Hornby Island Sailing


  • Open: Summer (weather permitting)
  • Contact: Alan Keil
  • Address: Meet at Ford Cove Marina beside the small brown Harbour Authority building

Yacht Sailing Tours, Lessons & Accreditation


Welcome aboard! Feel the wind on your face and experience the freedom of sailing. Enjoy Hornby’s stunning coastline on a 32′ sailing yacht. Whether you want to sit back and unwind or hoist the sails and take a turn at the helm, this is an adventure that you don’t want to miss!


Whether a novice or a seasoned sailor, Hornby Island Sailing provides you with the means to fulfill your sailing passion. Alan Keil has decades of experience teaching and sailing along the BC coast and can tailor your sailing adventure to meet your specific sailing needs. Should you want to just relax and enjoy a Discover Sailing cruise or learn to helm, sail trim, and acquire recognized sailing credentials to eventually captain your own vessel one day, this is your go-to place on Hornby.
Give us a call at 604-818-5883


The picturesque coastline and the beautiful blue waters of the Salish Sea provide a stunning training ground for sailors. Hornby Island Sailing is a recognized Canadian Recreational Boating School and in collaboration with the Canadian Recreational Yachting Association (CRYA) can provide further training and award credentials in the safe operation of sailing vessels.  Advanced
courses include Introduction to Sail Cruising (1 day), Competent Crew (3 days on water and land), and Day Skipper (an additional 5 days). All safety gear, log books, and instructional manuals are provided.


  • What to bring 
    Warm clothes – a windbreaker and/or sweater is suggested.
    Sunscreen and a hat
    A great attitude
    Good stories to share!
    Don’t forget non-marking shoes


  • Things to know…
    The activity level for this excursion is light. No prior sailing experience is required. The starting and ending point for this adventure is Ford’s Cove Marina.


Discover Sailing Pricing

Half Day (3-4 hours) (5 people maximum)
• 2 people: $400
• 3 people: $500
• 4 people: $600
• 5 people: $750

  • What’s included:
    Food: A Charcuterie board celebrating the delicacies of Hornby Island.
    Drinks: Cold water.  *Please feel free to bring your own alcoholic beverages*
    Equipment: lifejackets and safety equipment are provided.

Sailing Instruction and Accreditation

Inquire re: package rates for Competent Crew and Day Skipper Courses.
Prices vary based on the number of participants