At WSS our goals are to share our knowledge and train you to be a safe and able sailor. When you are bitten by the sailing bug you start on a rewarding journey of never-ending learning. Our sessions will involve the mechanics of boats and sailing, how to operate boats safely and efficiently under sail and motor, Collision Regulations, weather, tides, currents, navigation and racing. We all learn differently so we strive to adjust our methods to suit you. We want to get you up to speed quickly as possible.

Day Sailing. This, as is all sailing, somewhat weather dependent, making it challenging to schedule in advance. That said there are always things to do when the wind does not blow, or blow’s too much. Theory, boat equipment use and maintenance, handling under motor, docking, crew over-board etc. On many days the wind picks up mid-day with the see breeze kicking in later in the afternoon. This somewhat predicable weather is caused when the land heats up creating a temperature differential that sucks air in from the ocean. At night the reverse is common.

It takes most of an 8 hour day to sail around Bowen Island and back to False Creek, longer when the winds die and around an hour to get to Lighthouse Park. So, depending on the winds our sailing will most likely take place in English Bay with excursions into Georgia Straight and when conditions are suitable rounding Bowen Island.

For Day Sailing up to 4 crew are possible and, as I often single-hand having only one student can work no matter their skill level.

Cruise and Learn. Before leaving Vancouver we will make an itinerary and plot our course using old school paper charts. We can venture over the Georgia Straight to the Southern Gulf islands, Pender, Galiano, Saturna, Salt Spring as far south as Victoria. We do not cross into USA.

Or we can decide on the Northern Gulf Islands Lasqueti, Denman, Hornby and the Sunshine Coast, Howe Sound and Indian Arm.

It takes a couple of days to get there but further North are the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound, a very popular destination.

No matter where we decide to go you will have lots of opportunities to experience 6 days and 5 nights of sailing including anchoring, docking, all points of sail, navigation and general fun all-round.

So many places to explore.

What to bring.

Personal Protection Equipment, PPE, is worn while on deck, we provide Life Jackets and Personal Floatation Devices, PFDs, or you can invest in an inflatable life jacket which is less restrictive and cooler when the weather is warm. Life Jackets will turn you face up when unconscious in the water, PFD,s will keep you afloat.

It is also a good idea to wear sailing or finger-less gloves to increase grip and prevent rope burns, we handle a lot of lines when sailing.

Sailing can be a wet experience even when the sun is shining, so having good wet-weather gear including sailing boots or shoes will make you more comfortable, and being comfortable is safer. The same gear used for skiing or biking can service as you get started. Hats are very helpful for rain and sun protection, but they run the risk of being swept overboard so find a way to secure them, and your glasses firmly to your head.

 

 

Every time you get onboard we will have an orientation session, discuss the currents, tides, wind, sail-plan, how we will leave the dock and any other pertinent information such as individual roles and goals for the day.

It’s a good idea to bring vittles, food and drink, for the day. Non-alcoholic beverages and hand or bowl food is easiest to eat. Non-breakable containers please and we take back everything we don’t consume. A note to the wise, it is much easier to eat when sailing down wind as the boat is mostly flat and relatively calm, up-wind not so much. Witsend has an ice-box, camp stove, bar-b-que, sink, and head (toilet) so picnics can be arranged. Aloha has a stove, oven, fridge, hot water and bar-b-que etc.

 

You bring your food, Aloha is well equipped with fridge, stove, oven, bar-b-que, some fishing gear and crab trap, hot and cold running water and cabin heat. She has 2 double berths and 2 singles on the settees, a head (toilet) and shower. The beds have linens or you can bring your sleeping bags. Fishing license would be required for each fishing person.

As much as possible you sail the boat and I provide guidance and potentially step-in if things get tense.