Learn to Sail Around Vancouver Island this Summer 2022

Join us as we circumnavigate Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Circumnavigation (VIC 2022)

Vancouver Island (VI’) is the largest island off the west coast of North America. In early summer, the clockwise-rotating Pacific High establishes in the North Pacific. The roughly 600 nautical mile circumnavigation of VI is usually sailed in a counterclockwise direction to take advantage of the prevailing NW winds that blow down the West Coast of VI. We therefore normally cruise up the east side of VI to Port McNeill near the top of VI, with stops in Desolation Sound and the Broughton Archipelago. We then cruise from Port McNeill (PMN) around the top of VI, down the West Coast to Tofino, Barkley Sound and finally back to our base in North Saanich Marina (‘NSM’) near Sidney BC. We have not cruised on SV Tula around the Island for some years, preferring more recently to cruise to the Central Coast. Our planned 2021 circumnavigation of VI was aborted due to Covid and the late-arriving Pacific High. VIC 2022 will be our extended coastal cruising trip for this upcoming year. We will take only two students on each leg, teaching Sail Canada’s Basic Cruising Standard (‘BCS’) or Intermediate Cruising Standard (‘ICS’) as well as CPS Marine Radio (‘ROCM’) courses en route, as shown below. Pleasure Craft Operator Cards (“PCOC”), fishing licenses and evidence of full vaccinations are mandatory. We have had all three vaccinations. Rates are available and leg-dependent.

On VIC 2022, we will depart on SV Tula from NSM in early June 2022 and return to NSM in early August 2022. We prefer VI circumnavigations in early summer as coastal fog can be a problem later in the summer. Additionally, boating traffic is minimal on the west coast of VI in the early summer. 

We are planning the following (subject to revision):

  AilSail    NSM/Howe Sound/NSM May 22 – May 28 (Bkd MF)

  Leg # 1   NSM – Comox FD – June 6 -10, lay day Comox FD June 11 BCS/ROCM

  Leg # 2   Desolation Sound – June 12–16, lay day Comox FD June 17 BCS/ROCM 

  Leg # 3   Comox FD – PMN – June 18 – 22, lay day PMN June 23 BCS/ROCM 

  Leg # 4   Broughtons – June 24 – June 28, lay day PMN June 29 BCS/ROC 

  Leg # 5   Broughtons – June 30 – July 4, lay day PMN Jul 5 BCS/ROCM 

  Leg # 6   PMN – Tofino/Uclulet – July 6 – July 26, lay day Uclulet July 27 ICS 

  Leg # 7   Barkley Sound – July 28 – Aug 1, lay day Uclulet Aug 2 ITB 

  Leg # 8   Uclulet – NSM – Aug 3 – Aug 7 BCS/ROCM 

Adverse weather and other issues can result in schedule changes.

 Transportation connection-points with SV Tula include Swartz Bay ferry terminal, Victoria Airport, Comox, Port McNeill (bus or float-plane), Tofino (bus or float-plane), Uclulet (bus or float-plane) and the City of Victoria (bus, plane, ferry or float-plane). 

To chat about other Spring/Fall trips in the Gulf Islands or the Victoria-Sooke areas, contact peter@tulasailing.com or by cell at 778-678-8852 or contact us through our Contact Us page.  

A more detailed coastal passage plan is available. Come along!!

2022 Sailing Schedule

 

BCS = Basic Cruising Standard

ITB = Introduction To Boating

ICS = Intermediate Cruising Standard

ROCM = Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Marine)

Course

Week 1: Mar 6 

Week 2:  Mar 19- Mar 23

Week 3: Mar 26

Week 4: Apr 4- Apr 8

Week 5: Apr 19 – Apr 23

Week 6: May 2 – May 4

Week 7:  May 16- May 20

Week 8: Aug 22- Aug 26

Week 9:  Oct 2 -Oct 6

Length

1 day

5 days

1 day

5 days

5 days

3 days

5 days

5 days

5 days

Sailing Area

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Courses Available

ITB

BCS & ROCM

ITB

BCS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

ICS

BCS & ROCM

ICS

ICS & ITB

Cruising Notes
  • All sails are all-inclusive, and each student receives their own private cabin. 2 Students per course.  
  • Cruising area may change due to weather or other reasons at the discretion of the Instructor. 
  • Course dates may change due to weather or other reasons at the discretion of the Instructor. 
  • Obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC) online prior to the sailing course. In some circumstances, PCOC can be obtained during he course for an additional charge. 
  • Transportation connection-points can be discussed with your instructor. 

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