We sail from the Jericho Sailing Centre in Vancouver using a fleet of Martin 16 sailboats.
The Martin 16 sailboat is designed specifically to be accessible for all levels of ability with the use of either joystick controls or sip and puff technology. Participants range from novices to experienced racers who advance to join the Race Club, representing DSA BC in local regattas and national competitions.
Sailing experiences are available to children aged eight and up.
DSA has an electric hoist for sailors who need assistance transferring into and out of the Martin 16s. The hoist uses a sling which can fit sailors of all sizes and can also fit custom slings if the sailor brings one. The hoist is safe and comfortable for all sailors.
Here’s How It Works:
The DSA summer office is open weekly Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm to the end of the summer sailing season. You can book a sailing session directly online by clicking the button below, or contact us by phone at our Summer office.
- We offer one-hour sailing experiences, with boats launched every half hour between 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
- Individuals can book up to three sails at one time. Groups of three or more can only book one outing at a time.
- You must be registered with us. This can be handled on the day before your first sail of the season – allow at least 20 minutes for registration. (Speed things along by downloading the registration form and filling it out ahead of time.)
- Note our cancellation policy: we require four hours’ notice from individual sailors, or 24 hours’ from groups, in the event of cancellation. Anyone unable to contact us in sufficient time will pay for the missed sail.
- If you plan to sail more than four times, you will be encouraged to purchase a Jericho Membership to help with the costs of running the centre.
- On their third sail, participants will have the opportunity to book three more sails.
- Learn More About Our COVID-19 Safety Procedures
*** The 2020 sailing season has now ended, see you in 2021! ***
Annual DSA enrolment $10
(Includes introductory sail for first-time sailors only)
Individual sails $10
Adult Jericho Sailing Membership $99
(required after four sails)
Child Membership $59
We encourage you to be prepared for a variety of temperature extremes when going sailing. It’s a good idea to bring:
- Light sweater, waterproof jacket/rain gear, wind jacket
(we have waterproof pants if needed)
- Sun hat, toque, gloves
- Sun lotion, sunglasses, towel
Pay parking is available adjacent to the DSA office.
The ‘Annie’ is a 4.8 inflatable zodiac powerboat that provides assistance to DSA’s Martin 16s for emergency rescues, on-water boat repairs, towing, and assistance to solo sailors on the water.
During regattas, ‘Annie’ functions as a coach boat, allowing the instructors to provide racing advice and tune boats between races.