About Stowaway Sailing Adventures

Stowaway Adventures is a sailing school on Vancouver Island that offers the full range of ISPA and CRYA sailing instruction and certification. Whether you are intending to set out on a world voyage or charter a bareboat – our goal is to get you sailing with skill and confidence. Explore Desolation Sound, Gulf Islands, Sunshine Coast or the West Coast during week-long courses while we teach you how to sail the tidal waters around Vancouver Island, BC. and beyond.

Graham Evans – crossing the Pacific from Hawaii to bring Moku Lana to Comox

Graham Evans
ISPA and CRYA Sailing and Power Certified Instructor with a lifetime on the water

Graham has been a certified sailing instructor and has been teaching sailing in BC coastal waters since 2000. Graham grew up on a sailboat, when he left England (age 5) on a 32 foot double-ender to travel through the French Canals, explore the Med and cross the Atlantic to spend 10 years in the Caribbean before moving to Vancouver Island. Graham’s love for boats and the water has given him a lifetime of experience and adventure as an advanced sailing instructor, blue water sailor and keen ocean-river kayaker.

Graham’s Sailing Logbook

Sailing and Marine Certification
  • ISPA and CRYA Certified Sailing School
  • ISPA and CRYA Certified Sail and Power Instructor up to Yachtmaster Offshore level
  • ISPA Sailing Instructor Evaluator
  • Marine Advanced First Aid
  • CYA-ISAF Approved Offshore Personal Sea Survival Course
  • Marine Emergency Duties (MED)
  • Small Vessel Operation (SVOP)
  • PADI diving Certification
Sailing and Outdoor Experience
  • Certified Sailing School and Instructor:

    • ISPA – CRYA Certified Sailing and Power Instructor – owner of Stowaway Adventures Sailing School since 2000
    • ISPA Instructor Evaluator since 2017
    • Sailing Instructor – skipper of 43 ft. SV Moku Lana – log over 1000 nautical miles annually in Desolation Sound, Johnstone Straits, the Broughton’s, Georgia Strait, the Gulf Islands, circumnavigating Vancouver Island or trips to the Great Bear Rainforest, Central Coast
    • Sailing – power instructor for other sailing schools, charter companies or individualized sailing instruction and/or boat deliveries
  • Offshore and International Sailing Trips

    • 2005 – Offshore crossing Hawaii to Comox BC to sail SV Moku Lana to home berth
    • 2004 – ISPA sailing course with private instruction and charter in the Grenadines, Caribbean
    • 2000 – ISPA Yachtmaster Offshore Instructor’s course sailing 42’ sailboat from Hawaii to Victoria
  • Marine Mechanical Skills

    • Mechanical, fiber glassing and boat building skills to make major improvements to 43 ft. SV Moku Lana over the years, including:
      • Custom design and manufacturing arch and hard dodger for sailing in any weather
      • Custom design, fiber glassing and installation of fridge/freezer and holding tank
    • Perform all major and minor maintenance and mechanical repairs including re-building the engine, changing lighting for LEDs, scraping and re-painting hull during haul-outs
    • Woodworking skills to design a twin berth that can be expanded to a queen berth
    • Sail and canvas repairs and re-upholstered interior berths and cockpit cushions
    • Mechanic for auto dealerships plus self-employed including marine repairs
    • Assisted with the design and manufacturing of ocean kayaks in the 1980s for Ocean River Sports
  • Other Sailing, Instructing, Guiding and Racing Experience

    • Ocean kayak guide on the east & west coast of Vancouver Island, BC
    • Sailing, kayaking and windsurfing instructor at Strathcona Park Lodge, Vancouver Island, BC
    • Whitewater raft & kayak guide on Ottawa River
    • Trained with members of national Olympic whitewater kayak team for 4 years in the early 80s
    • Outward Bound guide – taught youth how to sail Montague Whalers while living aboard 36 ft.  forestry vessel in northern Vancouver Island waters
    • Raced on J34, “Let Them Eat Wake”, in Comox, BC and a Viking 33 “SV Madeline” out of Sidney, BC
  • Growing up on a Sailboat in the Caribbean

    • Left England age 5 to live on a 32 ft. sail boat in the Mediterranean until crossing the Atlantic
    • Lived with family on 52 ft. sail boat in the Caribbean, based out of Grenada & St. Lucia in the 70s
    • Assisted parents with sailing charter business
    • Worked on large, well-known Caribbean charter boat, “Ring Anderson”
    • Raced Lazers and Mirror dinghies and represented Grenada in the Mirror Caribbean Championships in Trinidad
    • Helped build a 30 ft. Trimaran and then raced aboard her