Have you ever dreamed about sailing away into the sunset, or exploring our beautiful British Columbia coastline? It’s true that for most of us, it is only a dream. The cost of owning a boat is extensive: initial purchase, additional equipment, moorage, insurance, maintenance, etc. The Sooke Sailing Co-op makes family or individual sailing affordable, fun, and gives you the opportunity to learn from others. Try the co-op for a while, or for a long time.
About the Sooke Sailing Co-Op
We are close to Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands. We are looking for people that are interested in being part of the Sailing Co-op. Our main goal is a cooperative ownership of boats for the purpose of training, day sailing, and cruising – for adults and families. Each member pays an annual fee and also contributes time towards maintenance, administration, and social events. The cost of maintenance, insurance, moorage, and other expenses are covered by the fees. We limit our membership to 14 sailing memberships per boat.
Our boat, Rooz, is a Catalina 27, which has been outfitted with many sailing upgrades as well as a brand-new 9.9hp EFI outboard motor.
For New Sailors
Sailing experience is not necessary. Non-sailors are encouraged to join. The Cooperative can help arrange Sail Canada Certification programs for Basic and Intermediate Cruising, Coastal Navigation, and VHF Radio Licensing (ROC-M) with qualified instructors. You are not required to Skipper a boat and can join to crew and have fun. Members also learn boat maintenance and repairs with a hands-on approach.
For Experienced Sailors
Sailing experience is welcomed. Once the orientation is complete you can skipper Club Sails or take the boat out with friends and family. There is so much to do and see around Sooke and in the Gulf Islands. Go sailing in the Sooke Basin, anchor in snug Anderson Cove, or venture out onto the Salish Sea for more challenging adventures.