A-Sea Marine Electrical

A-Sea Marine Electrical

Trevor Gibbons of A-Sea marine has kindly donated  a lithium Ion Battery and charging system as a prize to be drawn at the end of the race. The battery is a combination start/house battery with 1000cca and 75 lithium amp hours. That’s the equivalent to 150 lead acid amp hours or an 8D battery, These batteries have a built in battery management system (BMS) called never die. The reason for this is if you run the battery down the BMS turns the battery off with 10-15% left in the battery. With a push of a button you can use the power to start the engine. Thank you Trevor for supporting the skippers with this awesome prize.


Discovery Harbour MarinaDiscovery Harbour Marina

Since the very first race, Discovery Harbour has been a safe sanctuary for the fleet looking for current relief in Discovery Channel. Thank you for supporting us all these years.  The Rip Tide Pub and the Ocean Point chandlery and boat yard are near the head of the ramp leading to the well appointed shopping mall.

A massive rock breakwater between the Campbell River-to-Quadra Island ferry landing and the cruise ship docking facility mark the entrance to Discovery Harbourt Marina. Check-in is at the head of “K” dock.

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As indicated on the map, this large, well protected marina has 100 berths with power and water, and 200 permanent berths with power and water for boats from 18′ to 150′ in length, plus 2400′ of side-tie moorage, with 20, 30, 50, and 100 single phase service. Power is also available for boats over 100′. 100Amp, 3Phase also available.

There are showers and laundry facilities on-site. The Discovery Harbour fuel dock has gas, diesel, oils, stove oil, ice, bait, and offers oil changes. A boat yard and travel lift are available as well, the marina is a convenient cruise from Desolation Sound and North Island communities.


Hardwicke Transporter



2015 will be the third race where Hardwicke Transportation has delivered all of the supplies for the night on Marine Harvest’s Hardwicke farm site. Hardwicke Transportation is based in Sayward, BC and specialises in delivering small freight in the Johnstone Strait area from the Discovery Islands to the Broughton Islands including the adjoining inlets. For more information contact, Eric Borgfjord (250) 203 0073




HC_logo-red4 Hester Creek

Hester Creek Wines will be providing the wine at the opening reception. Thank you Paul martin for making this a new tradition!

Hester Creek’s grapevines were first planted on our estate in 1968, when Italian immigrant and would-be grape grower Joe Busnardo was looking for the perfect spot to plant the cuttings he’d brought from Italy. There were only a few other vineyards in the Okanagan Valley; he could have planted anywhere. He chose this spot, a sun-drenched, east-facing bench south of Oliver for good reason: it’s the perfect place to grow grapes. Well-draining alluvial soil, sunny days and cool evenings encourage the development of complex and intense flavours; while the warmer temperatures and slope of the bench help the vines avoid the damaging frost that can settle on the valley floor in early spring and late fall.


Navis Marine Insurance

Navis Marine Insurance

With over 20 years of experience, we take pride in offering our clients specialized insurance packages and policies that help them protect their assets and their businesses. Our brokers have relevant experience that applies to the safeguard of you and your vessel including: building related risk management solutions, recreational watercraft insurance, complex marine operations and high-level knowledge of legal statutes including the Marine Liability Act and the Canada Shipping Act and more.In addition to our professional experience we offer our clients personal and intimate knowledge of the industry including: experience aboard commercial vessels, race management, serving as Commodore of a yachting club, marine search and rescue, extensive experience with pleasure crafts and recreational boating and involvement in marina construction. Being personally involved in sailing, marine activity and boating gives us a critical edge in understanding our clients’ needs and ultimately protecting the assets and businesses they have worked so hard to build.Our clients can say with confidence that their marine insurance broker understands their businesses, their passions and the technical aspects of the marine insurance industry.For more information regarding marine related insurance and to find out how we can maximize your coverage and reduce your premiums contact us directly today


nisaEvery two years the VI360 Website goes ballistic and we count on Don and his team to keep it up and running. Thank you Don for being there with us since Day 1.

NISA Internet Technologies Inc. is the culmination of over 20 years of active involvement in the computer and computer based communications industries. The Company’s principals have been active in the Internet industry in Nanaimo since 1994 and the Company continues to develop new solutions for corporate and personal use and implement them on a worldwide basis. Starting out as an electronic mail solutions provider, NISA quickly expanded into access and WWW services.

NISA is Nanaimo owned and operated. The company currently operates its head office out of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. It distributes its products directly and through a network of authorized dealers, distributors and agents. Many of NISA’s products are sold locally, regionally and internationally under the NISA label as well as our resellers’ private labels.

NISA’s biggest strength is the people behind it. Our team takes great pride in ensuring that our customers are treated fairly, efficiently and honestly. We also work hard to develop the tools and the products that are needed to make the Internet more useful and productive for both personal and corporate users.









Seaway Ventures Ltd. provides marine consultation, planning, logistics, administrative and management services in Port Hardy, BC. As the managing contractor for Port Hardy Harbour Authority, Seaway ensures the install and maintenance of the marine facilities that support the sailors on their overnight in Port Hardy. They are a direct connection to professional marine service providers and passenger travel services on the North Island. Angela and Leah look forward to welcoming you into Hardy Bay, you will recognise them by their high vis harbour uniform.


Senini Graphics
Senini Graphics has been the official garment supplier to the Van isle 360 Race since 1999. Thanks to Brent Senini for coming up with the original logo so many years ago. Brent and his wife Sherry will be in most of the Ports of call with the race. All online clothing orders placed before the start of the race will be available at the port on Day 1 of the race. Clothing orders placed after the start of the race will be available for pick up at the next check point.

The Race Wear store is now on line and available for taking orders. Their work is superb and their service even better thanks to Neil & Sandi behind the scenes who make things run. Want to look great and feel great, Senini is the place for all your Van Isle gear. Click here to be taken to the on line shop.



One of the tightest harbours the fleet gets to snuggle up in is Telegraph Cove. On one side of Telegraph Cove is the  historic cottages and whale museum, and on the other side is the new modern motel and RV park. One senses the distinction immediately upon arriving in the beautiful cove. Skippers have ben advised to bring lots of fenders and shoe horns when we start to park the fleet!

Gordie & Marilyn welcome us to Telegraph Cove Resort (Historic side) and Travis and his team welcome us to Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park on the modern side of the cove. Thank you for having the fleet during our stay, everyone wishes they could stay longer.

TelegraphCove ResortTelegraph Cove Resort Voted one of the ten best “towns” in Canada to visit by travel writers (as published in Harrowsmith Magazine), Telegraph Cove is tucked away on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island in one of the last virtually untouched areas of the North American continent. This tiny sawmill and cannery community was important to the development of the North Island and has a rich and colorful history. From 1911 when the first telegraph operator took up residence in Telegraph Cove this little cove has been a unique part of Northern Vancouver Island.

Telegraph cove resorts takes pride in being able to present it to the general public in as close to the original condition as possible. You’ll love our cozy cabins/cottages along the boardwalk and our campground / RV park in the old growth forest.


Telegraph Cove marina



Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park We are the destination for your Telegraph Cove lodging, marina, real estate, and RV park needs.

Welcome to Telegraph Cove, nestled at the northern end of Johnstone Strait on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. The Broughton Archipelago, a stunning cluster of inlets forming a protected marina park, is our neighbour, as are the famed Orca rubbing beaches of Robson Bight and the 64,000 km2 Great Bear Rainforest.

Dockside 29 suites – accommodations

Telegraph Cove’s new over-the-water Dockside 29 suites are now available for overnight rental or purchase. Each unit has a lovely view of the marina and Johnstone Strait. Access to your car and boat is only a few feet away.

Telegraph Cove RV Park

Telegraph Cove RV Park has 48 fully serviced sites with Telegraph Cove and ocean views. Located just 150 meters from Telegraph Cove Marina, and all the cove’s amenities.




Welcome Victoria Spirits as the presenting sponsor for GIN (Gulf Islands Nanaimo) race. . A modern spirit from a modern distillery.  Victoria Spirits was created from a desire to reinvent gin – to make it more complex, to make it sing.  And so in 2008, “Canada’s First Premium Gin” was born.  Since this launch, our Canadian distillery has been supported by family, friends, and associates (not to mention, one Uncle Bob Blumer), working together to share a love of exceptional spirits, excellent company, and good humour.

What started local has blossomed.  Named after its city of origin, Victoria Gin has transcended its roots and is now a truly national brand.  It has GIN Logo256also broken into the American market along with our barrel-aged Oaken Gin.  Despite its success, Vic Gin is still crafted drop by drop, with wild-gathered botanicals and natural spring water, in our carbon-neutral distillery.

We keep it fresh.  Without the constraints of history, we have been free to experiment while tipping our proverbial hat to what has come before.  Master Distiller Peter Hunt wields his scientific post-nominals in the art of distilling, creating products that are clean, complex, and harmonious.  Our distillery now produces a range of small-batch premium spirits and aromatic bitters, all with love and by hand, with our gleaming German copper pot still.   Our artisan products walk a fine balance between tradition and innovation, in both their complex taste and unique aesthetic presentation.

We continue to be inspired, to expand, and to share the love. Let’s drink to the story so far. Long live Victoria’s Modern Spirit.

For more information on the GIN race, click here


Waters Edge Resort


Waters Edge Resort at Pacific Rim

After 9 days on the road, the Race Committee looks forward to three nights in beautiful Ucluelet at the Waters Edge Resort. Unwinding on the balcony in a hot tub over looking the fleet with a glass of Hester Creek Wine, some Paradise island Cheese, one does not tend to look at their water proof Optimum Time watch to see if it their time to head out to the Amphitrite Point lighthouse to finish boats, heck they can take their own time can’t they? Seriously, the Water’s Edge resort offers townhouse style accommodations directly across from the fleet. Lots of room to stretch out and unwind.

Water’s Edge is the only property with access to both the serene Ucluelet Harbour & bordering Marina from every Shoreside Suite. We are nestled on a peaceful island joined by a causeway within the Harbour. Nothing else compares. Stunning surroundings, breathtaking views. Come discover a true West Coast experience.

Visitors enjoy discovering the wild, rugged coastal wilderness, miles of sandy beaches and ancient rainforests. Spectacular panoramic views are guaranteed to leave you breathless.  This is the resort of choice for those who want to kayak, surf, dive, boat, fish, hike, storm watch or just get away from it all in a luxurious yet natural setting.er’s Edge you can enjoy a stunning waterfront view from all Shoreside Suites and the best sunrises in all of Ucluelet. It is minutes to the #1 Rated Trip Advisor Wild Pacific Trail and Amphitrite Point Lighthouse. Our protected harbour location allows for sightings of sea lions, sea otters, shore birds, eagles, and bears across the harbour.

If you love kayaking or want to experience it for the first time, an awesome designated kayak launch area is available for you to go straight into the quiet harbour waters.