SAILING TIMES & PREPARATIONS:
Half Day Sails: generally from 9:00 to 12:00 or 1:30 to 4:30 (three hours)
We sail most every day, year around - as long as there are good winds and fun sailors.
|CONDITIONS||Half day 3 hours||Full Day|
|Cost per person to sail (3 person minimum, and 6 person max.)||
|EXCLUSIVE use of boat (6 person max)||
|*NOTE: The above prices (in Canadian dollars) do not include a 5% tax (HST).
** "STAND-BY" DISCOUNT:
If you are available on short notice and you have registered with us at least 2 weeks in advance, and we have space) we can offer you a 10% price reduction on both our day and half day cruises. Contact us to be placed on our Stand-By List.
Yes, we sell Gift Certificates.
Shoes: Please bring soft-soled shoes which are non-marking , and if possible bring them in a bag to wear when you get to the boat. PFD,s are provided - but advise as to size.
Food: Refreshments and snacks are provided on our half day sails. Lunches can be arranged on our full day sails.
OAK BAY DEPARTURE POINT
Our sail boat, the Ibis, leaves from the end of C Dock, Oak Bay Marina. C Dock is the first dock you encounter at the bottom of the ramp leading down to the water (if you look to the left of the ramp you wil notice splashing seals clamoring to be fed).
If you use a GPS, the Oak Bay Marina is located at 1327 Beach Drive, Victoria, V8S 2N4
There is plenty of free parking at the Marina.
If you have ever wondered what this fascination for sailing is all about, and have dreamed of sailing Canada's Gulf islands around Victoria, here is your chance! Our vessel is a Beneteau 351 moored in Oak Bay (a 10 minute scenic drive along the ocean from downtown Victoria). You can choose from half day and whole day sails in and around these protected waters. Sailing experience is not a requirement.
As a fellow "sailor" you can choose to lay back and let us handle the boat, or you can participate fully in all aspects of sailing - taking over the helm if you like (which we like). In any event, you will be introduced to basic sailing skills and safety at sea. Al, your Skipper in addition to being a CYA Cruising Instructor, is also an experienced naturalist who will be able to answer most questions you may have about the many marine birds and animals you will be seeing..
Before each departure we spend a half hour or so familarizing our guests with the safety features and basic operation of our boat, including emergency procedures. We also introduce 'wanna-be" sailors to area charts so as to discuss sailing options. Our "hands-on" approach will have you sailing our boat sooner than you think.
The advantage of departing from Oak Bay Marina is that this area features the most reliable winds for sailing to be found around southern Vancouver Island. Oak Bay is especially popular with boaters because of the many islands which offer protection from the prevailing winds and waves, and provide sheltered anchorages and fun places to explore. For wildlife enthusiasts, the marine ecological reserves are home to many seals, eagles, and marine birds as well as the occasional sea lion and whale. If more challenging sailing conditions are desired there is the choice of sailing the waters of Juan de Fuca Strait or Haro Strait.
If you have a half day to spend, we could sail around the Discovery and Chatham Islands. These are amongst the loveliest of the Gulf Islands - solitary, wild, and natural, and set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, featuring Mount Baker and the Olympics surrounding!
If you have a day to spend,, we can anchor amongst the islands and go ashore in our inflatable to hike and to picnic.
Or if you would also like to whale watch in an unobtrusive manner (under sail), we can sail across Haro Strait to San Juan Island where during the summer months there is an excellent chance for observing these magnificent creatures.