Four Sailboats in a line. Forest in the background.

2017 Youth Program 

Welcome to the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club’s Sailing School and the programs for 2017 offering the best Sail Training in the region.

  • Safe & Fun Environment for children & teens
  • New 1 Week Try Sailing Program
  • Achieve CANSail certifications
  • Multi-Session discounts
  • High Performance Race Programs
  • Home & Away Regattas
  • Ontario Sailing Training Centre & SAIL Canada Partner
  • Certified Instructors

  

Registration and Brochures

Brochure

Online Registration

Sailor's Info and Parent's Guide

 

Frequently Asked Questions

New! Late registration penalty applies. See Early Registration for details.

To find out more about our JR. Sailing School, please email rhycjrsailing@gmail.com or call (905) 528-8464

Try Sailing One Week Programs

The RHYC introduction to sailing week is an excellent opportunity for young new sailors to explore the exciting sport of sailing. The program focuses on creating a fun environment to establish the basic knowledge and skills needed to sail. A condensed curriculum focuses on boat safety, seamanship and boat-handling. Come out and give sailing a try.

If you like it, you can convert to the two week course for a nominal fee.

Session 1: July 31 to August 4 Early Registration by June 18
Session 2: Aug.14 to August 18 Early Registration by July 2

Program Fees

Session 1:$310 or $335 after early registration date 
Session 2: $310 or $335 after early registration date
$300 for additional week

Multiple sailboats with children in the lake

Discover Boating - Ages 6 to 8

Discover Boating is a fun program designed for children ages 6-8. This program introduces children to sailing in the Optimist Dinghy in order to establish comfort on the water in a fun environment with a strong emphasis on water safety. A typical day may include activities such as: swimming, sailing, games (on and off the water), boat trips across the bay, and much more!

Session 1: July 3 to July 14 Early Registration by May 21
Session 2: July 17 to July 28 Early Registration by June 4
Session 3: July 31 to Aug. 11 Early Registration by June 18  (Civic Holiday Off)
Session 4: Aug. 14 to Aug. 25 Early Registration by July 2

Program Fees:
$540 or $590 after early registration date
15% will be discounted off the second session attended during August.

   
Children sitting on sailboats docked on the port.

CANSail 1 & 2 - Ages 9 to 12

CANSail introduces new sailors to the fundamental sailing skills in the Optimist dinghy. The program focuses on creating a fun environment while developing physical literacy. On the water, young sailors work on boat safety, boat-handling skills, and seamanship. In the classroom, students will learn basic terminology, knots and the rules of the water. 

Session 1: July 3 to July 14 Early Registration by May 21
Session 2: July 17 to July 28 Early Registration by June 4
Session 3: July 31 to Aug. 11 Early Registration by June 18 (Civic Holiday Off)
Session 4: Aug. 14 to Aug. 25 Early Registration by July 2

Program Fees:
$540 or $590 after early registration date
15% will be discounted off the second session attended during August.

   
Teens on sailboats and dock on a cloudy day.

CANSail 1 & 2 - Ages 12 to 18

CANSail 1&2 (Ages 12-18) is designed to introduce teenagers to sailing. Teenagers will enjoy following the same curriculum as the Youth CanSail program, but in a separate all teen groups, sailing the larger C420 dinghy. Can Sail for teens is designed to engage students through specialized course structure that maximizes time on the water and provides opportunity to socialize. On the water, teen sailors work on boat safety, boat-handling skills, and seamanship. In the classroom, students will learn basic terminology, knots and the rules of the water. 

Session 1: July 3 to July 14 Early Registration by May 21
Session 2: July 17 to July 28 Early Registration by June 4

Program Fees:
$570 or $620 after early registration date
15% will be discounted off the second session attended during August.

   
Two people maneuvering a sailboat in the lake on a sunny day.

CANSail 3 & 4

CANSail 3&4 is a four-week-long program that builds upon the fundamental skills established in CANSail 1&2 on the water and in the classroom. Sailors will develop advanced boat handling skills and learn how to trapeze and fly spinnaker in the 420 dinghy. CANSail 3&4 sailors will also be introduced to the basic racing skills needed to compete in club race-nights. New for 2016 is the ability to participate in RHYC and other local regattas.

Session 1: July 3 to July 28 Early Registration by May 21
Session 2: July 31 to Aug. 25 Early Registration by June 18 (Civic Holiday Off)

Program Fees:
$1145 or $1245 after early registration date
15% will be discounted off the second session attended during August.

   
Boy on a sailboat in the lake

Able Sail

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club has sailboats specifically designed for individuals who require more support in the boat due to a disability. The RHYC provides a variety of boats depending on the needs and skill level of the sailor. Come out and join us Wednesday nights throughout the season.


Click here for Able Sail

For more information on Adult or Youth Able Sail programs please contact us!

   
  • Youth Classes run from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily.
  • Equipment needed: life jacket with whistle attached, hat, sunglasses, sun screen, towel, swimsuit & extra clothing.
  • Fees do not include regatta registration, transportation or other costs associated with attendance at regattas.

Participant Responsibility

Upon registration, participants will be required to sign a waiver accepting responsibility for damages, injuries and liabilities relating to these. The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club is not liable for these and other circumstances leading to injury.