B.C. Sailing: Winter’s wild ride
Exploring the B.C. coastline by boat
Winter on the water? Rain, cold and even snow come to mind; and many head south to the land of sun, beaches and tequila. Not so the hardy sailors of Vancouver.
Winds are often stronger and more consistent during the winter months and some of the most exciting sailing can be had between November and March. Some of the most popular regattas are held during the off-season — Snowflakes, Hot Rum and Polar Bear are the telling names of the most popular winter racing series.
However, not only racers and thrill seekers head for the ocean in the winter. Quite a few new sailors take advantage of the low off-season rates most sailing schools offer.
In February, I joined an enthusiastic group of young sailors on their newly acquired sailboat on Vancouver Island. None of them ever sailed before, but they followed their dream of exploring B.C.’s coastline in a sailboat. It was an exciting week, with Poseidon throwing everything he had at us: Rain, calms, heavy winds and a generous dose of sunshine.
With daylight time in effect now, the days of winter sailing are numbered. Let the sunshine, warmer weather and the fresh spring winds inspire you to head out on the water in the coming months.
Read the full story in the Vancouver Sun....
Christof is the owner and operator of Simply Sailing. An enthusiastic sailor he loves to share his knowledge with other sailors.
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