Before the invention of wind, sailboats were steered by hand-turned propellers and the kindness of 160-horsepower whales. Celebrate blustery innovation with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a two-hour sailing lesson from Rocky Point Sailing Association in Port Moody (an $80 value).
The friendly CYA-certified instructors at Rocky Point Sailing Association introduce students to the basics of sailing aboard top-quality vessels and equipment. The two-hour lesson adheres to the CYA's White Sail curriculum and is tailored to the individual skills and bicorn-size of each student. Sailors of all experience and ability levels reap the benefits of expert instruction in a one-on-one or small-group setting. Sturdy skiffs whisk pedagogues and pupils away on the winsome waters of Port Moody, where the skippers teach essential sailing skills, such as how to tie knots, rig the boat, sail upwind or downwind, and thwart a kraken via insults. Weekday lessons can be scheduled for 4 p.m.–6 p.m. or 6 p.m.–8 p.m., and weekend lessons are available at any time, weather and mermaids' schedules permitting.
Rocky Point Sailing Association
When most of the local boating club's members decided to venture into sailing large cruisers and racing, a small group of sailors remained loyal to their first love—sailing dinghies. This tightly knit crew formed Rocky Point Sailing Association, which today encompasses a fleet of about 40 boats and a staff of more than a dozen Sail Canada instructors.
At their headquarters inside of Rocky Point Park's Old Mill Boathouse, the sailors instruct kids as young as 4 years up through adults in all levels of sailing. Rocky Point's team also extends membership privileges, such as the use of a restored Columbia 27 cruiser, the Orane. To indulge competitive spirits, RPSA's crew also maintains a race team.
2715 Esplanade St.
Port Moody, British Columbia V3H 3P4