Learn to sail at RCYC on Toronto Island. Our Adult Sailing Programs cater to sailors of every skill level - from beginner to high performance. These programs offer an opportunity to experience the sport of sailing without owning your own boat.

You can start your journey to becoming a confident sailor, pick up where you left off years ago, or join a program to meet other sailors. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Book a private lesson with an instructor in a Club Ideal 18 or on your own boat. All programs are open to non-members and are run from our Toronto Island Clubhouse.

Learn to Sail – Start here to begin your journey or refresh your memory! No experience required.
Train to Improve – Develop your skills to become a better sailor.

Race at RCYC – Compete in different race formats and improve your performance with coaching.

Sail at RCYC – No boat? No problem! Sail in a Club-owned boat to get out on the water.

Please contact Jenny Farrand at or call 416-967-7245 ext. 590 with any questions to find the course that best suits your skill level.

Why choose RCYC Adult Sailing?
  • Friendly, experienced instructors & race coaches
  • Fantastic environment in Toronto Harbour & Island
  • Meet RCYC sailors and make long-lasting relationships
  • Continue sailing with new programs every season



Club Fleet

Women's Sailing


Learn to Sail

Intro to Sailing  

Enjoy a full weekend on the water and build a solid foundation to start your sailing journey. Sailors are guided by friendly instructors in small class sizes to create a memorable adventure with friends & family. Saturday begins with a lesson on basic theory followed by demonstrations to get you on the water as soon as possible. The rest of the weekend focuses on gaining practical experience and spending time sailing around Toronto Harbour. Great for beginners or as review, sign up with a partner to spend your weekend in the sunshine and become qualified to take a boat out on your own.  

Intro to Sailing can be used as a foundation to begin working towards CANSail certification. This two-day course may be paired with private lessons in order to achieve CANSail 1 or 2 depending on individual sailor’s abilities. Please contact Jenny Farrand for more information on how this can be accomplished.

Weekend Session 1: June 9th & 10th 

Weekend Session 2: July 7th & 8th 

Weekend Session 3: August 11th & 12th 

Members: $300.00*
Non-Members: $360.00

 *Club Fleet Members receive a 25% discount applicable after registration. 

CANSail 1 or 2 

Begin your journey towards becoming a certified sailor this summer with CANSail 1 or 2. The CANSail program is a leading sail training initiative to foster performance in sailing and lifelong participation in the sport. CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn-to-sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.   

With RCYC's CANSail 1 or 2, participants learn theory through brief lessons on shore and develop fundamental skills on the water. Lessons include sail trim, helming, boat maneuvers and safety procedures taught by experienced instructors in small class sizes. Sailors can continue to work on CANSail levels with one-on-one coaching throughout the year. Over 6 weeknights, sailors will be evaluated on their developing skills and provided with updates on their tracked progress. Book a private lesson for one-on-one instruction and identify key areas to focus on for the remainder of the course. 
  • A 2-hour private lesson is included in registration for individual coaching. Participants must schedule this within 60 days after the course start date. 
  • Weeknight lessons begin at 6:00 pm and finish by 9:00 pm.  
Weeknights don’t work with your schedule? Sign up for an Intro to Sailing course for a weekend lesson on many of the required CANSail skills. Follow this with private lessons tailored to your busy schedule to complete your level this season. Please contact Jenny Farrand for more information.

Session 1 (Wednesdays Only): June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 4 & 11 

Session 2 (Wednesdays Only): July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 & 22 

Members: $380.00
Non-Members $460.00

*CANSail 3 to 6: Please contact the Sailing Office to discuss achieving certification this season. 

Train to Improve

Tuesday Training 

New this season, sailors from all areas of the Club can train important skills to improve their overall performance on the water. Coaches focus on a featured topic with the Ideal 18 fleet, with on-water drills and practice races followed by a debrief with dinner. This program is geared towards sailors aiming to develop their boat speed & handling as well as their understanding of tactics in relation to a fleet and wind conditions. 

The schedule for training coincides with Ideal 18 regattas as preparation for racing that weekend. All Members are encouraged to train and compete in the Club Fleet or apply their training to their own boat. Featured topics will be posted in May 2018.  

Weeknight lessons begin at 6:00 pm and finish by 9:00 pm. 

Women's Racing runs all other Tuesdays, open to any experienced female RCYC sailors. 

Tuesday 1: June 12th 

Tuesday 2: June 26th 

Tuesday 3: July 17th 

Tuesday 4: July 31st 

Tuesday 5: August 21st 

Tuesday 6: September 11th 

Single Night - $50.00
3-Night Package - $125.00

Single Night - $60.00 
3-Night Package - $160.00 

 *Club Fleet Members receive a 25% discount applicable after registration. 

Intro to Racing 

Start racing this year with a crash course in the essentials. Sailors will receive a fast-paced introduction to racing at RCYC with hands-on instruction, spectating, and lessons on the racing rules of sailing. Topics will include starts, course marks, flags, and upwind/downwind tactics. Great for any sailor with base knowledge and looking to build up their experience, Intro to Racing provides a coach on board to teach in a calm and confident manner for a fun & safe learning environment. 

Session 1: June 14, 21, 28, July 5 

Session 2: August 2, 9, 16, 23 

Members: $200.00*
Non-Members $240.00

*Semi-private lessons are available for your crew. Please contact the Sailing Office for details. 

 *Club Fleet Members receive a 25% discount applicable after registration. 

Keelboats 101 

Spend a weekend on board Esprit de Corps I (pictured below) to learn the basic knowledge required to sail a 40ft keelboat. Participate as a crew member with a cruise around Toronto Island, and take a turn at the helm to practice boat handling under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Sailors will be taught terminology and skills specific to larger keelboats, including safety procedures and different crew positions. 
  • Includes docking, anchoring, mooring, man overboard, reefing, instruments 

Weekend Session: July 21 & 22 

Members $300.00
Non-Members $360.00

Race at RCYC

Team Racing

"Team Racing typically consists of two teams each of three boats competing against each other. It is a fast paced racing style which depends on excellent boat handling skills and rapid tactical decision making." — World Sailing
Team Racing brings sailors together to learn about this racing format and practice tactics as a team representing RCYC. Sailors with different backgrounds come together in a team of 3 to improve boat handling on the course and create winning combinations to beat the opposing team. With the option of training in the Ideal 18 or Sonar fleet, team racing depends on every crew member's abilities and awareness as well as communicating with their team mates.  

Training requires sailors to sometimes participate as on-water jury, learning the rules of racing and gaining a unique perspective from the coach boat. Every Wednesday session includes valuable coaching with Pat Healy from 6:00pm to 9:00pm with a debrief and discussion. The race program runs from May to July, culminating in the invitational Bluebottle regatta against Southern Yacht Club. 

Start: May 16 

End: July 18 

Member $250.00*
Non-Member $350.00

 *Club Fleet Members receive a 25% discount applicable after registration. 

Match Racing 

"A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other. This is a one-on-one duel of strategy and tactics and the objective is simple - to be the first to cross the finish line." — World Sailing

Match racing is a head-to-head competition between two evenly matched boats around a short race course. Individual teams must be knowledgeable in the rules of racing and boat-on-boat tactics to gain the edge and remain consistent. Regattas are raced with a round robin format to determine overall position entering the finals.  
RCYC Match Racing attracts top racers for Monday night training sessions to develop boat speed/handling and strategy. The weekly program provides intense competition with experienced match racers from all over the Club, coached by Lance Fraser and accomplished guest coaches. Sailors race in the Sonar fleet, donated for the purpose of developing match racers and sailed in the annual York Cup regatta in July.  

Start: May 14

End: September 3 
Full Season - $350.00
Half Season - $230.00
Single Night - $30.00

Full Season - $600.00
Single Night - $50.00
Half Season - $360.00

Sail at RCYC

Dinghy Days 

Take advantage of the massive RCYC Club Fleet with Dinghy Days! New for 2018, sailors can rent a dinghy from Junior Club on specific weekends and enjoy the water all afternoon. A coach will be in the harbour with a set course for anyone interested in improving their skills in the boat, or sailors can use their time to cruise around the area. Each boat must have an experienced sailor on board - contact the Sailing Office in advance if you're uncertain of your abilities.  

Dinghies available at Junior Club: 
  • RS Vision 
  • Club 420 
  • Hobie Wave 
  • Nacra 460 

Day 1: Sunday, June 3 

Day 2: Sunday, July 22 

Day 3: Saturday, August 18 
Member $50.00
Non-Member $75.00

*Additional days may be added upon request. 

Classroom Courses

Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime

In order to use a VHF radio, a Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime (ROC-M) is required by all boaters. The Maritime Radio course covers emergency and every day procedures and techniques such as channel frequencies, distress signals and digital calling.

Toronto Harbour License

Receive your Toronto Harbour License on the island this summer with a certified instructor. This license is required in addition to the Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card in order to operate any powered vessels in Toronto Harbour. Become certified for life with a quick review before testing.