Sailing The Southern Gulf Islands With The Bodwell Boarding Program
The Southern Gulf Islands are a system of islands that span across the east coast of Vancouver Island. This system of ten different islands is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and most amazing wildlife British Columbia has to offer.
On April 15th the Bodwell Boarding Program set out with five students on a five-day sailing trip through these islands. Starting with a ferry ride over to Sidney, BC the students spent the first day learning the mechanics of sailing and how sailboats work. That night we had our first sleep on the boat in Sidney Harbour. The next morning we woke up to set sail! We spent the better part of the morning learning about emergency procedures and how to rescue crew if someone goes overboard.
The next four days were spent sailing the Southern Gulf Islands. As we continued to learn about the boat, we sailed through Saltspring Island, Mayne Island, South Pender Island and Mill Bay. During this time students learned everything from how to set-up and steer a 42′ sailboat, to how to moor (park) the boat in a dock (not an easy task).
In the end, all of the students did such a great job that they all became certified members of the International Sailing and Power-boating Association.
I would like to personally thank Winson Qu, Tiffany Han, Cori Li, Jorge Woolrich, and Ali Erfani, as well as the parents of these students for making a trip like this possible.
The ship we sailed was the 41′ Beneteau ‘Chloe Marina’ from Island Cruising. Find out more about the boat here!