Welcome to Starlight Sailing Adventures

We are here to introduce you to sailing and cruising in our sailboats or yours. You can do day classes and practice sails, three day condensed courses or come and cruise for a 5 day trip and leave with your Basic Cruising Certificate, Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) and VHF Marine Radio (ROC-M (DSC)) if you want. We are available help you get your new to you boat home from the place you bought it.

Sign up in advance and get the material to home study. Then we go sailing and learn the on the water skills and practice the theory. At the end you write the Sail Canada exam and there you go. You’re certified, you’ve learned a skill and have had a vacation. Our Introduction to Sailing has no studying involved and can be done by anyone, any age.

About us: Gord Fulcher retired early from a Technical, Networking position with a large Canadian Cable Company to pursue his dream of introducing sailing to people. In particular the basics of cruising in keel boats. Before retiring he started The Sooke Sailing Association with his wife and a friend Robert Chouinard to introduce kids safely to sailing and the ocean. The three of them were sailing a lot in Sooke, the perfect place for it, and found there was no one else out there. Starting with the kids seemed to be the thing to do. Including the 2018 season they have introduced over 350 kids to sailing and have nurtured some into becoming coaches and assistants. Now there are many people in the Community of Sooke that work together to keep the kids learning and safe on the water. There is even The Sooke Sailing Co-op for Adults and families to share a keelboat and learn the joys (and challenges) of boat ownership.

Gord, finding his strengths were not with the younger kids, spent countless hours working with older youth and adults introducing them to sailing. All the while taking lessons himself to become a Sail Canada Certified Instructor. “There’s nothing like being out on the ocean and having a pod of Orca swim by, breaching and tail slapping as they go”  says Gord. “I love sailing and being on the water, the more the better!”

Also available: Boat Moving, Scuba Diving, Boat Cleaning, Boat Watch and Maintenance.

Starlight Cockpit Summer
Lis and Brian sailing and laughing
Sooke Whales 2
Arriveing at the dock in Windborne during a Itrduction to Sailing Class

for beginners

You can start with the 3 to 4 hour Introduction to Sailing / Boating Course where you will learn safety, leaving and returning to the dock. The rest of the time we will be out sailing and you can get a feel for what it is like to sail or just practice up on your long forgotten skills. Start your Sail Canada Accreditation now with this class. Returning for practice sails is at a reduced rate. So come often!

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Start Keelboat Sailing

This is one of the entry levels in the series of Sail Canada courses on sailing keelboats and on cruising, Good for individuals with minimal practical on water experience. This entry level course builds basic sailing skills with a focus on operation of the vessel as crew. Candidates completing this course will be able to competently contribute as crew to the operation of a keelboat in moderate daytime conditions. This standard is recommended for those with little boating or sailing experience that want to experience sailing on a keelboat and begin to build basic sailing skills in a relaxed environment and at a comfortable pace.

Basic Cruising Standard

This is an entry level course by Sail Canada on sailing keelboats and on cruising. You can do this course on a five day vacation on the water or take it one day a week. It develops the student’s ability to take command of and operate (with assistance of competent crew) an auxiliary powered sailing vessel, by day, in light to moderate conditions. Basic boating skills are developed under sail and power with a focus on operation of the vessel as both crew and skipper. Individuals with minimal practical on water experience should consider completing the Start Keelboat Sailing standard before attending for this training.

Maritime Radio Course

We offer the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, VHF Maritime Radio Course. ROC-M (DSC) The course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). Can be combined with the Basic Cruising Standard 5 day Cruise Course or taken alone, you can study the book and we’ll give you a review and exam.