Registration for the 2017 season is now open

Summer is quickly approaching and the Junior sailing program is busy preparing for yet another sailing season. Stony Lake has a long standing tradition of not only running a fun and professional Junior sailing program in a cottage setting, but producing some top instructors and world class sailors. It is that special combination of a cottage environment coupled with the commitment and enthusiasm of volunteers, instructors and students that allow us to achieve this and to continue to grow as a club.

Junior Sailing Program Details

2017 Welcome Letter from Tom Wells - Director of Junior Sailing

2017 Junior Sailing Parents Package

Race Team Details

2017 Letter to Level 1 Race Team Parents 

2017 Letter to Level 2 Race Team Parents

2017 Race Team Curriculum

Program Description and detailed information about levels can be found below

[Please use slycinfo@gmail.com for all registration questions]


JUNIOR SAILING PURCHASE

To sign up for 2017 junior sailing, please use the "Online Registration" link under the Junior Sailing menu item above.


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 CanSail 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 CANSail 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, the CYA'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 the CYA'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 Level 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 CYA'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 CYA 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

CANSail 5 is taught over an eight week period with the emphasis shifting to racing.  New for 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 chutes and wires.  Multiple seasons of training and racing are often required for a sailor to attain CANSail 5.  The evaluation process is similar to that outlined for CANSail 4 based on a checklist developed by our Junior Sailing program which incorporates the CYA'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.  A positive attitude, aptitude for rigging and boat maintenance, the ability to work in a team setting, and an affinity for teaching less experienced students will also be considered.

This program will have its own dedicated coaches and will fully develop sailors' racing skills to the CYA 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 but other races can be substituted by agreement with the racing coach.

CANSail 5 - Level 2 Racing

CANSail 5 is taught over an eight week period with the emphasis shifting to racing.  New for 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 chutes and wires.  Multiple seasons of training and racing are often required for a sailor to attain CANSail 5.  The evaluation process is similar to that outlined for CANSail 4 based on a checklist developed by our Junior Sailing program which incorporates the CYA'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.  A positive attitude, aptitude for rigging and boat maintenance, the ability to work in a team setting, and an affinity for teaching less experienced students will also be considered.

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 a Parent's Committee (see Policy for Off-Lake Events), which will be responsible for organization of transportation and supervision of sailors at these events.  A team manager and treasurer will be selected from among the parent group prior to the season. Our Level 2 Race team coaches will be announced shortly and will contact you to set up a parents' meeting during the first weekend in July.  The racing schedule will be confirmed by June 1st 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 CYA standard.    The class is taught jointly with the CANSail 5 class however we expect CANSail 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.  New for 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.

This program will fully develop sailors racing skills to the CYA 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 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 CYA standard.    The class is taught jointly with the CANSail 5 class however we expect CANSail 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.  New for 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 a Parent's Committee (see Policy for Off-Lake Events), which will be responsible for organization of transportation and supervision of sailors at these events.  A team manager and treasurer should be selected prior to the season. Our Level 2 Race Team coaches will be announced shortly and will contact you to set up a parents' meeting during the first weekend in July.  The racing schedule will be confirmed by June 1st 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.

 


**The CYA log book is available for purchase from the Ontario Sailing Association or may be found online at www.sailing.ca**

**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.**