Rocky Point Sailing Association


Rocky Point Sailing Association

Attention landlubbers! Port Moody is a seafaring port, and summer is your opportunity to get out onto those gently rolling waves. Living at the head of the Burrard Inlet means easy access to ocean life. Luckily, this stretch of water is sheltered from boiling tides, sea monsters and tsunamis, providing an ideal playground in which to find your sea legs.

Rocky Point Sailing Association (RPSA) has been converting the landlocked into salty dogs for almost twenty years. The association provides various levels of tuition for adults as well as children, in its fleet of well-maintained boats. Recently, the association partnered with Groupon for the third year running to give buyers a taster lesson aboard the sailing dinghies before signing up for the longer courses available from Spring to late Fall. The deal is a great way to see if sailing might be your thing – I had great fun last year during my sample lesson. I learned how to rig up the sails and then steered an admittedly wobbly course across the inlet. All lessons are given by qualified Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) instructors and follow CANSail Learn to Sail Dinghy lesson progression. Beginner lessons combine lots of practical on/in the water experience with weekly theory lessons to learn knots, ropes, sails and other nautical necessities.

Rocky Point Sailing Association

Rocky Point Sailing Association

This summer, why not combine child care with an on-the-water summer camp? Camps run daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm (younger kids have a half day option), and mix sailing experience with fun ways of learning the theory behind harnessing the wind. Programming kicks off with the truly excellent Wet Feet program for four- to seven-year-olds. (Note: personal flotation devices or PFDs are provided and mandatory for all children on or near the water.) This is where my Wee Guy started his seafaring life zipped solidly into his PFD, returning home each evening tired out, damp, salty, and smelling a little more nautical than when dropped off after lunch. Art work coming home for mom comprised colourful boats with all the sails named correctly.

He then progressed to the Juniors program (seven to nine years), logging more time on the open sea under the watchful eyes of experienced and fun instructors. They visited the log booms to say howdy to the seals, and watched as the more experienced groups mastered the waves. The week ended with a barbecue and scavenger hunt. A big hit!

This year we’re trying the two-week Summer Fun course which promises a more immersive (!) experience of sailing. Children’s courses emphasize safety as well as skills in a fun learning atmosphere, preparing new sailors for enjoyable trips onboard. Closed toe shoes are a must, as are sunscreen, a hat or waterproofs depending on the weather, lunch and a water bottle – classes run rain or shine though lightning stops play.

Rocky Point Sailing Association describes itself as a dinghy sailing club, meaning that none of the sailboats are much larger than about eighteen feet long. Membership is reasonably priced and open to adults, students and families. Members have access to all club-sponsored events including racing clinics and, once suitably certified or experienced, with payment of the annual Boat Use Fee, have unlimited access to the boats (Lasers, 420s and Optimists, if you are interested) subject to availability. Members also enjoy 10% off lesson programs.

Registration for summer programs is open. Maybe this is the year that the whole family takes to the water?

Rocky Point Sailing Association

Old Mill Boathouse
2715 Esplanade, Port Moody
604.931.1734

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