Beyond The Basics

Sail Canada Intermediate Cruising (5 days, live-aboard) $1195

This five-day live-aboard course is designed for the Basic Cruising graduate or sailor with equivalent experience. You will perform controlled sailing manoeuvres, prepare meals aboard and pilot the vessel — as both skipper and crew — into an unfamiliar harbour or anchorage. Upon completion, you will be qualified for the internationally recognized Sail Canada Intermediate Standard, the recommended minimum certification for bareboat chartering.

Trip Planning

A crew briefing will start the course and one of the first tasks will be preparing for the voyage. Where will you go? What charts do we need? How much food should we buy? Good preparation before leaving the dock may be the difference between a voyage you want to remember and one you’d rather forget!!

Live Aboard

The boat becomes your home and you will need to agree on responsibilities, cook & clean, troubleshoot problems and be proactive in checking the boats systems to make sure you get home safely. You will be living in close quarters with your fellow crew so you will hopefully make new friends and have some great stories by the end of your voyage.

Sailing Skills

You will have plenty of opportunity to practice the skills you learn as you sail from port to port, anchoring in secluded bays along the way. This course is an integrated experience and you can be sure that you will better understand the balance and dynamics of big boat sailing when you are finished. This course qualifies you for the internationally recognized Sail Canada Intermediate Standard, the recommended minimum certification for bareboat chartering.

This course involves both practical and theoretical elements, but if you require further theory in preparation of completing the exam, we also offer a theory course.

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Sail Canada Advanced Cruising (7 days, live-aboard in the Caribbean) Price varies dependent on location

This course is for the experienced sailor seeking to upgrade skills and develop extended passage experience, including round the clock sailing in a broad range of weather conditions. You will develop technical and practical knowledge, including navigation and watches, cooking a meal underway and maintaining control of the boat in heavy weather.

Understanding the Theory

At this level you begin to delve into weather and sail dynamics: describe the progress of a low-pressure area and the winds associated with the related fronts; where the centre of effort is and why it is important; understanding the key boat systems.

Integration

You will be sailing overnight and it’s you and the crew. As darkness sets in and the horizon disappears the long night begins, the only thing guaranteed is that you won’t get much sleep. You’ll be required to carry out your watch and take your turn at navigating and helming. You’ll need everything you’ve learned to date.

Drills

You’ll be sailing in heavy weather and the performance requirements are extensive. You need to demonstrate three Crew Over Board methods by day and night. An emergency may occur at any time and whether genuine or otherwise, you need to be alert and respond as someone’s life may be in danger. Plus your instructor will be evaluation your response!!

Prerequisites

  • Intermediate Cruising or equivalent experience
  • Sail Canada Coastal Navigation
  • Red Cross or St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid Certificate
  • VHF radio certificate (Restricted Operators Certificate)

This course involves both practical and theoretical elements, but if you require further theory in preparation of completing the exam, we also offer a theory course.

To register for this course, or for more information, please contact Clive Smith at 416-203-3000.

Sail Canada Basic Racing Standard (28 hours) $695

If you want to get into sailboat racing, this is the course for you. Make new friends and learn sail control, strategy, increasing speed and the rules of racing through plenty of hands-on racing on the water on HCSP’s fleet of 10 J-24s. Please contact our office for details and dates.

Prerequisite

  • Basic Cruising Standard

Advanced Practical Spinnaker Course (5 hours) $390

Learn to fly a large spinnaker sail and an oversize code zero (gennaker) on your racing or cruising sloop. HCSP offers the only on-the-water hands-on course in the Toronto area.

Curriculum:

Hour 1 – Classroom – Background to spinnaker and gennaker (code zero) sails, packing the sail, rigging the sail, role of bag, pole, sail, sheet and guy, emergencies and avoiding broaching.

Hours 2-5 – On water – Prepping the spinnaker, hoisting the spinnaker, flying the spinnaker, gybing the spinnaker, dousing the spinnaker, packing the spinnaker in close quarters, prepping the gennaker, hoisting the gennaker, flying the gennaker, tacking the gennaker, dousing the gennaker, and packing the gennaker in close quarters.

Prerequisites

  • Basic Cruising Standard or equivalent sailing experience

Course Dates:

  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 29

Course Start Dates