Learn to Sail Around Vancouver Island this Summer 2020

Join us as we circumnavigate Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Circumnavigation (VIC 2020)

Vancouver Island (VI) is the largest island off the west coast of North America. The roughly 600 nautical mile journey is typically sailed in a counter-clockwise direction to take advantage of the northwest winds that blow down its West Coast.

This journey begins in Victoria, where we start sailing North up the East side of the island towards the town of Port McNeil, located near the top of VI, with stops in picturesque Desolation Sound and the Broughton Archipelago. From Port McNeil, Tula will continue around the top and down the west coast surfing hotspot of Tofino, Barkley Sound, and finally back to Tula’s home port of North Saanich Marina. Each leg of the circumnavigation is filled with beautiful marine life, scenic ocean views and charming coves. 

In previous years, we have prioritized sailing the Central Coast. With this year’s VIC 2020 cruise we will be extending our coastal cruising trip for this upcoming year. On each leg of the trip, we will have space for 2 students to learn Sail Canada’s Basic Cruising Standard (BCS), Intermediate Cruising Standard (ICS), and CPS Marine Radio (ROCM) courses en route. 

We will be starting our VIC out of Sydney BC in early June of 2020 and return by early July 2020. Early summer is a more ideal time for cruising as early summer fog can be a problem in July and later. 

2020 Sailing Schedule

 

BCS = Basic Cruising Standard

ICS = Intermediate Cruising Standard

ROCM = Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Marine)

Course

Week 1: Mar 30  – Apr 3

Week 2: Apr 20 – Apr 24

Week 3: May 4 – May 8

Week 4: May 15 – May 21

Week 5: May 22 – May 27

Week 6: Jun 5 – Jun 24

Week 7: Jun 25 – Jul 2

Week 8: Jul 3 – Jul 8

Week 9:  Aug 31 – Sep 4

Week 10: Sep 14 – Sep 18

Week 11: Sep 28 – Oct 2

Week 12: Oct 12 – Oct 16

Length

5 days

5 days

5 days

7 days

6 days

19 days

8 days

6 days

5 days

5 days

5 days

5 days

Sailing Area

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Victoria, Sooke & Area

Gulf Island, South of Nanaimo

Comox to Broughton Archipelago

Broughton Archipelago

Vancouver Island Circumnavigation

Barkley Sound & Broken Islands

Juan de Fuca Straight & Sidney

Gulf Islands, South of Nanaimo

Victoria, Sooke & Area

Gulf Islands

Victoria, Sooke & Area

Courses Available

BCS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

BCS, ICS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

BCS & ROCM

ICS

BCS & ROCM

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. 
  • Pickup and drop-off locations will be arranged with the Instructor. 

Cruise the B.C. Coast with Tula!

Contact Us. We can work together to determine which course would be best for your skill level and time.