Lars ( Larry)  Hansen

  • Become a certified Canadian Yachting Association instructor
  • Basic instruction
  • Intermediate instruction including spinnaker endorsement
  • Advanced instruction, including 48 hour continuous passage
  • Overnight sailing using traditional coastal navigation methods.
  • Navigation with Radar and GPS
  •  coastal navigation 
  •  Pleasure Craft Operators license
  •  Restricted Radio Operator's license
  • ICC, the International Certificate of Competency, good worldwide, for power or sail to 24 meters
  • CEVNI, European coastal and inland navigation
  • International Yacht Training Yachtmaster Ocean
  • Sail Canada Celestial Navigation


Sail into the MYstic

At sailing Vancouver / Blue Blaze Sailing, you can Explore the waterways of the Pacific Northwest aboard a Classic offshore equipped Contessa 32 " Blue Blaze", while you gain the confidence to sail away in your own boat in all conditions.

All of our courses and adventures are customized to our clients needs and abilities


Blue Blaze Sailing



BlueBlaze is a classic offshore  1986 Contessa 32

  In 1994, Willy Ker sailed, mostly singlehanded, his Contessa 32 from his home in England around Cape Horn to Antarctica, then to Russia, Alaska, and on to Vancouver Island where Lars met and sailed with him. 

Willy made many singlehanded passages to Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland, His Boat "ASSENT" was made famous in the 1979 Fastnet race when she was the only boat under 35 feet to finish.
A severe storm during  this race resulted in  the death of 18  sailors. The Contessa 32 became the benchmark boat by which the seaworthiness of offshore yachts is measured

Your Instructor

Lars ( Larry) Hansen holds a Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and has sailed over 16,000 miles.

He Is a Sail Canada Instructor Examiner,

and is certified by International Yacht Training to teach the International Certificate of Competency.