Sailing makes our lives and the lives of those around us much richer . . . . .


Since 2004, the mission of the Vancouver Sailing Club (VSC) has been to provide adults with a fun and a comprehensive sailing education that exceeds internationally recognized certification requirements for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced recreational sailing. Our Courses are open to both Members and non-members and are available through out the year.

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During the past 12 years, our Club's program has prepared more than 1,450 of our Students to explore Vancouver, the BC coast and the world:

  • Introduction to Sailing, Qualified Crew and Day Skipper certification weekends on Vancouver's English Bay, Indian Arm and Howe Sounnd
  • 3, 5, 7 & 14 day Cruise & Learn and Mileage Builder adventures to BC's Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound and the West Coast of Vancouver Island- earn your qualifications for coastal cruising and International Bareboat Chartering
  • Private sailing courses and group charters on English Bay, Howe Sound, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands and the Caribbean
  • British Virgin Islands (BVI) 7 & 14 day Cruise & Learn and Mileage Builder adventures
  • Competive Keelboat Racing thoughout the Pacific Northwest, Caribbean, and Mediterranean 
  • Year-round VSC Sailing CLUB - Day sailing and Learn-to-Race year round on our Beneteau First 36.7 and J24 One Design racer/cruisers
  • Half or full-day Corporate Team Building events in English Bay, Howe Sound or Indian Arm - the most memorable sailing venues in the Vancouver cruising area

Learning to sail at the VSC is rewarding:

  • CONFIDENT, RESPONSIBLE and PREPARED is our mutual goal- focus is on competence and safety in the context of  F U N and adventure
  • RECOGNITION - NauticED.org Certifications are respected qualifications for Bareboat Chartering and Yacht Insurance Companies worldwide
  • CONVENIENCE - progress at your own pace - each course includes a NauticED eLearning pre-course study and Vancouver Sailing Club's flexible year-round sailing schedule from our Vancouver, BC, docks and the British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Serious about sailing? Our Instructors are selected for their ability to mentor new and advanced sailors in reaching their coastal, offshore and racing sailing goals. Call a VSC Instructor today to discuss your level of experience, sailing goals and personal requirements. With this understanding of you, we prepare a road map of resources to achieve your goals at your pace.

Make 2016 your year to discover Sailing and Vancouver's sailing lifestyle!

We look forward to welcoming you aboard,

Carl Richardson, Managing Director

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Upcoming Events

English Bay Afternoon Sail- Let's Go Sailing !
October, 27 2016 12:30 pm
English Bay Afternoon Sail- Let's Go Sailing !
October, 28 2016 12:30 pm
VSC100 Introduction to Sailing
October, 29 2016 8:00 am
VSC100 Introduction to Sailing
November, 5 2016 8:00 am
DISTANCE Race- Round the County (San Juan Islands)
November, 5 2016 8:00 am
VSC100 Introduction to Sailing
November, 12 2016 8:00 am

Cruising Spotlight

Racing Spotlight

Course Spotlight

VSC100 Introduction to Sailing
October, 29 2016 8:00 am

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VSC News Blog

  • Could you Pass your RYA International Certificate of Competence Licence?

    Try to answer this coastal navigation question (answer at end): At 1035 your GPS indicated a position of LAT 41° 05.3’N and LONG 72° 33.7′ W. At 1103 your GPS indicates your position to be LAT 41°09.0′ N and LONG 72° 40.0’W. What was your

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  • Getting Started in Keelboat Racing

    VSC offers intermediate level sailors our VSC504 Competent Keelboat Racing program for building the foundation of racing knowledge, seamanship and boat handling skills for racing keelboats 24 - 45 ft. This course includes 5 on-the- water skill building seminars and participation as crew in 5 Vancouver area races

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  • 2015 in Review at the VSC

    Our 2015 sailing adventures reflect on what we accomplished last year:  Vancouver Sailing Club and Vancouver Sailing School (VSC) continues it's safety record of 0 (zero) incidents in the first 11 years of our formation which is brilliant- our "Safety is First"  learn-to-sail & cruise

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