North Shore Reaching
Carrying Place, Canada (905) 259-7572

North Shore Reaching is the only American Sailing Association certified affiliate sailing school on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario and only the second school in Canada. With our variety of course options, we teach every level of adult sailor from beginner to advanced, in group or private lessons, tailored to individual needs with flexible day, evening and weekend scheduling on our boat or yours. We also offer certification in the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (a Canadian boating license and proof of competency requirement) and Restricted Radio Operator (Marine) certification.

Our lead instructor, Andy McCabe is a certified American Sailing Association instructor. After 35 years of teaching and working as an Advanced Care Paramedic, Andy’s passion for sailing and education culminated in the founding of North Shore Reaching. Since beginning sailing in his teenage years, Andy has traversed various bodies of water, achieved multiple credentials and forayed into racing on a few occasions. Ideally situated on the shores of Presqu’ile Bay, Andy now spends his time teaching Sea Cadets and other sailors of varying abilities and experience.

Students who opt to learn on our boat will be taught primarily on our 2004 Hunter 326; a 32.5 foot cruiser with the features and amenities sought by those looking to learn on a more modern boat, as well as those who may go on to charter in various parts of the world. The Hunter is ideal for coastal cruising and can be sailed with a crew or provide experience with single-handed sailing.

We are moored at Harbourview Marina in Brighton, Ontario. Ideally situated on Presqu’ile Bay with direct access to Lake Ontario, the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Bay of Quinte, our location provides access to one of the premier and breathtaking cruising grounds of Lake Ontario.

Whether your goal is to achieve certification or just to sail and refresh skills, contact us.

ASA Sailing Certification Courses Offered

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing
Learn to skipper a 20' - 27' sloop-rigged keelboat by day, in light to moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn basic sailing terminology, parts and functions, helm commands, basic sail trim, points of sail, buoyage, seamanship and safety including basic navigation rules to avoid collisions and hazards.
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
ASA 103, Basic Coastal Cruising
Learn to skipper a sloop-rigged auxiliary powered 25'-35' keelboat by day in moderate winds and sea conditions. Learn cruising sailboat terminology, basic boat systems, auxiliary engine operation, docking procedures, intermediate sail trim, navigation rules, basic coastal navigation, anchoring, weather, safety and seamanship.
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising
Learn how to sail a sloop-rigged, auxiliary powered 30'-45' sailboat during a multi-day cruise upon inland/coastal waters in moderate/heavy winds and sea conditions. Learn about provisioning, boat systems, auxiliary engines, advanced sail trim, coastal navigation, anchoring / mooring, docking, emergency operations, weather, and more.
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising
Learn to safely act as skipper and crew of a sailing vessel about 30 to 50 feet in length in coastal and inland waters, in any conditions.

Other Services Offered

  • Couples Courses
  • Private Courses
  • Weekday Courses
  • Weekend Courses

Sailing School Reviews / Testimonials

  • North Shore Reaching instruction by Andy McCabe has brought my knowledge, confidence, and practical skills to a level I had thought would have taken many more years of “trial and failure.” I cannot recommend North Shore Reaching enough.

    Dan D. & Kris L. - North Shore Reaching

  • Just completed ASA105 and ASA106 with Captain Andy. Andy is very knowledgeable and passionate instructor and did amazing job explaining all concepts of advanced coastal navigation and cruising. Highly recommended.

    Daniel S. - North Shore Reaching

  • Thank you Andy again for the great time we had during our ASA courses. Seeing how much the boys enjoyed sailing we took a big step and bought a boat.

    Chris B. - North Shore Reaching

Contact Information

North Shore Reaching

Address 710 Barcovan Beach Road Carrying PlaceON ​K0K 1L0Canada
Phone (905) 259-7572
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