Gillian West - Simply Sailing

Gillian West - Simply Sailing

March 2017 - Gillian West of Simply Sailing in Vancouver BC

Gillian West has been instrumental in developing the CYA (now Sail Canada) Cruising program standard and is the author of the Sail Canada Basic Cruising Skills program resource. This manual has been used by Sail Canada registered sailing schools and Instructors as supplement to their training in Basic Cruising lessons, and by Learning Facilitators as they train Sail Canada Cruising Instructors. Without Gillian, the Sail Canada Keel, Power & Cruising programming would not be what it is today. Gillian has been teaching all levels of sailing and navigation for over thirty years.

Gillian has held leadership positions as a teacher and long-time Sail Canada Cruising Instructor and Instructor Evaluator. She has circumnavigated the world cruising her own boat. As Gillian wrote the Cruising reference book, she remains grateful for content contributions from fellow sailors and instructors, the students of the Sail Canada Cruising Programs, and past members of Sail Canada’s Cruising committees.

With a lifetime of devotion to safe and adventurous sailing, Gillian has held positons on race committees, boards of directors for sailing clubs and schools, and contributed on of sailing committees for Sail Canada, BC Sailing and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Her commitments didn’t stop there – students at Simply Sailing and other sailing schools in Greater Vancouver, BC area have been fortunate to have been mentored by her passion and expertise!

Simply Sailing is a Member Sailing School with BC Sailing & Sail Canada delivering Sail Canada Cruising and Keel Boat Sailing Training.


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