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Ever dreamed of sailing off into the sunset, feeling the wind in your hair and the sun on your face? With My Own Sailboat, you can make that dream a reality.

We offer a variety of sailing courses and charters that are perfect for people of all experience levels. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned sailor, we have something for you.

Our courses are designed to be fun and informative, and our instructors are passionate about sailing. We'll teach you everything you need to know to get started, from the basics of sailing to advanced navigation techniques.

Once you've learned the ropes, you can book a sailing vacation with us. We'll take you to some of the most beautiful sailing destinations in the world, from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean.

So what are you waiting for? Start your sailing adventure today!

Own Your Vacation in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Sign up for our free online learning course that teaches you the basics of sailing.
  2. Join a 7-day liveaboard course in the Salish Sea or the Sea of Cortez, where you will learn practical skills and enjoy sailing adventures.
  3. Choose your destination and book your sailing vacation with My Own Sailboat.


Based in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, My Own Sailboat is owned and operated by Mike Nyakas.

Mike grew up on the ocean in Prince Rupert, commercial fished as a youth, and spent his adult career in the hospitality industry and Corporate Sales.  Mike believes the best environment for learning is allowing nature and the sailboat to present the best platform in a relaxed way while enjoying all aspects of the cruising lifestyle… after all, someone has to snorkel, paddleboard and visit these amazing anchorages.  He has taught and sailed in many of the world’s most popular sailing grounds:  Greece, Italy, Thailand, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, San Fransico, USA, and Sea of Cortez, Mexico. Holding a Transport Canada SVOP Captains license, Commercial Helicopter License, with Power Boats and Sailing instructor credentials. He is also an Offshore Master as Affiliate School with International Sail and Power Academy. Alongside sailing credentials from International Yacht Training, American Sailing Association, Sail Canada and Canadian Recreational Yachting Association.