Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club
Established 1894, Royal Warrant 1898
Latitude 45° 18’ 21" N
Longitude 66° 22’ 17" W

Our Learn to Sail Programs

For more than 100 years, one of  the key the key mandates of the RKYC has been to promote the sport of sailing.  One of the more important ways we do this is through our Learn to Sail Programs.  We have several learn to sail  programs that are targeted at different age groups including:  CANSail Wet Feet - fun, introductory sailing program for children (ages 5 to 8), Optimist Sailing for "Small" Children (ages 6 to 12), Junior Sailing (ages 11 to 17) and our Adult Learn to Sail program (ages 17 and up).

Courses meet SailCanada standards emphasizing safety, theory, boat handling and sportsmanship and are taught by Sail Canada qualified instructors who are in attendance at all times, both on land and on the water.

 

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Contact the RKYC Office at 506 632-0186 or admin@rkyc.nb.ca for more information

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CANSail Wet Feet (ages 5 to 8)

CANSail's Wetfeet is a sailing and boating introductory program that is specific to 5-8 year olds. The curriculum, lesson plans and teaching methods are specific to engaging this young group (fun and play oriented)  while at the same time effective at  teaching them about sailing boats, water safety, and fundamental movement and balance skills in Optimist Dinghies and dockside.  Students can seamlessly move up to the Optimist Sailing Program when ready.

When signing up please note that CANSail Wetfeet, Optimist and Junior Sailing are taught together or as part of the same class  so your child will be placed appropriately regardless of program selection.

Course Dates:  We offer two week courses starting June 26, July 10, July 24 and August 7.

Time:  Courses run from 8:30 to 4:30 - Monday to Friday

Cost:  We try to keep costs a low as possible:

  • Members or returning students - $330 (for two weeks)
  • Non-Members - $360 (for two weeks)

NOTE:  Students with "demonstrated financial need" may be eligible for P.R.O. Kids Assistance.

Certificates will be issued at the end of the sailing season at our closing banquet; August 22nd at 6 pm.

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Optimist Sailing for "Small" Children Program (ages 6 to 12)

The Optimist Pram, or "Opti'" (as it is more  popularly known) is the biggest youth sailing and racing class in the world.  Opti's are designed to be simple, stable and easily managed by smaller and lighter children... while still being really fun to sail.

Though the Opti is normally a one person boat, for this program children are usually paired up as it allows for companionship and sharing of tasks which makes learning to sail for younger children a lot of fun.

When signing up please note that CANSail Wetfeet, Optimist and Junior Sailing are taught together or as part of the same class  so your child will be placed appropriately regardless of program selection.

Course Dates:  We offer two week courses starting June 26, July 10, July 24 and August 7.

Time:  Courses run from 8:30 to 4:30 - Monday to Friday

Cost:  We try to keep costs a low as possible:

  • Members or returning students - $330 (for two weeks)
  • Non-Members - $360 (for two weeks)

NOTE:  Students with "demonstrated financial need" may be eligible for P.R.O. Kids Assistance.

Certificates will be issued at the end of the sailing season at our closing banquet; August 22nd at 6 pm.

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Junior Sailing Program (ages 11 to 17)

Our instructors are trained and certified by  Sail Canada to teach I CAN Sail and CANSail levels 1 through 6.

When signing up please note that CANSail Wetfeet, Optimist and Junior Sailing are taught together or as part of the same class  so your child will be placed appropriately regardless of program selection.

Course Dates:  We offer two week courses starting June 26, July 10, July 24 and August 7th.

Time:  Courses run from 8:30 to 4:30 - Monday to Friday

Cost:  We try to keep costs a low as possible:

  • Members or returning students - $330 (for two weeks)
  • Non-Members - $360 (for two weeks)

Students do not have to bring their own boat, but those who bring their own will receive a $20.00 reduction in fees per two-week course.

NOTE:  Students with "demonstrated financial need" may be eligible for P.R.O. Kids Assistance.

Certificates will be issued at the end of the sailing season at our closing banquet; August 22nd at 6 pm.

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Adult Learn to Sail Program  (ages 17 and up)

THURSDAY IS SOLD OUT! WE HAVE OPENED UP A  NEW CLASS ON TUESDAYS.

We also have Learn to Sail programs for adults.  This course is an 8 week adventure that gets beginner and intermediate level sailors out on the water and having fun.

This course makes use the club's 420 fleet (small, agile traditionally-rigged sailboats) for learning how to "feel" and master the wind and we also have a C&C 26 keel boat that allows beginners to see how their skills transfer  to larger vessels.

This is a great course to take if you're contemplating purchasing a sailboat and you don't know how to sail or are unsure of your sailing skills.

Course Dates:  Every Thursday evening  from June 29 to August 17th.  We have just added course that will be on Tuesdays beginning on the 27th.

Time:   6:30 to 9:30

Cost:  $260 per person

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The Boats

Our sailing fleet consists of eleven 420’s, seven Optimists and one C&C 26.

The backbone of our Learn to Sail program is the 420 - so named because it is 420 centimeters long.  Originally designed as a "step up" boat for the 470 (its larger cousin), the 420  is a two-person, sloop rigged (stayed mast with jib sail and mainsail) mono-hull.  Although, the 420 is an exciting boat to sail as it can "plane" when the wind pipes up, its fairly conservative sail area will not overwhelm beginning sailors. The 420 also has the same sails and sail adjustments of larger sailing vessels, allowing for an easy transfer of skills to the bigger boats that are popular on the river system.

The Optimist class is well suited  for children who are too small to handle the 420’s (Optimists are ideal for children in the 6-12 year and 77-110 lb range.) and the C&C 26 is perfect for introducing children and adults to big boat or keel-boat sailing.

 

Supplies needed for the Learn to Sail programs include:

  • O.T. approved life jacket
  • UV sunglasses with safety lanyard
  • Appropriate sunscreen
  • Quick dry shoes or sailing boots
  • Full change of clothing and footwear
  • Bathing suit and a towel
  • Long sleeved shirt and pants
  • Youth sailors need a lunch and snacks!
  • At least 1 full litre of water (refillable container)
  • Rain gear if inclement weather predicted
  • Sailing manuals are available at a reasonable cost
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