VSC506 - Spinnaker Fundamentals Clinic

Course Overview

TWO sessions including on- the- water sailing clinic:

  • select a spinnaker for wind conditions
  • preparation for rounding windward and leeward marks
  • why and how to raise bearing away or gibeset
  • communicate position of the pole
  • steer and trim to performance prediction optimization polars
  • leeward and windward douse
  • avoiding and recovering from broaches

Detail Standard


VSC101 Qualified Keelboat Crew, ASA101, CYA Crew or equivalent time on the water

Morning Session - 9:00AM to Noon

The Theory and Rigging of the Symetrical Spinnaker

What, why, when how to fly the most powerful sail on the modern cruiser / racing yacht. Practice rigging the control lines, sheets, pole and spinnaker bag. Select the correct halyard to avoid dangerous douses. Learn how to pack a spinnaker to ready it for the hoist.

Afternoon Session - 13:00 - 16:30PM

Practical on-the-Water Session

  • Learn to hoist, trim, gibe and douse the modern Symetrical Spinnaker- open water English Bay session aboard J29 or Beneteau First 36.7 cruiser/racer.
  • An awesome fun afternoon learning how to efficiently and effectively fly the largest and most powerful sails aboard the modern racer/ cruiser yacht.
  • English Bay will provide the protected sailing area to help us through new skills, technique and working together with crew and helmsman
  • Don't forget to bring your sailing gloves, have lunch early on Granville Island and dress warm and dry


  • $195 for Morning and Afternoon sessions
  • Light lunch provided- gourmet sandwich, pastry, filtered water, non-alcoholic beverages
  • Option 1 - $125 - repeat Afternoon Session - VSC Members and VSC Students $95

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