FAQ http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/index.html Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:15:45 -0700 en-gb How do I get involved with racing at the VSC? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/how-do-i-get-involved-with-racing-at-the-vsc.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/how-do-i-get-involved-with-racing-at-the-vsc.html
All of these activities are structured to create an environment where crew develop as competent speed contributing members of a team on keelboats from 24-45 feet . All members learn the roles and responsibilities of the 7 crew positions (Foredeck, Mastman, Pit, Cockpit Trimmer 1, Cockpit Trimmer 2, Mainsail Trimmer and Helm.

Each student selects a primary and secondary position to specialize in during races and understands the seamanship and teamwork required to move the boat efficiently at the START, Upwind Leg, Windward Mark, Downwind Mark, Leeward Mark and FINISH line.

All of the above is delivered by our 10 session VSC504 Competent Keelboat Racing Crew Course. The race venues are English Bay, Howe Sound, the Straits of Georgia, gulf Islans and Deep Cove. Additional clinics in Advanced Downwind and Advanced Upwind Sailing are delivered by proven race winning skippers and sailing professionals. Race Strategy and Tactics are developed with local knowledge of weather, winds, currents and geography for each of the 5 races included in the Course.

The best time to start is when you have completed at a minimum VSC101 Qualified Crew ( better would be VSC203 Day Skipper) and can participate in 10 weekend days of training within a 6 month window.

Completion of VSC504 is required to crew on our boats in the BVI Race Week (April), Vic- Maui (June), Antigua Race Week (March) and VanIsle 360 (June) races.

Racing is fun, challenging and rewarding. Call Carl Richardson (604) 805-9944 if you would like to learn more or enrol in the VSC504 program.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) Uncategorized Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:42:07 -0700
When can I start a seven (7) Day C&L Course? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/when-can-i-start-a-seven-7-day-c-l-course.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/when-can-i-start-a-seven-7-day-c-l-course.html
If you choose to pay a small percentage more for a private (2-4 students) you can start at any date.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:15:42 -0800
Are there any advantages in taking the 3 courses over three weekends in the summer? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/are-there-any-advantages-in-taking-the-3-courses-over-three-weekends-in-the-summer.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/are-there-any-advantages-in-taking-the-3-courses-over-three-weekends-in-the-summer.html
However, students that complete 3 week-ends within a six- month period usually do pass the practical requirements for Bareboat Certification. It is important for students to sail in between their weekend courses to practice their seamanship and boat handling skills. Sailing for a day at least once a month is recommended.Our club sails on our J24 and Beneteau's Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings are an excellent way of developing/ refining your skills and are very affordable.

We offer VSC101 Qualified Keelboat Crew and VSC203 Day Skipper courses at least once a month on weekends. We offer VSC204 Bareboat Cruising Certification every 8 weeks. Also, you are likely to sail in 3 different cruising areas- English Bay, Indian Arm and Howe Sound to provide variation in sail planning and navigation.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:15:21 -0800
Can I charter boats with Vancouver Sailing Club after seven days of instruction if I passed the Bareboat Charter Certification requirement? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/can-i-charter-boats-with-vancouver-sailing-club-after-seven-days-of-instruction-if-i-passed-the-bareboat-charter-certification-requirement.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/can-i-charter-boats-with-vancouver-sailing-club-after-seven-days-of-instruction-if-i-passed-the-bareboat-charter-certification-requirement.html carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:14:31 -0800 Will I be certified to skipper a 40 foot sailboat after 7 days of instruction? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/will-i-be-certified-to-skipper-a-40-foot-sailboat-after-7-days-of-instruction.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/will-i-be-certified-to-skipper-a-40-foot-sailboat-after-7-days-of-instruction.html
However, given that you complete the pre-course study before you sail, are a good listener, learn the skills that show you are competent with boat handling, seamanship and navigation, you will get Certified in seven days.

We incorporate an extensive bareboat Check-Out on the last day of the VSC Bareboat Charter Master course (day 7) on Cruise & Learn. This proves you have the skills.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:14:11 -0800
What is the difference between the WEEKEND and the seven (7) day Cruise & Learn Courses? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/what-is-the-difference-between-the-weekend-and-the-seven-7-day-cruise-learn-courses.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/what-is-the-difference-between-the-weekend-and-the-seven-7-day-cruise-learn-courses.html
A few students cannot be away for 7 consecutive days for various reasons and prefer to take courses on the weekend. If the Basic Keelboat, Basic Cruising and Bareboat Chartering courses are taken weekends within 3 months and augmented by casual sailing or racing at least monthly, students will likely acheive all their certifications and have a entries in your Log Book for qualifications for your first charter.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:13:50 -0800
What should I expect as far as wind, sea and other local weather conditions? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/what-should-i-expect-as-far-as-wind,-sea-and-other-local-weather-conditions.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/what-should-i-expect-as-far-as-wind,-sea-and-other-local-weather-conditions.html
During the winter months (November – February) winds are generally higher and we do experience infrequesnt seasonal gales. Because we are located on the Geogia Strait which is 100 NM long by 20 NM wide you can get a taste of real ocean sailing at times.

We teach our students how to prepare themselves and their boat for safe open ocean sailing. In our sailing area, there are many protected areas, which allow for sailing in calmer winds and seas.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:13:25 -0800
We'd prefer a female instructor. Is this possible? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/we-d-prefer-a-female-instructor-is-this-possible.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/we-d-prefer-a-female-instructor-is-this-possible.html carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:10:46 -0800 My partner and I would like private weekend lessons, is this possible? What are the costs? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/my-partner-and-i-would-like-private-weekend-lessons,-is-this-possible-what-are-the-costs.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/my-partner-and-i-would-like-private-weekend-lessons,-is-this-possible-what-are-the-costs.html carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:10:31 -0800 How many students are there in each class? What is the instructor to student ratio? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/how-many-students-are-there-in-each-class-what-is-the-instructor-to-student-ratio.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/how-many-students-are-there-in-each-class-what-is-the-instructor-to-student-ratio.html carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:10:09 -0800 Where do I park on Granville Island? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/where-do-i-park-on-granville-island.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/where-do-i-park-on-granville-island.html http://www.granvilleisland.com/Parking_Information]]> carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:09:48 -0800 How do I prevent seasickness? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/how-do-i-prevent-seasickness.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/how-do-i-prevent-seasickness.html and the morning before sailing.

Although it's very rare that students get seasick during instruction, we have found the Seaband - wrist bands are very helpful in preventing queasiness. They are sold on the Internet, in any drug store or West Marine Products Store(http://www.westmarine.com). Cost is under $10.00. There is another sea band worn on the inner wrist, called the nausea-quelling ReliefBand ($60.00; Relief Band). It helps avert motion sickness by emitting gentle electrical signals that interfere with nerves that cause nausea. It's reusable and side effect free. We've seen it work well for many students especially those prone to motion sickness.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:09:11 -0800
My friend and I would like a private skippered Desolation Sound or Gulf islands Cruise & Learn, what are the costs? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/my-friend-and-i-would-like-a-private-skippered-desolation-sound-or-gulf-islands-cruise-learn,-what-are-the-costs.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/my-friend-and-i-would-like-a-private-skippered-desolation-sound-or-gulf-islands-cruise-learn,-what-are-the-costs.html
Note: Private Charters workout well BUT we have found that you learn alot through other students' questions and challenges. The cabins aboard the Beneteau's are comfortable and all common areas are kept clean and organized as part of the learning experience. Cooking/BBQing with 3-4 other students is alot of fun- the ingredients are fresh and generous. On many of our Cruise & Learns people/ couples have met and become very good friends and cruise together regularly.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:07:48 -0800
What should I bring when I attend my weekend sailing course? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/what-should-i-bring-when-i-attend-my-weekend-sailing-course.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/what-should-i-bring-when-i-attend-my-weekend-sailing-course.html
VSC provides comfortable lifejackets, harnesses and tethers. We can also provide foul weather gear if requested at $25 per day.

It's also a very good idea to pack a lunch or purchase our Mid-Day meal and beverage option from La Baguette bakery- you won't regret it.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:07:12 -0800
How far in advance should I make a reservation for my sailing course? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/how-far-in-advance-should-i-make-a-reservation-for-my-sailing-course.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/how-far-in-advance-should-i-make-a-reservation-for-my-sailing-course.html
To schedule a Cruise & Learn, we'd appreciate a 4-8 weeks notice. However, with 5 boats and 4 VSC Certified Instructor/ Skippers we should be able to arrange a course within 14 days if there are 3-5 students enroling.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:06:34 -0800
Do you have special rates for English Bay Evening Sails for Corporate Teams or Clubs? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/do-you-have-special-rates-for-english-bay-evening-sails-for-corporate-teams-or-clubs.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/do-you-have-special-rates-for-english-bay-evening-sails-for-corporate-teams-or-clubs.html carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:05:44 -0800 Do I have to be a VSC Member to enrol in sailing courses? http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/do-i-have-to-be-a-vsc-member-to-enrol-in-sailing-courses.html http://vancouversailingclub.com/about/faq/do-i-have-to-be-a-vsc-member-to-enrol-in-sailing-courses.html not required to take any of our courses.

Many of our students enroll in our Learn-to-Sail program to help them sail their own boat, a friends boat, or learn crewing skills for participating in group charters or racing. If you plan to take certifications up to and beyond the VSC Bareboat Charter Master you will save alot of money through VSC Member's course discounts. You also have pre-approved access to our Sailing Resources including J24 and Beneteau First 36.7 sloops included in the VSC Sailing Club.]]>
carlr@vancouversailingclub.com (Carl Richardson) FAQ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:04:11 -0800