YOUTH SAILING

COVID-19 Update - Wednesday June 17th, 2020:

We're excited to invite young sailors to join our summer sailing programs once again and make some great memories to wrap into the unique summer of 2020. RCYC’s Junior Club was first established in 1925 and has seen many years of change since its inception – this season is like no other and we are certain that these past months of analyzing and rebuilding have helped to grow our programs in a positive step forward. As always, our priority is the safety and well-being of all participants and that has never been clearer. With extensive training, our Sailing Staff are eager to produce new memories for all our Junior Club families, new and returning, with some adjustments to everyday life.

Junior Club is well-equipped for the new COVID-19 policies in place, particularly with our robust fleet of single-handed dinghies suitable to beginners all the way up to advanced sailors. We also have many double-handed boats that will be made available to families to provide opportunities for all ages to engage in activities together. The team in the Sailing Office has been in constant contact with Ontario Sailing to develop appropriate guidelines/protocols in relation to COVID-19 and the return to sailing. Some of our experienced youth racers were able to begin spring training at the end of May due to our strict adherence to regulations and we are steadily adapting to new phases and policies announced by the Government of Ontario as well as the City of Toronto.

Our July sessions are sold out with capacity determined by these policies concerning day camps from the provincial government as well as our regular considerations regarding safety on the water. Families can join the waitlist for July and we still have space remaining in August but not for long so make sure you reserve a spot for your sailor at home!

The Junior Club committee and staff are looking forward to “squaring the pyramid” and encouraging sailors of all interests to develop and foster a lifelong passion for the sport.  What is “squaring the pyramid” you ask?  Check out this Youth Sailing YouTube video presented  by US Sailing’s Pathway Director.

This video clearly speaks to the importance of the early experiences you encounter through youth sailing programs and the ability to ignite a passion for the diverse sport of sailing. We look towards the future of Junior Club students and the available opportunities a lifetime membership at RCYC can bring: one-design racing, overnight cruising, offshore or dinghy sailing, International events, the National Team and Olympics, Club midweek racing and TGIF, support with umpires/race committee or a career in coaching – the list goes on! There is plenty to offer at our Club for every generation of sailors and Junior Club is where it all begins.  The ethos of the RCYC Junior Club  can be defined as “as many as possible, for as long as possible, in the safest environment as possible” and we can’t wait to see the Island come alive with all of our youth sailors in a few short weeks while maintaining a safe and fun practice in times of COVID-19.

 

Please see below communication from the Sailing Office outlining 2020 RCYC Youth Programming (from Tuesday May 12).



Letter to Junior Club

Should you have further questions or wish to be added to the July waitlist, please do not hesitate to contact us at juniorclub@rcyc.ca

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!


Registration

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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 us by email at juniorclub@rcyc.ca.

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 sailing@rcyc.ca.

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

Please direct any inquiries to: 

juniorclub@rcyc.ca