2016 Registered Students

Below are our registered students for the 2016 season. This info has been updated as of July 10, 2016. Last minutes changes may not be reflected in the below listings.

Registered Students for July 11-15, 2016 CanSail 1 & 2 Course

Nuala Stafford – Ethan Rochet – Soley Lapp – Alexander Kempe – Lluc Vilarmau – Colt Cook – Matthew Hinton – Meredith Boyd – Annika Fleming – Quynn Stafford – Owen Goertz – Sam Bilesky

Registered Students for August 1-5, 2016 CanSail 1 & 2 Course

Lucy Nelems O’Connor – Chris O’Connor – Willem Nelems Rabourn – Kate Nelems -Jesse Schubert – Aimee Lever – Ashlyn Modesitt – Kai van Loon – Bo van Loon – Avery Deisroth – Caleb Carver – Cindy Carver – Shinta Kikuchi

Registered Students for August 1-5, 2016 Advanced Laser Course

Taya Schubert (2-man boat) – Curtis Lever (2-man boat) – Yoko Kikuchi – Kenta Kikuchi – Arthur Kikuchi – Nikolas Lamy – Everest Masselink

Registered Students for August 22-26, 2016 CanSail 1 & 2 Course

Cedar Lopatecki – Alex Thwaites – Heather Thwaites – Sandie Pugh – Roz Kempe – Nicholas Kempe – Zlata Steeves – Brooke Jangula – Summer Jangula – Firinne Rolfe – Marina Fabris – Ella Damberger

Registered Students for August 22-25, 2016 Advanced Laser Course

Madeleine Reed – Terra Rolfe – Satya Underhill – Lauren Ohnona – Taeven Lopatecki – Ashlyn Modesitt

 

2016 Course Dates

2016 Course Dates

The CANSail 1 and 2 courses for junior/intermediate sailors will run on 3 separate weeks in July and August. These are combined courses – matching newcomers with seasoned sailors on each boat. In addition to level 1 and 2 courses, advanced sailors have a choice of 2 dates in August. These courses will run at the same time with separate instructors for the CANSail and Advanced groups.

For Junior/Intermediate Sailors

  •          The 1st combined session will run from Monday July 11th to Friday July 15th.
  •          The 2nd combined session will run from Monday August 1st to Friday August 5thth.
  •          The 3rd combined session will run from Monday August 22nd to Friday August 26th.

For Advanced Sailors

The club will provide two weeks of advanced courses using Lasers (1 week for each course). These courses will use a separate instructor for the 5 boats of solo sailors.

  •          The 1st Laser session will run from Monday August 1st to Friday August 5th.
  •          The 2nd Laser session will run from Monday August 22nd to Friday August 26th.

Other Info

CANSail 1 and 2 groups will use Flying Junior boats while advanced sailors will use Lasers.

All groups will be taught by CANSail approved instructors.

For CANSail participants we combine more knowledgeable sailors with “newbies” (generally 3 persons per boat) to provide new comers with a guiding hand in the first few days. Our instructors are certified by BC Sailing under auspices of a national program. Junior and Intermediate sailors in the CANSail 1 and 2 programs will be evaluated on the Friday afternoon after our traditional picnic on Mortimer Spit. They are eligible for competency certificates from our national sailing organization.

The Advanced course taught on Laser sailboats relies on elements of the national program but has limited racing aspects. As a result, we do not offer nationally recognized certificates for participants.

Courses run from Monday to Friday inclusive.
* The Monday class starts at 9:00 AM to allow registration and runs until 3:00 PM.
* Tuesday through Friday courses run from 9:30 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon, with an hour off for lunch on the beach.

All courses are C$125 per week with registration on May 1st for all programs.

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Another week and another great commencement. We had 9 boats and 18 sailors on the starting line for this week’s festivities. A dozen (largely novice) young sailors using Flying Junior boats were accompanied by a half dozen skilled denizens of the deep using our Lasers. To be fair, half the Lasers were being handled by first time skippers, so our complement of students overwhelmingly would have a “Learner/Novice” plaque affixed to their current mode of transportation.

Monday has become our swim test day and everyone attacked the waters with gusto. A local otter was wondering what the commotion was, but s(he) quickly scampered away in the face of 18 determined swimmers.

Youngsters Kicking up a Storm Laser Swimmers

 

It was a challenging morning as winds were light and variable (aka fluky), leaving some of our newer sailors wondering what has happening to their propulsion systems – hehe. Despite the changeable winds, they performed admirably and had their vessels crossing in formation by the end of the first morning. Well done sailors!

Day 1 FJ's Flying in Formation Fj's Chased by Instructor

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Fine weather ushered in our final day on the water for this sailing group. Their strong performance throughout the week allowed our instructors to challenge all sailors to a multi-leg race to/from Mortimer Spit as the “grande finale” to the week. To add some spice, Laser sailors were required to beach the boats, circling them on foot AND completely roll/right their vessels on the water.  It was destined to be a day of drama and fun, keeping our land-based Directors busy scanning the horizon while others manned our crash boat on the water. Things started with beach instruction on rigging a Laser II which, of course, our instructors snaffled as their preferred rig for the romp (providing them with an – ahem – slight advantage). Spectators enjoyed 10 boats mastering the breeze along some fine gymnastics to execute Laser rolls.

Friday PM #14 Friday PM #15

The race dispensed with, our hungry sailors arrived at Mortimer Spit for the traditional BBQ. They dispatched our goodies using the same precision targeting displayed in the race. “One up/one down” was the order of the day – keeping our parent and director volunteers more than a little busy satisfying pent up demand – lol. It was a fun filled hour where everyone gelled and relaxed before returning to the matter at hand … sailing in perfect weather in pristine waters.

Friday PM #10 Friday PM #6 Friday PM #7 Friday PM #9And sail they did! Often the end of the week leaves tired sailors slowly de-rigging boats and returning them to their base. This group was still rocking with juniors being introduced to the advanced Laser boats thanks to our more experienced sailors guiding them. The sailing continued into the late afternoon with boats beached long after our instructors had left to return to Vancouver Island. It was an unmitigated blast for sailors and spectators …

Friday PM #12 Friday PM #11 Friday PM #5 Friday PM #4 Friday PM #3 Friday PM #2 Friday PM #1 Returning Home with a Dry-Roll

Our sailors and parents have always been generous and fulsome with their praise for the efforts of the volunteer Board as well as our instructors. We were delighted when they handed instructors and the Board a card with well wishes at the conclusion of the week. Surprise turned to mild shock when our parents also donated funds to assist in refurbishing some of our boats. We will develop a work plan to put your generosity to best use over the winter! A huge thank you from all of us to each of you.

Thanks Thank You Cards

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

A dull morning start gradually shifted to Pender sun later in the sailing day. Our FJ crews focused on the all-important man overboard routine as fluky winds bedeviled their attempts to provide succour. Asides from the obvious life-saving aspects, this process emphasizes boat control under duress – as many of our participants quickly found it. Based on a point of maximum inconvenience, crews drop a life preserver at the sound of the instructor’s whistle. Fortunately we did not insert a large watermelon into each preserver – but we always reserve the right to do so at a future point! (A slippery heavy melon certainly adds a touch of realisme).

Man Overboard Drill

By noon bright sunshine returned, providing an opportunity to capture our Laser fleet beached and awaiting their Captains.  This shot included our crash boat in action as well a Flying Junior in the background. The afternoon concluded with Lasers practicing racing maneuvers and our FJ’s continuing with the overboard drills. Friday will be the picnic run to the far end of Browning Harbour and our Lasers will be putting their racing expertise to use, including the dry-roll demonstrated in the final beach run at the end of the day.

Lasers on the Beach Returning Home with a Dry-Roll

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Wednesday brought somber clouds with occasional rain showers. A welcome respite for islanders who are suffering from an El Nino-induced drought. It was not quite as fulsomely welcomed by our sailors who faced cool waters with variable winds. The upshot of the day was a minor collision with a moored ocean-voyager at the culmination of our classes. Our instructor spoke with the owners and relayed a damage report to us. Our Commodore and I motored out with apprehension.

And then it happened …

We have all read of blue sea voyagers when perusing our copies of Cruising World or World Navigator. Today was my first “in the flesh” encounter with sailors who have crossed the seas and returned to help us coast huggers move beyond the small stuff. What could have been an exchange of insurance documents (yes, we are covered) quickly transitioned to their desire to support our neophyte  sailors and the joys and learning experiences of voyaging. Where others would focus on vessel defacement, owners John and Loren considered gelcoat scrapes as life marks (even though their boat is absolutely beautiful). I was frankly entranced by both, later reflecting that sailing offers that rare chance to meet the best of folks who brush aside minor issues to focus on the truly important. Needless to say, the Commodore and I could have hung onto their toe rail for hours!

We reluctantly returned to shore knowing this encounter will remain with us for years to come. Thank you John and Loren for sharing your perspective on life and living.

“L’Il Ollie” is based in Oak Bay, Victoria and we hope our paths will cross again. Safe passage and our heartfelt best wishes go with you and your worldly wise crew …

L'Il Isle

(The vessel is adorned with the dark blue canopy).

Tuesday August 4th, 2015

The day dawned bright and clear – affording ideal conditions for our students to once again be introduced to Pender waters (literally). Capsize day is intended to provide sailors with the confidence to right their boats by themselves. We tether a boat to a  buoy and have teams capsize and right their Flying Junior boats. A popular sight for our shore audience which seems to be equally enjoyed by participants. We always seem to have students asking “can we do that again?” – and , of course, we are more than happy to oblige. This year’s team included two visiting teachers from the north. With skill and alacrity they showed us all how it is done! In a fitting compliment, our experienced sailors then offered a Laser Fly-Past to ensure a picture-perfect memory.

Northern Adult Visitors Proving their Agility Safe and Securely Righted with a Complimentary Laser Fly-Past

 

People are what makes the difference in any endeavour. Today we hosted two generational extremes. Our Honorary Board Member is a former Commodore with a stellar resume stretching from fighter jets and commercial planes to water craft. Peter is a young 93 – with a mind sharper than any boat can tack – who self-propels with a pair of walking sticks for balance. Accompanied on this occasion by daughter Joanne visiting from Montreal, he regularly visits and regales us with stories in the air. His presence contrasts with an equally loved Pender family originally hailing from Japan. Our newest future recruit is ensconced in the safety of her ever-buoyant mother’s envelope while Dr. Don introduces other youngsters to the water. We salute all past and future sailors and remain enriched by their daily presence.

Honorary Commander with Visiting Daughter Seeding Future Generations