Enjoy Vancouver's iconic scenic seaside aboard a 36 foot Beneteau FIRST sailing yacht. Beautiful English Bay, Kitsilano, Stanley Park, West Vancouver and Howe Sound are our destinations for this fun afternoon that introduces you to sailing, Vancouver's maritime history and BC's wildlife.
No experience is necessary.
$89 per person plus 5% GST, INTERACT Payments, VISA and MasterCard are accepted for payment
Afternoons year-round Thursdays & Fridays 12:30- 4:30pm
Our Sail Plan:
We begin our sailing adventure by meeting you at the Granville Island Market Passenger Dock on Vancouver's False Creek. Your Skipper will then take you aboard "ClaraALLEGRO" our comfortable and state-of-the-art 36 foot yacht.
After a local chart and 'Safety is First" review, you are assigned a crew position that matches your experience. If this is your first time aboard a yacht your Skipper will spend the time to make you comfortable and safe, only then will we cast-off our dock lines and begin our adventure.
As we motor past Yaletown, the Granville Island Public Market and Vanier Park, your Skipper will instruct how to hoist and trim the sails. We are now sailing on the afternoon breeze and azure seas of English Bay returning to Granville Island late afternoon.
To help you remember this special time together or adventure, your VSC Skipper for the evening will take pictures with your permission and forward them to your email address.
Question 0: How many people will we sail with on this 4 hour adventure ?
Our two Beneteau First 36.7's ClaraALLEGRO and NorWester have a Transport Canada Capacity of 10 adults. VSC sails with 7 adults and our commercially licenced Skipper.
Question 1 : Where do we meet ?
We meet at the Granville Island Docks at 12:30 - 4:30PM. The docks are at the back door of the Granville Island Market, 1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9 - call us 604 805 9944 if you have difficulty locating our boats NorWESTER or ClaraALLEGRO
Question 2 : What do we Wear ?
Make sure you are dressed for the conditions. A light waterproof coat, non-marking running, boating or cross training shoes, a hat and SPF30+ sun block is recommended. See our Sailing Resources page for additional information.
Question 3 : Will I get sea-sick aboard?
No, if you prepare yourself. +90% of people do not suffer from this form of motion sickness. Eat normally the day before and day of sailing. Greasy foods and to many alcoholic beverages may cause you to suffer. Our Instructors and Skippers recommend eating candied, pickled or tea ginger the evening and morning before sailing if you are inclined to suffer. It works, is available at most food stores and is natural.
Also see our article Avoid Sea Sickness for more ideas.
Question 4 : Can I bring a meal aboard?
Try to have a light lunch before you come aboard. Cafes and restaurants are abundant in the area where we meet. A light snack, energy bar etc. for diabetics or others is allowed. We do provide bottle juices and filtered water aboard.
Question 4 : Where do I park ?
Granville Island has good parking on the opposite side of Johnston Rd. Park in the PUBLIC parking garages where there is more time available on meters.
Question 5 : Are children allowed?
We welcome adults and young adults over 18 years. Children are cherished and allowed only on arranged PRIVATE English Bay Afternoon and Evening Sails. Parents are responsible for the safety of Children aboard our sailboats and yachts.
Questions 6 : What happens if the weather is bad and we are unable to leave the harbor?
Your Vancouver Sailing Club Certified Instructor/ Skipper is trained and motivated to make sailing safe and enjoyable for all participants. It is the sole responsibility of the Instructor/ Skipper to make a determination to sail, postpone sailing or re-schedule the days sailing. People from out-of-town can receive a full refund on request.