Affordable sailing for singles and families
The Van Isle Sailing Coop is now welcoming new members for the upcoming sailing season.
For new membership information please call David McCallum at 250- 668-6387
Three Co-op boats - Diviner,Warbonnet and Santa Serena in Departure Bay June 13, 2015
Photo: Joseph Goh, VISC member
About the Co-op
The Van Isle Sailing Co-op is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of sailing, the cooperative ownership of boats, and introducing people to the sport of sailing. The membership fees and annual dues are used to maintain the boats and pay for moorage and insurance. You will have the opportunity to sail with experienced sailors and also to learn how to maintain boats at work parties.
Learning to Sail
Sailing experience is not needed to join the Co-op. New members will learn by crewing with experienced sailors, and you can get your sailing accreditations through local sailing schools while using co-op boats.
Our current fleet consists of three Catalina 27's and one Catalina 28, all used for local, overnight and weekend cruising. See photos on the Fleet page.
During the year, one to three day Co-op cruises are organized for members to learn about the many great destinations in our own back yard, the Gulf Islands.
Meetings and Social Events
Co-op meetings are held once a month, on the FIRST Thursday at the Kin Hut, Departure Bay Rd, Nanaimo at 7:00 pm, always include coffee and cookies and sometimes guest speakers. Social events include pub nights, picnics, work parties and barbeques.