The waters of British Columbia's Strait of Georgia are protected from the open ocean to the west by Vancouver Island, the mountains of which also break the impact of Pacific weather systems. The Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast lie in their rain shadow and enjoy drier, mostly fine cruising weather as a result. That said, sailing is an outdoor water sport and one should be prepared for a variety of climatic conditions. We suggest you bring the following:
- Sheets, pillows and towels will be provided. Many prefer to take their own sleeping bag. If you would like us to provide one please inform us in advance.
- Use soft luggage, not hard suitcases, and exercise restraint in what you bring along given the space limitations imposed by the nature of the sport.
- We keep some additional wet weather gear, sweaters and gloves on board for those guests who might forget something, but please don't depend on this unless by prior arrangement.
- Warm jacket, sweater and pants. Fleece is particularly versatile. Wool is warm even when wet. Jeans are very chilling when windy and damp. Long and short sleeved shirts. Two or three changes incl. socks and underwear.
- Shorts, swimsuit, shade and warm hats, gloves, and wool socks.
- Waterproof jacket and pants. Boots for possible rainy weather.
- Non-slip, non-marking footwear. Deck or court shoes are good to avoid 'tire marks' on deck.
- Toiletries and medication
- Camera and film
- Sunglasses and sun screen
- A few favourite CDs
- Study materials if these have been sent to you in advance, otherwise they will be provided on board.
- Alcoholic beverages may be brought along and enjoyed on completion of the day's sailing, but are not supplied by us.