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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


Sailor's Info and Parent's Guide


Thank you for a great season. We will be opening registration for 2024 TBA

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New for 2024 Learn to Keelboat

An introductory keel boating program for ages 10 - 13 with sailing experience and 14-18 without experience. This program entails the basics of sailing and boating safety. The program will include classroom sessions as well as practical on-the-water training.

The classroom sessions will cover topics such as the physics of sailing, the parts of a sailboat, basic navigation, and safety procedures. The on-the-water training will involve rigging and de-riging a boat, steering, trimming the sails, and other sailing techniques. Students may also learn about different types of sailboats and their characteristics.

In this week-long program, participants will progress from basic skills to more advanced maneuvers as they gain experience and confidence on the water. By the end of the program, students should have a good understanding of the fundamentals of sailing on a keelboat.


Session 1: July 1 to July 12

Session 2: July 15 to July 26

Session 3: July 29 to August 9 -  Civic Holiday Off - Fees are adjusted

Session 4: August 12 to August 23


Program Fees:

Early Registration March 31, 2024

Session 1,  2 & 4: $696 or $719 after the r early registration date

Session 3 is a 9-day program, off Civic Holiday, $628 or $648 after the early registration date

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New for 2024 Learn to Race - Opti

The Learn to Race Program is a two-week program focused on the introduction and development of racing in Optis. Sailors will learn the fundamentals of racing, starts, sail controls, sail trim, basic tactics and advanced maneuvering. Sailors are encouraged to attend training regattas held around the lake.

 

Prerequisites: CANSail 2 or referred by coach, Sailors should be from 50lbs to 110lbs and under 5'7"


Session 1: July 1 to July 12

Session 2: July 15 to July 26

Session 3: July 29 to August 9 -  Civic Holiday Off - Fees are adjusted

Session 4: August 12 to August 23


Program Fees:

Early Registration March 31, 2024

Session 1,  2 & 4: $696 or $719 after the r early registration date

Session 3 is a 9-day program, off Civic Holiday, $628 or $648 after the early registration date


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Waterfront Camp - Ages 5 to 7

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club offers an outdoor, play-based learning environment alongside our Junior Sail program for children ages 5 to 7 years old. 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 1 to July 5

Session 2: July 8 to July 12

Session 3: July 15 to July 19

Session 4: July 22 to July 26

Session 5: July 29 to August 2

Session 6: August 6 to August 9 -  Civic Holiday Off - Fees are adjusted

Session 7: August 12 to August 16 

Session 8: August 19 to August 23  


Program Fees:

Early Registration March 31, 2024

$226 or $238 after the early registration date

Session 6 is a 4-day program, off Civic Holiday, $180 or $190 after the early registration date

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Opti CANSail 1 & 2 (7-12)

CANSail introduces new sailors to the fundamental sailing skills in the Optimist/420 dinghy. The type of boat sailed is dependent upon 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. 


Note: The age range listed is a recommendation; please consider height and weight recommendations for both boat classes.

Opti: 50-110 lbs. / > 5’7

420:  110 lbs.+ / < 5’3


Session 1: July 1 to July 12

Session 2: July 15 to July 26

Session 3: July 29 to August 9 -  Civic Holiday Off - Fees are adjusted

Session 4: August 12 to August 23  


Program Fees:

Early Registration March 31, 2024

Session 1,  2 & 4: $696 or $719 after the r early registration date

Session 3 is a 9-day program, off Civic Holiday, $628 or $648 after the early registration date

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Zest CANSail 1 & 2 (12-18)

CANSail introduces new sailors to the fundamental sailing skills in the Optimist/420 dinghy. The type of boat sailed is dependent upon 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.

  • Note: The age range listed is a recommendation; please consider height and weight recommendations for both boat classes.
  • Opti: 50-110 lbs. / > 5’7
  • 420: 110 lbs.+ / < 5’3

Session 1: July 1 to July 12

Session 2: July 15 to July 26

Session 3: July 29 to August 9 -  Civic Holiday Off - Fees are adjusted

Session 4: August 12 to August 23


Program Fees:

Early Registration March 31, 2024

Session 1,  2 & 4: $696 or $719 after the r early registration date

Session 3 is a 9-day program, off Civic Holiday, $628 or $648 after the early registration date

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CANSail 3

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, backward 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 1 to July 12

Session 2: July 15 to July 26

Session 3: July 29 to August 9 -  Civic Holiday Off - Fees are adjusted

Session 4: August 12 to August 23   


Program Fees:

Early Registration March 31, 2024

Session 1,  2 & 4: $696 or $719 after the r early registration date

Session 3 is a 9-day program, off Civic Holiday, $628 or $648 after the early registration date

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CANSail 4

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 1 to July 12

Session 2: July 15 to July 26

Session 3: July 29 to August 9 -  Civic Holiday Off - Fees are adjusted

Session 4: August 12 to August 23  


Program Fees:

Early Registration March 31, 2024

Session 1,  2 & 4: $696 or $719 after the r early registration date

Session 3 is a 9-day program, off Civic Holiday, $628 or $648 after the early registration date


Please Note:

Youth Classes run from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily.
Equipment needed: life jacket with whistle attached, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, towel, swimsuit, and sunscreen 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.

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