What does Sailing Fanatics stand for?

I believe Sailing Fanatics provides an exceptional experience for our customers. In 2017, we'll continue to make this our mission. Instructors at Sailing Fanatics are professionals, excellent at teaching sailing and doing whatever it takes to help every student learn to sail. We work hard to make sure every student's needs are supported and that every student smiles or laughs often.

Much hard work and thought has gone into creating well structured learn to sail programs that help students progress as quickly as possible. As much time as possible is spent on the water in a sailboat working on practical sailing skills. We teach on land only when necessary, keeping land lessons short and to the point.

From the first lesson, it is crucial to teach as though a student is aiming to sail independent of any instructor. As Sailing Fanatics instructors we strive to give each student the skills and understanding to take responsibility for themselves and their equipment. Training skilled sailors who are able to think independently to care for themselves is one of our core values.

Sailing Fanatics and instructors actively look for opportunities to challenge sailors in our programs. In 2016 young sailors in our summer program took part in races with other local clubs, often sailed in big conditions beyond the protection of the Outer Harbour and embarked on some epic sailing adventures. We introduced social sailing on Thursday evenings to create community, talked about starting to race and saw many sailors out on the water using our RS Visions independent of any instructor or instruction. As Gordie Budning, lead instructor of the summer Sailing Fanatics young sailor program put it. At Sailing Fanatics you; “do your best, face your fears and work as a team”. At Sailing Fanatics this is truly our thinking and all of these elements feature in some way in our programs. I believe that Sailing Fanatics is about more than just teaching people to sail. We provide an experience that is unique in asking people to deal with the adversity of learning a new skill outside of their comfort zone. In 2017 we'll be able to help more people take to the water and try sailing for the first time!

2017 will bring: spring, summer and fall young (under 18) sailor programs; opportunities to race for sailors young and old; social sailing almost every Thursday evening in June, July and August; and more Flying Tiger racing. I have no doubt it will be another great sailing year!