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The Rothesay Yacht Club’s Code of Conduct has been developed to let you, an RYC sailor, know how you are expected to act during the time in the RYC Learn to Sail Program.  Appropriate behaviour will allow you to become a well-rounded, self-confident sailor and RYC member.  All sailors must respect RYC Rules and Regulations and Sail Canada’s Code of Conduct.


We expect the highest level of sportsmanship, teamwork, fair play and good behaviour from you.  The use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco of any kind, by any participant, at any time, is strictly prohibited.  As a member of this team, you represent the RYC, the Learn to Sail program and your family.  Your behaviour, on and off the water, should be to maintain this level of sportsmanship and conduct and to make other sailors proud to be a part of this organization.  In order to achieve this, we ask you to:

  • Sail for fun and the love of the sport   

  • Enjoy yourself

  • Work hard to improve your skills

  • Listen, ask questions and watch others to see how you can better your skills

  • Learn teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline, confidence and self-control

  • Be a team player

  • Appreciate the contribution each person makes to the program

  • Learn the rules and play by them

  • Always be a good sport and set a positive example for others, particularly younger sailors


RYC does not tolerate any form of bullying, be it based on ability, age, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or socio-economic status.  Non-compliance with this regulation will result in a revision of your registration, possible suspension and the possibility that you will be asked to leave the program.

As an RYC sailor, you must respect your instructors, your peers and the members of the Club.  Fun and safe learning environments are essential to the CANSail curriculum.  Sailing is a difficult sport to master and having a respectful and supportive environment is crucial.

You must respect the RYC Sailing Program’s equipment and facility.  Like hockey, skiing and cycling, sailing required equipment that is expensive.  RYC is fortunate enough to have a supportive Club that strives to provide its junior sailors with the best gear and boats so that all sailors have the opportunity to learn the joy of sailing.  Similarly, the program’s instructors put in a significant effort to maintain equipment, so that it will last and provide the best sailing available.  We ask that you respect the equipment and care for it as if it’s your own.

  • We expect you to:

  • Use good language.  The use of profanity, obscene language or obscene gestures is not permitted

  • Respect your instructors, your fellow participants, opponents and officials.  The rules of Sail Canada and RYC are to be observed by all

  • Take care of your equipment and treat it like your own

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated.  RYC sailors must realize that they represent traditions of fairness in competition

  • Be on time for sessions.  Being late holds up your group and they can’t hit the water without you

  • Leave all cell phones in your bag or backpack during instructional time, including on land and on the water

  • Never participate in any physical or verbal violence or fighting, under any circumstances

Penalties and Discipline Enforced by RYC

Failure to follow the RYC Sailor Code of Conduct will result in consequences.  The RYC disciplinary system works on a three-strike policy.

  1. First Strike:  The sailor will be warned by an instructor.  The strike will be recorded on the sailor’s file by the Head Instructor and the Learn to Sail Director will be notified.

  2. Second Strike:  The sailor will be warned by an instructor.  The sailor may be asked to sit out for the rest of the class/day.  Parents/Guardians will be informed and asked to meet with the Head Instructor and Learn to Sail Director to discuss the first and second transgressions and to make a plan to avoid any further misbehaviour.  The strike and meeting notes will be documents in the sailor’s file.

  3. Third Strike:  The sailor will be asked to sit out for the rest of the day, for the rest of the week, or for the remainder of the session, depending on the severity of the incident.  Parent/Guardian will be informed and asked to meet with the Head Instructor and Learn to Sail Director.  The Commodore will also be informed.  The strike will be documented in the sailor’s file.


Continued abuse of the rules by a sailor participant will result in expulsion from the program.  Parent/Guardian and the Commodore will be informed.  The strike will be documented in the sailor’s file.  No fee will be refunded.


Expectations of Parents and Guardians

Since RYC sets expectations for our sailors, we feel it only fair that we apply the same standard to parents and guardians.  We also need your help for our program to succeed.  By setting a good example for our sailors, you exemplify our expectations of sportsmanship and fair play. 


We ask you to:

  •   Encourage your child to play by the rules

  •   Make their participation fun

  •   Support their desire to learn to sail

  •   Show a positive attitude to the RYC Learn to Sail program and all its participants

  •   Applaud a good effort in victory and in defeat and enforce the positive points of the sport

  •   Familiarize yourself with your child’s Learn to Sail program


Additionally, we always welcome feedback from you.  We ask that if you have any concerns, that you first address them to your child’s instructor.  If you are not satisfied that the issue has been addressed, speak with the Head Instructor.  If at that point you feel your concerns are not be addressed, please take your concern to the Learn to Sail Director.

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