Learn to Sail

RYC’s Adult Learn to Sail program is a great introduction to dinghy sailing for anyone interested in learning the basics (no experience required) and those wanting to become a little more comfortable on the water.

The course will be lead by an instructor from our Learn to Sail program and will cover the theory and on-board practice.


RYC members and non-members are welcome with a suggested participant age of 16 years and older.

Each course will run for 6 weeks in the evenings.

  • Tuesdays from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m, June 29th to August 3rd

  • Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, July 1 to Aug. 5.

The cost is $300.00 per sailor.

Inclement Weather Activities - Knots; parts of the boat; types of pins/cleats/fittings; types of boats; safe boating practices; theory


Week 1.

Introduction and club orientation; rigging a boat on land; basic terminology; quick sail and de-rigging boat; debrief.

Week 2.

Tacking, gybing and boat posture; rigging; following a prescribed course on the water; de-rigging; debrief.

Week 3.

Sail trim, wind direction and ticklers; sail to Minister’s Face; race on the way back, de-rig; debrief.

Week 4

Geographical and water hazards and buoys; sail with drills and fun on the water - depending on wind direction; de-rig; debrief.

Week 5

Right-of-way; sail with drills and racing; de-rig; debrief

Week 6

Keelboat sail with club member; debrief.