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Whatever you do on a Sailboat, stay safe & have fun ! 

 Remember,  enjoyable everyday sailing can be  different from ego driven competition racing.  In competative  racing you learn to use the wind & currents & shape of your craft.  To Race - take the course on Race Rules before you sign up.

Basically, Keep the water out & the People in, don't hit anything bigger or slower than you are.


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The Instructors at MacSailing School are our neighbors . We can book them and the students split the cost. Or anyone can just take their courses. 

Here is a progression of courses,  but you can also be self taught,  or perhaps,  your family always sailed.

Local Vancouver  Sailing Schools and Women friendly schools 

CYA Sailing Standards,  Keelboat

Learn to Cruise

Basic Crew

Basic Cruising

Basic Keelboat Racing

Intermediate Cruising

Advanced Cruising



CYA Sailing Standards

Learn to Sail

White Sail (Level I)

White Sail (Level II)

White Sail (Level III)

Bronze Sail (Level IV)

Bronze Sail (Level V)

Silver Sail (Level VI)

Gold Sail (Level VII)

CYA Powerboat Standards

Basic Powerboat

Intermediate Powerboat

Basic Outboard

CYA Navigation Standards

Coastal Navigation

Advanced Navigation

Celestial Navigation

Yachtmaster Coastal and Yachmaster Offshore – What’s the Difference?

The definition of a Yachtmaster is: ‘A yachtsman or woman competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage that can be completed without the use of astronavigation’.

Yachtmasters should be able to enter any well-charted harbour for the first time, with sufficient depth, by day or night.

A Yachtmaster Coastal has ‘the knowledge needed to skipper a yacht on coastal cruises, but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer passages’.

In other words, the theory is the same for both, but less practical experience and skill is required for the Yachtmaster Coastal exam.


How old when starting / number of years using sailboats.

Types & size of boats you have crewed on

Types & size of boats you have Skippered

Location of waters sailed.

Solo Skipper experience 

Navigation & Chart reading skills

NOTE: the self taught person is often missing the aspects  of teamwork and task assignments. Often safety and security for crew and self,  is different for a lonely learner. It can also be slower,  and learning by mistakes can be expensive.

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