2018 Cottage Club Regatta

A warm welcome to all sailors participating in this year's event!  

This year SLYC is hosting the 2018 Cottage Club Regatta on beautiful Stony Lake. Registration for multiple single and double-handed fleets is now live and the entry fee is $90. The regatta will be sailed on August 9th and 10th with the arrival day on Wednesday the 8th. As usual with Cottage Club, sailors will be billeted with the billets providing Wednesday dinner and both breakfasts. Lunches will be on the water supplied as a part of the registration fee and Thursday dinner will be a BBQ at the club. Sailors will depart after the awards on Friday.  To register, please click on the button.

Message to SLYC Members and Request for Billet Volunteers

COTTAGE CLUB IS BACK AT SLYC!      August 8 – 10, 2018

Stony Lake Yacht Club is once again hosting Cottage Club regatta this summer.  We are excited to host and showcase off our refurbished club house and docks to our fellow clubs.  We will be welcoming over 60 sailors and coaches from South Muskoka Sailing Club, Lake of Bays Sailing Club, Sturgeon Lake Sailing Club, Lake Joseph Yacht Club, Barrie Yacht Club and Sail Parry Sound.

This is an exciting time for our sailors, especially our younger sailors who are participating in a regatta for the first time. As a Club let’s show our support for our Junior sailors and coaches!  You don’t have to have a child attending Cottage Club to come and help out.  All Club members are welcome to volunteer. 

The regatta will be sailed on August 9 - 10, with the arrival day on Wednesday, August 8.  As usual with Cottage Club, sailors will be billeted, with the billets providing Wednesday dinner and both breakfasts. Lunches will be on the water and a Thursday BBQ dinner, followed by games at the club. Sailors will depart after the awards on Friday.

The regular sailing program for the younger children continues during Cottage Club.  If you have not already signed your child up for August sailing this is an opportunity to do so now and not miss out – there is a deadline for cottage club registration.

A gentle reminder that during the regatta there will be no parking at the yacht club docks as we require all space for visiting sailors and their boats.

We need your help…

Please let us know how many sailors you can billet during the above dates, and if you can help in any way possible.  Reach out to Cynthia at cynthia@cynthiagoodchild.com, text or call 416-875-6137.


JUNIOR SAILING PURCHASE

To sign up for 2018 junior sailing please click PURCHASE below.


Level Descriptions

Wet Feet (previously AnkleBiters)

This is a program offered to children aged 8. It serves as an introduction to sailing for those too young to enroll in  1 (minimum age 9 years).  The program emphasizes the fun aspects of sailing, both on-land and on-water. We offer this week long program several times during the summer.  Please click on "Online Registration" (under the Junior Sailing tab) to find out the dates this program is offered.  
 

CANSail 1

The beginner  levels are designed to teach basic sailing skills.  No sailing experience is necessary.  This level is typically taught over four weeks.  A verbal evaluation will be given by the instructor(s) at the end of each session, as a well as a written evaluation which will emphasize strengths and point out weaknesses.  The basis of this evaluation will consist of a checklist developed by our Junior Sailing programme which incorporates, at a minimum, Sail Canada's expectations for that level.  This evaluation will determine if the sailor is ready to advance to the next level.

CANSail 2

CANSail 2 is taught over a four week period. The intent is to consolidate basic sailing skills and gain experience in heavier breezes before the sailor progresses into more advanced levels. Sailors must be able to consistently demonstrate an ability to handle the boat safely in such conditions.  A verbal evaluation will be given by the instructor(s) at the end of each session as a well as a written evaluation at the end of the course which will emphasize strengths and point out weaknesses. This evaluation will determine if the sailor is ready to advance to CANSail 3.  We will again be offering interested students the opportunity to participate in our Optimist Racing Team during the last two weeks in July and the first two weeks in August.  Interested students should register as normal and indicate their interest to their instructor once they begin their course. 

CANSail 3

CANSail 3 sailors learn more advanced sailing skills in this course which is taught over a four-week period. As in the earlier foundation levels the basis of the evaluation for this course will consist of a checklist developed by our Junior Sailing program which incorporates Sail Canada's expectations for this level. The sailor must be able to demonstrate all these skills on a consistent basis. A positive attitude conveying a desire to participate and excel becomes increasingly important at this level.  Sailors should begin to show interest and willingness to participate in afternoon or weekend races and are expected to accept more responsibility for their boat. Evaluation remains largely skill based, as previously outlined but attitude and maturity, as demonstrated by a desire to learn and accumulate skills independently, are also traits required to advance to the next level. We will again be offering interested students the opportunity to participate in our Optimist Racing Team during the last two weeks in July and the first two weeks in August. Interested students should register as normal and indicate their interest to their instructor once they begin their course. 

CANSail 4

CANSail 4 is taught over an  eight week period.  The goal is to gain experience and hone technical and theoretical sailing skills preparing students for CANSail 5 which will focus on using these skills for the purpose of racing. The basis of the evaluation will consist of a checklist developed by our Junior Sailing program which incorporates the Sail Canada's expectations for this level.  The instructor must have the opinion that that the student is comfortable demonstrating these skills consistently, and is now ready to focus on applying them in a racing situation.  The sailor is expected to show an interest in racing through participation in Commodores, Spoons or Weekend Racing. Independence with regard to rigging and maintaining boats and equipment is expected and comprises part of the Sail Canada criteria for this level.  Sailors should demonstrate a positive attitude and work effectively as part of a team with instructors and fellow sailors. Maturity and physical readiness to cope with the demands of racing will also be considered.

 CANSail 5 - Level 1 Racing

CANSail5 is taught over an eight week period with the emphasis shifting to racing.  Again this season, sailors will need to decide when registering if they want to join the Level 1 or Level 2 racing team as outlined in more detail below.  Sailors will learn to apply the skills mastered during the first 4 levels in a racing environment.  Specific racing skills and tactics are introduced including additional training for double handed boats, spinnakers and trapeze.  Multiple seasons of training and racing are often required for a sailor to attain level 5.  The evaluation process is similar to that outlined for 4 based on a checklist developed by our Junior Sailing program which incorporates Sail Canada's expectations for this level.  Race results are also considered as a reflection of the techniques and tactics acquired throughout the season.  Sailors are expected to take command of their own learning and show a keen interest in their own skill development.  The candidate should exhibit a positive attitude, aptitude for rigging, the desire to learn boat maintenance, the ability to work in a team setting, and an affinity for working with less experienced students.

This program will have its own dedicated coach and will fully develop sailors' racing skills to the CANSail standard but is designed to offer a less intensive option than the full Level 2 race team. Sailors will sail mornings Monday to Friday plus Monday afternoons.  They will also be expected to participate in one afternoon club race Commodore or Spoon per week.  Participation in off lake regattas will be limited to one race typically Cottage Club or Mid Ontario’s but other races can be substituted by agreement with the race coach.

 CANSail 5 - Level 2 Racing

CANSail 5 is taught over an eight week period with the emphasis shifting to racing.  Again this season, sailors will need to decide when registering if they want to join the Level 1 or Level 2 racing team as outlined in more detail below.  Sailors will learn to apply the skills mastered during the first 4 levels in a racing environment.  Specific racing skills and tactics are introduced including additional training for double handed boats in particular, spinnakers and trapeze. Multiple seasons of training and racing are often required for a sailor to attain level 5.  The evaluation process is similar to that outlined for level 4 based on a checklist developed by our Junior Sailing program which incorporates Sail Canada's expectations for this level.  Race results are also considered as a reflection of the techniques and tactics acquired throughout the season.  Sailors are expected to take command of their own learning and show a keen interest in their own skill development. The candidate should exhibit a positive attitude, aptitude for rigging, the desire to learn boat maintenance, the ability to work in a team setting, and an affinity for working with less experienced students.

Participation in Level 2 Racing requires a significantly greater commitment from sailors and their parents. Sailors will sail morning and afternoon every day and a double-handed boat can't sail unless both skipper and crew are both present. The team will participate in approximately 4 off-lake regattas, culminating in CORK in Kingston during the third week of August.  Responsibility for the team is undertaken by volunteer parents, who will be responsible for organization of transportation and supervision of sailors at these events.  Parents are also responsible for arranging accommodation at the events, and for transporting the sailors, boats and other equipment to the events. As well, parents are responsible for collecting money from the families of the participating sailors to contribute to common expenses.  Parents are responsible for organizing themselves to carry out these tasks. An accommodation manager, transportation manager and treasurer will be selected from among the parent group prior to the season. Please note that the Race Team coaches are only responsible for the sailors when the sailors are on the water. Parents are responsible for chaperoning and supervising the sailors when they are off the water (e.g. at the hotel, during meals, while travelling, and at any social events.) Parents are also responsible for ensuring that boats are properly rigged/derigged and loaded off and on trailers. Our Level 2 Race team coaches Liam Strathdee and Sarah Sackville and will contact you to set up a parents' meeting during the first week in July.  The racing schedule is laid out in the website document 2018 Race Team Curriculum to assist in planning for the summer.

Registration, transportation, food and accommodation costs will be discussed at the Parent's meeting.  For the summer, an outlay of approximately $1,500 /sailor (last season's approximate total) can be anticipated.

We would ask that Level 2 racers register for a minimum of 7 weeks so we don't have issues with racing partnerships getting broken during key regattas particularly CORK Youth Week.

 CANSail 6 - Level 1 Racing

CANSail 6 is taught over an 8 week period and is an advanced racing level which aims to further develop racing skills and enhance performance to the required Sail Canada standard.    The class is taught jointly with the level 5 class however we expect  Level 6 sailors to show leadership and actively help develop the skills of less experienced sailors.  This is an ideal level for students with an interest in eventually becoming an instructor at SLYC.  Again this season, Sailors will need to decide when registering if they want to join the Level 1 or Level 2 racing team as outlined in more detail below.  While not mandatory,  Level 6 sailors should carefully consider joining the Level 2 racing team as this will give them the best opportunity to develop their racing skills. Students will have the opportunity to bring their own boat if they have one available (usually either a 29er or Laser) to assist them to develop their understanding of equipping and maintaining a racing boat and also to help ensure sufficient Yacht club boats are available for younger students.  The evaluation process is similar to that outlined for  level 5.  Race results are also considered as a reflection of growing racing excellence, the techniques and tactics acquired throughout the season.  Sailors are expected to be fully self motivated and have a desire to continuously improve their racing and teaching skills.

This program will fully develop sailors racing skills to the Sail Canada standard but is designed to offer a less intensive option than the full Level 2 race team.  Sailors will sail mornings Monday to Friday plus Monday afternoons.  Sailors will also be expected to participate in one club race Commodore or Spoon per week.  Participation in off lake regattas will be limited to one race typically Cottage Club  or Mid Ontario’s but other races can be substituted by agreement with the racing coach.

 CANSail 6 - Level 2 Racing

CANSail 6 is taught over an 8 week period and is an advanced racing level which aims to further develop racing skills and enhance performance to the required SAIL CANADA standard.  The class is taught jointly with the CANSail 5 class however we expect  Level 6 sailors to show leadership and actively help develop the skills of less experienced sailors.  This is an ideal level for students with an interest in eventually becoming an instructor at SLYC.  Again this season, Sailors will need to decide when registering if they want to join the Level 1 or Level 2 racing team as outlined in more detail below.  While not mandatory, CANSail 6 sailors should carefully consider joining the Level 2 racing team as this will give them the best opportunity to develop their racing skills. Students will have the opportunity to bring their own boat if they have one available (usually either a 29er or Laser) to assist them to develop their understanding of equipping and maintaining a racing boat and also to help ensure sufficient Yacht club boats are available for younger students.  The evaluation process is similar to that outlined for CANSail 5.  Race results are also considered as a reflection of growing racing excellence, the techniques and tactics acquired throughout the season.  Sailors are expected to be fully self motivated and have a desire to continuously improve their racing and teaching skills.

Participation in Level 2 Racing requires a significantly greater commitment from sailors and their parents. Sailors will sail morning and afternoon every day and a double-handed boat can't sail unless both skipper and crew are present. The team will participate in approximately 4 off-lake regattas, culminating in CORK in Kingston during the third week of August.  Responsibility for the team is undertaken by volunteer parents, who will be responsible for organization of transportation and supervision of sailors at these events.  Parents are also responsible for arranging accommodation at the events, and for transporting the sailors, boats and other equipment to the events. As well, parents are responsible for collecting money from the families of the participating sailors to contribute to common expenses.  Parents are responsible for organizing themselves to carry out these tasks. An accommodation manager, transportation manager and treasurer will be selected from among the parent group prior to the season. Please note that the Race Team coaches are only responsible for the sailors when the sailors are on the water. Parents are responsible for chaperoning and supervising the sailors when they are off the water (e.g. at the hotel, during meals, while travelling, and at any social events.) Parents are also responsible for ensuring that boats are properly rigged/derigged and loaded off and on trailers. Our Level 2 Race team coaches Liam Strathdee and Sarah Sackville and will contact you to set up a parents' meeting during the first week in July.  The racing schedule is laid out in the website document 2018 Race Team Curriculum to assist in planning for the summer.

Registration, transportation, food and accommodation costs will be discussed at the Parent's meeting.  For the summer, an outlay of approximately $1,500 /sailor (last season's approximate total) can be anticipated.

We would ask that Level 2 racers register for a minimum of 7 weeks so we don't have issues with racing partnerships getting broken during key regattas particularly CORK Youth Week.

**Instructors will make their best effort possible to provide their sailors with fair and accurate evaluations. Students on the cusp of passing will be informed to ensure that they are aware of this and are prepared for either outcome.  The written evaluation will be given to each sailor at the end of the session.**

Parents are encouraged to discuss their child's progress with the responsible or Head instructor.  Instructors will make themselves available Friday afternoons after 16:00h or at the end of each day upon request.**