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2020 Season Cancellation

After considerable soul-searching, the Junior Sailing Board has voted to cancel activities for summer 2020. We have made the decision at this time in order to provide students/parents with sufficient notice to plan alternate summer activities.

The extension of border closure, ongoing federal/provincial medical recommendations, and the need to maintain self-distancing while on a vessel have been contributory factors. Under the circumstances, conducting on-water classes would have compromised our ability to ensure student, instructor, and volunteer health and safety.

Our thanks go to past/future students and their (grand)parents for your continued support. We will miss our days on the beach and wish each of you and your families good health in these trying times.

“Stay Safe” – as we hope to welcome you back on Pender waters next year.

Frequency Asked Questions as at April 17, 2020

What is the Status of the 2020 Summer Courses?

The coming season remains a “Tentative Go”.  The word tentative is critical as we need to see how the virus situation evolves.

What Will the Final Decision Depend On?

1st and foremost will be a decision by Canadian governing authorities on the virus and relaxation of self-distancing rules. We will abide by Provincial and Federal guidelines and align with the BC Sail governing association.

We also have club-specific criteria in terms of minimum enrollment numbers and the availability of instructors and support staff.

When Will a Decision be Taken?

The decision point will likely be mid-June as we require 30 days to make support arrangements and prepare vessels/premises. This assumes July courses will launch (currently considered doubtful).

If we limit sailing to August (more likely), a decision can be deferred to July 1st.

What is the Current Canadian Situation on Corona-19?

As of April 17, 2020, the following measures are in force:

  • Travel: The border closure with the USA is likely to be extended to mid-May, Island Ferry services are reduced and domestic air travellers must wear face masks.
  • Canada is under a “stay at home” health guidance with mandated 2-meter (6-foot) distancing for any sorties (impossible in a boat).
  • Face masks are recommended for any public place visits and most islanders are self-isolating.
  • Part-time residents/visitors have been asked to stay in their home province and not visit recreational properties in BC.
  • Only essential services (for example grocery/gas stores) are open for customer visits under restricted-access conditions.

What Should Prospective Sailors Do?

Returning students should register on May 1st at Potential new students should register on May 15th at the same email address.

Given the uncertain situation, we will only require payment once a final decision on course prospects has been taken in June.

For details of course dates/costs please refer to the appropriate headings at the top of this web site.

2020 Program (Corona Virus Dependent)

PIJSA plans to offer beginner sailing courses, CANSail Levels 1 & 2 and the more advanced CANSail Levels 3 & 4 this summer.  A Fun Sailing option should also be available.  For CANSail Levels 1 & 2, a student must be 9y old before the start of the course, and for CANSail Levels 3 & 4, a student must be 12y old and completed all or most of Level 2; preference will be given to those who have completed Level 2.  For the Fun Sailing students must be 12y old and have completed Level 2. Adults are welcome for all courses, but should recognize that being in a small dinghy, they must have some agility.  All students will be required to demonstrate their ability to swim in a PFD on the first day and participate in a capsizing exercise on the second day.  Failure to do either of these will result in termination in the course with no refund.

The courses last five days, 9 am to about 3.00-3.30 pm and will be offered in the following weeks: Level 1 & 2: July 13-17, July 27-31, Aug. 3-7, and Aug 17-21; Level 3 & 4: Aug. 3-7 and Aug 17-21; Fun Sailing: July 13-17 and July 27-31.  Registration shall begin May 1 for returning students and members of their household and May 15 for other students.  Registration is by email after 8 a.m. Pender time on May 1 and 15.  In your email, you should indicate which course(s) and dates, and who will be participating and their age.  The return email will provide the registration documents, which should be returned quickly (within 2 weeks).  General information is available on the PIJSA website or from Allyson Coffey 604-220-7259 or Bruce Waygood 250-818-8555.  The fees for the CanSail courses will be $175 and for the Fun Sail where there is little instruction, $125.  Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, fees will be due upon confirmation of a course occurring, and can be paid by etransfer to the above email or by leaving in the PIJSA folder at the Real Estate Office at the Driftwood.

The Level 1 & 2 courses use Pirate class boats. Level 3 & 4 courses and fun sailing use Laser 1 and 2 boats and Bytes.  The CANSail courses shall have BCSail certified coaches; the Fun Sail will be organized by Directors and/or Community coaches who will be on the water with the boats.  The capacity of our courses each week are 15 students in total for Level 1 & 2 and 10 students for Level 3 & 4.  For Level 1 & 2, students are three to a boat unless a student is an adult, then there would be two to a boat, and no more than 10 Level 1 students will be accepted each week.  Fun Sailing may be restricted to 5 students per week.

The current situation with coronavirus will be discussed by the PIJSA Board April 19th, and any additional decisions in respect to this problem will be conveyed on our website and in the May edition of the Pender Post.  In the event of cancellation of courses by PIJSA, any course fees paid will be refunded. However, final decisions will probably not have to be made until early July, and hopefully, the situation will have abated.  Those who have registered will be kept informed by email.

PIJSA would not be able to deliver its programs at the present rates without the support of the CRD, Port Browning Pub and Marina, Nu-to-Yu, Tru-Valu, CRD Parks and Recreation, Pender Island Yacht Club, and Magic Lake Property Owners Society.

Bruce Waygood, Commodore

Annual General Meeting on January19th, 2020

The Pender Island Junior Sailing Asociation AGM is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Sunday, Jan 19, 2020. The location will be the Pender Island Community Hall Lounge.

Below is the Agenda for this meeting as well as the Commodore’s Report covering the calendar 2019 season. A Board of Director’s meeting will follow immediately after the AGM.


Pender Island Junior Sailing Association


10 am  Jan 19th, 2020

Community Hall Lounge



  1. Welcome to Members.


  1. Approval of the Agenda


  1. Approval of the Minutes of 2018 AGM


  1. Report of the Commodore

Past year’s program


Boats and Engines

Better Financial Status


  1. Financial Report

2019 Statement

2020 Proposed budget


  1. Questions from the Membership


  1. Nomination Committee

7.1.  Nomination of Directors for a 2-year term


  1. Other Business


  1. Adjournment. Board Meeting to follow.

Directors and Nominations:

Directors fulfilling their 2nd-year term in 2019: John Ackermans, Margaret Alpen, Rick Mudie, Dave Reed, Don Williams

Nomination of Directors returning for a 2-year term: Allyson Coffey, Peter Hinton, Tim Underhill, Bob Vergette, Bruce Waygood

Nomination of new Directors for a 2-year term: Tom Caston, Bob Coulson.



 Commodores Report

 It was a busy year.  The newly acquired Pirate boats took more work to “assemble” than had been anticipated, but in general, they were an improvement on the Flying Juniors.  Our outboard motors caused a number of problems, leading PIJSA to purchase for 2020 a new 8Hp Yamaha motor and to retire the 2-stroke motor which produced too many noxious fumes.  PIJSA thanks Tom Caston for the loan of an outboard motor for one week. The seams of one of the red Zodiac’s bladders split, and it has been retired and replaced by a smaller and lighter used Walker Bay zodiac purchased on the Island. Another byte was acquired, and after the season, another Pirate boat has been donated to PIJSA.  Thus, no major purchases are anticipated for 2020.  While PIJSA incurred significant equipment expenses, fundraising and donations were very successful.

The biggest problem in 2019 was getting instructors for the Level 3 & 4.  For two of the 4 weeks, PIJSA could only offer “fun sailing” which was restricted to 5 students as one director had to be on the water for every student; an insurance requirement. Fun sailing was offered at a discounted rate ($50 less) as no instruction was provided. PIJSA started to look for 2020 Level 3 & 4 instructors in the fall of 2019.  Satya Underhill provided 3 weeks of Level 1 & 2 instruction and Tara Golonka the other week. Brooke Jungula and Kaiden Richardson provided a week each of Level 3 & 4 instruction.  All the instructors were keen and enjoyed by the students.  However, it became clear that the standards for passing the various levels have been tightened, and it will take many students 2 years to complete each level if they are not sailing in between the courses.  Despite the difficulties in being able to confirm the senior-level courses until the last moment, over 65 students participated.

Delivering the PIJSA’s program requires the contribution of the Directors and volunteers.  On behalf of the Board, I would thank the following volunteers: Tom Bon, Dennis Budnyk, Jerry Folk, Rob Gordan, Lani Harris, Mathew Hinton, Leone Mudie, Margaret Vergette, Ross Warneboldt, and Kate Waygood.

Delivery also requires money, and the following are acknowledge and thanked for their support; CRD, Tru-Valu, Boating BC, Nu-T-Yu, Port Browning Marina and Pub, Green Angels, Parks and Recreation (CRD), Pender Island Yacht Club, and Magic Lake Property Owners Society.



Hackers Tournament on Sept 21, 2019

In conjunction with Port Browning Marina, we are pleased to announce the Port Browning-PI Junior Sailing annual Hackers Golf Tournament. The fateful day is Saturday, September 21st and the weather looks to be co-operating, despite the current spate of moisture.

This is a shot-gun start Best Ball Tournament and participants may join as a foursome or PI Golf will arrange a foursome for you. All levels of swinging competence are welcome – lol.

Cost is $75 for 18 holes of golf and dinner, $55 for PIGC members or for dinner only which will be hosted by Port Browning Marina. Tickets are only available at the golf club.

Contact or (250) 629-6659.

We hope to see you on the links and/or for dinner! All proceeds go to Pender Island Junior Sailing.



2019 Registration Process

2019 Registration Process

Similar to past years, registration will be staggered to accommodate returning students/their siblings followed 2 weeks later by registration for new students.

  1. Registration for returning students and a sibling is May 1st.
  2. All other (new) students will be on May 15th.

We will again offer CANSail beginner course Levels 1 & 2 using Pirate-class training sailboats (similar to our old Flying Juniors) and advanced course Levels 3 & 4 using Lasers and a Byte.

The 2019 Course Dates are: July 15-19; July 29-Aug 2; Aug 5-9; Aug 19-23. All course levels (1-2-3-4) will be offered in each of the above weeks, providing maximum flexibility for our participants.

All students in Levels 1 & 2 must be at least 9 years old at the start of the course, and 12 years old for Levels 3 & 4. Adults are welcome. All students must be able to swim and will be tested.

Registration is a 3-step process for both the May 1st and May 15th registrations.

1) Notify by, the name of the student(s) immediately after 8 AM Pacific Time on May 1st/May 15th along with their course level, primary/secondary preferred week-date, and the email address of parent/legal guardian. As a backup, you can call Allyson Coffey immediately after 8:00AM Pacific Time at: (604) 220-7259.

2) Registration forms will then be emailed to above legal guardians for completion and returned to within 14 days.

3) We request that payment for the courses be made within 14 days of returning the registration form, which should be done shortly after Allyson has confirmed registration. Until PIJSA has received payment, the registration is not secure.

The 2019 course fee is C$175. Payment should be sent to our Treasurer – Rick Mudie –

  1. by e-transfer to [] or,
  2. by cheque left in the PIJSA folder at Dockside Realty (Driftwood Center) or,
  3. by postal mail to 2727 Anchor Way, Pender Island, BC V0N2M2 .

It is vital that individuals initially contact our Registrar at at 8 AM on May 1st/15th to confirm your registration and start the process.

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