Thursday, September 14, 2017


Hello World, it's been a while.

In the priviouse post, I was in the middle of my first contract in the Carribean.  It was lovely sailing, and a good learning experience working in a base and teaching lots of ASA courses as well as helping look after the boats a bit.

About the end of that contract, I started getting emails from the Sun Sail Sailing school on Tortola.  After lots of interviews I ended up accepting a probationary position in their school.  I was home in Vancouver for 5 weeks, and I was off again for another contract.  It turned out that I wasn't a good fit for that school.  Learned a lot from the Principal and head instructor, but it wasn't the right place for me.

So it looks like I am going back to St.Vincent and the Grenadines to work for the Barefoot Offshore Sailing School.  I plan on two three month contracts, with the first beginning the last week in October and come home in January.  I'll return after a late christmas break for another three months.

On that topic, my wife Dana and I have a new home base.  I wanted to do some more long contracts, and Dana wanted to move home, so that's what we're doing.  We have moved into Dana's mom's house in Thunder Bay Ontario.  I think I am going to enjoy living in a smaller town.  There is also an active sailing community, with an event most weeknights.  The main race nights are Wednesday for the Yacht Club and Thursday for the sailing club.  There is a Lightning fleet here for some good one design racing.  I havn't sailed a lightning sincce I worked for the Kitsilano Yacht Club ages ago so I won't be short of sailing oppourites.

It's also easier to fly to the Carribean from this coast.  In December there will be a direct flight from Toronto to St.Vincent into the new international airport there.

The other new thing is I feel like I am gathering enough experience to think about my own school in the future.  I have an interesting 5 year plan that will be the topic of my next post.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Carribean Adventure

This winter i have been able to make use of the new qualifications I got last winter.  In August I started job hunting looking for a charter base or school that i could work for for the winter.  In the end it turned out that the places that a canadian can work are mostly in the Caribbean, and mostly American Sailing Association (ASA) schools. Fortunately i was able to cross over my rya qualifications to the equivalent ASA instructor qualifications.  After that I had more luck job hunting.  I had a few skype interviews, and then a job offer from Barefoot Offshore Sailing School.  Here’s a link:

So I arrived before christmas planning to teach my first course the week before christmas.  Unfortunately the students canceled that course due to a very rainy forecast and i worked for the base helping in the rigging department.  I was able to learn about the boats and how the base works and such instead.  I did get out for an orientation sail in 25 kn and 2 meter seas.  Average for the end of December i’m told.

Next I went out for a 7 day with a family of 3.  They found the waves a bit much so we focused on skills instead.  Spent a lot of time around Beckway.  Here’s a couple pictures:

Returned to base, switched boats and crews and went again.  The second crew was two couples with a bit of sailing experience, so we worked on a lot of skills and got everyone through to bareboat skipper.  I learned a lot about the ASA standard in the process and now I have a much better plan for the next time I get a full boat load of people who want bareboat skipper.  Basically get the middle level done by day 3 and then get ready for the harder skills.  Here’s some pics

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Docking Video

Trying my hand at a how to video.

Sailed on Simply Sailing's SJ24 with members of the West Coast Sailing Club


Saturday, July 30, 2016

A cruise with Chestermere school

I did a cool cruise with a group of students from Alberta.  Their school trip was to spend a week cruising around the gulf islands.  Lucky Chestermere students huh?

Here's a video

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Enjoying J24 sailing

Part of my sailing work this season has been on a J24 owned by the Vancouver Sailing Club.

Here's a video from a fun day of training with two separate crews.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Paralympic sailing article

The following is the a very good article about the Canadian Sonar team, Tingley Campbell Lutes.  They have consistently been in the top three on the world cup circuit.  This makes them the only Canadian in the olympic sailing events that I expect to come home with a medal.  The rest of the team looks good, but good results for the able bodied sailors are top 10 finishes, not standing on the podium.

The other thing this article does is address the water quality issue.  There is large amounts of raw sewage in the bay where the sailing events will take place.  This creates an obvious health issue.   Sailing specific media has talked this issue to death, but this is the first time I have seen any mention of water quality issues from any mainstream media outlet.

Good job CBC!

Here's the video:

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Lee Shore's are bad

A truism in sailing is that Lee Shores should be avoided.  Traditionally rigged boats had difficulties working their way to windward.  Earlier this week there was a really good examply of this.

A pair of M32 catamaran's sailing in the Match Racing world championship event in Marstrand were in the prestart.  They sailed downwind up to a rocky shore, where the competitors used the rocky, lee shore as a barrier to prevent their competitor sailing to leeward of them and gaining the right to luff them up head to wind. One of the boats headed up violently and attempted to tack away from the lee shore, but they muffed the tack and ended up drifting down to leeward up against the shore.

A classic example of why Lee Shores should be avoided.

Here's the video