Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club’s trained instructors demonstrate the basics of buoyancy in a one-hour classroom lesson followed by two hours of on-board sailing practice. Seafarers-to-be absorb techniques for sailing, tacking, and gybing. Students study sailboat anatomy, from the differences between the boom and the mast to the best locations in which to host a visiting gentlemarlin. Next, motorized safety boats carry one instructor each along with a group of new tars to the scenic protective waters of Tsehum Harbour and allow students to put their skills to aquatic use. After lessons, students are welcome to grab a burger at the clubhouse (price not included with this Groupon) or sip some complimentary coffee while attempting to tame windswept bouffants.
Combining a full-scale restaurant with diverse and vibrant live music offerings, the Backstage Lounge indulges both needy palates and harmony-hungry eardrums. Peruse the menu and start out with an opening act of yam fries ($7.95) or ahi tuna bites ($13.95) before acquainting hard-to-get tongue buds with a tempting tandoori chicken pizza with caramelized onions and pineapple curry sauce ($13.95). Enjoy some sea-faring snacks with a salmon focaccia sandwich ($13.95), or hunker down with a plate of seared cod gnocchi ($15.95) before singing restive lullabies to your pasta's captive audience of lemon-pesto sauce, roasted leeks, and cherry tomatoes.