Our Fleet

Sail Our Fleet as a Member

The Whistler Sailing Association (WSA) owns boats that are available for our members. To become a member, the associated fees are payable, and the other eligibility criteria must be met see the Join Us page for more information.

 

Our Fleet

WSA’s fleet of sailboats consists of 3 Lasers and 12 Pirates.  We have 14 Optimists Sailboats for our junior courses  and 4 motorized inflatable coach boats for our sailing programs.   

 

The Laser Standards

The Laser

The Laser is an International dinghy class. It has been an Olympic class since 1996. The laser radial, which has a slightly smaller sail  is the Womens Olympic class since 2008.  They are typically sailed single handedly, however, two nimble sailors can sail this boat side by side. Lasers are equipped with a main sail. The WSA has 3 Lasers available to its members. Lasers are more powerful than our regular use Pirate Sailboats. 

The Pirates

The Pirates of WSA

The Pirate is a sailing dinghy that can be sailed by a single or pair of sailors.   It was designed as a youth sailing dinghy. This boat is based on the Flying Junior Sailboat.  The WSA has 12 pirates in its membership fleet.

The Optimist Dinghys

The Optimists

The WSA has 14 optimists used primarily in our Kids Learn To Sail and school programs. The Optimist is one the most popular dinghy’s in the world with over 150 000 registered boats. Optimists are dinghy’s designed specifically for teaching young sailors and are sailed and raced in 120 countries. At the London Olympics, nearly 80% of all boat skippers were former Optimist dinghy sailors.  They are 8 feet long, light and stable boats with a single main sail. They are designed for a child or youth up to 15 years old to sail single handed.

 

The Tasar

The Tasar

The Tasar is sailed by many of our members and offers great racing opportunities for adult sailors with 3 active fleets in the North West, in Vancouver , Seattle and Portland.

The Tasar is a 4.5-metre high performance sailing dinghy, designed to be sailed and raced by a man and a women.  A light weight, low drag, planing hull, a rotating mast, and a jib and fully battened mainsail with efficient sail controls means exhilarating sailing without the need for a trapeze.

 

Martin 16

The Martin 16

The Martin 16 was one of the first sailboats, designed in Vancouver, to create accessible and safe sailing for all. These boats can be modified with Windlass and Autohelm (electronic sail and rudder control) or Sip and Puff technology to allow an individual who uses a power wheelchair to sail independently. WSA has partnered with Whistler Adaptive Sports Programs (WASP) and Disabled Sailing Association (DSA) in Vancouver to bring adaptive sailing to Whistler. Currently we offer two courses in September but with the addition of our own Martin 16 (graciously donated by DSA Vancouver) to the WSA fleet we are looking to expand this program for summer 2017.