Learn to Cruise Online is a joint venture of Phil Morris (Wavelength Sailing School) and Rob McLean (Wavelength Sailing School, Interlude.voyage)
Phone: (613) 329-5540
Afloat courses cruising school website: learntocruise.ca
I learned to Sail in England and have been sailing on and off most of my life. When I came to Kingston over 25 years ago I began sailing regularly, originally in a DS 17 then an O’Day 25 and over the past 12 years in a CS 30 “Wavelength”. Although I considered myself an experienced sailor I took the CYA Basic Intermediate and Advanced cruising courses and through them gained a lot more experience and confidence in my sailing abilities. I corrected a few bad habits that I had acquired too!
I have always enjoyed teaching so I decided to pass on my passion of sailing to others by becoming an Instructor in 2001. I am an NCCP Coach and a registered Sail Canada Instructor for PCOC, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Cruising, Coastal Navigation and Maritime Radio Certificate
I am also an IYT instructor certified to certify students to International Certificate of Competency (ICC) and International Bare boat Skipper
In 2010 I completed certification as a Sail Canada Senior Cruising Instructor Evaluator able to certify instructors to Advanced level and I regularly enjoy conducting instructor clinics.
I am also a member of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron and have successfully completed a number of advanced courses including the Instructor course, Weather and Advanced Piloting Junior Navigation and Global Navigation (Offshore) courses. I volunteer as an Instructor for Power Squadron courses including Seamanship Sail. I have been on the executive for Collins Bay Yacht Club and am currently Vice-Commodore (again!).
I now teach around 11 live aboard courses annually and have taught over 140 courses and instructor clinics to more than 400 students in boats up to 50’on the waters of Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and in the Caribbean. I look forward to seeing you on the water and hope I can pass on my passion for sailing!
Phil Morris Sail Canada (CYA) Instructor #18564 IYT Instructor #20088
Rob McLean has qualifications in philosophy, house renovation, accounting, management consulting, and internet programming. Along the way, from the age of 4 he has accumulated extensive sailing and boating experience. He began cruising in 1982 and has accumulated a total of roughly 11,500 miles on the Great Lakes and associated inland waterways, the Pacific coast of North America, and the Atlantic ocean, Gulf of Mexico, ICW, and Caribbean.
Rob and his partner Monica took an Intermediate Cruising course with Phil Morris in early 2015 in the BVI, which was the inspiration for Rob to start down the path of instructing. Rob subsequently completed the Advanced Cruising standard and renewed his Coastal Navigation qualifications.
Rob is now certified as a Sail Canada Basic Cruising, Basic Powerboating, Intermediate Cruising and Coastal Navigation instructor, and is also qualified to teach and examine candidates for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement. He is also certified as a Basic Cruising Instructor Evaluator.
Rob’s passion for sailing began at age 4 on the shores of Georgian Bay, continued into his teen years in a variety of small boats (Sunfishes, Albacores, Flying Juniors, Hurricanes, Lightnings, and windsurfers). In 1982 Rob acquired the CYA Basic Cruising and Coastal Navigation Standards, and became joint owner of the Nordic Folkboat, KLUK. KLUK is a 26′ sloop built in Denmark in 1948 with hull number F44. Over the next 20 years he accumulated 3500 miles of family and single-handed cruising on Lake Ontario.
In 2001 Rob was commuting regularly to California and purchased and restored La Volpe, a 53′ Colin Archer ketch built in Norway in 1962. The restoration included replacing virtually all the boat’s systems, as well as keel bolts and through-hulls. Since then he has accumulated 2500 miles of Pacific cruising extending from Ventura just north of Los Angeles to Desolation Sound at the north end of Georgia Strait.
In 2010, Rob co-invested with Julian Spicer and Beth Coyne in the rescue of Carpe, a 42 foot Grand Banks Trawler, originally built in 1970 with Hull # 73. Carpe had been rotting away for 8 years on the hard in Port Credit. Rob and Jules replaced 60 feet of planking and 80% of the superstructure above the deck, serviced the engines, and renewed the electrical, plumbing and navigation systems. In Carpe to date, Rob has accumulated 500 miles of cruising exploring the 1000 Islands, Rideau Canal system, Trent Canal system and the 30,000 islands in Georgian Bay.
In 2014, Rob and Monica Sheridan acquired Interlude as a vehicle for shared nautical and other adventures. Interlude is a 62′ steel square-rigged schooner built in Gulfport Mississippi in 1985 based on Thomas Colvin’s “Pipistrelle” design. The journey to bring Interlude to Cobourg from Panama City, Florida comprised 2000 miles on the Gulf of Mexico, Intercostal Waterway, Atlantic Ocean, Hudson River, and the Erie Canal. 2015 adventures included a 1000 mile journey to the North Channel of Georgian Bay and back, via the Welland Canal, Lake Erie, and Lake Huron. Another 1800+ miles of cruising was added in 2016-2018 in the Great Lakes, Pacific, and the Carribean through various cruising vacations, boat deliveries, as well as instructor activity.. We’re looking forward to ongoing travels in the Great Lakes, Pacific, Atlantic and Caribbean in coming years.
Rob McLean Sail Canada (CYA) Instructor #155595 IYT Instructor #20803