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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 John Henry’s Resort & Marina (Pender Harbour), Genoa Bay Marina, 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 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

Cruising Information

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, in conjunction with the Nanoose Power & Sail Squadron, 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 2020

Ahoy SCYC cruisers! The 2020 cruising schedule for the Spring/Summer cruise is 3 to 4 weeks has been finalized and it promises to be fabulous. You can download the schedule below.

The Summer/Fall Cruise will depart early September for an 8 to 10 day cruise to the Gulf Islands with a stop at our newest cruising station, Otter Bay Marina on Pender Island. The finalized schedule to be published later.

We encourage all members, family and friends to join in the fun and discover some exciting destinations. If you’re new to the club, new to the area or new to boating, club cruises are an excellent way to meet fellow members, explore the coast, while at the same time hone your boating skills. All cruises will have experienced boating members along who will support and guide.

Please note that cruise details could be subject to change so members should consult the website for updates or contact the Cruise Captain at



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, LADYSMITH MARITIME SOCIETY COMMUNITY MARINA (LMS), JOHN HENRY’S RESORT & MARINA (Pender Harbour), 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 September 31) are limited to eight (8) nights for all cruising stations combined.
  • 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.

John Henry's Resort & Marina

4907 Pool Road, Garden Bay, B.C. V0N 1S0

Monitor VHF: 66A (cruising season only)

For Reservations, email: 

Or Telephone:  604-883-2253

John Henry’s Resort and Marina (formerly Fisherman’s Resort and Marina) is our cruising station in Pender Harbour. John Henry’s is located in the Hospital Bay area of Pender Harbour. Reservations are recommended.

John Henry's now includes the fuel dock, general store that includes a liquor store, fresh produce and groceries, an ATM, propane, bait, ice, fishing and boating supplies, post office and a new café. There are also cottages for rent year round.

There are 2,300 linear feet of docks for transient, seasonal and long-term moorage in a deep water, sheltered harbour. On-site facilities for mariners include washrooms with showers, laundry, fresh water, garbage and recycling.

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

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.




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.

Latitude and longitudes should not be used for navigational purposes. Use the scroll bar along the bottom of this inset to move left and right; you’ll find the moorage information for each reciprocal club under the heading “info” on the right-hand side. Click on the actual club name to visit their website. Information is subject to change and is not always up to date so we advise calling the reciprocal marina to check before you book.


Schooner Cove Yacht Club, through the generous support of Fairwinds, offers reciprocal moorage at Fairwinds Marina. This facility is privately owned by Fairwinds. Advance Bookings are strongly recommended and please contact the marina office at 250-468-5364 or via email at to make them.   Reciprocal space is limited to 150’ on any given day.


  • 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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Cruising Information

SCYC Cruising Stations have been established at Genoa Bay Marina, Ladysmith Maritime Society Community Marina (LMS), Gorge Harbour Marina and John Henry’s Resort & Marina (Pender Harbour),  Otter Bay Marina (Pender Island), and Salt Spring Marina for the use of SCYC Members.

Boating Checklist – a handy list to use throughout the boating season. Covers topics such as safety equipment, electrical check, corrosion, through hulls, and more. Click Here

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 Click Here

Thinking of going to the USA?  Click Here to read about Cruising Permits, received from Point Roberts Marina (January 2016).

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