I had the opportunity to go sailing today with Greig & Gillie from Gibsons Sailing School. Both are certified sailing instructors with the Canadian Yachting Association and both are comfortable and easy to talk to.
After a few minutes of introduction and safety instruction, we were off into Gibsons Harbour. I was aboard the “Sailing Still”, a Catalina 36′. These photos are of the “Django”, a 28′ Grampian.
After a bit of instruction, I was allowed to take the helm. I must say, this was a pretty cool experience. Greig did all the hard work working the ropes and managing the sails. I learned to tack and come about, and now I know the difference between the main sail and the jib.
Greig specializes in 4, 5, & 6 day courses designed to teach you to sail, read charts, and receive various levels of CYA certifications. You eat & sleep on the boat…plenty of room in the cabin. Sail across the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, and the Gulf Islands.
Gillie specializes in a 3 hour “Introduction to Sailing course. This is designed to help educate a person in the basics of sailing, gain some basic terminology, and have a wonderful experience on the water. She loves to take women out for “Ladies Day-Sailing”, a chance for women to learn and enjoy a very different and empowering experience.
For more information on Gibsons Sailing School, visit http://www.gibsonssailing.org/.