The RCAF Trenton Power & Sail Squadron
 Learning here gives you a lifetime of fun and safe boating
Welcome! The RCAF Trenton Power & Sail Squadron makes its home at the Canadian Forces Base Trenton Yacht Club, and provides safe boating courses for both military and local civilians. A large number of Squadron members also belong to the Yacht Club, making it easy to coordinate and support both Squadron and Club activities.


RCAF Trenton Canadian Power and Sail Squadron


Toonie Tuesday

Tuesday,May 2, 1900

Confident Sailor / Reluctant Sailor

Achieving Your Cruising Dreams

With Rob MacLeod

This presentation is the story of Sojourn – the boat, Rob – the confident sailor, and Mary – the reluctant boater. In 2009-10, when most people were digging out of the global financial crisis, Rob and Mary sold their condo, put everything into storage and took Sojourn (their 1981 CS36T) from Lake Ontario to the Exumas, Bahamas.

This is a presentation of what we did – what worked and what didn’t – and how we plan to do it again, starting in the fall of 2017.

Who should attend? – Anyone dreaming or planning of taking their boat south and their reluctant partners. In the first half, Rob will share stories, images of the journey, trip planning and the dream. Following a short break, Rob will cover some of the technical aspects of cruising – for a weekend, for a couple of weeks and longer – all to assure even the most reluctant boater that it can be done in a very civilized and safe way.

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Initial planning

  2. Economics of cruising

  3. Skipper and crew preparation

  4. Boat preparation

  5. Contingency planning