The Sea Star Sailing Experience
Explore the Discovery Islands, stepping stones to world-renowned Desolation Sound, on a Niagara 35 that has sailed around the world. Your Transport-certified captain will depart from Heriot Bay on Quadra Island in search of secluded anchorages, sandy spits perfect for picnics, and tidal currents teeming with marine life. Step aboard the SV Sea Star, for an afternoon sail, a sunset cruise or a CYA learn to cruise course.
CYA Basic Cruising Standard including Pleasure Craft Operator Card Course
Learning to sail builds confidence and opens up a fun-filled world of blue water adventures. Our sailing classes follow the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) curriculum. No previous experience is required to learn boat handling procedures and seamanship in a safe setting. Each sailing class is tailored to build on the previous lesson and prepare you to cruise as both skipper and crew in familiar waters by day. The course consists of one classroom session and three days on the water instruction in a 35 foot Niagara. We start by learning sailing terms, safety gear required, basic radio procedure, then proceed to manuevering under power, docking and setting sails. We learn how to anchor in one of the many coves of the Discovery Islands and how to snug the boat down at the end of day. Contact us for coming classes.
"Being new to the sailing world and all the phrases and rigging, with Capt Ianís relaxed manner everything came together. With the hands on experience and Ianís knowledge, I look forward to the next step in my sailing career. "
Ron, recent graduate
Highlights from the 2010 Oysterfest on Cortes
Sailing into Bute Inlet
" our first taste of sailing-made our trip to Quadra most memorable...."
Each Sea Star sailing adventure is custom designed to fit your knowledge and skill level. A brisk reach from Heriot Bay over to Shark Spit, followed by a relaxing swim, or a leisurely cruise up Hoskyn Channel as your knowledgeable skipper tells tales of island life. Introduce your children to the magic of sailing on a family cruise. Or during a dinner cruise, unwind as you sample local delicacies such as smoked swimming scallops.
"thanks for the nice journey into the sunset... "
Cap'n Ian has spent more than 9 years sailing offshore. A member of the Jacques Cousteau generation, he grew up thinking all " zee leetle fish living amidst zee coral "spoke with French accents. After he became a biologist he studied conch in the Caribbean, coral trout on the Great Barrier, grizzlies in Tweedsmuir and spent six seasons as a marine ranger with BC Parks. In 2003 he left with his family on a four-year circumnavigation of the world. They survived the Boxing Day tsunami in Phuket, pirates in the Gulf of Aden and a winter moored by the Place de la Bastille in Paris. He co-authored Exploring Quadra Island- Heritage Sites & Hiking Trails with Jeanette Taylor
and recently released Campbell River, Gateway to the Inside Passage with photographer Boomer Jerritt.
He is a CYA Cruising Instructor and looks forward to tailoring a Sea Star sailing adventure for you.
Contact Cap'n Ian - seastarsailing at gmail.com or 250-285-AHOY(2469)
"good food, good sailing, good skipper..."
Accomodation options on Quadra
To find out about Sea Star's circumnavigation follow these links:
Homeward leg | Panama to Mexico | Grenada to ABC's | Atlantic crossing | Spanish Family | Portugal | Bay of Biscay | Ireland and London | Isle of Man | Castles and Lake District | Arrival in Scotland | Norway | Germany and Denmark | Belgium and Holland | Heading north | Final Days in Paris | Vimy Memorial | Winter in the City of Light | Christmas in Paris | St. Jean to Paris by canal | Visit Home | Up the French Canals | More Italian adventures | Italy | Greece | Turkey | Cyprus | Battle up the Red Sea | Oman | Looking for family roots | Passage to India | Surviving the Tsunami | Thailand | Malaysia | Leaving Indonesia for Singapore | Arriving in Indonesia | Leaving Australia | Sailing with friends | Yamba | Cruising the Oz Coast | Christmas Down Under | Maps | Kids page | New Caledonia to Australia | Vanuatu | Fiji | Wallis Island | Samoa | Canton Island | Hawaii | Leaving Canada | About Us | The boat | Contact Us