When is the best time to start racing?
The best time to start is when you have completed- at a minimum- the VSC101 Qualified Crew sailing certification and can participate in 10 full days of on-the-water training within a 6 month window. We have a racing motto at the VSC: "Make it fun by first making it safe".
VSC is an active racing club with a practical program that involves Crew Training, Regular Practices, Distance and Regatta Racing. Racing is a seasonal sport with Spring, Fall and Winter " series of races conducted by the Vancouver Area Racing Council (VARC). You can join in and race on most weekends of the year and all summer long on Wednesday or Thursday evenings in English Bay.
These activities are structured to create an environment where an aspiring crew can develop as a competent speed contributing member of a racing team on keelboats from 24-45 feet . All students 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 develops 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 on-the-water sessions VSC504 Competent Keelboat Racing Crew Program. The race and practice clinic venues are beautiful English Bay, Howe Sound, the Straits of Georgia, Gulf Islands and Deep Cove. Additional clinics throughout the year are available for Advanced Downwind and Advanced Upwind Sailing. They are delivered by proven race winning skippers and PNW sailing professionals. Race Strategy and Tactics are developed with students using local knowledge of weather, winds, currents and geography for each of the 5 races included in the Course.
Completion of VSC504 is required to participate as crew on our boats competing in the BVI Race Week (April), Vic- Maui (June), Antigua Race Week (March) and VanIsle 360 (June) races. Graduates of the VSC504 Program are valued crew members on our VSC boats and other private yachts in the PNW.