NO BOAT? NO PROBLEM!


The Island offers plenty of opportunities to sail without owning a boat. Thanks to generous donations and continued support from our Membership, the Club owns a variety of boats that are available for sailing from spring to fall. Join a program, rent a boat for an afternoon, or become part of the community to get a hands-on experience of sailing in Toronto Harbour and Lake Ontario any day of the week.

Ideal 18 

Features

  • Dinghy with a keel: simplicity of a dinghy with the stability of a keelboat (no capsizing!)
  • Great for any skill level, from beginner to racer
  • Available to all RCYC Members for a couple hours or the whole season
  • Sail with 2 or 3 adults or a small family
  • Fleet of 12 Club-owned Boats

 

Community

  • Active community of friendly Members
  • Experienced racers mentor new sailors to the fleet
  • Fleet racing on Thursday nights
  • Saturday regatta each month
  • Social programs for skill development such as Women's Sailing or Race Training

 

Join the Fleet

Joining the Ideal 18 Fleet gives Members complete access to the Club-owned boats throughout the sailing season. This program is for both racers and cruisers looking for an opportunity to get out on the water without the stress of owning a boat. Members of the Ideal 18 fleet can book a boat for any race or simply head out for an adventure in the harbour with friends & family.

 

Individual and family fleet memberships are available, which provides sailors with the ability to go sailing any day with no additional fees. Fleet membership also includes racing on Thursday nights and a monthly weekend regatta. Sailors receive a 25% discount to their first adult sailing program of the season after joining the Club Fleet.

 

Registration includes access to boats from May to September, no additional regatta fees, an online boat reservation system and a 25% discount to your first adult sailing program.


Ideal 18 Booking Procedures 
All requests to charter an Ideal 18 must be submitted through the Ideal 18 Charter form. This is used to coordinate advance booking based on availability, tracking use of Club-owned boats as well as providing sailors with additional information in an automatic email to their inbox. Please apply as a skipper in advance in order to be approved to sail our Club-owned keelboats through this form. Any questions may be directed to sailing@rcyc.ca.
 
  • Boat reservations will be based on submission date of the request. The number of boats available may be limited due to scheduled activities such as racing and programs.
  • Walk-ins are welcome as long as boats are not previously reserved. A charter form will be submitted by the Sailing Office on behalf of the Member if a boat is available at that time.
  • Booking an Ideal 18 costs $70 + HST for a day charter. Members may join the Ideal 18 fleet for $350 + HST to enjoy day charters for the season for no additional cost. Any sailor that charters an Ideal 18 five times in one season will automatically become a fleet member for 2021.
 
Club Racing 
TGIF
Should you wish to participate in TGIF on an Ideal 18, please submit a charter request form here
Register to receive updates on this event and all future TGIF racing here.
 
Thursday Night Racing
The Ideal 18 fleet races on Thursday nights.
Specifically for Club-owned boats, we will be following these procedures for fair use of the boats during midweek racing:
 
  • If there are more teams than boats for a race night, we will use a random lottery to determine the selected teams and boat assignments.
  • All interested racers must register for Thursday night racing at this link to receive updates and be eligible for that lottery draw.
  • To join the lottery, one member of the team must submit a charter form, found here, by Wednesday at 5:00pm for racing the next day. All names will be entered in the lottery at this time and competitors will be sent a list of assigned boats to the selected teams along with any people remaining on a standby list.
  • If you are unable to attend after receiving a boat assignment, the next team on the waitlist will be offered the boat that Thursday.
Regattas
The Harbour Regatta on Sunday, July 25th will include an Ideal 18 start with the following regatta on August 22. Stay tuned for more information in Hiawatha and check out the online club racing calendar here.
 

Private Lessons and Programs 
We are scheduling private sailing lessons now! Please contact sailing@rcyc.ca with your current level of experience or goals for the lesson and Hannah will help coordinate based on the appropriate instructor and availability. We are also developing our program schedule with new details on regulations around group instruction so please contact sailing@rcyc.ca to be included for updates if you haven’t already done so.

 

Sonar

Features
  • Designed for comfortable club racing 
  • Good stability allows for all ages
  • Sail with 3 to 4 people
  • Fleet of 6 Club Boats

Race Programs

  • Go head-to-head against another boat with Match Racing
  • Train as a team to race in 3v3 format with Team Racing
  • Compete every Thursday night with midweek fleet racing
  • Represent RCYC at local and international regattas

Dinghy

  • Junior Club’s massive fleet of dinghies for youth programs include RS Vision, Club 420, multi-hulls and more
  • Available for private lessons upon request
More information on Youth Programs available here.

Crew Bank

Boat owners often search for new crew for midweek racing, cruises, and regattas. Join the online crew bank to find a team and get out on the water! 

Sailors that wish to be added to the RCYC Crew Bank may indicate their interest by signing up here.

Check out the current list of boats looking for sailors here.

Further questions can be directed to sailing@rcyc.ca.