Duke Point to re-open May 1

Dock repairs at Duke Point nears completion just in time for tourist season

The BC Ferries terminal at Duke Point will re-open for business on May 1.

BC Ferries made the much-anticipated announcement this week, ending a four-month repair job necessitated after the Coastal Inspiration slammed into its berth on Dec. 20 of last year.



• Boating season is heating up at Nanoose Bay, with several races and events on tap at the Schooner Cove Yacht Club.

On April 26, club members were treated to a racing seminar, with topics including safety, racing rules and tactics. Those skills will likely be put to good use on the following Sunday, on April 29, when club members cast off to take part in the annual Bay Race on May 6.



• Princessa took top spot in the Deep Bay Yacht Club’s fourth race of the 2012 season on April 14, followed by PS Hakuna in second and Hat Trick in third.



• The Nanoose Power and Sail Squadron will host a Safe Boating Sunday event on May 27 to promote Safe Boating Week.



• Boating is a spiritual experience for some people, but on May 19 it will take on a much more spiritual flavour when the Maritime Museum in Victoria hosts a special spring ghost hunt.

The event, slated to run from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. will see participants join paranormal investigator and clairvoyant Dawn Kirkham in an investigation of the museum, which is housed in the building originally used as the city’s first jail and courthouse and which has been called Victoria’s most haunted building.

This is not a tour, but an actual investigation. Participants will assist with the hunt using electronic and other various equipment. Cost is $55 plus HST. For details contact MaryAnne Dieno at 250-385-4222.



• The Canadian Safe Boating Council is urging boaters to make absolutely sure their craft is entirely shipshape before it leaves  the dock.

“When it comes to vessel preparedness, one of the first things to ensure is that your boat and engine are mechanically sound,” said Boating Council spokesperson John Gullick. “Remember that boats have been in storage for a number of months over the winter and may not operate as efficiently as they did last season. Make sure that you follow the recommended maintenance schedule found in your boat’s owner’s manual.”

For more information visit www.SmartBoater.ca.



• Mark Saturday, May 12 on your calendars.

That’s the day that Independent Shipwrights in Coombs holds their annual marine swap meet.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to early afternoon.


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