Dartmouth Yacht Club Sail Training 2024

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CANSail 1/2

CANSail 1 - Introduction to sailing. CANSail 1 teaches sailors the fundamental sailing skills including basic sheeting, steering, and boat handling on all points of sail. Sailors can sail within defined boundaries set by an instructor


CANSail 2 – Basic sailing. CANSail 2 teaches sailors to adjust their bodies and boats for changes in direction and wind speed while sailing, and to perform boat-handling maneuvers in a controlled manner while in a controlled setting.


CANSail 1/2 programs run Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. Earliest drop off time is 8:30.

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CANSail 3/4 and 5/6

CANSail level 2 is a REQUIRED PREREQUISITE in order to register for this course. Students registered for this course may be asked to provide proof they have achieved at least their CANSail 2 Level. Students who don't have their CANSail 2 will not be able to participate in this course.


Our CANSail 3/4 and 5/6 programs are a combined group with separate lessons to go more in-depth for some skills with the CANSail 5/6 students. On water we sail together working on skills applicable to both groups. Students signed up for this group are expected to participate in at least on regatta per season. Regattas are a required part of the CANSail 3-6 levels and are a part of your checklist. Regattas are on weekends at a variety of local yacht clubs in Nova Scotia.


CANSail 3 – Intermediate sailing. CANSail 3 teaches sailors to integrate the fundamental boat handling maneuvers and balance with basic tactics and strategy as well as applied sail trim. Sailors are exposed to a greater variety of conditions and participate in a club race or club training camp.


CANSail 4 – Advanced sailing. CANSail 4 teaches sailors to perform advanced boat handling maneuvers in a variety of conditions. Sailors can successfully execute maneuvers in competitive settings and for tactical and strategic purposes. Sailors participate in a one to two-day local regatta.


CANSail 5 – Basic integration of racing. CANSail 5 fully integrates boat handling with tactics and strategy. Sailors are also introduced to the concept of rig tuning and its relation to boat trim and conditions. Sailors participate in a one to two-day local regatta.


CANSail 6 – Full integration of racing. CANSail 6 fully integrates boat handling, sail trim, and rig setup with racing. Sailors train to perform all skills within a competitive race setting in order to achieve accurate sailing within a regatta and in all conditions. Sailors participate in a regional or provincial regatta.


CANSail 3-6 programs run Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. Earliest drop off time is 8:15.

 

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WetFeet

WetFeet – Introduction to sailing for sailors aged five to eight years of age. This program is designed to prepare young sailors for the CANSail 1/2 program and to be confident on the water. This program combines fun sailing related games and activities geared towards young sailors. The goal with the WetFeet program is to have fun, get kids interested in sailing and to learn somethings about sailing along the way.


Sailors must be 5 years of age on or before the start date of the session they are registered in. Participants who are 8 years old may register in either WetFeet or CANSail 1/2.


Sessions run for 1 week each.


WetFeet programs run Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm. Earliest drop off time is 8:30.

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Fall Sail Training

Fall Sailing will be open to ILCA (Bring your own boat), C420, and Optimist sailors. Training will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Fall sailing offers a great opportunity to train in higher winds and to continue building on skills learnt during the summer program.


CANSail level 2 is a REQUIRED PREREQUISITE in order to register for this course. Students registered for this course may be asked to provide proof they have achieved at least their CANSail 2 Level. Students who don't have their CANSail 2 will not be able to participate in this course. Additionally for any new CANSail 3 sailors it is expected that the sailor is comfortable being on the water for extended periods of time in most conditions as well as being able to launch their boat from the ramp.



It is recommended that sailors participating in this course come prepared with clothing to keep them warm in colder sailing conditions. We suggest at minimum a full body wetsuit and neoprene sailing boots. Additionally, a hoodless splash jacket and spandex layers are recommended.


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