About Us

MEET THE TEAM

Get to know
the Starlight Sailing Team.

Welcome to Starlight Sailing Adventures. We are here to introduce you to sailing and cruising, in our sailboats or yours. Learn to sail during our day classes and practice sails, three day condensed courses, or come and cruise for a 5 day trip. We have three boats available so that we can meet your schedule.

Starlight and Aloha 32, IS mostly used for the 5 day trips but is also available for day trips and three day courses, Prime Time a Catalina 27 is available for day trips and 3 day courses and Sea World a 26ft. Wooden Folk Boat is here for day trips and 3 day cruise and learns.

Starlight

Gord Fulcher – Skipper, Instructor.

Prime Time

Dallas Duobaitis – Skipper, Instructor.

Sea Wolf

Mitchell Johnson – Skipper, Instructor.

Get Certified With Us!

You will leave with your Basic Cruising Certificate, Coastal Navigation, Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) and VHF Marine Radio (ROC-M(DSC).

Starlight &
Gord Fulcher

Starlight

She is a 32 foot Aloha 32 built in Toronto in 1983. Designed to sail from Vancouver to Hawaii– which makes her more than adequate for Sailing in the near coastal waters area around Victoria BC. There is room for 5 to sleep but things are most cozy and comfortable with three or four. Onboard is a new model Raymarine Chart Plotter and Standard Horizon VHF radio with AIS receiver. There is a full kitchen with running cold water, a propane stove/oven and a small barbecue outside.  The Head (bathroom) also has running cold water and a composting toilet.

 

Certifications:

Sail Canada, Basic Cruising
Standard Instructor.

VHF Marine Radio
Instructor (ROC-M(DSC).

Pleasure Craft Operators Card Examiner (PCOC).

First Aid.

The Skipper

The Skipper: Gord Fulcher retired early to pursue his dream of introducing sailing to eager learners. He loves introducing the basics of cruising in keel boats. Before retiring he started The Sooke Sailing Association, with his wife Lis Johansen and a friend Robert Chouinard, to introduce kids safely to sailing and the ocean. 

Starting with a youth sailing program was particularly inspiring, and eventually became a calling. As of 2019, the team has introduced over 500 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 was the President and founding member of The Sooke Sailing Association and now devotes his time to Starlight Sailing Adventures and the Sea Cadets in Sooke.

Membership:

Navy League and Sea Cadets, Sooke Branch Sailing Director.

Sooke Sailing Association.

Sooke Sailing Co-op.

Sail Canada.

BC Sailing.

Bluewater Cruising.

Canadian Power and Sail Squadron.

Prime Time & Dallas Duobaits

Prime Time

She is a Catalina 27 (26.83ft)– one of the most successful and popular boats ever made. She is hull # 3109 of a production run of 6662 and constructed in 1977, currently on her third owner after being very much loved by her previous owners. The Catalina 27 is often described as ‘everyone’s first boat’, praising it as an affordable, versatile boat with easy handling and good accommodations for its size, while implying that everyone eventually grows into something bigger. She is a great all arounder and an excellent boat for learning, having no particular faults, just at the expense of not excelling at anything either. In short she is balanced, affordable, easy to sail and easy to find. The Catalina has been mentioned many times in various books as a budget to go anywhere boat, with some circumnatiations to its credit to boot!

Primetime has a 9.9hp Yamaha board, allowing some maneuvering advantages at moving under power. A furling 130% Genoa head sail allowing fine sail trimming and easier solo sailing. I have rigged Prime Time to be comfortable to sail solo with every control in the cockpit, and it is even easier when not sailing solo. She has a Lowrance 5.1 ti GPS, Standard Horizon VHF radio and a 100 watt solar panel making her independent from the shore for all her electronic needs. She is able to sleep 6, though 3-4 is more preferred.

Certifications:

Sail Canada, Basic Cruising
Standard Instructor.

VHF Marine Radio
Instructor (ROC-M(DSC).

Pleasure Craft Operators Card Examiner (PCOC).

First Aid.

The Skipper

When not sailing Dallas Duobaitis is a professional visual artist. After finishing his MFA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design he toured the North Coast of Scotland for 2 years before returning to Sooke where he grew up. Being raised on the west coast he was on the water in various capacities from a very young age, and never has lived farther than walking distance from the ocean. He has worked professionally in contemporary art galleries as a Technician and gallery Preparator, he is a continuing asset to the setup and organizing of the Sooke Fine Arts Show. He is also currently a director of the Sooke Sailing Association and the maintenance and facilities person for all equipment. He is passionate about sailing boats solo adventures around Vancouver Island and working and restoring older boats who still have many years ahead of them. Sorry ladies he is married to the Sea!

Sea Wolf & Mitchell Johnson

Sea Wolf

Sea Wolf is a 26 foot fractional wooden sloop built on the lines of a Nordic Folkboat, designed for the Baltic Sea and known for making numerous ocean passages. First started on north Pender Island in 1978 and finished and launched at Thunderbird boat yard in Vancouver in 1982. Sea Wolf is planked with African Mahogany on White Oak ribs, and with 2,200 lbs of cast iron in her full keel taking up just over half the total weight, makes for a seaworthy and fun cruising vessel for the Juan de Fuca Strait or Gulf Islands. Equipped with little in the way of electrical, apart from navigation lights, VHF radio and electric bilge pump helps take one back a century or more.

Certifications:

Sail Canada, Basic Cruising
Standard Instructor.

VHF Marine Radio
Instructor (ROC-M(DSC).

Pleasure Craft Operators Card Examiner (PCOC).

First Aid.

The Skipper

Mitchell Johnson was born in 1998. He has travelled with family for several years across Canada, around the U.S. down to Mexico, sailing through the Sea of Cortez, and having always been drawn towards sailing and making model sailboats growing up. Mitchell is drawn to help share the joys and practices of safe sailing and the beauty of British Columbia’s coast and wildlife.

Covid-19 Third Wave Updates

Starlight Sailing is  following Sail Canada BC Sailing, Return to sport and WorkSafe BC Covid-19 procedures.

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