Junior Sailing Courses
This program provides sail training for the beginner through to advance sailors using the “Learn to Sail” CANSail standards. CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn-to-sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills. The sailor is required to demonstrate both sailing theory and on-the-water skills. CANSail levels are achieved at the pace of the individual sailor. This pace will not be the same for every sailor.
All student sailors should be comfortable around and in the water. A swimming test will be conducted on the first day of the first session to determine the sailor’s swimming ability for safety reasons.
The “Learn to Sail” standards under Sail Canada are referred to as CANSail levels.
The six progressive levels of achievement (CANSail 1 – 6) are defined below and you can also refer to the Sail Canada website located here www.sailing.ca for more information.
In all activities, the attitudes and readiness of the young sailor will always be considered in determining responsibility on the water. The activities within each level focus on fun, safety, and building individual skills and confidence.
CANSail 1 & 2 programs are designed for beginners to introduce the basic skills of sailing, including safety, seamanship and boat handling. On land, sailors will learn the basic elements of sail theory; the names for the parts of the boat and how to rig a boat.
On the water sailors will focus on boat safety and boat handling skills and learn to find the wind direction, setting the sail, and steering. CANSail 1 & 2 sailors may use a RS Quest, Opti or Laser based on their progressive demonstration of skill and safety.
CANSail 3 & 4 is a comprehensive course and is designed for intermediate to advanced level sailors, who have completed their CANSail 2. These two levels within the CANSail program focus on introducing sailors to advanced sailing techniques including sail trim, boat tuning, boat maintenance and introduction to racing. Boat handling in higher wind conditions, backwards sailing, and without a rudder are also fundamentals of these courses. A Club 420, RS Feva, Laser or Opti can be used by CANSail 3 & 4 sailors, depending on progressive demonstration of skill and safety.
Please note, CANSail 3 & 4 may require more time to achieve depending on the pace of sailor learning and demonstration. It will take a minimum of four weeks to accomplish the demonstration of the advanced sailing techniques and sailing theory.
In addition, CANSail 3 & 4 sailors may have the opportunity to attend regattas. If sailors are chosen or demonstrate interest with the necessary skill level to attend regattas, it will be necessary for their parents to provide the additional cost and assist with transportation and supervision. Please see more on Regattas further on in this Guide.
CANSail 5 & 6 is an advanced course for the serious sailor and racer who want to compete and advance in the sailing world. CANSail 5 & 6 courses focus on speed control by identifying tide and wind shifts and initiating tactical decisions to defend positioning and accomplishing strategic goals. The CANSail 5 requires the sailor to participate in a 1 – 2-day local regatta while the CANSail 6 requires the sailor to participate in a regional training camp and in a regional or provincial regatta. These courses will only be provided with sufficient interest and depending on the availability of certified instructors.
Spinnaker & Trapeze This course section targets sailors who are interested in developing further skills in double-handed sailing by focusing on racing with both trapeze and spinnaker. These two levels are often done in conjunction with CANSail 3 & 4, but can require more time to achieve.
All BQYC instructors are certified by the CANSail coaching standards. Their advanced knowledge and sailing ability is supplemented by training in the theoretical and practical aspects of coaching, first aid, swimming and rescue techniques.
Parents are reminded that CANSail levels are achieved by consistent demonstration of sailing theory and on-the-water skills. Achievement of level depends on the pace of learning of the sailor. Achieving a level within a two-week session is not considered a realistic goal. Private lessons after hours are available if parents and sailors are interested in having their child receive one-on-one or smaller group type sessions to assist them in developing necessary skills and time on the water.
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Youth Learn to Race
This program is held during the first session of the Sailing School and is dedicated to coaching sailors who have mastered introductory sailing skills and are interested in trying a competitive format. The program is specifically designed to provide junior sailors with the skills required to make it around the course at their first regatta. This will include introduction to: Starting techniques, Upwind sailing, Downwind sailing and Navigating windward and leeward marks, Intro to racing rules and Boat handling.
The Program will focus on single-handed racing skills. Optimist sailboats will be available for sailors weighing less than 130lbs and Laser sailboats for sailors over 130 lbs.
In the final two days of the program, the sailors complete in the annual learning regatta – called the Steerers Regatta - at the Port Credit Yacht Club. The coaches will be on-course to supervise and coach our sailors during the regatta.
Parents will be responsible for accommodations, Optimist / Laser class membership and regatta registration fees. Parents will also be asked to volunteer their time as chaperones. Boat transport to the regatta will be managed by BQYC.
The program is open to the first 16 registrants who have completed levels CanSail 2 or above or have equivalent sailing skills. The skills learned in this program can be applied to the student’s CanSail levels 3-6 checklists, but no formal certificate will be offered for this course.
This program is either 2 or 3 weeks long depending on the date for the Steerers Regatta. The Sailing School registration form will clearly designate the length and dates of the Learn-to-Race session.
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