The Royal Canadian Yacht Club is one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world, with a long history of achievement in international competition as well as national and local sailing. The RCYC’s dedication to encouraging proficiency in sailing excellence and competitive racing is clearly reflected in its Youth Sailing Program. The Junior Club, since its inception in 1925, has produced international champions, skilled yachtsmen and yachtswomen.

There are many benefits of the RCYC program. Long-lasting friendships develop over the years as young sailors spend their summer days discovering life on the water. Participants also take organized trips to sailing clubs across Canada and the United States.
All members of RCYC Youth Sailing program have the opportunity to experience the sport of sailing in a safe, fun-filled and challenging environment. While competitive excellence in sailing is recognized and encouraged, the fundamental objective of the program remains – to introduce you to the great sport of sailing!

Objectives of the Junior Club
  • To promote a lifelong love of sailing at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club
  • To promote Club objectives within the Junior Club programs
  • To provide knowledge of Club history and tradition
Download the Junior Club Parents Guide

Download the 2018 Youth Sailing Programs PDF


Please Note: In order to register for RCYC Junior Club and Summer Camps you must login to the site using your RCYC username and password.

Junior Club Sailing Registration

Winter Programs

Youth Sailing Fitness Program

The RCYC Youth Sailing Fitness Program will help keep our young sailors active, fit and engaged in their sport during the long winter months. By focusing on the needs of each individual sailor, our RCYC Coaches and Personal Trainers will create a results oriented program that is safe, effective and fun! 

December 7th - March 10th

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Winter Chalk Talk with Coach Oz

RCYC is happy to announce a new winter chalk talk series with full time coach Osvaldo Padron! Oz is the current Head Optimist Coach at RCYC and has decades of coaching expoerience in many different countries.

December 7th, 14th, 21st, 2016
January 11th, 18th, 25th, 2017

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Valentine's Day Regatta

Hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Florida. Two days of training and two days of coaching with The Royal Canadian Yacht Club's Optimist Race Team Coach Osvaldo Padron. 

Training days: Feb 2, 3 | Regatta days: Feb 4, 5

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2017 USODA Sunshine State Championship

Hosted by U.S. Sailing Center Martin County, Florida. Two days of training and two days of coaching with The Royal Canadian Yacht Club's Optimist Race Team Coach Osvaldo Padron. 

March 4 - 5, 2017

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Canadian Youth Winter Camp

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club and The Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron are joining forces to run next year's Canadian Youth Winter Camp. The camp will be held at the US Sailing center in Coconut Grove, Miami during March Break. It will be open to RCYC sailors in the 420, Radial, Optimist and 29er classes.

March Break: March 12th - March 19th, 2017

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Message from the Youth Committee Chair


As Chairman of the Youth Committee I would like to welcome back previous participants and extend greetings to those new to our programs for the 2017 season.

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club takes great pride in our Youth Programs. It is the future of our Yacht Club, whether producing Olympic or International racers or lifelong members with a love of sailing.

The Youth Programs have 3 goals:

1. Retention – to have Youth Program Participants return year after year

2. Performance – to have Youth Program Participants compete in The World Youth Sailing Championships

3. Conversion – to have Youth Program Participants graduate to become Senior Club Members

We have developed programs to support the 3 goals above. From a young sailor’s first experience in a sailboat, first start at a regatta, to advanced sailing technics such as flying a spinnaker while suspended on a trapeze, the sailing program at the RCYC reflects the best of Canadian sailing.

Please use this book to its full potential, as it outlines the complete opportunity that is available to the youth of the RCYC in our extensive program offering. The information provided will outline what expectations the members and guests might hold of the club, and the clubs expectations of the participants and parents. Exploring the pages thoroughly will give you an opportunity to prepare for your program, and seek out new and exciting activities.

Considering the extensive choices, you may have questions on which program is best for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Dan Cunningham the Director of Sailing or Lauren Laventure, the Head Coach and they will be happy to help you with your choice for the upcoming season.

Personally my summers spent as part of the Junior Club were some of the best of my youth and was a strong reason I love sailing and racing today. I hope that your experiences as part of the RCYC Youth Programs are as great as mine were.

Looking forward to seeing you out on the water this summer

Felicity Rodness

Youth Sailing Committee Chairman

Youth Program Rules & Regulations

1. Youth program participants under the age of 10 who take RCYC launches to and from the Island are required to wear a Department of Transportation approved PFD while on the launch.

2. All youth program participants are expected to uphold the dress regulations on RCYC launches. The minimum dress requirement for gentlemen is smart casual e.g. shirt with a collar and sleeves; long trousers or walking shorts. The minimum requirement for ladies is a dress, skirt, slacks or walking shorts with a blouse, sweater or tunic. No jeans, non-dress shorts, cut-offs, tanks or bathing suits are allowed. The dress code will be strictly enforced for children between the ages of 10 and 16. It is the responsibility of the youth program participants and parents to ensure that the proper dress code is followed. Children 9 and under should wear neat and clean casual clothes.

3. Members wishing to leave the Club early, arrive late, or stay on the Island beyond their child’s regularly scheduled youth program hours must present a permission note from the parent or guardian to their respective RCYC youth program or Junior Club staff. The Youth Program and Junior Club instructors are not responsible for members leaving without permission or those remaining on the Island after program hours.

4. Youth Program members are responsible for the care and upkeep of their equipment to the best of their abilities. Please do not bring any unnecessary items of significant personal value to Youth Programs. RCYC is not responsible for lost or stolen property.

5. We are a Nut-Aware club. Nut products are no longer permitted at any of our Youth Programs. Please help us maintain Nut-Aware programs by keeping all nut products away from the property. please read all labels. Serious allergic reactions can happen when foods labeled “may contain” or “traces of” are brought on site.

6. For privacy and security reasons we ask that no photos or video be taken on RCYC Junior Club grounds without permission of RCYC staff members.

• Cell phones should remain in lockers provided to all Junior Club participants
• RCYC does not take responsibility for lost or stolen phones


RCYC Youth Programs Conditions of Enrolment

1. Registration is considered complete once RCYC has received a medical and contact form, signed code of conduct and program registration form. These forms are all located in the Youth Programs Book and are available online at www.rcyc.ca (Code of conduct applies only to participants ages 10 and up).

2. Participants must have reached the minimum age required for a specific program prior to the program’s commencement. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

3. Membership accounts will be billed in the month prior to the program (i.e. if registration is for a program in July, your membership account will be billed in June).

4. Please note that RCYC members have priority for Junior Club registration until February 28th.

5. Program fees are based on enrolment and cannot be pro-rated if a participant elects to partially attend a given session or program.

6. Program change requests made after initial enrolment will be carried out based on availability of space and cannot be guaranteed.

7. RCYC Youth Programs reserve the right to terminate the continuation of any participant if it is determined that this is in the best interest of the participant and/or program. In such an event, it is understood that a pro-rated refund will be applied to the Member’s account.

8. Race Team Parents/Guardians will assist with chaperoning the team at away events.


Youth Program Cancellation Policies

1. All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. Please enclose any relevant medical documentation at the time of submission.

2. If cancellation of enrolment occurs more than two weeks prior to the program’s commencement, then *100% of the program fees charged will be refunded.

3. If cancellation of enrolment occurs within the two weeks prior to the program’s commencement, then of *50% of the program fees charged will be refunded.

4. Any requests for refunds based on withdrawal or cancellation after a program has begun must be submitted for consideration no later than the last business day in August.

5. NON-MEMBERS: A non-refundable $50 cancellation fee is applicable to all program withdrawals.


Contact Information

Dan Cunningham, Director of Sailing dan.cunningham@rcyc.ca 416.934.4431  
Jonathan Fredrick, Sailing Office Manager sailing@rcyc.ca 416.934.4435 416.967.7245 ex. 213
Lauren Laventure, RCYC Head Coach lauren.laventure@rcyc.ca   416.967.7245 ex. 594
Chris Watters, Junior Club Head Instructor chris.watters@rcyc.ca   416.967.7245 ex.570
Junior Club Coordinator juniorclub@rcyc.ca   416.967.7245 ex.570
Taylor Fawcett, Director of Sports taylor.fawcett@rcyc.ca   416.934.4424 ex. 358
Agnes Kuczalska, Sports Coordinator agnes.kuczalska@rcyc.ca   416.967.7245 ex. 255
Liliana Martins, Child Care Supervisor childcare@rcyc.ca   416.934.4421
Josh Mapes, Pro Shop Supervisor proshop@rcyc.ca   416.934.4424