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

Desolation Warren

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

During the past 14 years, our program has prepared more than 1,550 of our Students to explore Vancouver, the BC coast and the world:

  • Introduction to Sailing, Qualified Crew, Day Skipper and Bareboat Chartering Master certification weekends on Vancouver's English Bay, Indian Arm and Howe Sound
  • 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 cruising qualifications for Coastal Day Skipper and Bareboat Chartering Master 
  • Private sailing courses and group charters on English Bay, Howe Sound, Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands and the Caribbean and Mediterranean
  • British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Grenadines 7, 10 & 14 day Cruise & Learn and Mileage Builder adventures
  • Competitive VSC Racing available year round on our Beneteau First 36.7 and J24 One Design racer/cruisers
  • Year-round 2018 VSC Learn-to-Sail Membership - Day sailing to Bowen Island and Indian Arm, Afternoon/Evening English Bay Sails Thursday and Friday 
  • Half or full-day Team Building Events events in English Bay, Bowen Island, Howe Sound or Indian Arm - the most memorable sailing venues in the Vancouver cruising area

Vancouver Sailing

Learn-to-Race year round on our Beneteau First 36.7 and J24 One Design racer/cruisers

Vancouver Sailing

Learn-to-Sail at the VSC is rewarding:

CONFIDENT, RESPONSIBLE and PREPARED - the focus is on competence and safety in an environment of F U N and adventure.

RECOGNITION - NauticED.org Certifications are respected qualifications for International Bareboat Chartering and Yacht Insurance Companies

CONVENIENCE - progress at your own pace - each course includes an Internet based NauticED pre-course study and Vancouver Sailing Club's flexible year-round sailing schedule from our False Creek docks and the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

Are you serious about sailing?

Our Instructors are selected for their ability to mentor new and advanced sailors in reaching their coastal, offshore, ocean 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 will prepare a road map of resources to achieve your goals at your pace.

Make 2018 your year to discover Sailing and Vancouver's sailing lifestyle!

We look forward to welcoming you aboard,

Vancouver Sailing

Carl Richardson, Yachtmaster Offshore (MCA)

Managing Director and Chief Instructor

Vancouver Sailing

Vancouver Sailing

Vancouver Sailing

Vancouver Sailing

Confident, Responsible and Prepared

Vancouver Sailing

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Upcoming Sailing Events

VSC101 Qualified Crew
November, 17 2018 8:30 am
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June, 22 2019 8:30 am

Racing Spotlight

VSC504 RACING Practice
November, 24 2018 12:00 pm
RACE DAY - VRC Polar Bear Series
November, 25 2018 8:00 am
VSC504 RACING Practice (2)
December, 8 2018 11:00 am

Cruising Spotlight

Day Sailing and Mileage Builder (4)
December, 1 2018 10:30 am
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December, 11 2018 10:30 am
Day Sailing and Mileage Builder
December, 15 2018 10:30 am
Day Sailing and Mileage Builder (4)
December, 29 2018 10:30 am

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