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 2022
|Early Bird||June 20 to 24|
|Session 1||June 27 to July 8|
|Session 2||July 11 to 22|
|Session 3||July 25 to August 5|
|Session 4||August 15 to 26
Please note Opti Nationals take place August 20 to 26!
Registration will open March 1st for Senior and Senior Family members; March 11 for Senior member grandparents registering their grand; and March 18the for everyone!
Please ensure your membership dues for 2022 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.