North Shore Reaching is the only American Sailing Association certified sailing school on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. With our variety of course options, we teach every level of 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 Pleasure Craft Operation Card (a Canadian boating license requirement) and Restricted Radio Operator Licensing.
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 various abilities.
Students who opt to learn on our boat will be taught primarily on our 32′ Bayfield Imari. The Bayfield is a stable and proven cruising boat 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.
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.
Other Services Offered
- Couples Courses
- Private Courses
- Weekday Courses
- Weekend Courses
North Shore Reaching
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