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Keats Island Sailing Trip

  • 1 Jul 2023
  • 6:30 AM
  • 3 Jul 2023
  • 6:00 PM
  • Keats Island
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  • Register for the waitlist to register for the trip! The cost includes all trip expenses from meals, campsite reservation, water taxi, to power boat rental and gas. Payment is only due once selected for the trip.

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We are very excited to announce this year's trip to Keats Island! It will take place on BC day long weekend from July 1 to 3. The Keats trip is our biggest annual trip. A large fleet of UBCSC sail boats will face the elements and brave the seas from Jericho beach to Keats Island opposite the town of Gibsons in Howe Sound. We will camp at Plumper Cove Provincial Park on Keats Island (with loads of fun activities, food, swimming in bioluminescent water, bonfires, and socializing) until Monday morning, July 3, then sail back to Jericho to arrive in the afternoon/evening.

Check out the photo gallery of our previous Keats trips!

If you're asking "What if I've only done my beginner lesson and don't feel comfortable sailing across the Georgia Straight, can I still be part of the AWESOME party at Keats?" (Or alternatively "I have a friend/spouse who is not a member of the UBC Sailing Club, can they still be part of the AWESOME party at Keats?") Our answer: "Of course!! There are several spots available to take the water taxi over."

All Keats participants have to attend the mandatory in-person pre-trip meeting on  Tuesday June 20th at 7pm at JSCA. For those who would like to sail to Keats and not take the water taxi, there are some additional trip requirements:

  • Every Keats sailor has to attend the capsize training and work party with their sailing partner on Saturday, June 24. We will start at 9am with the pre-trip meeting at the JSCA member room. This is followed by a capsize recovery training where each team practices 5 capsizes and demonstrates ability of swift recovery  (C2/C3/A2/A3 certified sailors are exempt from this requirement but strongly encouraged to participate). After that you and your partner need to check your boat for seaworthiness and fix any issues at the work party. If your boat is not in seaworthy condition, you will not be able to sail to Keats. 

On our sail to Keats, we will be accompanied by several motorized safety boats. Please make sure to read about the trip safety details in our Keats trip safety plan

Cost of trip

The cost of the trip is $195 per participant. It covers all cost from motor boat fleet rental, meals, camp site reservation, to water taxi logistics and fuel. It also includes a safety margin that, if not spent, will go towards the club fleet maintenance or the social budget where it will be used to organize future fun events, like a Keats after-party!

In the unlikely event that the trip has to be cancelled by the organizers, e.g. due to adverse weather conditions, we will try our best to recover parts of the trip cost and refund them back to the participants. However, since most of the trip expenses have to be paid by the club regardless, the majority of the trip fee will be non-refundable. 

No refunds for individual cancellations.

Trip Sign-up

Registration for the trip will begin soon after the Keats info session on May 25. To register for the trip, register on the waitlist! The Keats committee will check that participants meet an overall sufficient sailing proficiency requirement to ensure the safety of the trip. Once registration opens, the Keats committee will manually register waitlisted participants. Spots are limited so the waitlist registration does not guarantee a spot on the trip. Payment will only be due once registered for the trip.

Important dates

  • June 20, 7pm (Tuesday): Keats Pre-Trip Meeting at JSCA
  • June 24, 9am (Saturday): Mandatory pre-trip meeting for all participants (sailors + water taxi). Followed my mandatory capsize training and Keats work party (sailors only).
  • July 1, 6:30am (Saturday) arrival at Jericho to prepare for departure at 9am. Return to Jericho on Monday evening.

Volunteer opportunities

The Keats trip is a major event with many logistical challenges. All attendants will take part in one or more distributed tasks like grocery shopping, meal cooking, campsite clean-up. These duties of this will be distributed at the pre-trip meeting on June 24. If you would like to take an organizational role and join the Keats trip committee, reach out to


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Like most of Vancouver, the Jericho Sailing Centre is located on unceded, traditional and ancestral territory of the Coast Salish Peoples,
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