Welcome back to another year of summer sailing with DSA Victoria. Finally, the beautiful weather is here and we are ready to get back on the water! We have four instructors again this year: Hannah and Matt are returning plus two new staff, Claire and Brock, both with lots of sailing and instructing experience to share.
The format for the sailing schedule is similar to last year. We are continuing with the Tuesday to Saturday schedule, with racing happening Saturday afternoons. Learn to sail sessions are scheduled throughout the summer, and we are going to have more opportunities to receive coaching for everyone. The large Sonar boat is going to be used for groups of sailors again this year. More information will be given out at registration; please ask if you have any questions.
The process for registering has not changed since last year. Please phone RIV at 250-477-6314 to book an appointment to register. This is to prevent waits and line-ups for sailors and to ensure we are still on site to register you. Registration dates this year are Sunday May 26 from 1:00-4:00, Monday May 27 from 3:00-6:00, and Tuesday May 28 from 1:00-4:00. It will be at the Canadian Forces Sailing Assoc. Esquimalt in the main clubhouse (large white building in parking lot). There is a ramp from the parking lot to the main clubhouse for accessibility. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call as we are happy to help.
Please remember that this is not the only chance to register, and that sailors can register throughout the summer season. There will be another registration day on June 13 from 3:00-6:00 only if there are many late registrants. Please phone RIV at 250-477-6314 to book an appointment to register as this additional day will be based on demand.
Watch the new DSA website www.rivonline.org/DSA for updates on weather, cancellations, registration, news, and more! You can download the registration forms from the website and fill them in in order to speed up the registration process. There will also be forms available at registration. Don’t forget the annual registration fee for all sailors is $10.00. Please bring cash or cheque with you to registration. Once registered, sailors can book their first sail.
Thank you for all of your cooperation, it is greatly appreciated and helps to make registration seamless for everybody. We look forward to seeing you all at registration and this summer, and to get back out on the water.
Another great DSA season comes to a close as summer turns to fall and colder weather. We’ve had tons of fun on the water this year, with only a few days of cancelled sailing due to weather. We tried some new scheduling, and some new programming with learn to sail sessions and racing. We had a learn to sail session running nearly every week this year! We also saw an increase in the number of group Sonar sails out on the water, and the two boats were often having fun races together.
Check out the October issue of the RIV NEWS and Zephyr for a full end of season report, and watch for the newsletter in May for information on registration next year. We will also update this website with registration information.
From the staff, we would like to thank everyone for their dedication to the program, and for being patient when we were a little behind. We hope all the sailors and their caregivers enjoyed summer of 2012 and that we will see you next year.
Hannah, Lukas, Matt, Emily, Max
DSABC Victoria’s 2012 summer program is quickly drawing to a close, which means it’s time for our annual feedback forms. Head Instructor Hannah Brady has prepared new, revised forms to be filled out at your leisure, regardless of your role interacting with the program. Sailing participants, caregivers, parents and volunteers are all more than welcome to submit their comments and evaluation of the program this year.
The questionnaire portion of the feedback forms has sections pertaining to registration, bookings, staff, volunteers, docks, and sailing areas of the program. There is also plenty of space for general comments or concerns about the program. We can use this valuable information to help make the program even more fun and efficient!
Feedback forms are available online, by mail or in person in our CFSA office. You can download and print the two-page .pdf version, or give us a call at 250 812 8467 and request we mail you a copy. Even easier: Visit the CFSA office or just pick one up on your next booked sail.
Want to give back to the Disabled Sailing Association of BC, Victoria Branch? Well you can with our new Thrifty Foods Simle Card Fundraising Program. Load up your DSA Smile Card and Thrifty’s donates 5% of the money you spend to us!
And it doesn’t cost you anything! Just simply load any amount onto you DSA smile card before you ring through your groceries at the checkout, and you can use it to pay for your groceries immediately. You can learn more about the smile card program on the Thrifty Foods website.
For your own DSA Smile Card, talk to Hannah next time you are down at the DSA office or contact us by phone or emailPhone 250 812 8467 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A snapshot of the weather this morning at 9:50 from our office at CFSA
Hi everyone! Just a note to let all our sailors know that the weather down in Esquimalt harbour is actually very pleasant this morning. DSA also sails in any weather condition excluding those deemed unsafe, such as lightning storms or winds exceeding safe limits.
As of July 14 the Disabled Sailing Association of BC, Victoria branch is in it’s fourth week of its 20th year of operation. We’ve been having another great season, full of beautiful weather sailing in Esquimalt Harbour; we have only had to cancel one day and an afternoon due to excessive wind!
Our Learn to Sail and Race programs have both started up and are running smoothly. There are still spots in the Learn to Sail classes – give us a call if you’re interested! Race practices are every Saturday afternoon (except long weekends), and we have a good mix of new and returning racers this year. We are heading out to Cascadia Regatta this Saturday with a few of the race team to compete at DSA Vancouver.
Three of our four Access 303 Wide dinghies sail downwind from fisguard lighthouse, in attack fromation.
Just another reminder to please give us a call if you cannot attend your sailing appointment. Our number is 250-812-8467 and please leave a message. Unfortunately, when sailors do not call ahead, we have volunteers and/or instructors there to sail with you. It’s disheartening when one of our dedicated volunteers gives up there time to be here and then there sailor does not come. This also takes the opportunity away from other sailors who would love to sail and can be here short notice. Therefore, we will be charging for missed sails without adequate notice or a legitimate reason, medical or otherwise.
Thank you to all our volunteers for all their hard work, and to those sailors who did call and notify us of their cancellation.
A sailor with a companion laughs as a Martin 16 cruises by in the background.
Other than that, I predict a very successful season. Our two new instructors are fitting in well and we are enjoying working with all the sailors.
Happy sailing everyone!
Harold can be very stern when it comes to tardiness.
Last year, we had a bit of a problem with people not showing up for their scheduled sails. This has caused us to enact policy that we have previously waived.
Directly from our ‘Cancellation Policy 2013′ doucument:
In the event that sailors must cancel their scheduled sail, the following policy will be in effect:
Sailors are required to provide at least 24hrs notice for a cancellation. This can be given by calling the DSA cell phone at 250-812-8467, and leaving a message if there is no one to take your call. This will give us enough time to fill your time slot and allow the program to continue running at full capacity. You will be permitted to rebook your sail.
If there is no attempt made to contact the program, then there shall be a cancellation fee equivalent to the cost of the missed sail charged. This must be paid before the sailor is permitted to attend another sail. Please see pricing listed in the Reservation Policy. Continue reading
Welcome to the new Disabled Sailing Victoria website. Firstly, I would like to thank Lukas Galbraith, one of our instructors, for all his hard work putting this together.
Registration Information is located on the Registration page above. There you’ll find information on the registration process, the membership form and waivers. This year, you can edit the forms on the computer, then print and sign them before registration. This will speed up the registration process.
Sailors are not needed in person at registration this year if someone is attending on their behalf with completed forms. However, we encourage new sailors to attend in order to meet the staff, see the sailing location, and for us to get an idea of their abilities so we can book them in the boat that best accommodates them.
Thank you, and I will see you at registration!
-Hannah Brady, Head Instructor
We are currently hard at work updating and modernizing the old website. The old website featured some out of date information and was likely created using Microsoft Word.