A-Sea Marine Trevor Gibbons of A-Sea marine stepped up to provide a high value marine electronic prize that is placed in a draw for all the boats that complete and are scored on every leg of the race. In 2015 the prize was a Lithium Ion House Battery and charging system, and in 2017 the prize was an AIS Transceiver system. Stay tuned for the 2019 prize! If you are in need of top marine electronic services, give Trevor a call.


CSR Marine – Full Service Boatyards have been repairing, upgrading and keeping boats running smoothly since 1977. With two convenient locations, services include collision damage, fiberglass repair, gelcoat and paint, in-house mechanical and rigging, electrical, bottom paint. Haul outs to 80 feet. In 2019 CSR, along with the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the inaugural party in Port Hardy, the evening before the fleet departs for Winter Harbour. Many thanks to the CSR Team (Nigel Barron in particular) for coming on board as a race sponsor.

At CSR Marine, we’re acutely aware of the unique relationship between boat owners and boatyard. After all, you have to trust us to take precious care of a major investment, and in many cases, it’s much, much more than that. CSR has a hard-earned reputation for quality, timely repairs, competitive pricing and integrity. To enhance your boatyard experience, we take it several steps further:



Discovery 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 Harbour 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.


The Qualicum Rivers fishing boats operated by one of the trusted guides are the means of transport to and from the Kains Island Lighthouse for the Race Committee. With no dock or float to disembark upon, the members of the RC have to time their step off the bow of the boat onto the rocky shore in the lee of the island in order to ensure that they mak it ashore safely. If you are looking for the absolute best fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island, contact Rob at the lodge. Halibut, Ling Cod, Chinook and Coho salmon are in season from June to September.


Hardwicke Transporter


Since 2011,  Hardwicke Transportation has delivered all of the supplies for the night on Marine Harvest’s Hardwicke farm site, most importantly, the Porta-Potties!  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



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


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.

Thanks to North Sails coming on board in 2017, we have been able to add to the festivities in Winter Harbour with the Winter Harbour Rate Payers association. Whether you need new sails (Call Drew 604 271 2111) or awesome service (Call Dennis 604 271 2111). On the race course, travelling with the fleet will be Chris and his trusty sewing machine and patch kits. The skippers and crews still have fond memories of sail repairs all around the island after the great blows of 2015 and 2017.


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 ResortVoted 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.



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.