooner Cove Saturday, May 14 and returning May 22/23. Mark your calendars and watch for details. 

Cruise Meeting:  A cruise meeting is generally held approximately one month prior to the start of the cruise to provide details and get input from members.  Cruise confirmation will be determined and updates will be provided on the SCYC website.

 If you think you may be interested, please send a short email Doug and Judy at


Fall Cruise / Rendezvous to Telegraph Harbour Marina

Dates:  Aug 26–Aug 28, 2022

Members are invited to a rendezvous at Telegraph Harbour Marina (Thetis Island) on Aug 26-28.  This is an excellent destination, accessible by boat or for non-boaters, a short drive and ferry service.  This was a highly successful event in 2021 and the club plans to repeat the experience.  The rendezvous will include “Appies & Ice-breaker” on the Friday night and a club supported “Pig-Roast” dinner on the Saturday night.  Weekend activities will include:  Bocce Ball, dinghy races along with other games and prizes. In addition, the area is perfect for walks and kayaking

Cruise Meeting:  A cruise/rendezvous meeting will be held approximately two months prior, to provide details and get input from members.  This event will be co-lead by Doug Herchmer / Jo McIlveen and Scott Brown / Janette Brown. Please send an email to with your indication of interest or questions. 



Cruising Stations – Privileges and Guidelines

One of the key benefits as a member of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club is access to limited free moorage at each of our six CRUISING STATIONS. CRUISING STATIONS include GENOA BAY MARINA, JOHN HENRY’S RESORT & MARINA (Hospital Bay, Pender Harbour), LADYSMITH MARITIME SOCIETY COMMUNITY MARINA (LMS),  GORGE HARBOUR MARINA RESORT (Cortes Island), OTTER BAY MARINA (Pender Island), and SALT SPRING MARINA.

Under signed agreements, SCYC provides funds to the marinas to be used as a deposit from which funds are withdrawn to pay for the moorage of our members. These deposits will be refreshed as long as club funds are available.

When using Cruising Station moorage privileges, please follow these Guidelines:

• Call the marina either the same day or make an advance reservation. No space is reserved for SCYC members on an ongoing basis.  Therefore, if the marina is full, no moorage privileges can be used at that time.

• Show your SCYC membership card with the CURRENT YEAR sticker to be eligible for the program. As long as funds are available, your moorage will be at no charge.

• The marina will require the boat name, length and member number to charge our club deposit. Please ensure that your information is legible and complete when registering.

• All other charges beyond the moorage fee, such as power, water, cancellation fees, etc. are the responsibility of the member and must be paid directly by the member.

• Members are restricted to 2 nights per calendar month per Cruising Station, as long as funds are available.In addition, total nights per year (April 1 to March 31) are now limited as follows:

Boats 29 feet and under – 7 nights                 Boats 45-49 feet – 4 nights

Boats 30-34 feet – 6 nights                              Boats 50 and above – 3 nights

Boats 35-44 – 5 nights

• Ensure you are flying the SCYC burgee.

         Note: this benefit is not available to Social Members.

Genoa Bay Marina

5000 Genoa Bay Road #9, Duncan, B.C. V9L 5Y8

Phone: (250) 746-7621 Monitor VHF: 66A

Genoa Bay Marina has 1200 feet of dock space, with all side ties, available for transient and permanent use. Water, plus 15, 30 and 50 amp power is available. Amenities include washrooms and showers, laundry, picnic tables, WIFI, fine dining restaurant, fax, postal service, internet/email services, marina store with grocery and marine supplies, etc.

Genoa Bay is located on the north side of Cowichan Bay. Also see Nav Canada marine chart #3478 (Plans Salt Spring Island) for detailed approach information and depth markings.


610 Oyster Bay Road, Ladysmith, B.C. V9G 1K4

Phone: (250) 245-1146  Monitor VHF: 66A

Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina link - click here or call 250-245-1146

Instructions for Making On-Line Reservations:

1.  Go to:

2.  Fill in details requested.

3.  Password for Schooner Cove Yacht Club is located in the Members Area in the Members Overview section (note the password is case sensitive!)

4.  Make sure you enter your membership number and have your card ready when checking in.

LMS has 1,100 feet of visitor moorage on a single visitor dock, with all side ties, plus overflow space. You will usually be directed to the Visitor Dock.   Water and power are available. Amenities include washrooms and showers, laundry, lounge with big screen TV, picnic tables, WIFI, Oyster Bay Café with breakfast and lunch menus. Dine on the dock every second Friday evening May – September and Music on the Dock Thursdays, July – September, museum and heritage boats.

Located in Ladysmith Harbour, LMS is the first marina on your port side, after Tansfer Beach, behind the white floating tanks/breakwater, as you enter the harbour.

Gorge Harbour Marina

1374 Hunt Road, Whaletown, B.C. V0P 1Z0

Phone (250) 935-6433, Monitor VHF: 66A

For reservations email

Gorge Harbour Marina on Cortes Island, has approximately 1,800 feet of dock space available with side ties. Water and 15 or 30 amp power is available. Amenities include washrooms with showers, laundry facilities, swimming pool and dining at the Float House Restaurant. An onsite convenience store offers groceries including local produce, fresh baking, liquor, boater supplies, and propane. In addition to water, both gasoline and diesel are available on the dock.

Fairwinds Marina

3521 Dolphin Drive, Nanoose Bay, B.C. V9P 9J7

Phone (250) 468-5364

For reservations email 


For those members who moor their boats elsewhere, SCYC will reimburse the moorage cost when bringing their boats from their home marina to Fairwinds Marina for SPECIFIC club events. Moorage fees will be reimbursed upon submission, to the Rear Commodore, of the appropriate receipt, for ONE-night moorage per event, charges for power excluded.

Events qualifying for reimbursement are limited to the Sea Lion Cruise, Sail Past and the Club (Fleet) Regatta.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rear Commodore.

Otter Bay

2311 – MacKinnon Road
Pender Island, B.C. V0N 2M1
Phone (250) 629 – 3579
Monitor VHF: 66A

Situated in the heart of the Gulf Islands, Otter Bay Marina is the perfect stop on a multi-port cruise or as an exciting destination for all boaters in the Salish Sea and beyond. Amenities include a marina store and café, heated pools (adult and family), barbecue areas. Visit their website for a full list of amenities and surrounding area information. Please note: We have limited transient moorage so members must plan and book well ahead to obtain moorage.

Salt Spring Marina

124 Upper Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, B.C. V8K 2S2, Chart 3468

Phone (250) 537-5810, Monitor VHF:66A

For reservations email

Salt Spring Marina is located at the head of the Ganges Harbor on Salt Spring Island in the Southern Gulf Islands. The marina has completely re-built docks and marina office, including 4,800 feet for guest and transient moorage. Freshwater plus 30,50, and 100 amp power, pump out, boat repairs, and small chandlery located nearby. Amenities include washrooms, showers, and laundry. Nearby facilities include Moby’s Pub, Hastings House for fine dining, gas diesel, propane, groceries, liquor store, scooter, and car rentals, plus free shuttle bus to town. Please note: Salt Spring Island Marina will now charge moorage and power to the club when their members register for transient moorage.

John Henry's Resort & Marina

PO Box 68, 4907 Pool Rd., Garden Bay, BC, Canada,  V0N 1S0, Charts: 3512 and 3535

Phone 604-883-2336, Monitors VHF:66A

For reservations email

John Henry’s Marina is located inside Pender Harbour, in historic Hospital Bay.

The marina is an ideal waypoint for mariners traveling north to visit Princess Louisa Inlet, Desolation Sound, the Broughtons, or points further north. We accommodate transient vessels to a maximum of 150 ft. Our 2,300 lineal feet, includes 31 slips, ranging in size from 15 to 70 feet, plus a long, 400 lineal foot dock suitable for large vessels. One end of our long dock includes space for floatplane arrivals and departures.

John Henry’s Resort and Marina is still considered a cruising station for regular SCYC members however the procedure for mooring there has been revised. Members will have to reserve and pay up front for their proposed moorage and then must submit receipts for re-imbursement to the Rear Commodore no later than October 15 annually. The same rules restricting stays to 2 nights per calendar month per cruising station and total nights per year based on overall boat length will continue to apply.





One of the benefits as a member of the Schooner Cove Yacht Club is a reciprocal moorage agreement with other yacht clubs. You can moor your vessel at low or no cost at many private and public marinas along the British Columbia and Washington coasts with various rules and conditions established by each club. Please follow their rules.

For more detailed information go the Reciprocal Yacht Clubs by Region menu item. Click on the region you wish to visit and you will find a list of reciprocal clubs there. Information is subject to change and is not always up to date so we advise calling the reciprocal marina to check before you book.


Reciprocal moorage (two non-consecutive nights per year) is available at Fairwinds Marina for clubs that have a reciprocal moorage agreement with the Schooner Cove Yacht Club.  The newly completed Seascape restaurant (reservations recommended at ) located at the marina which also offers showers, laundry, fuel and a pump-out for visiting vessels.

Reciprocal space is limited to two vessels or 100’ on any given day and provided transient space is available. Advance bookings are recommended which can be made by contacting the marina office at 250-468-5364 or via email at  Power is available for a fee.



  • Reciprocal yacht clubs require proof of current membership in the SCYC. Carry your current SCYC membership card and be prepared to cheerfully present it if required.
  • Some yacht clubs require proof of yacht ownership and liability insurance coverage; be prepared to present this information if requested.
  • Your SCYC burgee must be flown while visiting other yacht clubs and in a US courtesy flag should also be flown in US waters.
  • All conditions are subject to change without notice so calling ahead is strongly recommended; many clubs require reservations whereas others do not allow reservations to be made. Slips are very limited and demand is high for guest docks so have alternative plans available. An up to date list with links to each yacht club’s website is available on the SCYC website.
  • A master binder is maintained by the Reciprocal Chairperson. 
  • Register at the Marina office or Clubhouse of each reciprocal you visit. Yacht Clubs often want you to register even when no payment is required, so they can track club visits.
  • It is appropriate to send a thank you card to reciprocal clubs that you visit, to let them know that you enjoyed their hospitality and that we appreciate their reciprocal agreement with SCYC. 

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Weather & Whiskey Golf  Information

Go to Environment Canada for the latest weather forecast.

Military Activity Area Whiskey Golf is a military test range (shown on Canadian charts 3463 and 3512) and is located near the Fairwinds Marina.It is important to monitor activity when boating in this area by VHF channel 10 or 16. To learn more

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