Cape Breton Sailing School

Learning to Sail is Just The Beginning

Cape Breton Sailing School the Start of the Adventure.
Start Keelboat Sailing.
Basic Cruising Standard.
Intermediate Cruising Standard.

Sailing Area
Sail on the beautiful  unspoiled Bras d'Or Lake  offering sheltered sailing or a great fun filled sail when the breeze picks up.
For more advanced sailors and those wishing to gain more sea time we have the Atlantic Ocean the other side of the canal.

Learn to sail

Start Keelboat Sailing
Course Structure:
Safety on the water.
Nautical Terminology.
Get to know the Boat.
Getting Under way.
Finding and Understanding Wind Direction.
Interaction of Wind with Sails & Boat.
Points of Sail
Sail Trim & Sail Shape.
Basic Knots.
Basic Navigation and Right of way Rules.
Using the Engine.
Docking  and picking up a Mooring.

Upon the completion of a practical skills evaluation and written Sail Canada (CYA) exam,successful candidates will be awarded the Sail Canada Start Keelboat Sailing Standard.

Start on a Friday at 6.00pm at St Peters Marina and finish at 4.00pm on Sunday.
This weekend course is designed for the beginner with little or no experience and who wants to experience sailing and maybe move onto a boat of their own. 
Objective of this course is to be able to sail safely as crew of a sloop rigged keelboat 6 to 12 meters with an outboard or inboard motor in 5 knots to 20 knots of wind by day.
We run this course every other weekend from June to September ( subject to numbers).The price is $ 560 per person per weekend. Two days living on board the boat with up to four crew plus the instructor.
Price includes meals and beverages.

Special Discounts: Save $60 per person when booking with four people,and $30 when signing up with 2 or 3 people.

Intermediate Cruising Course

Course Structure:

Passage Planning & Living afloat.
Naviagation using charts,compass,and electronics.
Preparation for Sea.
Two crew man over board methods.
Emergency Situations.
Adverse Weather Conditions.
Managing and understanding the boats internal systems.
Advanced sail trim and rigging.
Flying a spinnaker.

Our Intermediate course is for sailors who have their basic cruising standard or have plenty of experience in keelboats.
You will develop improved sailing skills,emphasizing effecient sailing,including sail trim,helming technique controlled gybing and tacking.If time and weather permit ,we will also experience flying a code zero, and tri radial spinnaker.

This liveaboard course runs from Sunday to Friday and is a six day five nights liveaboard format. At least four nights are spent in idyllic anchorages and one night at another marina.
This longer course coupled with a smaller class size of three students and instructor and a  superb cruising area provides sufficient time for coaching and practise to meet the skills required.
The cost for the six day course is $ 1425 per person.
Price includes Meals and Beverages.

Private Course

Try Sailing & see if it's for you.

For those who have never sailed before and would like to see if they would enjoy it before progressing with a sailing course or buying a boat,this is the perfect way to try.
Three hours out on the water where you will get to learn basic sail handling and trim,get to helm the boat.
Most important will be to gain confidence out on the water sailing in a safe enviroment and  the best part, have fun.
This three hour course is $120 per person.
Any person who books a Sail Canada course with us after the Try Sailing Day will be given a $50 reduction.
We are a small school that provides individual attention and we specialize in custom private courses for individuals,couples,families and small groups.
We have organised courses on studentrs boats subject to boat condition and spec.
We also offer non-certification courses/clinics such as:

Spinnaker Handling.
Rig ans Sail Tuning.
Boat maintenace.

Please contact us to discuss your requirments.

Corporate Charter

Reward Team Work

 Please contact us to discuss your team building requirments.

The Best Place in the World to Build a Team

 Sailing is one of the best and most rewarding ways to get to know your colleagues better. On this one day sailing voyage you become fully fledged crew members the minute you step onboard. Within hours you will be sailing the boat yourself,and working together to undertake a series of sailing missions and sharing a fun and memorable experience with your colleagues.
As you sail away together away from the pressure of work you will find new insights and develop new relationships.
Sailing is a true team activity: total interdependence; multiple roles and task demands;
constantly changing conditions; challenging; involving and memorable. It is also great fun and a true adventure.