Sunshine Coast, Sechelt Inlet and Gulf Islands- Heavy Weather Sailing

storm sails

2018 Dates: October 13-19 (Sunshine Coast), Oct 20 - Nov 2 (Southern Georgia, Rosario and Haro Straits)-  take action to develop your sailing knowledge, navigation, seamanship and boat- handling skills to the next level.

7 or 14 days to remember . . . .

Our Pacific Northwest Cruise & Learn is focused on the North Gulf Islands, Sechelt Inlet, South Gulf Islands and the San Juan Islands providing the opportunity to experience heavy weather sailing conditions on a 125NM+ coastal passage. You will learn:

  • Weather, current and tide analysis utilizing decision criteria for passage planning
  • Preparation of crew and boat for heavy weather sailing
  • Prepare the boat, crew and watches for 2 overnight passages 
  • Commisioning and provisioning for heavy weather
  • Coastal piloting without GPS
  • Heavy weather sail selection and trim
  • Rigging and trimming Storm Sails
  • Anchoring, mooring and docking techniques for heavy weather
  • Preparing Submitting Sail Plan
  • Emergency procedures for MOB Recovery and abandoning yacht

RYA Day Skipper, NauticEd Bareboat Chartering, and NauticEd Captain sailing certifications are available. Take your sailing theory and practical boat handling skills to a high level.

Sunshine Coast, Sechelt Inlet and Gulf Islands


Instructor and Person-in-Charge

Photo of Carl Richardson

Carl Richardson, Chief Instructor, Vancouver Sailing Club
Instructor Credentials- RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor, RYA Professional Practices & Responsibilities, NauticEd Captain Rank Instructor and & SLC , Industry Canada ROCM VHF Radio Instructor, ASA206 Advanced Coastal Cruising Instructor, ASA214 Cruising Catamaran Instructor
Professional Sailing Certifications- RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (MCA), NauticEd Captain Rank Level 5, ASA Advanced Coastal Cruising Cert., Marine CPR AED First Aid, CCG SVOP , TC Marine Emergencies ME3, ISAF Safety at Sea
With over 42,000 NM logged under sail and a professional sailing Instructor for the past 16 years, I have had the privilege to introduce sailing and certify more than 1650 students on cruising keelboats 24-52 feet and cruising catamarans 38-48 feet. My lesson plans use proven teaching methods that assist my students in acquiring sailing knowledge, sail planning, navigation, marine weather, operational vigilance and boat-handling for all conditions.  My favourite C&L destinations are BC's West Coast including Howe Sound, Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound. I also enjoy Instructing Cruise & Learn adventures in Greece, British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Grenadines, Antigua and the Turks & Caicos Islands- 65 weeks in the past 12 years. I am an Instructor for the VSC Heavy Weather Adventure, NauticED Qualified Crew, Coastal Skipper, Bareboat Charter Master and Captain Rank Certifications. In 2017 I sailed the Caribbean & Ionia seas  and earned RYA Yachtmaster Cruising Instructor Certification on the Solent, UK and Halifax, NS. 2018 will take my instruction programs to Shanghai China, North and Central coastal BC, the Grenadines, BVI and Texas.


Sechelt to Earls Cove

Ports-of-call may include: Vancouver (departure),  Port Graves, Gambier Island, Smugglers Cove, Saltery Bay, Wilderness Resort ( 2-days Sechelt Inlet), Sechelt, Jedediah Island, Plumper Cove, Vancouver (return arrival)

Howe Sound

Leaving Vancouver's English Bay and entering BC's Georgia Strait provides our northward route lined on both sides with rugged mountains. This is often challenging open water sailing at this time of the year and our opportunity to experience strong wind, near gale and gale conditions.

Gibsons View

Howe Sound's snow tipped mountains border this archpelago of islands, seen from Gibsons Marina.

The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast's Sechelt, Welcome Channel, Smuggler's Cove, Malaspina Strait and Agamemnon Channel provide more challenging exhilarating sailing conditions.

Agamemnon Channel

Agamemnon Channel' s Saltery Bay, Skookumchuck (Sechelt) Narrows 

Nelson Island

A 2- night stay at Sechelt Inlet's Wilderness Resort is included. Beautific rustic rooms, deluxe kitchen/BBQ and a deep water dock provide an ideal base for heavy weather sailing, docking practice, salmon and rock fish fishing. A wood heated hot-tub and fire will help the crew prepare a BBQ salmon feast before settling down into a comfortable bed and and deserved deep sleep.

  Sechelt Inlet and Salmon Inlet

Sechelt Inlet and Salmon Inlet

 Sechelt Inlet and Salmon Inlet 

Exhilarating sailing on  ISAF Category 1 Beneteau First 36.7 offshore equipped sailing yachts with storm sails, asymetrical and symetrical spinnakers.

Next Steps:

  1. Select a 7 day or 14 day Cruise & Learn- C$2275 plus GST per week
  2. Call or eMail the friendly staff of the VSC Office for additional details and registration.


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