Blackfish Sailing Adventures is an accredited CYA sailing school offering sail training courses, and Skippered sailing charters around Victoria and adjoining Gulf Islands, cruising as far north on Vancouver Island as Desolation Sound. If you are looking to combine a vacation featuring pristine waters and beautiful natural settings, while also improving your cruising skills, we can offer you some exotic options!
Most of our shorter (day and half day sails) during the summer are offered from Oak Bay Marina, a mere 10 minutes drive from Victoria's city centre. The waters surrounding Oak Bay are ringed by many islands, adding interest and wild places to explore, while providing protection from prevailing winds and seas. If you desire more challenging conditions you have the choice of venturing into Haro Strait or Juan de Fuca Straits adjacent.
Gulf Islands: Victoria is conveniently located for cruising the Gulf and nearby U.S. San Juan Islands. The panoramic views of snow-capped Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains make sailing these waters especially memorable (picture).
Princess Louisa Inlet and Desolation Sound/Discovery Islands: Next year we will be offering "cruise & learn" charters to these world-class attractions. Departures will be from Nanaimo and Comox, towns on Vancouver Island close and convenient to these cruising grounds.
This year you will have two sailboats to choose from: our gracefull Beneteau sloop pictured above for those who desire comfort, and a sleek F27 Trimaran for those who seek speed (this vessel can achieve well in excess of 15 knots if pushed)!
The following YouTube video is a satire on how we treat our "first class " crew on Ibis, our Beneteau.:
Call me any time for information and ideas on sailing and chartering. If we can't design a program suited to your cruising and learning needs, we can refer you to someone else who can.
Beaucoup Zig-Zag, eh!
Al Lubkowski, Owner/Operator,
Blackfish Sailing Adventures