WINTER SAILING PROGRAMS


As a year-round yacht club, RCYC works to provide winter sailing opportunities for our Members during the colder months. Our Fall and Winter programs range from workshops that foster skill development and certifications to creating wind in our pool for indoor sailing.

Questions? Contact Jenny Farrand at 416.9677245 Ex. 590 or email jennifer.farrand@rcyc.ca.

Sailing

RC Racing in the Pool

After several successful winters, midweek races will continue with the remote-controlled
Dragon Force 65s this season. Members compete in heats of 4 to 6 boats, powered by multiple fans in our City Club pool.
  • 10+ boats racing each week leads to exciting competition
  • All skill levels welcome as sailors and spectators
  • Racing continues through to Spring 2019
RC Boat Racing returns on Thursday nights starting January 10, 2019. Races start at 7:30pm and finish by 9:00pm with awards in the Crown & Beaver bar.

Racing in the Pool will move to the Toronto Boat Show from January 21st to 25th for a mini regatta series at the indoor lake. Join other sailors from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for a much larger sailing venue Monday to Friday.

BOAT REGISTRATION

Speakers

Chalk Talks

In this new speaker series, top RCYC sailors share their expertise with racers of all ages that are looking to move up in their fleet next season. Explore tactics and improve boat speed with the wide range of topics covered to build your sailing skills.

Looking for a boat to race in the spring? Meet other like-minded sailors through this series or join the Club’s Ideal 18 fleet for plenty of opportunities to practice what you learn.
 

UPCOMING TALKS:

Starting 101 with Chris Watters – Wednesday, January 16th at 6:30 pm
  • Chris brings the focus to planning and preparation for your race, including overall improved performance with teamwork.
Rules Night, Clean & Fast! with Scott Collinson – Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30pm
  • Scott shares his insights on the most common protests and rule violations to help with clean and fast maneuvers at the start and mark roundings.
Tactical Moves in Big Fleets with Lauren Laventure – Wednesday, February 20th at 6:30 pm
  • Stay in control of your race and stick to your game plan with Lauren’s strategies for keeping out of trouble in high traffic zones.
Improved Results through Optimal Sail Shape with Geoff Moore – Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm
  • Take your boat speed up a notch with Geoff’s notes on sail shape for different boat types.
 
SOLD OUT
Please contact Jenny Farrand at jennifer.farrand@rcyc.ca to be added to the waitlist. 

Sailing Speaker Series

Each winter, the Club hosts accomplished sailors presenting on various topics. Past events include:
  • Ken Read (skipper of Comanche)
  • Atlas Ocean Racing 
  • 35th America's Cup Presentation by Tucker Thompson

Cruising Sailors’ Squadron Seminars

The CSS organizes several talks with sailors sharing their unique experiences, as well as experts speaking on important safety and boat handling procedures.

Visit the Cruising Sailors' Squadron webpage

Certification Courses

2019

Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC)
Earn your proof of competency to operate a powered vessel in Canada, including any sailboat with a motor. With this short classroom course and exam covering boating laws, safety and more, boaters will keep this valid certification for life.
 



VHF Radio License (ROC-M)

To legally operate a VHF Radio, boaters must take one course to achieve your Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime. Over just a few hours, practice emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques including Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

DATE
Saturday, February 23rd
9:00am – 4:00pm
SOLD OUT - Please contact Jenny Farrand at jennifer.farrand@rcyc.ca to be added to the waitlist.

 



CLUB RACE OFFICER SEMINAR
 
A Club Race Officer is capable of managing the “on-the-water” operations of regattas at the club level. Race Management requires capable volunteers on and off the water and qualified Race Officers are an important part of a regatta’s daily operations.

To become a certified Club Race Officer, candidates must complete this seminar, obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card (PCOC) and a Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime (VHF Radio License) as well as participate as a Race Officer (RO) at a minimum of two events.

Level 1 & 2 Race Officer Course

DATE: 

Saturday, April 6th & Sunday, April 7th, 2019

Register through the Ontario Sailing website
 

CLUB JUDGE SEMINAR

Sail Canada’s Judge Program has been developed to provide qualified, trained individuals to act as judges and protest committee chairs, as well as providing an opportunity to enthusiastic sailors who are keen to be involved in conducting fair protest hearings at all levels of competition. A Club Judge supports the club’s racing program by serving on protest committees and acting as an advisor on racing rules and procedures at their home club, or at nearby events in which their club members participate.

To become a certified Club Judge, candidates must complete this seminar and pass a written test.

Sample Club Judge Test

DATE: 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Register through the Ontario Sailing website

Sailors' Library

Collection in the Canada Room

Cozy up by the fire with a book from the RCYC Library this winter. The Canada Room at our City Clubhouse is filled with nautical adventures and educational texts for learning just about any sailing skill. There’s an interesting read to be found for every type of sailor, ranging from tips for boat owners to famous victories in the America’s Cup and battles at sea.

Fill out a Library Request Form to sign out a book or ask for a recommendation. 

Contact Jennifer.Farrand@rcyc.ca to browse the collection or if you have any questions. 


Library Request Form