Programs

Click on the links below to view descriptions of the programs:

WET FEET 1/2 DAY PROGRAM – OPTIMIST

OPTIMIST

OPTIMIST – RACE

ECHO

420 / 420 RACE

RACING

SPRING/FALL SAILING

Registration:

For 2018, registration will be moved online in time for the first round of April 1, 2018 registrations. All registrations must include three forms; the Registration Form (one per sailor), the Medical, Release, Lunch Form (one per sailor) and the Code of Conduct, Refund Policy Form (one per sailor).  

All forms will be available online. Payment in full is the ONLY guarantee of placement.

 Important: Please note that submitting forms is not a guarantee of registration.  Registrations will be confirmed by CYC subject to application deadlines, availability of space & confirmation of payment

Any paper registrations or telephone or fax and in-person will certainly be still processed! They can be sent directly to Christine Santimaw at [email protected] or to Chester Yacht Club:

Chester Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program
P.O. Box 290
Chester NS  B0J 1J0
Phone (off season) 902 401-8239
Phone (summer/May to October) 902-275-3747     Fax 902-275-2525
 

WET FEET 1/2 DAY PROGRAM – OPTIMIST (single handed)

Half day program for children 6-10 yrs, under 61kg/135 lbs. No previous sailing experience. Basic and Intermediate Optimist levels taught.

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Chester Yacht Club Junior Sailing Opti

Courtesy of Heather McGuire

OPTIMIST (single handed)

For children 10 – 15 yrs, under 61kg / 135 lbs.
Intermediate and Advanced Optimist taught. Some opportunities to attend regattas within Nova Scotia will be available.

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OPTIMIST – RACE (single handed)

For children 11 – 15 yrs, under 61kg / 135 lbs.  Prerequisite: Past experience sailing Opti.
Optimist – Race is a racing program for students who are interested in racing.  For athletes who wish to commit to competitive sailing.
Regatta attendance is the focus of this program. The curriculum covers advanced theory and sailing skills, with emphasis on competition, team building, and sailing excellence. Boat handling skills, physical and mental fitness, boat speed techniques, knowledge of rules, racing skills and racing experience will all be covered. Considerable time and financial commitment from parents is required.  Students must provide their own boats. This program ends
when the student is no longer young enough to compete.  Students are in this level for multiple years.  Progress in this program is measured in performance at regattas.

The racing schedule will be worked out with input from athletes and parents for regattas at the provincial and regional level.

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ECHO (double handed)

For ages 10-17 yrs, no previous experience. The Echo Dinghy is a tough, extremely stable boat, ideal for the novice sailor. It is simple, light and easy to handle ashore and afloat. The boat can be rigged and ready to sail in minutes, but can feel like a modern high performance sailboat. The ECHO cockpit has ample room for up to four people and the rudder kicks up to allow easy off the beach sailing.

Introduction to boat handling and terminology.
Sailing in light to medium breezes.

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420 / 420 RACE (double handed)

Prerequisite: CanSAIL 1 and 2.  Students at this level move to the larger, faster, 2 handed Club 420.
Introduction to advanced handling skills in moderate and heavier breezes. More terminology, boat maintenance, spinnaker use, trapezing, sail theory, boat speed techniques, knowledge of racing rules and skills, with emphasis on the fun of competition, and sailing excellence.
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RACING

Prerequisite: Intermediate. For athletes who wish to commit to competitive sailing. Regatta attendance is the focus of this program. The curriculum covers advanced theory and sailing skills, with emphasis on competition, team building, and sailing excellence. Boat handling skills,
physical and mental fitness, boat speed techniques, knowledge of rules, racing skills and racing experience will all be covered. NSYA and CYA offer clinics for students who wish to try out for the provincial and national teams. Considerable time and financial commitment from parents is required. Students must provide their own boats. The racing schedule will be worked out with input from athletes and parents for regattas at the provincial, regional and national level. 
A race team can be planned if there is sufficient demand. 



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Chartering Boats

Both the Optimist-Race and the Race Team programs require students to bring their own
boats.  If CYC club boats are not in use for the other programs it may be possible to charter for the race teams. 
It may also be possible to charter a boat when the regular program is not running, for
example, for weekend regattas.
Chartering is at the discretion of the Learn to Sail Director and Water Operations Manager based on demand for the boats in the other programs. If interested, please contact the Learn To Sail Director, Christine Santimaw, at (902) 401-8239 or [email protected] Top

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