How We Started
Robert Chouinard, Gord Fulcher and Lis Johansen were sailing often in the Sooke Basin. Robert was teaching Gord and Lis. They were surprised to be the only ones out there most of the time. When they were approached by BC Sailing and the MOSS program to gets kids on the water they jumped at the opertunity.
a) promote and facilitate sailing education across all age ranges
b) promote water safety and seamanship in the Sooke area
c) promote the physical, sport and social aspects of sailing and share a common interest and knowledge base.
Gord Fulcher – Commodore
Brian Joslin – Vice Commodore
Lis Johansen – Treasurer
Lorraine Y. Pawlivski-Love – Secretary
Brian Roth – Social Director
Ethan Munro – Sailing Director
Bob Tully – Director
Dale Baker, Sooke BC
Sooke Rotary Club
Dr. Morin, Dr. Joslin and Associates Optometrists
The Stickleback West Coast Eatery,
Jordan River Soapworks
Precision Sail Loft -(if you tell them you support Sooke Sailing they will donate us a dinghy sail for every full size sail sold)
Van Isle Sailing Co-op
West Shore Voice News,
Wendy O’Connor and Chris Vanier
Sooke Community Grants
Slegg Building Supplies
The Not for Profit Sooke Sailing Association was formed in early 2013, Gordie Fulcher has been president all these years and has been a strong driver for its ongoing success.
Thru out 2013 we received several cash donations and two small sail boats which we repaired and sold. Sooke Rotary Club made cash donation and so did other local Sooke business. Thru the years several boats have gone thru our organization and been repaired and sold for money to by dinghies and equipment.
A very generous boat donation value $22,000. 2007 Catalina from a local man in Sooke was received in 2013. This we used to offer Sunday and Tuesday evenings sailing trip for families and a like, payments all went as donation for the Sooke Sailing Association. After we sold that boat, it was possible with the proceeds to purchase six Optimist boats, Opti trailers and all the equipment needed to make them complete.
We held Opti summer camps every year from then on in Sooke, under the umbrella of BC Sailing, with the small surplus of funds we kept on increasing our fleet of Opti boats and equipment.
The past three years we have operated on our own hiring our own coaches and provided summer jobs for coaches as well given opportunities for younger volunteers to get experience working with kids and boats. Some of the children taken our camp are spending their summer holiday with grandparents here in Sooke, we also have had a sponsorship for three spots from the Aboriginal Community. If funds are tight for all families, we help them go thru Victoria Kids Sports program who sponsor our program when needed.
We are offering classes on Laser’s year around as well, suited well for the pre-teen, teenagers and adults. We also run a Race team every Sunday all year around for the young children who have already taken our summer camp. Our two instructors have gone thru our camps from age ten and are now both 17, Sooke Sailing association has also helped by sponsoring them for part of their intense training.
When we first formed the Sooke Sailing Association there were hardly any sail boats on the water in Sooke, now it’s a common sight to see boats out there on a daily basis even in the winter months, the sailboats we have repaired and sold over the years seem to be still “living” in Sooke.
In 2016, we spearheaded and started Sooke Sailing Co-op, with a nice 27 ft Catalina sailboat, which had been donated from a Co-op in Nanaimo to Sooke Sailing Association that same year. Its now has 8 paying members and is operating successfully on its own. Teaching people how to safely maintain and sail the boat at a reasonable cost.
We participate in the yearly “ Christmas Sail Past” as well as the yearly Santa Parade held in down town Sooke. We have a Optimist boat all decorated and light up on our small trailer, we donate tuition for one spot in the Opti Program in the summer at the yearly Search and Rescue fundraiser. When the big storm hit just before Christmas 2018, and so many boats throughout the Sooke Basin was damaged and broken loose, we went in our Coach boat dinghy and helped rescue four loose boats.
The Sooke Sailing association has become a “go to” for any information on the water, we update our website regular, and have a direct line in case of emergencies 24 /7.
We couldn’t do any of this if it wasn’t for all the countless volunteer hours that a group of local people continue to do, the repair and maintenance on the boats, the scheduling, the constant support when any one goes on the water, the up keep of the website, all the phone calls for info, all the logistic of holding the summer camps, insurance etc.
Contact us with any questions
Dinghies for 6 to 14 year olds
Dates for 2019 6 to 14 years old Optimist Dinghy Sailing Program
Week 1 July 1 to 5, 2019 beginner to advanced levels For age 6 to 14. $262.50
Week 2 July 8 to 12, 2019 beginner to advanced levels For age 6 to 14. $262.50
Week 3 July 15 to 19, 2019 beginner to advanced levels For age 6 to 14. $262.50
Give us a call at 778-425-4030 or
Register for Dinghies online at https://sookesailing.checklick.com
Dinghies for 14 up and Adults
July 15 to 19 2019 CANSail Levels Wetfeet to 4 training in Sooke at Mariners Village. For age 14 and up in two person Dinghies! $262.50
Year Round: Youth and Adult Dinghy Sailing at Mariners Village Dock Sooke BC. Sunday at 11AM all year (we don’t sail if it is too windy)
We have a 16ft M-Scow, a few Pirates, a couple of lasers and a couple of Laser II sailing most Sundays.
This is for the older Youth (14 and up) and Adults. You can also learn to sail and cruise on a 32ft Aloha.
Sooke Sailing Co-op
Affordable Sailing Have you dreamed about sailing away into the sunset, or exploring our beautiful British Columbia coastline? Unfortunately 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 you can learn from others. Try the co-op for a while or for a long time?
Our boat, Viento, a Catalina 27 was generously donated by the Van Isle Sailing Co-op in Nanaimo to help get our Co-op started in Sooke.
If You Have Any Questions?
Feel free to contact us
We are here to answer your questions but if we are out sailing or somewhere else it may take a few days to hear from us.
Learn to Cruise/Sail
Kids, Youth, Families and Adults Learn to Sail / Cruise in a 32ft Aloha Sailboat.
Year round weekday, evening and weekend sails for everyone as long as the weather holds, there are skippers, and space is available.
Check with us for availability. We leave the Mariners Village dock dependant on the tide height. Or can pick you up at your dock if you have one.