John Quitzau Memorial Celebration

May 3rd dawned grey and listless as over a hundred Penderites convened in a life memorial for a stalwart of the sailing community. John Quitzau was a life-long sailor, leading the PI Yacht Club racing program in mastering the Gulf Islands’ “liquid assets”. With an ever-ready smile he combined a mastery of tides and wind with words of encouragement to fellow sailors.

Saturday morning was John’s final race as 7 boats convened for a last sortie from Otter Bay Marina. The Junior Sailing program contributed two boats manned by five of our directors in honour of the occasion. In a moving tribute, John’s ashes were then committed to the waters by his son Lester accompanied by the morning’s race vessels.

Shortly thereafter, Angie Quitzau, Lester and Honey Mae hosted a memorial dinner where we shared reminisces of a friend, community leader and avid sailor. It was a day of recognition, love and hope as only Pender can offer.

As a living memorial the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Pender Island Junior Sailing. These can be dropped off at the Junior Sailing folder at the Pender Realty office or mailed to Anne Burdett or Dr. Don Williams.

We mourn John’s passing while gratefully appreciating his legacy in supporting future sailors.

Instructors for 2015

We are delighted to have both Hunter Arcese and Nathan Troost returning as instructors for the coming summer season. Hunter and Nathan endeared themselves to our students last year and we look forward to a return engagement for 2015. Hunter and Nathan are Sail Canada certified instructors for the Cansail 1 and 2 programs. Both demonstrated strong communication skills and their ability to lead and work with our students led the Board to

The Board recognizes their ability to seamlessly transfer sailing/safety knowledge into a fun day on the water and we look forward to supporting them in the coming months.

Laser

5 Lasers are used for advanced sailors enrolled in the CANSail 3 program. The boats are of varying age and were contributed by islanders. While not up to racing specification, the units undergo regular maintenance by the commodore. Rigging/sails are tagged to each unit to facilitate rigging by our students.

Courses in 2016

Our courses follow the latest guidelines of Sail Canada (previously called the Canadian Yachting Association). These guidelines were developed to ensure consistent teaching approaches across Canada. In addition to new course designs, a central registry ensures students have portable accreditation which is recognized throughout North America.

Pender Island Junior Sailing is a participating member of Sail Canada, following their approved methodology. Our instructors are trained and certified by BC Sail which falls under the guidance of Sail Canada with individuals certified for each level of instruction.

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Three courses form the current curriculum:

CANSail 1 is targeted to beginners and provides the basics of safety and sailing. The course emphasizes sailing and safety fundamentals.

Monday morning starts with the basics of sailing and rigging a boat. After instruction on the basic controls, balance and sitting position in the boat, students should find themselves on the water. Weather permitting this is generally on the first afternoon. Sailing is under the supervision of an instructor and, when deemed advisable, a competent adult will accompany a group on the first day. By Tuesday, sailors will be on the water by themselves (3 to a boat).
The week is spent reinforcing safety habits including sailing in every direction relative to the wind. You will learn to tack, gybe, sail upwind and how to recover from a capsized sailboat.

By the end of the course teams should be able to sail with minimum input from our instructor.

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CANSail 2 builds on the prior course, honing capabilities to allow students to sail in a variety of winds and seas. Graduates will be able to sail confidently by themselves.

The course expands on the foundations of CANSail 1, emphasizing controlled responses to changing conditions using sail and boat trim, centerboard settings, and the basics of heeling. The focus is on safe boat control in various weather conditions including a person overboard safety drill. Students will be tested near the end of the week to assess their CANSail 2 certification readiness. We generally aim to end the week with a short multi-leg race where skills are showcased.

Our aim is for you to have the skills, control and confidence to sail without supervision.

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The Laser course is designed for advanced sailors who can single-hand dinghys and competitively handle their vessels in competitive conditions.

Sailing is in more challenging waters near the entrance to Browning Bay with participants approaching the stage of competitive dinghy racing.

The aim of this course is to advance students beyond the fundamentals and potentially transition their skills into group racing. Emphasis is on optimizing boat speed, ensuring secure vessel handling in tight quarters and competitive sailing to a marker buoy. Terminology, Laser boat rigging, and sailing fundamentals will already be part of the participant’s repertoire. While the fundamentals will be reviewed, this will be in the context of optimizing efficiencies. The emphasis will be on boat control in close quarters and challenging sea states.

Teaching will focus on boat trim, heeling, centerboard use, sail trim and sailing efficiently to a course buoy. Basic skills will be enhanced through a process of self-evaluation and on water instructor evaluation. New topics will likely include controlling sail shape and tacking and gybing using heel and roll tacks.

This course adopts elements of the CANSail course but does not include the full CANsail 3 curriculum. While highly popular, we do not offer a CANSail 3 certificate on course completion.

Flying Juniors

Flying Junior Boats

The club extensively uses a Flying Junior fleet for beginner sailors. All boats were custom built to school standards with uniform rigging and sails. Air sealed flotation bunks ensure craft sustainability in case of a capsize. The normal crew for juniors are 3 pre-teen students to a boat or 2 adults for the adult program.

The fleet consists of four identical vessels. All boats are 5-10 years old and were built by a firm specializing in FJ’s.

Courses

Our courses follow the latest guidelines of Sail Canada (previously called the Canadian Yachting Association). These guidelines were developed to ensure consistent teaching approaches across Canada. In addition to new course designs, a central registry ensures students have portable accreditation which is recognized throughout North America.

Pender Island Junior Sailing is a participating member of Sail Canada, following their approved methodology. Our instructors are trained and certified by BC Sail which falls under the guidance of Sail Canada with individuals certified for each level of instruction.

Three courses form the current curriculum:

CANSail 1 is targeted to beginners and provides the basics of safety and sailing. The course emphasizes sailing and safety fundamentals.
Monday morning starts with the basics of sailing and rigging a boat. After instruction on the basic controls, balance and sitting position in the boat, students should find themselves on the water. Weather permitting this is generally on the first afternoon. Sailing is under the supervision of an instructor and, when deemed advisable, a competent adult will accompany a group on the first day. By Tuesday, sailors will be on the water by themselves (3 to a boat).
The week is spent reinforcing safety habits including sailing in every direction relative to the wind. You will learn to tack, gybe, sail upwind and how to recover from a capsized sailboat
By the end of the course teams should be able to sail with minimum input from our instructor.

CANSail 2 builds on the prior course, honing capabilities to allow students to sail in a variety of winds and seas. Graduates will be able to sail confidently by themselves.
The course expands on the foundations of CANSail1, emphasizing controlled responses to changing conditions using sail and boat trim, centreboard settings, and the fundamentals of heeling. The focus is on safe boat control in various weather conditions including a person overboard safety drill. Students will be tested near the end of the week to assess their CANSail 2 certification. We generally aim to end the week with a short multi-leg race where skills are showcased. Our aim is for you to have the skills, control and confidence to sail without supervision.

The Laser course is designed for advanced sailors who can single-hand dinghys and competitively handle their vessels in competitive conditions.
Sailing is in more challenging waters near the entrance to Browning Bay with participants approaching the stage of competitive dinghy racing. The aim of this course is to advance students beyond the fundamentals and potentially transition their skills into group racing. Emphasis is on optimizing boat speed, ensuring secure vessel handling in tight quarters and competitive sailing to a marker buoy. Terminology, Laser boat rigging, and sailing fundamentals will already be part of the participant’s repertoire. While the fundamentals will be reviewed, this will be in the context of optimizing efficiencies. The emphasis will be on boat control in close quarters and challenging sea states. Teaching will focus on boat trim, heeling, centerboard use, sail trim and sailing efficiently to a course buoy. Basic skills will be enhanced through a process of self-evaluation and on water instructor evaluation. New topics will likely include controlling sail shape and tacking and gybing using heel and roll tacks. Tactical racing decisions including rules of the road and competitive decisions in racing scenarios will prime candidates for future advanced courses.

Both CANSail 1 and 2 are offered to kids aged 9 and higher, teens and adults. Depending on the skill set of registered individuals, Flying Junior boats are generally used in both programs. Childrens programs assume 3 individuals to a boat with one week of land/water training.

The Laser course is open to teens and adults. Particpants are assigned individual high-performance Laser boats used for the one week session. This final session is run concurrently with a CANSail 2 program with a dedicated instructor for each course.

About the Club

The Junior Sailing program has been in continuous operation since the early 90’s, starting in Thieves Bay (Pender) and moving to Browning Harbour shortly after inception. The goals of the program remain true to their island family roots with many hundreds of students graduating from the program.

Junior Sailing is recognized by Sail BC and provides diploma certification of the SailCan program. Both beginner and advanced programs for juniors aged 8+ and adults are offered during July and August.

The sailing program emphasizes safety, fun and learning in an outdoor environment with lots of hands-on experience. Weather permitting, participants will be on the water every day for most of the course time. Our Board philosophy is summarized as:
• Keep our kids safe
• Foster self-esteem and team participation
• Master key sailing skills
• Minimize fear of the unknown

The club uses late-model custom built FJ’s with Lasers for the advanced class. Sailing is from a sandy beach on Browning Harbour. The bay consistently experiences 5-10 knot winds blowing towards a sheltered shore with excellent protection on 3 sides. July and August weather tends to mid-20’s Celsius with sunny skies.