North Shore Reaching Sailing School is the premier American Sailing Association certified school in Canada, established in 2017. With our extensive variety of certification, endorsement and non-certification course offerings, we are uniquely poised to teach every level of adult sailor, from novice sailors looking to embark on the keelboat sailing lifestyle, to those more experienced who wish to hone skills and gain formal certification or are looking to build sea time. Our courses are tailored to meet individual needs with flexible day, evening and weekend scheduling, on our boat or yours. We are ideally situated on Eastern Lake Ontario with access to a variety of cruising grounds including The Bay of Quinte and The Thousand Islands.
Owner and lead instructor Andy McCabe is a certified American Sailing Association Instructor and Master Instructor. Andy’s passion for sailing began in his teen years with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. His experience includes extensive sailing on a variety of sailboats, traversing numerous of bodies of water, and brief forays into racing.
After 35 years of working and teaching as an Advanced Care Paramedic, Andy established North Shore Reaching Sailing School – a school built on the foundation of safety, quality instruction and focused learning. Andy’s dedication to quality instruction and sailing experiences has led to his receipt of multiple ASA Outstanding Instructor of the Year awards, an honour that places him in the top one percent of instructors world-wide.
North Shore Reaching Sailing School instructor Bill Bernaerts began his boating as a child back in the 1960s. A self-taught dinghy sailor at 12 years old, he progressed to windsurfing and ultimately, monohull keelboat sailing. Bill spent 6 years cruising Lake Ontario and has extensive experience sailing Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, the North Channel and Lake Erie. He is experienced in delivering boats and has skippered from Jacksonville Florida to Albany New York via the Intracoastal Waterway and along the Trent Severn.
Bill has almost a decade of experience with the Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit, a division of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and was Unit Leader for 5 years, overseeing the purchase of a new rescue vessel and complete retrofit while also training crew and guiding rescue missions.
Bill has extensive hands-on experience maintaining, repairing and updating sailboats.
Whether your goal is to achieve certification in sailing or to build skills and time on the water, we offer it all at North Shore Reaching Sailing School.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the the navigational theory and practices for safe navigation of a sailing vessel in coastal and inland waters. On-water coastal navigation skills elements are contained in the ASA103, Basic Coastal Cruising, ASA 104, Bareboat Cruising, and ASA 106, Advanced Coastal Cruising, in progressively increasing levels of detail.
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.
Learn to safely and efficiently operate a dinghy with an outboard motor, in a variety of environments, including operating from a dock, a beach, and a cruising yacht. Understand the types of dinghies and outboards, characteristics of each, safe operation, security, towing, hoisting, storage, transit, employment, care and maintenance
Learn basic docking skills for boats with single inboard or outboard engines. Discover the basic theory and hands-on techniques needed to dock and undock boats in an efficient manner and without damage or injury.
Learn to observe and forecast weather conditions using traditional maritime skills and modern technology. Knowledge of weather information for planning and adapting navigation during short duration and extended voyages.
Other Services Available
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
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
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