Owner & Head Instructor
Katy's first job was as a dinghy sailing coach, working with kids and teens from beginners through to experienced racers. She worked as a Canadian Yachting Association Instructor Evaluator and the program director for several yacht clubs in the Vancouver area.
After an indoor hiatus to try being a 'real adult', she came to her senses and found herself marooned in the UK. This is when she realized she had it right the first time- teaching sailing is truly her calling.
Katy earned her Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster Offshore and Cruising Instructor credentials while sailing in the UK. She was lucky enough to work as an instructor and skipper in the UK, the Canary Islands, and the Caribbean before returning to Vancouver. She also holds her IYT Recreational Instructor certification and delivers IYT programs up to the Yachtmaster Coastal level.
Katy has raced with winning crews in Canada and the UK on successful campaigns including the Vancouver Area Racing Championship circuit, the VanIsle 360, the Fastnet and qualifying events, and a one-design European Championship campaign.
Now Katy is putting her experience and truly global perspective to work in building Sea to Sky Sailing.
Biggest Sailing Adventure (so far)
Taking the Sea to Sky Sailing Race Team around Vancouver Island in the 2017 VanIsle 360. 14 days, 600 miles, and 5 podium finishes during the 9 legs of the race. This was a true adventure into the wilderness of BC's west coast and out into the open Pacific Ocean.
Close second? Racing in the 2013 Fastnet, one of the most infamous races in the world. From Cowes on the Isle of Wight, down the edge of the English Channel, around the southern tip of Britain and out into the wild Irish Sea before rounding the Fastnet Rock off Ireland and heading back to the finish line in Plymouth: 100% adventure.
Will has been part of the Sea to Sky Sailing team from day 1, with a huge amount of practical expertise and knowledge of life afloat to share with our students. He will be taking students on mileage building excursions and day sailing around our local waters.
Will first learned to sail as a kid in dinghies with Katy as his instructor a long time ago, and hasn’t stopped since. 'Graduating' from dinghies he has sailed his Ericson 35 all over the west coast, single-handing the aptly-named Zig Zag up the central BC coast to explore remote anchorages and pristine rainforest wilderness.
Holding his Master Near Coastal ticket from Transport Canada, Will has worked as a navigator, chief officer and fleet captain for a wide range of commercial vessels first in the Great Lakes and now on the Pacific coast. When not sailing or working on boats, Will is a dedicated member of Eagle Harbour Yacht Club (Sea to Sky Sailing's home), volunteering his time to help maintain this small but wonderful club.
Will also guest stars as watch captain on the Sea to Sky Sailing Race Team, helping the rookie crew sail fast and safe around each race course, including the VanIsle 360 in 2017.
Best sailing adventure (so far):
Milbanke Sound to Port Hardy. Solo. Outside of the Goose group of islands at night. Downwind. Magic.
Scott is a professed sailing addict and brings a wealth of experience to the Sea to Sky Sailing team.
As a Safety at Sea instructor with BC Sailing and lead trainer of rescue crews with the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue station in Squamish, Scott is particularly knowledgeable on safety issues for sailors and is spearheading Sea to Sky Sailing’s Boat Safety Review service amongst other Own-Boat Services.
Scott is an IYT Recreational Instructor with a special interest in helping those who are new to sailing get more involved in the sport, especially through racing. He has been actively involved in supporting the Squamish sailing community through his work on the Squamish Open Annual Regatta (SOAR) and the introduction of an open-to-all Squamish Social Sailing group.
Scott has raced his J/30 onto the podium in many racing events and club series, both with a full crew and often choosing to race shorthanded. In 2017 he took the extreme (and awesome) step of racing the VanIsle 360 double-handed!
BIGGEST SAILING ADVENTURE (SO FAR)
Victoria to Maui race in 2012 as navigator and watch captain.
Keanna is almost certainly cooler than you, but you would never know it because she's also incredibly humble about it. She is teaching IYT courses with Sea to Sky Sailing, so we'll brag about her on her behalf!
Growing up in the Vancouver area, Keanna spent her summers sailing the family dinghy and cruising all over the coast before starting her career in the marine industry with a local charter company. As part of a university program, she casually hopped aboard a 112 foot schooner to sail through Indonesia and across the Indian Ocean to South Africa while gaining an education in marine biology and oceanography.
Then? To the Caribbean! Keanna has worked as an IYT Recreational Sailing Instructor, charter skipper and scuba instructor in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. And just in case you think that sounds like she might be soft from an easy life in the warm climates of the south... she returned to BC with a vengeance and completed the Race to Alaska in June 2017.
BIGGEST SAILING ADVENTURE (SO FAR)
In the Race to Alaska, Keanna and her teammates have the awesome distinction of being the first monohull over the finish line in Ketchikan, Alaska. They sailed (and rowed when there was no wind) non-stop all the way from Port Townsend, Washington, through the hectic tidal waters of the BC and Alaskan coast, battling gale force winds, hazard-infested waters and extreme fatigue. Without an engine as a safety net.
We work with a number of freelance instructors with a wealth of experience in cruising, racing and teaching. We are always looking for talented and enthusiastic new instructors to join our roster. If you are interested in working with Sea to Sky Sailing, please contact us to start the conversation.