Have you ever dreamed about sailing away into the sunset, or exploring our beautiful British Columbia coastline? We are close to Victoria and the Southern Gulf Islands.
Unfortunately for most of us it is only a dream. The cost of owning a boat is extensive, initial purchase, additional equipment, moorage, insurance, maintenance etc.
Try a co-op for a while or for a long time?
About the Sooke Sailing Co-op
We are looking for people that are interested in being part of the Sailing Co-op. Our main goal is a cooperative ownership of boats for the purpose of training, day sailing and cruising for adults and families. Each member pays an annual fee and also contributes time towards maintenance, administration and social events.
The cost of maintenance, insurance, moorage and other expenses are covered by the fees. We limit our membership to 14 sailing memberships per boat. If /when memberships are filled, a waiting list can be formed for future available memberships. While on the waiting list, the applicants may attend social functions and meetings.
Our current boat, Viento, is a Catalina 27 (which was generously donated to help get our Co-op started in Sooke by the Van Isle Sailing Co-op in Nanaimo).
But you don’t know how to sail!
Sailing experience is not necessary. Non-sailors are encouraged to join. The Cooperative can arrange Sail Canada Certification programs for Basic and Intermediate Cruising, Coastal Navigation and VHF Radio License with qualified instructors for our members. You are not required to Skipper a boat and can join to crew and have fun. Members also learn boat maintenance and repairs with a hands on approach.
It is required that all members who join the Co-op contribute to the Co-op. This means that you contribute your time and skills for the betterment of the Co-op. Your contribution can be in the form of administration or maintenance or both. Each member is required to put in 25 hours of assistance to the club per year.
The Co-op needs volunteer positions filled such as Orientation, Training, Advertising, Book Keeping, Phone Committee, etc (lots to choose from). This can be considered your hours as well.
On the maintenance side, the co-op has a Fleet Captain responsible for the coordination of maintenance of our “entire” fleet. The fleet captain would have an assistant, a captain for each boat and specialty crew leaders for the more technical aspects such as electrical, plumbing, motors, etc. Each boat captain has one or two assistants and a crew. This way the work gets spread around to all members. Even if you hold an administrative position, it is encouraged for you to assist in maintenance so that you get to learn about the boats you are sailing.
If you like the social aspects, a social director would always be looking for volunteers to assist in organizing dances, picnics and other social events.