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Adventure Sailing

Around Vancouver Island Yachtmaster Offshore

14 day circumnavigation of

Vancouver Island 


Join us for an exciting Yachtmaster Offshore

Cruise & Learn around Vancouver Island.

The first part of this voyage will take you from

Sidney to the northern tip of Vancouver Island

via the Inside Passage through a maze of islands

with tidal currents running up to 15 knots.

On this leg, occasional stops will be made in

remote anchorages. After the Inside Passage,

students will get a taste of some serious open

ocean sailing with occasional landfalls as we make

our way back to Sidney via the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Total mileage on the circumnavigation varies between 500 and 700 nautical miles depending on weather and final route. Weather can range from fog, light winds, steady westerlies of 20-30 knots and storm force south easterlies. This is a serious test of navigational skills, seamanship and your stomach. It will also serve as an excellent catalyst for those contemplating offshore cruising.

The crew will consist of a maximum of six students plus an experienced Offshore Instructor. A watch system will be maintained at all times while at sea. Emphasis will be placed on developing the skills of a serious cruising sailor with constant attention to safety.

AVI 2019 Dates: September 22nd- October 6th 

The skills covered will include:

  • Advanced day and night navigation

  • Heavy weather sailing

  •  Maintenance and repair procedures

  •  Trip planning and provisioning

  • Successful cooking at sea


  • ASA 104 -Bareboat cruising  or 

  • Coastal Skipper/Advanced certification  

  • ASA 105 - Coastal Navigation,

  • VHF and

  • First Aid

Course Level for Monohull: 

  • ASA 106 on successful completion of tasks

  •  ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore cruising certification.


Course Level for Catamaran: 

  • ASA 106 & 108 on successful completion of tasks



  • Course material and food is supplied.

  • Cruising Spinnaker endorsement.

What To Bring: 

  • Foul Weather Gear

  • Strobe Light,

  • Safety Harness

  • Flashlight

  • Knife

  • Thermos

 Around Vancouver Island:

Cost per person:      $4,295.00

14 day circumnavigation 

On a Monohull

 Around Vancouver Island:

Cost per person:      $5,400.00

14 day circumnavigation 

On a Leopard Catamaran

Racing - SwiftSure 

Swiftsure International Yacht Race 
The West Coast's Classic Long Distance Race

We are seeking students to crew!


May 22 @ 4 PM  - May 27 @ 10 AM
Arrive prior to this regatta for tactics training before taking part in the Cape Flattery race of the Swiftsure International Regatta.


Ace RACING skipper Barnacle Bill on........Rio Dorado, Beneteau 40


Coastal Cottage is being skippered

by Larry. Leopard 40 

What’s included: 

All meals during the race,

certification for racing

What’s not included: 

Shore-side activities

What to bring: 

  • Foul Weather Gear

  • Strobe Light

  • Safety Harness

  • Flashlight

  • Knife

  • Thermos

Cost: $1,495.00 On Ride the Wind & $1,950.00 on Coastal Cottage Leopard 40

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