2015 Summer Sailing Registration

Welcome back to another year of summer sailing with DSA Victoria.

We have four instructors again this year: Jennifer will be our Head Instructor, and Chris, Alex and Claire are our Assistant Instructors. Claire is returning for her third year with us. All of our instructors bring years of sailing experience.

ImageThe 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 June 7th from 1:00-4:00Monday June 8th from 3:30-7:00, and Tuesday June 9th from 1:00-6:00. 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 12th 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 this 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.

Thank you!

Thank you again for a fantastic summer!
Great wind, Great weather, And altogether a very successful season. We want to say thank you to our volunteers who put so much time and effort into our program this year (Sailing, maintenance, and more), and as well say thank you to all the parents/ sibling and caregivers who were supportive! One more thank you goes to Recreation Integration Victoria for their help and involvement this summer!

To our sailors, we’d like to express what a pleasure it was to be there and experience sailing with you! We look forward to more sailing with all of you!

We’d like to give a shout out to Rod Mack, who will be competing at Mobility Cup in Gold fleet this year! Best of luck Rod!

Lastly, your feedback is important to us. We will be taken all the feedback received into consideration during the preparation for next season. Registration information will be announced here, and in the RIV Newsletter!

Stay tuned for lots of changes to come next year.

Sonar Sail!

Sail fast! 
Matthew Montgomery, Amie Renaud and Nic Mydgesi

Year End BBQ

BBQ???? I’m excited!

We had originally planned to host a year end Barbecue this week on Saturday the 23rd. This is no longer happening. As we are in partnership with Medichair for this event, and they were not able to make it, we’ve decided to shift the event into september. We are currently working on a date that would work for all of us, so keep tuned!

Spinal Cord Injury Day

The Disabled Sailing Association of BC, Victoria Branch invites you to its first drop-in sail day exclusively for people who use wheelchairs. Sailing is an integral part of Victoria, and we would like to offer you a chance to experience it through our adapted one-design dinghies. During this drop-in sail, you will be introduced to dinghy sailing, taken out for a spin around Esquimalt Harbour, and join a supportive community. Sailing offers many possibilities, whether it be for the outdoor lover seeking a new hobby or for those who are seeking the excitement and competition of racing. Many high-performance and Paralympic athletes have originated from the West Coast. Please see below for details and we hope to see you there!
When: Saturday August 23rd, from 10h00 to 16h00
Where: Canadian Forces Esquimalt Association, 1001 Maplebank Road, Esquimalt
How to Register: Please call (250) 812-8467 to reserve a spot.
What to expect: Sailing is a wet sport, please bring appropriate clothing. The temperature out on the water is cooler than on shore. We will supply lifejackets and slings. This is a rain or shine event, however we cannot control the severity of the wind. If the winds exceeds our safe-limits, this event will be subject to cancellation.
Additional Details: The Martin 16 and Access 303 are adaptive dinghies. These boats will not capsize and they have internal floatation so they will not sink. The Martin 16 is a one-design racing boat, with adaptive capabilities such as Autohelm, Windlass, Joystick & Sip-and-Puff controls, and adjustable seating and padding. People with Spinal Cord Injuries as high as C1 have sailed and competed in Martin 16’s with this equipment.  We use a Hoyer-like lift system for transfers into our boats.
See Vancouver Sailing Association’s mini documentary for information about the Martin 16’s adaptive technology Here!


End of the Summer

Hi Sailors!

We are very close to the end of our season again, so things are getting busy! We are booked solid for the next week and a half, but there are always cancellations! We encourage you to call our office in the morning to check if any spots have opened up.
We also ask, that if you do cancel, give us as much notice as possible, and if you do have a sail with us, please call or email in to confirm you will be there. This will ensure that we are filling up every last boat for every session!

Feedback Forms
We will be posting feedback forms in our DSA office, so when you come by, please grab one, fill it out and return it! Thanks to the feedback from last year, we have made some changes and have made some improvements! We encourage the constructive feedback!

A gorgeous sail with Amie

Thank you for a wonderful summer!

2014 Season Starts!


Welcome back to another sailing filled summer with DSA!

We are very excited to get back out on the water again! The weather is looking promising so stock up on sunscreen. DSA is very thrilled to announce that a BRAND NEW Martin 16 has been added to our fleet thanks to Variety the Children’s Charity! What do you get when you put our speedy DSA racers in this new Martin 16? We’ll find out in 2015 when we host Mobility Cup!
                 Check out the Registration page to register for the 2014 season. Registration will be held at the CFSA Yacht Club in the main clubhouse. Please don’t forget to register early to avoid line-ups and late registration!
Special thanks go to Kris Thannhouser, Dmitri Rossinski, Ken Kelly, Bill MacDonald, the DSA Board, CFSA and the many more CFSA/DSA volunteers that worked hard throughout the year to maintain and repair our boats after a very busy summer!
New Staff, New Boat, New Sailors! This will be one fun summer!
See you on the water!

2013 Season Ends

175 sailors, 675 sails, and four great instructors!  IMG_0265Thank you to Hannah Brady, Matt Montgomery, Claire Brady, and Brock Poesiat for providing welcoming, supportive, and encouraging opportunities for people to experience sailing, learn to sail, and to race.  Each of you brought something unique to the program and your commitment and enthusiasm for your sport made every day on the water a great one.  We also want to thank all of our volunteers who make it possible for us to extend many more opportunities for people to sail than would be possible with our staff of four. Each of you is a tremendous resource for both us and the sailors.

Many thanks to Kris Thannhauser, Director, DSABC, Victoria, for coordinating our end of season BBQ, and to Todd Linski and his staff from Victoria’s MEDIchair® for providing the food and cooking it for us. We had a great turn out and everyone attending appreciated the food you provided and your interest and support of DSABC, Victoria. DSC_0154

Finally, we would be remiss not to thank our host club CFSA, Esquimalt Squadron for providing the venue for all of this good stuff to happen, and their ongoing support.

We hope to see all of the sailors back on the water next season!


Cork County Council IFDS 2013 World Championships

IFDS1267819_501034059989036_1540665945_o The International International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) 2013 World Championships are taking place in Kinsale, Ireland this week. Victoria is well represented with John McRoberts and Jackie Gay sailing in the SKUD 18 class, Bruce Millar sailing in the International 2.4mR class, and former DSABC, Victoria Commodore Paul Tingley sailing in the Sonar class with his crew comprised of Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes.

Glorious sunshine and 10-12 knot winds welcomed the 120 sailors from 19 nations to Kinsale on Sunday in advance of the start of the Cork County IFDS World Championships. Results from the Practice race saw John and Jackie finish 1st in the SKUD 18 fleet, and both Bruce, and Paul and his crew finish 5th in their respective fleets.

The championships got underway today at 12 noon with two races planned daily until Friday. Light winds of just 2-3 knots expected for today’s racing.  As you can see from the photo all fleets were under postponement while they waited for the wind.
For more information and to follow the results go to: www.ifdsworlds2013.com