Principal, Chief Instructor & Race Skipper
Katy's first job ever 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, and later achieved the penultimate RYA tickets of Yachtmaster Ocean and Yachtmaster Instructor. She was lucky enough to work as an instructor and skipper in the UK, the Canary Islands, and the Caribbean before returning to Vancouver.
Katy has raced with winning crews in Canada, the UK and the Caribbean on successful campaigns including the Vancouver Area Racing Championship circuit, the VanIsle 360, the Fastnet and qualifying events, a one-design European Championship campaign, and the Caribbean racing circuit.
Now Katy is putting her global perspective with combined racing, cruising and offshore experience to work in building Sea to Sky Sailing.
Biggest Sailing Adventures (so far)
How do you pick?! Taking the Sea to Sky Sailing Race Team to Alaska and back in the 2018 Race to Alaska was epic-brutal-awesome. Taking the team around Vancouver Island in the 2017 VanIsle 360 for 14 days, 600 miles, and 5 podium finishes during the 9 legs of the race for a 4th place finish overall in our division was nothing short of incredible.
Farther afield, racing in the 2013 Fastnet, one of the most infamous races in the world was a truly life altering experience. Crossing the Atlantic in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in 2017 as part of a delivery of a brand new Lagoon 42 was also pretty neat. 22 days at sea. 3,267 miles sailed and by some miracle still eating fresh lettuce on the last day.
Racing First Mate
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.
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 stars as our invaluable watch captain / first mate on the Sea to Sky Sailing Race Team.
Best sailing adventures (so far):
Milbanke Sound to Port Hardy. Solo. Outside of the Goose group of islands at night. Downwind. Magic.
Or… VanIsle 360 in 2017 as first mate, helping the Sea to Sky team circumnavigate the island fast and furiously.
Or… Race to Alaska in 2018 as first mate, sailing-rowing with the Sea to Sky team from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchikan, Alaska and home again!
Own-Boat Instructor & Race Skipper
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 experienced trainer 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 ADVENTUREs (SO FAR)
Victoria to Maui race in 2012 as navigator and watch captain.
VanIsle 360 in 2017... DOUBLE-HANDED!
Svetlana joins the Sea to Sky team with an impressive resumé of logistical prowess and expedition wrangling. An engineering student, dinghy sailor, lifeguard, swim instructor and experienced outdoorswoman, there’s not much she can’t handle. As a case in point, when her car transmission died she didn't call a mechanic or give up on the car... no. She methodically removed the old engine, found a healthier one online and installed it herself, figuring it all out along the way. Clearly the soul of a sailor! She has organized group multi-day backcountry trips all over southern BC and is now helping Sea to Sky on the administrative and logistical front.