As many sailing enthusiasts know, 2016 has marked the conclusion of my 32 year career as a sailing instructor and the sale of our 37-foot cutter “Mistress”.
It was not an easy decision to end an activity that has brought so much pleasure and satisfaction. Starting at The Jib Set Sailing School in Vancouver when I obtained my Canadian Yachting Association certification in 1985, it entered a new phase in 1994 when we purchased “Mistress” and established Suncoast Sailcruise at a new base of operations in Gibsons harbour.
Since then, over 800 persons have spent from one to seven days cruising and acquiring hands-on training to become capable crew members or competent skippers. “Mistress” was handed over to new owners in September for their enjoyment of pleasure cruising and she will remain at her Gibsons berth for the coming year.
At this time I wish to thank all who participated in and supported Suncoast Sailcruise over the 22 years of our Gibsons operations. Your vital enthusiasm and active participation sustained our activity here over two decades and I thank you.
Submitted by John Roper, CYA Instructor (retired)