The CYC CANSail 1&2 program is the foundation for sailors with basic sailing experience. The program uses Optis and 420 RADs (reduced area design sails) and classes will be divided according to according to experience. Successful completion of this class will allow sailors to move into CYC’s Advanced Sailing program, CANSail 3&4.
All sessions 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Boats: Opti and 420 RADs
Ages: 8-15 years old
Pre-requisites: None required for CANSail 1
PLEASE SELECT EITHER 'CLUB OPTI' or 'PRIVATE OPTI'. If you are bringing a PRIVATE OPTI, please check "Private Boat Discount" in only ONE session; this discount only applies once per season, not per session.
The 420 RAD (Reduced Area Design sails) is a new class for our sailors that had traditionally sailed Echos and also for younger or smaller kids who do not want to remain in Opti and want to move into the 420. The fundamental boat-handling skills learned in the 420 boats are refined as sailors begin to learn further advanced techniques. The focus of this class is to get out on the water, become more familiar with boats and sailing terminology, to continue to develop fundamental sailing techniques, and of course, have fun!
The Advanced CANSail 3&4 program builds on the boat-handling skills acquired in Basic Sailing. Sailors at this level participate in either an Opti or a 420 dinghy. Classes will be divided according to dinghy.
Opti racing skills are refined (commonly known as "Opti Race" program). Sailors in both dinghy classes will learn more about the effects of sail shape on speed as well as boat maintenance. Participation at regattas will be encouraged and supported for interested sailors.
PLEASE SELECT EITHER '420', 'CLUB OPTI' OR 'PRIVATE OPTI'.
If you are bringing a PRIVATE OPTI, please check "Private Boat Discount" in only ONE session; this discount only applies once per season, not per session.
All sessions 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Boats: Opti and 420
Ages: 8-16 years old
Pre-requisites: CANSail 2
*Previously part of the CANSail 1/2 Opti group that was with Coach Karl.
This group is designed for Opti sailors who want to learn the FUNdamentals of racing in an exciting and safe environment! Sailors require CANSail 1 to register for this group and will learn the basics of sail racing and have the option to attend local regattas in the 'Green' (Introductory) Fleet.
Session 3: Opti Learn to Race CLUB HULL (Previously Part of CANSail 1/2)
Session 3: Opti Learn to Race PRIVATE OPTI (Previously Part of CANSail 1/2)
Session 4: Opti Learn to Race CLUB HULL (Previously Part of CANSail 1/2)
Session 4: Opti Learn to Race PRIVATE OPTI (Previously Part of CANSail 1/2)
The Laser is among the world's most popular sailboats and extremely popular - and very competitive - on the local dinghy race circuit. Our Laser Race team will be lead by Coach Spencer Dalzell and accommodate eight sailors including three club hulls available, please make the appropriate selection below. You must have received your CANSail 4 to enroll in this program.
Laser sailors will be expected to accompany the team to the following regattas: ARK, Bay Wind, Sail East and Sail Fest. We strongly encourage Lasers sailors to register for Sessions 1&2 at a minimum for the summer season. Please contact the Learn to Sail Director, Christine Santimaw, if you have questions about whether or not your sailor has reached the appropriate level, size or skill to move into the CYC Laser Race program.
The Wet Feet program is designed for children six to eight years old with little to no sailing experience.
We introduce children to sailing in a fun and safe environment in our sheltered, protected harbour. Full and half day options are available. The program begins with approximately two sailors per boat, with the ultimate goal being each sailor able to skipper their boat on their own. The CANSail course curriculum includes a thorough introduction and overview to sailing and boat-handling skills, including rigging, boat parts, points of sail and safety.
Our trained and certified instructors are chosen for their exceptional skills working with children. When weather does not cooperate with us, we will participate in off-water activities such as knots, role-playing, and other sailing related instructional games. The program builds confidence, self-esteem and friends for life.
Ages: 6-8 years old
Pre-requisites: None required
Session 3, A.M (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
CYC’s Adult Learn to Sail program is a great introduction to keelboat sailing for anyone interested in learning the basics (no experience required!) and those wanting to become a little more comfortable on a bigger boat. The course will have two 'sessions' one of which will run on Monday nights and the other will run on Wednesday nights. Monday evenings will be in July & August (July 13 , 20, 27, August 3, 10) as will Wednesday evenings (July 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12). The course will cover theory and on-board practice. A senior instructor from our Junior Learn to Sail Program will lead the course on a J-24, which provides a stable, comfortable and dry platform on which to learn or enhance your sailing skills. • Members and non-members welcome • Suggested participant age is 19 years or older • SPECIAL: 50% off new CYC Memberships for course participants
Monday Night Session: July 13 , 20, 27, and August 3, 10. 6pm-9pm
Wednesday Night Session: July 15 , 22, 29, and August 5, 12. 6pm-9pm
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! JUNIOR SAILING NOTICE:
We WILL be running a junior sailing program this summer! We have been working tirelessly to develop a plan that makes sense for our sailors, their families, our coaches and our club.
The parameters within which we must operate this summer have been created by Sail NS and approved by Dr. Strang and the Province of Nova Scotia. They are not self-imposed and are applicable to all junior programs across the province. We are all in this together!
We appreciate your patience and understanding and for working with us through this summer.
Speed, height, friendship,
OPTI and LASER SAILORS - IMPORTANT: When adding sessions to your cart, please select not only your session(s) but also whether you are using a "CLUB OPTI" or "PRIVATE OPTI" OR "CLUB LASER" OR "PRIVATE LASER". If bringing a PRIVATE OPTI or LASER, you will check the box for Private Boat Discount ($30). ONLY CHECK THIS BOX IN ONE SESSION; THE DISCOUNT APPLIES ONLY ONCE PER SEASON.