The Royal Canadian Yacht Club is one of the world’s oldest yacht clubs, 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.

All Junior Club participants will have the opportunity to experience the sport of sailing in a safe, fun-filled and challenging environment.  We recognize the potential of every young sailor and strive to help them grow in their chosen sailing pathway by bringing the best instructors so they can learn and enjoy the best sailing possible.

The Royal Canadian Yacht Club's Junior Club is a sailing camp where you make lasting friendships, learn life skills, and fall in love with the sport of sailing. RCYC Sailing programs are grouped into Youth Learn to Sail(ages 5-16) Youth Racing(ages10-18) and Adult Sailing (ages 18+).



Youth Racing Programs
RCYC has a rich history of producing some of Canada’s best sailors. Many of our sailors were members of the Canadian Sailing Team and went on to represent Canada at Olympic Games, World Championships, Europeans North American Championships, Canada Summer Games and other major events.

Our Racing programs are designed to develop lifelong sailors through top quality coaching, individual training plans, goal setting sessions, nutrition, and fitness. Our racing programs feature beginner, development and high-performance levels for the Optimist, ILCA (formerly Laser), C420 and 29er.

Race Teams will compete in regional and national competitions, and possibly continental events. Race Team members learn a great life experiences through travel, competition, and learning the sport of sailing to enjoy their entire life.


Youth Learn to Sail
RCYC offers a variety of youth sailing programs. Whether you’re a new or returning sailor; there is a fun and exciting sailing experience here for you! The fundamental sailing skills taught in our program will enable youth to explore a future in cruising, racing or wherever their passion takes them.

The CANSail model is a standardized system used by the majority of sailing schools in Canada, ensuring all are taught with the same tools. Each level has a suggested age, but children can advance faster dependant upon skill level.

RCYC follows the CANSail Development Program, Sail Canada’s national training program for sailing in dinghies. The program is a standardized system that promote progressive training of dinghy sailing skills and knowledge

It's time to start planning for a new season full of sunny days, big smiles. Junior Club is looking forward to welcoming our youngest yet most active sailors in Toronto Harbour once more for the upcoming 2023 season.


Registration for Summer 2023 is now open! Please login to the RCYC Website with your Member information to access the registration link. Non-Members, please see below for further information regarding when registration will become available. Contact for any other inquiries.

Non-Member Registration

Registration for Summer 2023 is now open! 

Please note that all programs will be released as waitlist only from January 9th to February 9th. On February 10th, RCYC Members will be given priority placement and have their registrations confirmed. Remaining availability will be allocated to non-members on the waitlist and confirmed based on date of registration received. As of February 10th, remaining spots will become available to everyone on a first come-first serve basis. 

Register Now!

For more detailed program information please review our Program Guide found here. Contact for any other inquiries.


Need-to-Know Information for Junior Club!

Typical Day

The following schedule is a typical day at Junior Club. All times and daily activities are subject to change and are weather dependent.
8:15 or 8:45 Ferry to Island Club house leaves
Approx 9:00 Rigging of boats
9:30-10:00 On Shore Lesson
10:30-12:00 On water sailing
12:00- 13:00 Lunch 
13:00- 15:30 Afternoon Sailing session
15:30 – 16:00 Derig boats
16:00 or 16:30 Ferry back to City Side

What to Bring

Sailing is an outdoor sport so you will be in the sun for long periods.  It is important that you have proper protection and clothing for any weather. Here are some suggestions that participants should bring with them:
 Sunny Days  Rainy Days
  • Refillable Water bottle
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Long sleeve Shirt (not cotton)
  • Sunscreen
  • Shorts
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing Suit/Towel
  • Closed toed shoes - Mandatory
  • Extra dry clothes
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Fleece sweater
  • Pants
  • Hat
  • Closed toed shoes - Mandatory
  • Towel
  • Extra dry clothes
A Canadian Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is required to participate. RCYC does not have extra PFD’s for participants, please be sure to bring your own.

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
  2. Review EModule

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

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