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The Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School management team has more than 30 years’ experience in delivering memorable charter holidays on a fleet of highly maintained sail and power yachts. It is the only Charter Company that has a full-service yacht repairs and yacht-maintenance division and boatyard. –


Ian MacPherson,Nanaimoyachtcharters the CEO of Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School, is the Vice President of  Boating BC and on the board of the Canadian Recreational Yachting Association (CRYA) as well as the President of the Association of Bareboat Charters and Sailing Schools of BC.                        This included managing over 300 staff, maintaining 250 yachts and developing 6 hotels. Ian’s exceptional skill and teaching ability have contributed to the enormous growth of Nanaimo Yacht Charters Sailing School.

Shari MacPherson,iMarketing owned and managed a day charter operation of a 70′ Stays’l Schooner called “Gandalf of Eldemar”. The charters included day, evening, and dinner cruises- a huge attraction to all those who visited the Caribbean. Shari, together with Ian, cruised some 32,000 nautical miles, crossing several oceans with two very young daughters.

Beth MacPherson has naturally grown up around sailboats.  She has gone through CRYA and IYT training and due to her taking any opportunity to be out sailing, there is very little about our charter fleet and the cruising area that she doesn’t know.  She heads our marketing and sales team and the charter operation generally.

These customer-driven owners make the strong management team of Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School – proud owners and proud Canadians.

The company is privately owned and not affiliated with any other charter company.

For an article on some of the MacPhersons’ exploits, prior to immigrating to Canada, follow the link below.

We have recently been asked to work with Transport Canada in promoting safe boating in the rental boat fleet:

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Below is just a snippet of some of the world’s best cruising ground along the Sunshine Coast and through Desolation Sound onboard the Beneteau 40 – ‘Baraka Too’ over the Thanksgiving Holiday 2017!

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Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601 Start Price 1000 CAD
Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC BC Canada V9S 4E1
1-250-754-8601 / 1-877-754-8601

Nanaimo Yacht Charters & Sailing School Ltd.
1690 Stewart Ave Nanaimo BC, Canada V9S 4E1

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To our valued boating community,

As we’re all aware, the COVID-19 virus pandemic is continuing to impact and change our world, however we do look forward to a safe and wonderful 2021 boating season.

The health and well-being of our clients, students, and staff remains of paramount importance to us.  We continue to closely monitor the situation and react accordingly

We remain on hand to anwer all your questions and concerns.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1 877 754 8601 or email or

We look forward to welcoming you to our base and our wonderful cruising ground soon!