Adult Learn to Sail 2017

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General Information
KYC is offering the Start Keelboat Sailing qualification which is an entry level course that builds basic keelboat sailing skills. This course is recommended for those with little boating or sailing experience that want to experience sailing on a keelboat and begin to build basic sailing skills in a relaxed environment and at a comfortable pace. The vast majority of the time will be spent on the water. Students will need to complete a workbook as an open book learning exercise before the end of the sessions in their own time.

Adult Learn to Sail Coach - Sean Magee-Saxton
Sean grew up sailing, and raced 420s, FJs, and keelboats for Queen’s University. He was a two-time MVP on the Queen’s Sailing team, and was the President of the Queen’s Recreational Sailing program at KYC. He has five years of coaching experience, and was head instructor at Frenchman’s Bay Yacht Club last year. He is also currently pursuing a B.Ed. at Queen’s University. 

$600 (non-members)
$400 (members)
(for 18 hours of instruction, Start Keelboat Sailing qualification, and a one month KYC temporary membership)

There will be a maximum of 3 sailors to be enrolled in each session to ensure a good sailor to coach ratio (a minimum of 2 students is needed for the course to be confirmed). This enables quick sailor learning and progression through meaningful coach feedback.

Schedule of courses
Adult courses are offered in two formats:

  • Weekday evenings (seven evenings, with one back up evening scheduled on the Wednesday after the last session in case of poor weather) from 5:30pm to 8:30pm 
  • Weekend (4 days, with one back up weekend day scheduled on the Saturday after the last session in case of poor weather) from 10am to 5pm (with 1 hour for lunch). 

Weekday evenings sessions
(Monday /  Wednesday evenings)
Session 1: June 19, 21, 26, 28. July 3, 5, 10 (back up session)
Session 2: July 17, 19, 24, 26, 31. August 2, 7 (back up session)
Session 3: August 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30. September 5 due to Labour Day holiday - (back up session)
Session 4: September 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. October 2 (back up session)

Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Monday / WednesdayJuly 7 August 2 ASN2 Limited Spaces Remaining
July 11 July 27 ASN5 Limited Spaces Remaining
August 8 August 24 ASN6 Limited Spaces Remaining
Monday / WednesdayAugust 14 August 30 ASN3 Limited Spaces Remaining
September 5 September 21 ASN7 Limited Spaces Remaining
Monday / WednesdaySeptember 11 September 27 ASN4 Limited Spaces Remaining

Weekend sessions (Saturday / Sunday)
Session 1: July 22, 23, 29, 30 (back up session)
Session 2: August 12, 13, 19, 20 (back up session)
Session 3: September 9, 10, 16, 17 (back up session)
Session 4: September 23, 24, 30, 31 (back up session)
Please not that if these course date options don't work for you, a couple more dates are currently being finalized and will be made available soon
Sign up is on a first in, first served basis. Payment must be received in full to complete the registration for your session. 

Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
Course will run on June 8, 9 and 22. Back up day iJuly 8 July 23 ASW5 Limited Spaces Remaining
Saturday / SundayJuly 22 July 29 ASW1 Limited Spaces Remaining
Saturday / SundayAugust 12 August 19 ASW2 Limited Spaces Remaining
Saturday / SundaySeptember 9 September 16 ASW3 Limited Spaces Remaining
Saturday / SundaySeptember 23 September 30 ASW4 Limited Spaces Remaining

Please bring the following

  • Personal Flotation Device / Life-jacket
  • Non marking shoes that are able to get wet
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (primiraly for weekend sailing)
  • Water / snacks
  • Notepad + pen
  • Sailing jacket / rain jacket

Other important info

  • All sailors receive a one month tempopary membership to KYC so that they can enjoy the fine dining expirence that KYC has to offer. 
  • Students must obtain the Pleasure Craft Operator Card. This is a Transport Canada requirement to be on the helm of a pleasure craft which has a motor. Courses are available on line or in a classroom

Members may be invited to crew on club members’ boats, participate in races and have clubhouse privileges to enjoy our fine dining and social events. Single or Family members who qualify to become a skipper of our Community Club keelboats are able to take out a boat on their own. Please click here for more info on the Community Club

Several of our members volunteer to offer a Mentoring Program on our Community Club boats for members who wish to further develop their sailing skills.

If you have any questions, feel free to email ( or give Sailing Manager James Rountree a call (613-547-2620).