The club was launched in 1993 at Browning Harbour when Lou Henshaw and family provided a location for our modest clubhouse and seed money collected from participants in the annual “Round Pender Race”. A fleet of Lasers and Flying Juniors – many donated – were repaired and upgraded over the years. We have enjoyed tremendous island sponsorship in the intervening years and purchased 4 locally-made customized Flying Juniors along with a fleet of refurbished Laser dinghies.
The club initially operated on weekends in May and June for local youngsters. The curriculum has now expanded to 4, week-long summer courses covering CANSail levels 1 to 4. Participants range from age 9 onwards – spanning first timers to advanced dinghy sailors.
Instructors are certified with SailCanada/BCSail to teach CanSail (formerly White Sail) classes. All participants in CANSail level 1 and 2 courses receive a certificate at week’s end after sailing to Mortimer Spit for a BBQ. The Laser course is not certified by CANSail and is offered strictly as a fun experience for advanced participants.
The club directors emphasize fun and safety on the water. Enrollment fills quickly in May with a July start to the season. With consistent on-shore breezes, Browning Harbour provides a unique spot to learn a life-long recreational skill.