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