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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 the Company, is the second 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. Ian built a 40′ long-distance cruising sailboat and spent ten years cruising the world with Shari and 2 young daughters.  He managed the Caribbean and later the Greek and Eastern Mediterranean charter operations of one of the largest charter companies in the world. 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.

Trevor Matthew,iMarketing has naturally grown up around sailboats. He is a certified instructor through CRYA, ISPA and IYT. Due to his taking any opportunity to be out sailing, there is very little about our charter fleet and the cruising area that he doesn’t know. Trevor’s passion for sailing & boats is great and he spends his days off on the water racing keel boats. An original member of the team, Trevor helped his uncle, Ian, in developing the company in it’s infancy. He now heads our Charter Base team.


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:

Launch Course

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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Setting Sail in 2022

We look forward to welcoming everyone this year whilst maintaining a safe and healthy environment for everyone who visits our facilities.  Social distancing, mask wearing, vigorous cleaning protocols, and other measures will continue this year to ensure the health and safety of our guests and staff.

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