Massive marine garage sale happens Saturday in Victoria

Annual event a fundraiser for the Maritime Museum of B.C.

After moving to Victoria, Doug Bell realized he was getting too old for sailboarding.

He used to enjoy the sport on the dams near wind farms in Alberta, but has now switched to a less demanding sport: dinghy sailing.

An appreciator of maritime history, Bell decided to donate his sailboard to the annual Massive Marine Outdoor Garage Sale, hosted this weekend by the Maritime Museum of B.C. and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

“I’m enthusiastic that the museum is trying to move ahead,” Bell said of its plans to relocate from Bastion Square to a location on the water.

The sale is an important fundraiser for the museum and an opportunity for boat lovers to buy and sell marine, sports and outdoor items.

Organizer Ann Jones said donations are coming in, but she’s hoping for more. So far, she’s received a variety of items, such as life jackets, nautical books, and wet gear. Special donations include a model of a ship and a Whitehall rowing boat built in 1890. It needs some work, but is likely a collectors’ item, Jones said.

The sale takes place on Saturday (April 21) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the warehouse building on Pier A at Ogden Point terminal. Entrance fee is $5, children under 12 free.

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