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 Coachs
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.
Simone Larose
Simone has raced a range of different boats to a high level including the Opti, Laser Radial, c420, 29er, 49er FX, Sharks and J24s. She has just graduated from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Arts (honors). She was a carded athlete on the Ontario Sailing Team for 5 years in the Laser Radial and 49er FX. She has competed at numerous national and international regattas, including CORK and the North Americans. During her time at Queens, she sailed on the Varsity Team and was President of Queens Sailing in 2016.

$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 (six 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)
Monday / Wednesday evenings:
Session 1: July 17, 19, 24, 26, 31. August 2, 7 (back up session)
Session 2: August 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30. September 5 due to Labour Day holiday - (back up session)
Session 3: September 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. October 2 (back up session)
Tuesday / Thursday evenings:
Session 1: July 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27. August 1 (back up session)
Session 2: August 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24. August 29 (back up)
Session 3: September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21. September 26 (back up)

Start Finish Code Status Add to Cart
July 11 July 27 ASN5 Completed
Monday / WednesdayJuly 17 August 2 ASN2 Completed
August 8 August 24 ASN6 Completed
Monday / WednesdayAugust 14 August 30 ASN3 Completed
September 5 September 21 ASN7 Completed
Monday / WednesdaySeptember 11 September 27 ASN4 Completed

Weekend sessions (Saturday / Sunday)
Session 1: July 8, 9, 22, 23 (back up session)
Session 2: July 22, 23, 29, 30 (back up session)
Session 3: August 12, 13, 19, 20 (back up session)
Session 4: September 9, 10, 16, 17 (back up session)
Session 5: September 23, 24, 30, 31 (back up session)
If these dates don’t work for you, please contact James via:
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
Saturday / SundayJuly 22 July 29 ASW1 Completed
Saturday / SundayAugust 12 August 19 ASW2 Completed
Saturday / SundaySeptember 9 September 16 ASW3 Completed
Saturday / SundaySeptember 23 September 30 ASW4 Completed

Please bring the following

  • Personal Flotation Device / Life-jacket
  • Non marking shoes that are able to get wet
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (primarily 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 are encouraged to please 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). 

Temrs and Conditions
All registrations are subject to our Terms and Conditions which you will agree to during the checkout process. You can review them by clicking here