Qualified skippers can sign out any of the Co-op boats and go sailing as part of their membership in the Co-op. Members without skipper's qualifications can go sailing as crew. Additionally, the Co-op offers several other opportunities to go sailing including weekend cruises, long term cruise (seven days), and often there are skippers looking for crew for day sails in local waters.
Tuesday Night Time Trials is a weekly quiz and sail program designed to help members learn to trim sails, catch optimum winds and have a short after-work sail. There's a boating quiz too, and usually the boats' crews end up in the pub afterward, sorting out the answers and comparing times and techniques.
Thursday Night Sails are a weekly sail event to allow members another organized evening of sailing.
The Saturday or Sunday Sail Program is for sailors to practice their skills or to otherwise just enjoy a leisurely day out on the water. Saturdays or Sundays are an open sailing opportunity to give new members another chance to get out sailing. This is a great way for new members to meet our skippers and make new friends. These sessions are not meant to be official lessons that might be expected from a certified trainer in a certified class. Instead, they are meant to improve your boating skills and confidence in an informal setting, which should result in more enjoyment on the waves for both you and your co-op members. The group may involve a highly qualified member to assist with the topics of the day, or it may consist of three or four members working through the topics as a team. And, since there is no test the session should be fun. Regardless, one person in the session must be a certified 'skipper'. Saturday/Sunday sailing starts in the first week of June and runs to mid-September, except for holiday weekends when the boats are usually out on cruises.
The Van Isle Sailing Co-op is not a sailing school. We refer members to qualified sailing schools who provide CYA, ISPA or Power Squadron courses using qualified instructors.
In the Co-op's Saturday or Sunday Sailing program, a qualified skipper will help members hone their skills at docking, anchoring, crew overboard, sail trim or any other skill the crew feels they need practice on.