COVID-19 Update - Tuesday May 19th, 2020:

The RCYC Sailing Office staff remains in constant contact with Ontario Sailing and Sail Canada.  We also are staying abreast of all City of Toronto news that relates to Youth Programming, Summer Camps, and Large Event programming. Everything is being done with our Members, guests and employees’ safety and health in mind.

With that, an announcement was made by the Premier on Thursday, May14th, that allowed for the opening of Marina’s to members as long as social distancing measures were followed and feasible. This is encouraging news and our team of staff are back on site to begin getting equipment ready and to assist members as they return back to the Island and city side to prepare their boats.

A news release from Ontario Sailing released on Monday May 4th stated the following:
“The choices each and every one of us makes in the days ahead will absolutely define what the 2020 sailing season looks like for the entire Ontario sailing community.  We need to set the tone for compliance and to follow the guidelines to be able to continue to see more opportunities for our community to open more and more in the weeks and months ahead.”
Please see Ontario Sailing’s COVID-19 Updates Page for further updates and information.

With the announcement from the City of Toronto of the restructure of their summer programs, we do not at this time have any issues concerning the summer at Junior Club, and we still intend to run programs. The format of these programs is still to be determined as we navigate the evolving information being released by Ontario Sailing and Sail Canada.  We hope that your young sailors are looking forward to those warm days out on the water as much as our instructors are!

All registered participants will continue to receive communications including updates as the weeks progress. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that your young sailors have a fun and memorable summer on the Island.
Please see below communication from the Sailing Office outlining 2020 RCYC Youth Programming (from Tuesday May 12th).

Letter to Junior Club

Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

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!





Need-to-Know Information for Junior Club!

1. Have a full stomach - eating breakfast starts the day off right!

2. Bring a bagged, nut-free lunch and snacks. Nut products are no longer permitted at any of our Youth Programs. Serious allergic reactions can happen when foods labeled “may contain” or “traces of” are brought on site.

3. Bring a refillable water bottle.

4. Bring your Canadian Coast Guard approved lifejacket.

5. Always have sun protection: Comfortable hat and sunscreen (SPF 30 or more is recommended).

6. Don’t forget your swimsuit!

7. Label all clothing and belongings clearly with indelible marker.

8. Bring rain gear if inclement weather is expected. We may sail on rainy days!

9. Bring close-toed shoes or sneakers, preferably sailing booties or water shoes. Sandals are not safe sailing shoes and cannot be worn in sailboats.

10. Please remember that the children will be getting wet frequently, so we suggest that they bring extra clothes, a towel and dry shoes for on land.

11. Please do not bring any unnecessary items of significant personal value. RCYC is not responsible for lost or stolen property (cell phones included).

12. If you are running late, your child needs to leave early or you are member who wishes for their child to remain on the island after programming, please inform our Sailing Office Administrator by email

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

14. I have questions now about so many things!! Who should I contact? Email our Sailing Department at

Youth Program Cancellation Policies

  1. All Junior Club programs must have a minimum enrolment of four sailors per program.
  2. All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. Please enclose any relevant medical documentation at the time of submission.
  3. If cancellation of enrolment occurs more than two weeks prior to the program’s commencement, 100% of program fees will be refunded.
  4. If cancellation occurs within two weeks to the program’s commencement, 50% of program fees will be refunded.
  5. No refunds will be given after the start date of a program.
  6. NON-MEMBERS: A non-refundable $50.00 cancellation fee is applicable to all program withdrawals.

Rowan's Law - Concussion Policy

Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.

Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honor her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety. The last Wednesday of each September has been designated as Rowan’s Law Day to help raise awareness about concussion safety.

Rowan’s Law - Rules

On July 1, 2019, new rules came into effect through Rowan’s Law, to improve concussion safety in amateur competitive sport. If you are an athlete under 26 years of age*, parent of an athlete under 18, coach, team trainer or official you need to follow the rules of Rowan’s Law below:

  • Review any one of Ontario's official Concussion Awareness Resources before registering or serving with your sport organization; and
  • Review your sport organization’s Concussion Code of Conduct that they will provide to you; and
  • Confirm that you have reviewed both of these resources every year with your sport organization(s)

* Exception: A sport organization that is a University, College of Applied Arts and Technology or other Post-Secondary Institution will be advising athletes of any age that they need to follow the rules of Rowan’s Law.

Involved in more than one sport?

No matter how many sport organizations you register with in a given year, you are only required to review a Concussion Awareness Resource once within that year. You are however required to confirm your review of a Concussion Awareness Resource with each sport organization with which you register.

You are also required to both review and confirm your review of the Concussion Code of Conduct for each sport organization with which you register.

Review the appropriate Ontario Official Concussion Awareness Resources:

  1. Review any one of Ontario's official Concussion Awareness Resources, linked below in English
  1. Review Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct,

Removal From/Return-to-sport

The Rowan’s Law Removal-from/Return-to-sport requirements will come into effect on July 1, 2020. Sport organizations will be required to have a removal-from/return-to-sport protocol. RCYC will follow the Ontario Sailing procedures:

Additional Information:

Contact Information

Junior Club Coordinator
416.967.7245 ext. 570