Meet Our Team of Experienced Professional Instructors
I learned to Sail in England and have been sailing on and off most of my life. When I came to Kingston over 25 years ago I began sailing regularly, originally in a DS 17 then an O’Day 25 and over the past 12 years in a CS 30 “Wavelength”. Although I considered myself an experienced sailor I took the CYA Basic Intermediate and Advanced cruising courses and through them gained a lot more experience and confidence in my sailing abilities. I corrected a few bad habits that I had acquired too!
I have always enjoyed teaching so I decided to pass on my passion of sailing to others by becoming an Instructor in 2001. I am an NCCP Coach and a registered Sail Canada Instructor for PCOC, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Cruising, Coastal Navigation and Maritime Radio Certificate
I am also an IYT instructor certified to certify students to International Certificate of Competency (ICC) and International Bare boat Skipper. In 2017, following the partnership with Barefoot Offshore Sailing School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines,I certified as an American Sailing Association ASA Instructor for 101, 103, 104, 105 and 114 (Catamaran).
In 2010 I completed certification as a Sail Canada Senior Cruising Instructor Evaluator able to certify instructors to Advanced level and I regularly enjoy conducting instructor clinics.
I am also a member of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron and have successfully completed a number of advanced courses including the Instructor course, Weather and Advanced Piloting Junior Navigation and Global Navigation (Offshore) courses. I volunteer as an Instructor for Power Squadron courses including Seamanship Sail. I have been on the executive for many years for Collins Bay Yacht Club and am currently Vice-Commodore (again!).
I now teach around 11 live aboard courses annually and have taught over 140 courses and instructor clinics to more than 400 students in boats up to 50’on the waters of Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and in the Caribbean. I look forward to seeing you on the water and hope I can pass on my passion for sailing!
Phil Morris Sail Canada (CYA) Instructor #18564
My passion for sailing began at age 4 on the shores of Georgian Bay, and continued into my teen years in a variety of small boats (Sunfishes, Albacores, Flying Juniors, Hurricanes, Lightnings, and windsurfers). In 1982 I became joint owner of the Nordic Folkboat, KLUK. a 26′ sloop built in Denmark in 1948 with hull number F44. Over the next 20 years I accumulated 3500 miles of family and single-handed cruising on Lake Ontario.
In 2001 I completed an extensive restoration of La Volpe, a 53′ Colin Archer ketch built in Norway in 1962. Tince then I have accumulated 2500 miles of Pacific cruising extending from Ventura just north of Los Angeles to Desolation Sound at the north end of Georgia Strait.
In 2010, I co-invested in the rescue of Carpe, a 42 foot Grand Banks Trawler, originally built in 1970 with Hull # 73. Carpe had been rotting away for 8 years on the hard in Port Credit. In Carpe to date, I have accumulated 500 miles of cruising exploring the 1000 Islands, Rideau Canal system, Trent Canal system and the 30,000 islands in Georgian Bay.
In 2014, my partner Monica and I acquired Interlude as a vehicle for shared nautical and other adventures. Interlude is a 62′ steel square-rigged schooner built in Gulfport Mississippi in 1985 based on Thomas Colvin’s “Pipistrelle” design. The journey to bring Interlude to Cobourg from Panama City, Florida comprised 2000 miles on the Gulf of Mexico, Intercostal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, Hudson River, and the Erie Canal. 2015 adventures included a 1000 mile journey to the North Channel of Georgian Bay and back, via the Welland Canal, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron. Another 250 miles on Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte was added in June of 2016. We’re looking forward to ongoing travels in the Great Lakes, Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean in coming years.
A former Student of Phil’s, I am now certified as a Sail Canada Basic Cruising, Basic Powerboating, and Intermediate Cruising instructor, and am also qualified to teach and examine candidates for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement. I am a Basic Instructor Evaluator and am in the process of being certified as a Coastal Navigation Instructor.
My first sailing memory is of a regatta in Tortola BVI when I was a child. When we emigrated to Canada we joined the Hudson Yacht Club and I eagerly started into their dinghy program. Fishing in the Florida Keys and trolling for salmon off the Queen Charlottes followed in my teens until I sensibly turned my back on real life and took up yachting professionally fifteen years ago. Since then I’ve worked in all the usual places and some unusual places as well, including the Seychelles and Cape Town. I’m back in Canada now with my wife and young kids and keen to dive into the Canadian sailing scene.
I’m a qualified Sail Canada Intermediate Instructor (thanks Phil!) and a Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Instructor for both sail and power. I’m STCW certified and a commercially recognised Master of Yachts Unlimited for vessels up to 200 tons. The largest sailing vessel I’ve skippered is a 201 ton 139ft three-masted schooner. Last April/May (2016) I took 5 students on a mile building exercise from Cape Town to Luderitz and back on a former Whitbread 70. My longest delivery was 9000 nautical miles from Slovenia to Darwin, Australia. I’ve got tons of big ocean experience (75k nautical miles at least) and have instructed in Europe and South Africa. Now I’m looking forward to the Great Lakes. Hope to see you soon.
As a lifelong sailor, there’s nothing I love more than being out on the water. It doesn’t matter if it’s a relaxing cruise or exciting regatta race, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. Teaching sailing is wonderful because I get to introduce so many people to not just a sport but a way of life. I’ve even been fortunate to work with people with disabilities and encourage many people who didn’t think they could sail to learn new skills and share my passion for sailing. Sailing is for everyone and I love to help those who think they can’t participate in the sport to discover the freedom of being on the water.
I started sailing as a teenager on a rescued dinghy, salvaged with friends in Muskoka and since then I’ve had the opportunity to sail a wide range of dinghies, monohulls and catamarans and have sailed extensively in the Pacific Northwest and the Caribbean waters around St Vincent and the Grenadines. I’m looking forward to learning the Great Lakes next.
Since starting as a dinghy instructor in Manitoba in 2006 with Sail Canada, I’ve gone on to acquire teaching qualifications as well with the Royal Yachting Association and the American Sailing Association. I achieved my RYA Yachtmaster Offshore (Sail), STCW commercial endorsement, Master of Yachts (200gt) and Cruising Instructor qualifications in back to back courses in November 2015. It was a fantastic challenge. I’ve recently been able to add Catamaran Instructor to the list for both Sail Canada and the ASA. Altogether I have almost 30 years of sailing experience on dinghies and yachts of up to 55’.
Sailing has been a lifelong passion. I was taught to sail by my father in Alberta at an early age. My father was involved in Canadian Power Squadron and insisted that I take Basic Boating and Seamanship Sail (Piloting). Since then I have completed Advance Piloting, Fundamentals of Weather, and Extended Cruising. I was a Learn to Sail Instructor Evaluator for Sail Canada (formerly CYA) and coached the Alberta Sailing Team for several years. I am currently an Intermediate Cruising instructor with Sail Canada and I’m certified with International Yacht Traing (IYT) as well. I’m working on completing the requirements to become an cruising instructor evaluator with Sail Canada. I hold the Coastal and Celestial Navigation standards, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Cruising standards and the Keelboat Racing standard. I also hold a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) & DSC. I’m a certified Sail Canada race officer and judge. I have First Aid and Health Care Provider CPR obtained through more than 40 years as a ski patroller.
I have sailed Fireballs competitively at the national and international level for many years. In addition to the Fireball I also sail a Catalina 30 from the Nepean Sailing Club.
Come sail with me!