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Glenn Wakefield

Summary of Sailing Experience
  • 1978 -1979   Cal 28' Doxy II
  • 1979 - 1986  Northney 34' Sannu Sannu (Holman and Pye design)
  • 1994 - 1997  Haida 26' Sannu II
  • 2001 - 2007 Cheoy Lee 40' Kim Chow (Phil Rhodes design)
Skippered Sannu Sannu in 6 Swiftsure Lightship Classic International Yacht Races – a 160 mile race in the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the Pacific Ocean. Won Division E –1984.
1980s - Sailed Sannu Sannu in 3 Royal Naval Sailing Association sanctioned West Coast Race – a 675 mile race from Victoria, BC to Triangle Island – 30 miles off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island and returning to Victoria. Placed third in double-handed class with my wife Marylou in 1983.
1986 - Qualified for double-handed Observer/Europe 1 Trans Atlantic Race (OSTAR) organized by the Royal Western Yacht Club of England.
1997 - Sailed 26’ Haida Sannu II single-handed from Victoria, BC to the Marquesas Islands – 5000 nautical miles in 42 days (May 11 – June 21) Sailed across the South Pacific with my wife Marylou and daughters Claire and Nicola to French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Niue and Tonga. Single handed the 18-day leg from Tonga to New Zealand through Cyclone Luci.

Crew Positions
  • 1970 - Crewed aboard 100’ ketch Blue Leopard in the Mediterranean Sea. (see photo below).
  • 1973 – 1980 – Numerous RVYC races around the buoys and long distance races in the Pacific Northwest.
  • 1975 – Crewed aboard 50’ ketch Pandora to Maui.
  • 2000 – Crewed aboard 52’ Alden Escapade from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda.

How it all began... crewing on the 34 metre Blue Leopard in 1969.
How it all began... crewing on the 34 metre Blue Leopard in 1969.
Glenn Wakefield at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria, BC 2005
Glenn Wakefield at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Victoria, BC 2005
Glenn on Departure Day
Glenn on Departure Day

Travel experience 
  • 1997-1998 – Sailed on Sannu II with my wife Marylou and daughters Claire and Nicola across the South Pacific to New Zealand. Travelled 10,000 km around New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island. Travelled 13,000 km around Australia from Sydney to Cairns, across the outback to Uluru; south to Adelaide, across the Nullabor Plains to Perth. Tavelled to South Africa and returned to Victoria in March 1998.

Summary of Kayaking Experience

  • 1986 - 2000 - active participant in the kayaking community on Vancouver Island.
  • 1980s -taught kayak rescue and safety courses through Ocean River Sports, a local outfitter
  • Kayaked with my wife and 2 daughters for 10 years between the mid 1980s – mid 1990s. Kayaked in Barkley Sound, a wilderness area on the west coast of Vancouver Island between Ucleulet and Bamfield; throughout the Gulf Islands located between Vancouver Island and the mainland of BC; and in and around Cape Scott on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island.
  • 1994 – Lead a group of troubled youth on a wilderness kayaking trip in the Gulf Islands.
  • 2002 - Obtained a Proficiency Certificate from Derek Hutchinson, President and Senior Coach of the British Canoe Union.
  • Several solo passages from San Joseph Bay on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island 30 miles offshore to the Scott Islands
  • 2002 - Participated in the Lead Guide Certification Training Program by the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC to prepare new kayak guides for the certification examination.
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