Three of our instructors plus one from another sailing school recently completed the Sail Canada (CYA) Advanced Instructor clinic. Advanced sail training includes night sailing, sailing in heavy winds as well as sailing to and from a dock or mooring buoy.
The course was conducted in Silva Bay on Gabriola Island, BC. We used Greig’s Catalina 36 as our class room and Larry’s Contessas 32 for the sailing lessons.
The weather was fantastic. The sun prevailed and a stiff breeze kept the sails full. It was great to be on the water with sailors having such varied experience. From the merchant marine, to sailing offshore in the Pacific Northwest, the South Pacific, the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic - there is not an Ocean where the team has not sailed on collectively.
We learnt from each other through presentations each instructor prepared beforehand. It was interesting to see different teaching techniques and the use of cool props that keep the students engaged. One instructor even used painted chess figures to show how the different aids to navigation worked and another the seeds of an apple to explain how the wind drives a boat forward.
The instructor Oliver Woolcock was a fantastic course conductor. Oliver is a senior instructor evaluator with Sail Canada (CYA) as well as a Yachtmaster Offshore examiner with RYA and owns a CS 33.
We practiced different crew over board procedures, sailing to and from a dock with a sea breeze (quite challenging indeed) and navigating shallow passages that required careful study of the tide tables.
The course focused on bringing the different experiences together, reviewing alternative sailing procedures and discuss how to best deliver the advanced sailing skills during the class.
If you are interested in learning these skills - contact us for more information: 604-440-2864 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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