Your Pocket Sailing Instructor Podcast

Your Pocket Sailing Instructor Podcast

Hey sailor! My name is Penny and I have been a sailing coach with Sail Canada for over 25 years! I have helped thousands of sailors find their passion and love of all things sailing. I'm here to help you live your best sailing life. I provide gear reviews, sailing tips, habits to perfect and much more! So, sit back and enjoy some informative, entertaining, unique sailing content! See you on the water ;-) Don't miss an episode!


June 1, 2023 31 mins

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Today we are looking at the 4 approved types of flares in Canada:

A) Parachute Flare

B) Multi-Star Flare

C) Hand-Held Flare

D) Smoke Flare

Remember that these are approved for 4 years from the manufacture date!

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This week I am chatting about keel types:

- Full Keel

- Fin Keel -- bulb keel & wing keel

- Bilge Keel

Why would you select a certain keel, drawbacks and advantages of each, and maintenance...

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May 16, 2023 10 mins

This week we are having a chat about boom vangs. I am often surprised at how many of my students purchase boats that do not have on rigged up! They are an essential part of trimming your sail and can be key when sailing in heavy weather.

Some of the marine stores will have boom vang kits that you can purchase, so it is ready to be attached at the base of the mast and up on your boom quickly. Easy to rig up and will help you sail m...

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May 9, 2023 13 mins

So this week we are talking about different types of shackles and their common uses. Also, what to look for when they start to wear down...

- screw pin shackle

- keyhole shackle

- snap shackle

- soft shackle

Here are some useful links for you…

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May 4, 2023 30 mins

Today I am talking about spring maintenance! And yes, it is a LONG list! Here are some of the things I'll be sharing:

- engine checks

- standing rigging checks

- running rigging checks

- sail check

- safety gear checks

And much more! Head on over to to join my email list so you don't miss any freebies and the spring checklist!

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May 2, 2023 14 mins

This week I am discussing cleats! What are they, where to find them, which ones to upgrade, etc.

I talk about:

- Horn Cleats

- Cam Cleats

- Clam Cleats

- Jam Cleats

- Clutches

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April 25, 2023 17 mins

Today I am talking all about blocks! What the heck is a block you say? It is a pulley, in sailing lingo ;-) There are many types and I'll walk you through them all! Enjoy!

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April 20, 2023 24 mins

Kinda appropriate that this is my 50th episode! Talking about when I brought Spindrift to Nelson and the ceremony I performed to greet her. Here are the specific descriptions you'll need:

- Boat Purging Ceremony: “Oh mighty and great ruler of the seas and oceans, to whom all ships and we who venture upon your vast domain are required to pay homage, I implore you in your graciousness to expunge for all time from your records an...

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April 18, 2023 12 mins

Today I am talking all about winches! These are the winches that we use for our sheets and halyards on a sailboat though. I will do a different episode to focus on the anchor windlass system. Enjoy!

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April 13, 2023 17 mins

Alright so to prepare you for this episode you could also listen to:

Life has been throwing me some curveballs lately so I started to wondering if I had somehow broken some sacred oath or fallen on bad luck. I just can't seem to catch a break at the moment, which had me thinki...

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April 11, 2023 9 mins

I am starting something new with Technical Tuesdays! There are SO many items on our boats that need a little bit extra info... hence the Technical Tuesdays where I plan on bringing you quite, and essential, information to help you make informed decisions.

This week I am talking about lines. What type to purchase for halyards, sheets, dock lines, anchor lines, cunningham, boom vang.... so many lines! Enjoy!


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March 16, 2023 29 mins

Alright, we have all been there! You're heading into the dock, speed is great, wind is great, crew are ready,... suddenly a boat starts leaving their slip right in front of you, your crew move aft to tell you only to drop the boat hook in the water, your other crew tries to grab the boat hook and drops the roving fender, and everyone on shore is watching. Yup. We have ALL been there! The lovely trials of docking...

Docking Equi...

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March 2, 2023 22 mins

A few more notes about anchoring... show notes coming soon! 

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February 23, 2023 45 mins

There is something magical about spending a nice, quiet, night at anchor! When we were in Croatia, it was a blessing to be able to get away from all of the other tourists for some quiet R&R! Anchoring is a pretty simple thing once you master some basic steps. Here I will break it all down for you and provide you with some of my pro tips! Enjoy! Don't forget to send me any questions!

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February 16, 2023 26 mins

This week I am talking all about being a good boating neighbour! How to be a safe, and non-jerky, boater! There are a few unwritten rules to keep in mind about boating and how others expect you to conduct yourself while on the water.

At the marina

  • be aware of any marina rules around parking, washroom/shower use, boat launch access, etc.
  • return any carts to their location after use
  • take all garbage and recycling with you whe...
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Alright winter sucks for us northern sailors! True, I am lucky that my boat is in the water, but it's cold! I haven't sailed in months and I'm going through withdrawal! So, I thought I would let you in on my "happy list". The list of things that I do throughout the winter to keep me looking forward to next season and making sure I'm ready to make the most of it! Enjoy!

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This week we are talking about safety (no surprise there!), but more specifically Personal Floatation Devices, Life Jackets and Tethers! What are they? What are the differences? Which one should you purchase? Where do you purchase them? When do you replace them? So many questions!

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January 19, 2023 34 mins

This week I am giving you a sneak peak into some of the things I do during the off-season to keep my skills sharp and to get ready for next season. There is personal growth, professional growth, reviewing, renewing, and lots going on! This is pretty typical for me as a "what to do this year" plan.

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