SUMMER SAILING SCHOOL

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Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club's Summer Sailing School offers Sail Canada courses for all levels of sailors, age 6 to 18 years inclusive. Sail Canada trained instructors teach both theory and on-the-water skills in a fun, positive atmosphere. Courses available include:

Introduction to Sailing

Children who are 8 and older are taught the basics of sailing in a unique environment focusing on fun and boating safety. Participants will learn some terminology, knots, and how to sail by means of games and activities both on and off the water. The Optimist dinghy is a 7-foot sail boat that is excellent for learning basic sailing skills. It's stable and can accomodate a wide range of child sizes and sailing abilities. It is well accepted as the best design for youth sail training. For these reasons, there are more Optimists than any other sail boat in the world! This fun introductory course follow the CANSail curriculum, but is modified to be developmentally appropriate for younger and smaller sailors.

CANSail 1 & 2

This camp is intended for children aged 11 and older with some or no sailing experience. Prior students with White Sail 1 or White Sail 2 should register in this course. The goal of this level involves fundamental skill acquisition in Optimist or Flying Junior Dinghies. The skills required to obtain CanSail 1 typically take 2 weeks, and 2 weeks for CanSail 2.

Instructional Highlights:

  • Directions
  • Proper sail trim
  • Tacking and Gybing
  • Right a capsized boat
  • Secure tow lines
  • Launch and dock safely

CANSail 3 & 4

This camp is intended for students who have completed CANSail 1&2 or have finished White Sail 3 or have some Bronze 4&5. The goal of this level involves applied skill acquisition in any type of boat (single / double handed) that allows them to sail more competently and safely with limited supervision. The skills required to obtain CanSail 3 typically take 2 weeks, and 2 weeks for CanSail 4. 

Instructional Highlights:

  • Sail by the lee
  • Trim for max speed
  • Adjust sail controls
  • Tune boat
  • Tack onto laylines
  • Stop and sail backwards 

CANSail 5 & 6

This camp is intended for students who have completed CANSail 3&4 or have Bronze 5 or have some Silver/Gold. The goal of this level involves applied skill consolidation in any type of boat (single / double handed). The skills required to obtain CanSail 5 typically take 2 weeks, and 2 weeks for CanSail 6. 

Instructional Highlights:

  • Tactical mark rounding
  • Steer to promote maximum downwind speed
  • Accelerate off start line
  • Defend a position
  • Tack or duck boats while racing
  • Describe wind flow on sail
  • Spinnaker use
  • Trapezing
  • Boat maintenance 

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