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Youth Racing Programs

Port Credit Yacht Club has a long history of the excellence in racing. Many of our racers have gone on to qualify for Olympic, Pan Am, National and Provincial Sailing Teams. Our Racing Programs feature Beginner, Development and High Performance levels to suit all sailors abilities. If you require more information on our racing teams please email learntosail@pcyc.net

Learn to Race Team (CANSail 1&2)  (Recommended ages 8+)

(Two week sessions, Lunch included)

Prerequisites: Instructor Recommendation Required

Team members will work towards their CANSail 1&2 levels with a more focused approach to racing. Students will be introduced to race theory, tactics and drills that simulate racing conditions and experiences.  Students may have the opportunity to participate in local regatta's pending their coaches approval. This is an introductory program in learning the fundamentals of racing; while still maintaining a focus on fun, safety and other fundamental skills. This course is taught using our ZIM Blue Dragon dinghies.

Programs are offered in two week sessions Monday to Friday 9 AM - 430 PM during July and August.

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Optimist Development Team (CANSail 3&4)

(Four week sessions, Lunch included)

Prerequisites: LTR or CANSail 1&2 checklists completed

Requirements: Each sailor must provide own Optimist Dinghy (Charters available)

Building on the LTR program, team members will continue working towards their CANSail 3&4 levels, with a focus on learning racing skills. Team members are encouraged to participate local regattas which will require a high degree of commitment on the part of both the sailors and parents. Coaches and support boats will accompany sailors to regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from PCYC.

This program is offered in 4 week sessions during July and August Or as a Spring & Summer session from May to August

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Optimist High Performance Team (CANSail 5&6)

(Full Season May to October, Lunch included)

Prerequisites: Opti Development Team/Coach Recommended

Requirements: Each sailor must provide own Optimist Dinghy (Charters available)

The High Perfromance Team will have a strong focus on learning racing skills and attending competitions. Coached by a Top International coach, the best knowledge will be provided so the sailor will achieve their best during competitons.Team members will compete in local and international regattas and requires a high degree of commitment on the part of both the sailors and parents. Coaching and support boats will accompany sailors to regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from PCYC.

This program is only offered as Full Season program from May to October

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Laser Development Team (CANSail 5&6)

(Four week sessions, Lunch included)

Prerequisites: CANSail 1&2 checklists completed

Requirements: Each sailor must provide own Laser sailboat (Charter available)

Building on the Optimist program, team members will continue working towards their CANSail 3&4 levels, with a focus on learning racing skills. Team members are encouraged to participate local regattas which will require a high degree of commitment on the part of both the sailors and parents. Coaches and support boats will accompany sailors to regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from PCYC.

This program is offered in 4 week sessions during July and August Or as a Spring & Summer session from May to August

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Laser High Performance Team

(Full Season May to October, Lunch included)

Prerequisites: Laser Development Team/Coach Recommended

Requirements: Each sailor must provide own Laser Sailboat (Charters available)

The High Perfromance Team will have a strong focus on learning racing skills and attending competitions. Coached by a Top International coach, the best knowledge will be provided so the sailor will achieve their best during competitons.Team members will compete in local and international regattas and requires a high degree of commitment on the part of both the sailors and parents. Coaching and support boats will accompany sailors to regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from PCYC.

This program is only offered as Full Season program from May to October

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Double-Handed 420 Race Team (CANSail 5&6)

(Four week sessions, Lunch included)

Prerequisites: CANSail 4 checklist completed

Requirements: PCYC will supply 420 sailboat, charter fee required

In this program the advancing sailors’ skills are consolidated and applied to racing/sailing faster. Training becomes more challenging, and complexity is added to result in a sailor with the foundation to carry on in racing, and/or leadership. A greater commitment is expected of the members of our race team as participation at local regattas is an integral part of the program and requires a strong commitment from both the parents and the sailors. Regattas require travel and parents are needed for travel, planning, chaperoning, pulling trailers, and assisting at regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from PCYC. Coaching at regattas will be provided.

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Spring Training

Requirements: Each sailor must provide/Charter their own Optimist, Laser or C420 Dinghy

Get an early start on the sailing season and be ready for all of the regattas. Physical conditioning included to prepare the athlete for their competitions. Dry Suits are strongly recommended for this time of year when the Lake temperature is still cold. Regular training is Saturdays 10am - 4 pm starting in early May. Spring regattas require travel and parents are needed for travel planning, chaperoning, pulling trailers, and assisting at regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from PCYC. Coaching at regattas will be provided.

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Fall Training

Requirements: Each sailor must provide/Charter their own Optimist, Laser or C420 Dinghy

Keep improving your sailing & racing skills and extend the sailing season. Regular training is Saturdays 10am - 4 pm through to the end of October. Fall regattas require travel and parents are needed for travel planning, chaperoning, pulling trailers, and assisting at regattas. Please note that regatta fees and travel expenses (transportation, lodging, food) are not covered in the program registration fee. Parents will be needed for logistical support and to chaperone at regattas away from PCYC. Coaching at fall regattas will be provided.

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