Extraordinary Adventures for Ordinary People - How Yacht Racing Can Change Your Life


Katy Campbell

Extraordinary Adventures for Ordinary People - How Yacht Racing Can Change Your Life

Daily life is full of small adventures, but it's with the big ones that we really learn just what we are capable of.  The best kept secret of the sailing world is that yacht racing offers a really fun, social and beginner-friendly entry point into the sailing world that can lead to really big capital A adventures.  Being part of a race crew is one of the very best ways to make amazing new friends, develop your sailing skills and learn to handle a huge variety of conditions and challenges on board.  Hear how some rookie sailors (many of whom happen to be women!) have taken on extraordinary Adventures like the VanIsle 360, the Race to Alaska, racing in the Caribbean and more.  Learn what this side of sailing has to offer for the absolute beginner through to the saltiest sailor, and how you can get involved here at home as well as farther afield.


Katy Campbell has raced across the Atlantic navigating by both sextant and satellite systems, held a good old-fashioned mutiny in the Ionian Sea, sailed in the infamous Fastnet race with an all-female team, raced a small boat to Alaska without an engine on board and embarked on many other nautical adventures all over the world.   She's been a dinghy coach and Instructor Evaluator under Sail Canada, and is a cruising instructor and Yachtmaster Ocean skipper under the Royal Yachting Association. All of this culminated in Katy launching Sea to Sky Sailing out of West Vancouver, providing sail training to beginners through to advanced sailors in all aspects of cruising and racing.  The thrill of experiencing some of the very biggest races and most beautifully remote places in the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean and Europe, is second only to the satisfaction of guiding teams of rookie sailors to rapidly develop their skills and step so far past their comfort zones that they forget where those boundaries used to be. 

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