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Tony

Tony in foul wx sailing gearTeaching Sailing is a passion for Tony. He has over 45 years of sailing experience, a large proportion of which has been involved in teaching. He is certified to teach all levels of keelboat courses up to and including Offshore Sailing. As well as being a Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) certified Instructor and Trainer of Instructors with over 10,000 student hours logged, he also teaches with the Lac St. Louis squadron of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron (CPS). At present Tony is the only instructor in Quebec approved by IYT to teach and examine clients for the ICC (International Cruising Certificate) - a requirement to charter boats in many European countries.

In addition to sailing locally in Eastern Canada, in the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean he has also captained an Atlantic crossing in a 40 foot sailboat and delivered a 42 foot Beneteau from the Bahamas to Toronto. Tony also has attained the prestigious Yacht Master Ocean status. He is a professionally trained instructor and in addition to teaching sailing he is also active as a workshop facilitator and coach in Personal and Personnel Development

Wanjira

WanjiraHelping people, especially Tony, is a passion for Wanjira. Her career has been multifaceted on three continents. She speaks 4 languages and is currently studying another. In her previous professional capacity as an Executive Assistant, in a high pressure industry, she performed several business management functions including translations. Wanjira is currently dividing her time between providing alternate health therapies, (please visit Studio Wanjira for details) and facilitating workshops related to transitioning to natural healthy life styles. Although Tony has been known to describe Sailing as the ultimate in stress relief he is always delighted to receive a hot stone massage from Wanjira whenever possible. Her capacity for work is only exceeded by her love of helping others. She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to help raise funds for AIDS relief for African children and is planning other charitable fund raising events.

Dave

DaveDave learned to sail in Gimli, Manitoba on Tumbleweeds in the early eighties. Predominantly a dingy racer, he has applied those skills to keelboats ("Much more comfortable!" he says) but is still certified to instruct up to Bronze 5 in dinghies and Basic Cruising on keelboats. Dave has mainly sailed on inland waters in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec with a few blue water charters in the Caribbean thrown in.

 

 

 

 

Daniel

DanielDaniel first got hooked by sailing in the St Lawrence Estuary, 33 years ago, on “Nomades”. These were wide, flat-bottom, ballasted lifting keel sailboats, equipped with a folding tent and with oars instead of an engine. These features allowed the crew to spend every night onboard, on the dry land, under the deployed tent on some small wild islands of the Estuary. Even beluga whales, intrigued by those boats, felt the urge to come close to inspect the hull. Well, the Nomades are long gone but Daniel has pursued his love for sailing every year in the St Lawrence Estuary and in Lake Champlain with some stints in the Caribbean (where unfortunately there are no beluga).