LEARN TO SAIL
About Starlight: She is a 32 foot Aloha 32 built in Toronto in 1983. Designed to sail from Vancouver to Hawaii making her more than adequate for Sailing in the near coastal waters area around Victoria BC. There is room for 5 to sleep but more 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.
About us: Gord Fulcher retired early to pursue his dream of introducing sailing to those who want to learn, in particular 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. 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 a youth sailing program seemed to be the thing to do. Including the 2019 season Sooke Sailing 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 is the President of The Sooke Sailing Association and also devotes his time to Starlight Sailing Adventures.
Sail Canada, Basic Cruising Standard Instructor
VHF Marine Radio Instructor (ROC-M(DSC))
Pleasure Craft Operators Card Examiner (PCOC)
Sooke Sailing Association (Commodore)
Sooke Sailing Co-op
Canadian Power and Sail Squadron
Starlight from Whiffen Spit
Photo by Carl Chambers