LETTERS: Thanks Sidney

On July 16 our family was sailing near Sidney when our boat became disabled.

On July 16 our family was sailing near Sidney when our boat became disabled.

We had been instructed to contact our charter marina in Anacortes by cell phone but, alas, we had no signal. We were stranded.

We saw a craft nearby and flagged them down. Fortunately, that boat was operated by members of the Canadian Park Service en route to Sidney Spit. They allowed us to use their phone and then helped us to arrange a tow boat.

The rangers were both professional and pleasant and assisted us far beyond necessity. They even checked to make sure all was well as we waited for the tow.

The tow operators again were very helpful and professional. This was a high wind day and many boats needed help. They triaged appropriately and managed to assist all those who needed them.

When we arrived back on land, again we were greeted by only the most empathetic and pleasant people imaginable.

These included Emma at the Van Isle Marina, Tim, Roan, and ‘Nautical’ Myles from the local towing service. Then we were quite impressed with the technical and mechanical competence of Ian from Philbrook’s Boatyard and especially Todd Koroll, the general manager of Vector Yacht Services.

These folks clearly knew what they were doing and they were all so compassionate throughout our ordeal, and every single one had a sense of humor.

All did more for us than necessary and all were patient and kind.

I hope never to be stranded at sea again but if I were, the place to be is Sidney, British Columbia. There could not have been a more pleasant, caring, technically competent, or professional group.

Thank you all so much.

Russ and Kathy Spreen, West Chester, PA

Just Posted

New Star Cinema project approved

Cameo development gets unanimous council thumbs up

Stelly’s sidewalk gets green light

Federal funding brings project to fruition

Witnesses sought for alleged drunk driver crash in Sidney

Crash happened June 16 on East Saanich Rd. and Canora Dr.

Fake crash warns students about real consequences

Saanich Peninsula emergency crews warn against distracted driving

An upstart ferry company might be a Malahat alternative

A new ferry service might alleviate Malahat congestion. Dogwood Ferries is a… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C.’s ‘unicycle cowboy’ aspires to be rancher one day

Burklan Johnson has only ridden a horse once, but this unicyclist has big plans to become a cowboy.

Rescued Oregon family simply unprepared for adventure, RCMP say

Agencies now helping the group of four get to their destination in Alaska

Canucks release 2018-19 season schedule

Vancouver to face Calgary Flames on Wednesday, Oct. 3, for home opener

VIDEO: Luxury Home and Design Show opens with Italian flare

Event set to run Friday to Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver

Small new charge on BC Hydro bills goes toward new crisis fund

The new fund aims to help customers who find themselves in financial emergencies

UPDATED: Crown appeals B.C. polygamous leader’s acquittal in child bride case

James Oler had been charged with taking his underage daughter to the U.S. to marry her off

Fake cops ‘arrest’ woman, steal $6,000 in latest CRA scam

Vancouver police urge people not take calls from anyone saying they’re from the Canada Revenue Agency

Study shows increase in mountain bike tourism in B.C.

Numbers are up, way up, for bike-related visits to the province

Most Read