New students are first to be certified with Sail Canada Cruising Catamaran Endorsement
Tuesday, March 11, 2019 - Kingston, ON
Martin d’Amours and Isabelle Giasson became the first students to be certified with the Sail Canada Cruising Catamaran Endorsement. A new program developed in 2018, the objective of this endorsement is to be able to cruise safely as either the crew or skipper of a cruising catamaran. The programming emphasizes the development of on-the-water skills to a level acceptable for bareboat chartering for extended cruises in coastal and inland waters.
Martin and Isabelle completed their Basic certification at Yvanhoë Sailing School in the Eastern Townships and Basic Coastal Navigation with Formation Nautique Québec last year. Following their success in those courses, they joined an Intermediate course with Wavelength Sailing School organized with Barefoot Offshore Sailing School in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Wavelength Sailing School and Barefoot have been organizing courses in St Vincent and the Grenadines for the last two years. The course, leading to Intermediate Cruising Certification with the Cruising Catamaran Endorsement, was on a Fountaine Pajot 42 and lasted 7 days.
Martin and Isabelle have an interesting story. Entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts, they fell in love with Sailing in their Basic course and decided to buy a new Catamaran to sail the world. After extensive research on specifications and several visits to boat shows around the world, they decided on a Nautitech Open 40 which is on order for delivery in La Rochelle, France in July. You can read more about their plans at https://oxalisborealis.com