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Opti Team 2018

Our nationally recognized program offers sailing instruction for children and teens aged 8 to 18. BYC membership is not a prerequisite for participating in the program.

Please note that all Adult Courses are administered by Advantage Boating.

Our goal is to give the participants a love, appreciation and respect for sailing and the water. We concentrate on keeping learning fun, in a safe environment. Youth that attend the Junior Sailing Program learn to work as part of a team, gain valuable leadership skills and increased self-confidence. The BYC Learn to Sail program has graduated many successful racers and life-long sailors. In recent years BYC graduates have represented Canada at the 2009 Summer Games.

Parents are welcome to experience the club during their child’s session. BYC staff is available and more than happy to show parents what the club has to offer. The club offers a beautiful venue, racing, tennis and many other activities as part of a family membership. See our handbook and bullying policy.

You can contact our Youth Director at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Learn more about the 2018 Learn to Race Regatta Schedule.

Colin Blandy Fund Information and Application Requirements

If you have never sailed before or if you want to improve your sailing skills these courses will develop your confidence and ability. Classes are kept small and stress the practical approach to training with as much on-the-water practice as possible.

Our instructors are certified by the Canadian Yachting Association and provide instruction in CANSail 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 levels:

CANSail 1 introduces the student to sailing  and covers safety, seamanship, rigging and basic boat handling under instructor direction. In wind speeds of 4-9 knots (8-15 km/hr)

CANSail 2  teaches nautical terminology and additional seamanship and boat handling skills under instructor direction. This level completes the training to give the student the minimum knowledge and skills a sailor requires to sail safely and competently without supervision in wind speeds of 4-9 knots.

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CANSail 3  introduces the sailor to sail trim and basic boat tuning. It also covers safety, seamanship, terminology, sail theory, sail shape and advanced boat handling skills.

CANSail 4 advances the sailor’s knowledge of sail theory and boat handling skills using a spinnaker and trapeze in winds of 9-14 knots.

CANSail 5 and 6  Focuses on skill development, teamwork, and friendly competition. introduces the sailor to racing. It covers racing rules, racing signals, sail theory, race management, protests, basic tactics and advanced boat handling skills in wind speeds of up to 18 knots.

Development Race Team: For Sailors who want to continue to learn to race and have either completed their CANSail 3/4 or have graduated from the Opti Race Team program (ages 12-16). Sailors will be learning to race either a 420 (rentals available through the program, please contact the BYC Office) or on the Laser 4.7 or Radial (lasers to be supplied by the sailor)

Laser Race Team: Focuses on achieving excellence, setting and reaching personal goals, fitness, and high performance training. Participants have the option to work towards their CANSail levels.

Opti race team (Cansail 3-4) : The main goals are introducing young sailors to the world of racing, and promoting passion for the sport. Kids learn advanced racing techniques in a fun environment and learn to race from a club to the provincial level in increments. Training takes place on the Optimist, but kids transfer their skills on other platforms, including keelboats during course of the program. Opti rentals available. Please contact the youth admin for details. Sailors must weight less than 110 pounds and have a CanSail 1 level, or other meaningful dinghy experience.

Eligibility and Safety

Participants must be able to (a) swim 50 meters wearing a life jacket (b) tread water, and (c) provide their own MOT approved personal flotation device (lifejacket) of the proper size.

Opti Race Team Video