Youth Program

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COVID-19 Policies:

As of April 15th, 2021 there have been no updates regarding summer camp restrictions. RHYC is committed to running a safe and fun program this summer, so all groups are at a 10 participant capacity.  In the case of any cancellation due to COVID-19 RHYC will provide a full refund
 

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


Why RHYC?

Safe & Fun Environment for children & teens   Certified Instructors    Home & Away Regattas
Achieve CANSail certifications   High Performance Race Programs    
Ontario Sailing Training Centre   SAIL Canada Partner    

 


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To find out more about our JR. Sailing School, please email juniorsail@rhyc.ca
 

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club offers an outdoor, play-based learning environment alongside our Junior Sail program for children ages 5 to 6 year olds. The one week camp is a refreshing opportunity for your children to explore sailing on the Hamilton Waterfront and in our indoor, classroom environment. The program focuses on play, crafting, sailing activities, local trips, water sports and walks around the harbour. Through these experiences, the children will become familiar with basic sailing terminology. Learn what it feels like to be on the water!

 
Session 1: July 4 to July 8  
Session 2: July 11 to July 15  
Session 3: July 18 to July 22  
Session 4: July 25 to July 29  
Session 5: August 2 to August 5 Civic Holiday Off - Fees are adjusted
Session 6: August 8 to August 12  
Session 7: August 15 to August 19  
Session 8: August 22 to August 26  

Program Fees:
Early Registration March 31, 2022

$205 or $216 after early registration date
Session 5 is a 4 day program, off Civic Holiday, $164 or $173 after early registration date

CANSail introduces new sailors to the fundamental sailing skills in the Optimist/420 dinghy. The type of boat sailed is dependent upon on the sailor’s weight and height. 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. Sailors also work on swimming skills taught in our pool by certified swimming instructors. 

  • Note: The age range listed is a recommendation; please consider height and weight recommendations both boat classes.
  • Opti: 50-110 lbs. / > 5’7
  • 420: 110 lbs.+ / < 5’3
Session 1: July 4 to July 15  
Session 2: July 18 to July 29  
Session 3: Aug 2 to Aug. 12 Civic Holiday Off - Fees adjusted
Session 4: Aug. 15  to Aug. 26 Reduced Fees

Program Fees:
Early Registration March 31, 2022

Session 1 & 2: $633 or $654 after early registration date
Session 3 is a 9 day program, off Civic Holiday, $571 or $589 after early registration date

CANSail introduces new sailors to the fundamental sailing skills in the Optimist/420 dinghy. The type of boat sailed is dependent upon on the sailor’s weight and height. 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. Sailors also work on swimming skills taught in our pool by certified swimming instructors. 

  • Note: The age range listed is a recommendation; please consider height and weight recommendations both boat classes.
  • Opti: 50-110 lbs. / > 5’7
  • 420: 110 lbs.+ / < 5’3
Session 1: July 4 to July 15  
Session 2: July 18 to July 29  
Session 3: Aug. 2 to Aug. 12 Civic Holiday Off - Fees adjusted
Session 4: Aug. 15 to Aug. 26 Reduced Fees


Program Fees:
Early Registration March 31, 2021

Session 1 & 2: $633 or $654 after early registration date
Session 3 is a 9 day program, off Civic Holiday, $571 or $589 after early registration date

CANSail 3 is a two-week-long program that builds upon the fundamental skills established in CANSail 1&2 on the water and in the classroom. Sailors at this level will refine and improve their skills from CANSail 1/2 to become more confident sailing alone and in pairs. CANSail 3 introduces boat tuning, sail trim, backwards sailing, roll tacking and surfing. All sailors are given opportunities to apply their individual sailing skills and sail with friends. CANSail 3 sailors will also be introduced to the basic racing skills needed to compete in club race-nights. 

Prerequisites: Participants must be age 11 or over, must be able to swim, and must have previously completed CANSail 2.

Session 1: July 4 to July 15  
Session 2: July 18 to July 29  
Session 3: Aug. 2 to Aug. 12 Civic Holiday Off - Fees adjusted
Session 4: Aug. 15  to Aug. 26 Reduced Fees

Program Fees:
Early Registration March 31, 2022

Session 1 & 2: $633 or $654 after early registration date
Session 3 is a 9 day program, off Civic Holiday, $571 or $589 after early registration date

CANSail 4 is a two-week-long program that builds upon the fundamental skills established in CANSail 3 on the water and in the classroom.  Sailors are challenged to perfect their sailing skills in heavier wind conditions, both individually and in pairs. Greater emphasis is placed on self-sufficiency and problem solving, including skills such as rudderless sailing, trapeze, fly spinnaker and advanced theory. CANSail 4 sailors will also be introduced to the basic racing skills needed to compete in club race-nights. Sailors will have the ability to participate in RHYC and other local regattas.

Prerequisites: Participants must be age 12 or over, must be able to swim, and must have previously completed CANSail 3.

Session 1: July 4 to July 15  
Session 2: July 18 to July 29  
Session 3: Aug. 2 to Aug. 12 Civic Holiday Off - Fees adjusted
Session 4: Aug. 15  to Aug. 26 Reduced Fees

Program Fees:
Early Registration March 31, 2022

Session 1 & 2: $633 or $654 after early registration date
Session 3 is a 9 day program, off Civic Holiday, $571 or $589 after early registration date

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.

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.