2018 Cruise & Learn Dates: March 23-26 (Nanaimo- Saltspring) Is. Full / April 16-20 (Vancouver- Sidney), April 22-26 (Sidney-Vancouver) / May 13-18 (Vancouver- Saltspring Is.),May 21-25 (Saltspring Island to Victoria), May 27-June 1 (Victoria-Vancouver) / June 9-15 (Vancouver-Sidney) Full / June 16-22 (Sidney-Vancouver) Full, June 23-29 (Sidney- Vancouver) 2 spots left / September 15-21 (Vancouver- Pender Harbor) Full, Sept 22- 28 (Pender Harbor- Vancouver) Full / (October 20-26 Vancouver- Saltspring Is.)
As a sailing destination, there are few places in the world that match the beauty of British Columbia's majestic mountains, quiet coves, friendly ports, pristine Provincial Marine Parks and the abundance of coastal sealife. Since 2004, our C&L adventures in the Gulf Islands have prepared our students with the sailing knowledge, seamanship and boat-handling skills required to become competent coastal Day Skippers, Bareboat Chartering & Internediate Sailing Masters and competent Qualified Crew.
Our knowledge of this cruising area, ports-of-call and the fun places to see and explore is extensive. We’re happy to work with you on a variety of sailing options. Many of our students and couples have told us that the 7 days afloat have been the best holiday experience they have ever had!
VSC Cruise & Learn includes:
5, 7 or 14 days of VSC certified sailing instruction on Beneteau 36.7 sloops equipped for coastal and offshore cruising
Enrolment in 2 NauticEd Certifications per 7 days choose from: VSC101 Qualified Keelboat Crew(Beginner- 2 days ), VSC203 Day Skipper Certification (Intermediate 3-5 days), VSC204 Bareboat Charter Master (Intermediate 3-5 days), VSC205 Coastal Navigation (Intermediate 2 days)), VSC506 Spinnaker Fundamental (Intermediate 2), VSC322 Advanced Coastal Skipper (Advanced 7 days ) VHF Radio ROCM course and exam, Canadian Pleasure Craft Operators Course (PCOC) and exam
- NauticEd self-paced Internet based pre-course study for Competent Crew, Day Skipper and/or Bareboat Charter Master, Offshore Captain
- NauticEd cloud-based LOG Book and Sailing Resume
- Mediterranean Anchoring and Mooring Endorsement
All aboard meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
Fresh linens/ sleeping bags, towels and facecloths
Type 5 inflatable Personal Flotation Device ( life jacket)
- Personal preparation for what to wear, bring with you and study by your Cruise & Learn Instructor
- Use of 2 Kayaks and 8HP RIB Dinghy
- All fuel, docking and moorage fees
"Carl was a fantastic (VSC) instructor for the entirety of my 7 days sailing with him. He made sure to allow me to put my skills to practice with minimal intervention, unless it was required. His instructional methods are very well developed and leaves a student with a great deal of confidence. He is very approachable, and entirely professional. I would recommend Carl for anyone who is interested in learning to sail, or those who simply want to improve their skills with an experienced sailor."
- Derek Walter. Winnepeg, Manitoba, NauticED Certified Bareboat Charter Master
"Sleek as ClaraALLEGRO is, it is not the boat; not the gorgeous waters; or that adventure that comes in hand, but that comfortable and confident attitude that comes with the skills you impart. Damn, that was fun. You will certainly see me again for the Advanced Coastal Cruising"
- Marc Hess, Fredericksburg, Texas, NauticEd Certified Bareboat Chartering Master
Each day following a healthy breakfast, your instructor leads you through a morning sailing lesson, late morning sail, lunch afloat, afternoon passage, late afternoon anchoring, mooring or docking lesson, boat maintenance, and the preparation of the Float Plan for next day. New course knowledge, seamanship and boat-handling skills objectives are posted and reviewed at the evening meal.
"One year ago I had to start from ZERO. A few weeks ago I sailed a 36 ft sailboat from Nanaimo to Vancouver in 20 knots of wind with "my" crew and me at the helm in a completely comfortable and safe way. An unforgettable feeling and I owe it all to Carl Richardson (VSC Instructor)."
-Wim Arits, VSC204 Bareboat Cruising Master and VSC504 Competent Keelboat Racing Crew Certified
In addition to our sailing schedule of 5+ hours per day you are encouraged to take our RIB dinghy and to shore for seaside hiking, and snorkelling. We also have 2 kayaks for your use.
Our meals are designed to be healthy, delicious and light. Safe cooking aboard is taught in our galley complete with gas stove with oven, refrigerator-freezer and deck mounted barbecue:
Breakfast is continental with fresh fruit juices, cereals, muffins, tea and coffee
Lunch includes soups and sandwiches with variety of soft drinks or milk
For dinners we alternate between local PUBS/ Cafes or students assisting aboard in preparing barbecued fresh turkey, salmon, chicken, lamb or beef served with baby vegetables, pasta and salads. Desert is a local sweet surprise.
Sleeping and Living Aboard
Each of the three private cabins are hatch & fan ventilated and have forced air heat for spring and fall sessions.
Two salon couches can also be used as berths. We provide fresh laundered color- coded sleeping bags, towels and face cloths for each student. We also provide non-allergenic soaps and body lotions.
Our yacht has FILTERED hot & cold pressurized water for sinks and shower to keep the crew comfortable.
It is requested that your personal gear is stowed in one duffle or soft walled bag. Bring enough clothing for 4 days only as we will be stopping at full service marinas equipped with washing machines. We recommend that you bring your own personal care products in an easily stored kit. For recommendations on clothing to bring please see our RESOURCES link.
$1875 pp for 7 days, $1425 pp for 5 days, $875 pp for 3 days- Group and Private rates are available on request
Learning to Sail at the VSC is rewarding:
- CONFIDENT, RESPONSIBLE and PREPARED - our focus is developing your sailing knowledge, seamanship and boat-handling skills for personal competence and safety in the context of having F U N and A D V E N T U R E
- 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 downtown Vancouver docks, the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and new iconic international cruising grounds
- RECOGNITION - NauticEd.org Cruising Course Certifications and Coastal & Ocean Mileage Builders are respected qualifications for international Bareboat Chartering and Yacht Insurance Companies