Are you ready for another summer to remember?

We can’t wait to hit the water in 2021, following up on a weird yet wonderful Summer 2020 that included our new favourite regatta, Sail Jam, co-hosted by CYC and LYC off Mason’s Island.

We have changes within our ranks with our beloved head coach Chris Tully moving on to a great position coaching in BC. Hannah Carling will take over the head coach position this coming summer — we’re thrilled!

For those of you new to sailing, make sure you check out our Wet Feet and CAN 1/2 programs. They fill quickly.

We’ve kept our popular Opti 2/3 “Learn to Race” program rolling – perfect for Green Fleet-ers or those curious about racing but little to no experience – to complement our Opti Race team.

420 RADs continue to be the choice for newer sailors who are a little old for beginner Opti or who may have sized out of the Opti; 420 Race, the next step for those aging out of Opti Race who may not want to sail Laser (only seven spots on Spencer’s Laser team – make sure you grab yours!).

As always, please let me know if you have any questions whatsoever.  Thank you to our junior sailing family, we are so grateful for your support!

See you in June 2021!

Speed, height, friendship,

Christine Santimaw
Learn to Sail Director

About CYC’s Junior Sailing Program

Chester Yacht Club operates one of the most respected junior sailing programs in Canada. In the past decade, we have been developing sailors through our Junior Sailing program at an extraordinary rate.

Our Junior Sailing program is the largest in the province with over 100 competitive kids at times, and our results show it. Our “alumni” accolades include participation at multiple IODA events and top 10 finishes in a number of national, US and/or international regattas.

Jacob and Graeme Chaplin-Saunders, the Rio 2016 Men’s 470 Olympians, hail from Chester. In addition, Olympic hopefuls and Canadian Sailing Team members Georgia Lewin-Lafrance, Antonia Lewin-Lafrance, and Max Flinn all grew up sailing on Chester’s waters. This long list of talented sailors largely exists because of superb sailing conditions of Mahone Bay.


Our property is laid out to house, during the regular junior sailing season, 50 club and private Optis, 13 420s and 10 Lasers, with lots of space to rig and conduct lessons and briefings. During Opti Jam, we house 150+/- Optis on our property and on Fredas Beach, with full 24hour security. Fredas Beach provides us with a wonderful launching area, in immediate proximity to the CYC dock, which also has a launch ramp.

Chester Yacht Club is extremely pleased to be chosen as host for the 2020 Canadian Optimist Championship this August. We expect to welcome over 100 sailors aged 8 to 15 years old who will compete for the national title and the right to represent Canada in international competition.

Session Dates 2021

Early BirdJune 21 to 25
Session 1June 28 to July 9
Session 2July 12 t0 23
Session 3July 26 to August 06
Session 4August 16 to 27

Registration will open MARCH 1st for all Senior and Senior Family members; Senior members registering their grandchildren on March 12th; and the general public on March 30th.

Please ensure your membership dues for 2021 have been paid.

You will be required to indicate your membership category in order to proceed with registration and registrations will be referenced against membership status. Any registrations completed out of the above sequence will be refunded and you will be required to re-register at the appropriate time.