Four Sailboats in a line. Forest in the background.

2018 Youth Program 

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    Achieve CANSail certifications
Multi-Session discounts   High Performance Race Programs   Home & Away Regattas
Ontario Sailing Training Centre   SAIL Canada Partner    

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

To find out more about our JR. Sailing School, please email rhycjrsailing@gmail.com 
 

Our Programs



Waterfront Camp - Ages 6 to 8

The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club offers an outdoor, play-based learning environment alongside our Junior Sail program for children ages 5 to 7 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 2 to July 6 Early Registration by May 20
Session 2: July 9 to July 13 Early Registration by May 20
Session 3: July 16 to July 20 Early Registration by June 3
Session 4: July 23 to July 27 Early Registration by June 3
Session 5: July 30 to August 3 Early Registration by June 17 
Session 6: August 7 to August 10 Early Registration by June 17  (Civic Holiday Off)
Session 7: August 13 to August 17 Early Registration by July 1
Session 8: August 20 to August 24 Early Registration by July 1

Program Fees:
$325 or $350 after early registration date
Session 6 is a 4 day program, off Civic Holiday, $260 or $280 after early registration date
15% will be discounted off the second session attended during August.

   
Children sitting on sailboats docked on the port.
Opti Dinghy

CANSail 1 - Ages 9 to 18

CANSail introduces new sailors to the fundamental sailing skills in the Optimist and 420 dinghy. The type of boat sailed is dependent upon on the sailors 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 swiming skills taugh in our pool by certified swimming instructors. 

Session 1: July 2 to July 13 Early Registration by May 20
Session 2: July 16 to July 27 Early Registration by June 3
Session 3: July 30 to Aug. 10 Early Registration by June 17 (Civic Holiday Off)
Session 4: Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 Early Registration by July 1

Program Fees:
$570 or $620 after early registration date
Session 3 is a 9 day program, off Civic Holiday, $515 or $560 
after early registration date
15% will be discounted off the second session attended during August.

   
Teens on sailboats and dock on a cloudy day.
420 Dinghy

CANSail 2 

CANSail 2 offers young sailors the opportunity to review and master skills previously learned, to sail with confidence and to perform basic sailing skills proficiently. Emphasis is on safety, seamanship, man overboard rescues, and right of way rules. The type of boat sailed is dependent upon on the sailors weight and height. The 420 dinghy has two sailors per boat creates teamwork in a fun and rewarding social environment and the Opti dinghy sailed by one sailor creates independance in a fun and rewarding social environment. 

Prerequisites: Participants must be age 10 or over, and must have previously completed CANSail 1.

Session 1: July 2 to July 13 Early Registration by May 20
Session 2: July 16 to July 27 Early Registration by June 3
Session 3: July 30 to Aug. 10 Early Registration by June 17 (Civic Holiday Off)
Session 4: Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 Early Registration by July 1

Program Fees:
$595 or $645 after early registration date
Session 3 is a 9 day program, off Civic Holiday, $535 or $580 
after early registration date
15% will be discounted off the second session attended during August.

   
420 with Sailor out on Trapeze

CANSail 3

CANSail 3 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 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. 

 A minimum of two weeks of sailing are required to complete this level.

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

Session 1: July 2 to July 27 Early Registration by May 20
Session 2: July 30 to Aug. 24 Early Registration by June 17 (Civic Holiday Off)

Program Fees:
$1200 or $1300 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.
420 Flying a Spinnaker

CANSail 4

CANSail 4 is a four-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 2 to July 27 Early Registration by May 20
Session 2: July 30 to Aug. 24 Early Registration by June 17 (Civic Holiday Off)

Program Fees:
$1200 or $1300 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.