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Learn to Sail: Youth Sailing Programs

West Vancouver Yacht Club has one of the highest quality Youth Sailing Programs in the country. We incorporate Sail Canada's  "CANSail" standards into our own unique training programs, enabling us to offer the most memorable, educational and rewarding experiences possible.

There are many courses to choose from, each suited to a particular age and skill level. Even sailors as young as 6 years old can learn to sail! At WVYC, we introduce basic sailing skills, develop existing skills, and improve racing performance for youth sailors in both a safe and fun environment. Students can progress at a comfortable pace while having one of the most exciting and memorable summers of their lives.

Sailing is a very social activity and sailors are encouraged to register with their friends. Our programs allow sailors to develop their skills and achieve their CANSail levels without being confined to a specific course curriculum.  Coaches will work with sailors and base instruction around sailors' needs, allowing them to have fun with their friends and improve on sailing skills at the sailor's own pace.

Choose the category of classes in the menu on the right

CANSail refers to Canada's updated standards in learn-to-sail programming. The standards - and the programs the instructors will deliver to meet those standards - are designed to provide all learning sailors with the solid foundation of sailing skills and experiences to then allow them to stick with sailing - at your club - in any sort of environment - Performance Racing, Instruction, Coaching, Offshore, Program Leadership... Of course, whichever stage the sailor is at, the program offers fun and a challenge to keep them coming back!" - Sail Canada

Registration will open soon for the 2019 summer sessions.

For more information on CANSail, click here.

Commodores Cup

Since 1986, junior racers from various clubs around Greater Vancouver have gathered on English Bay for three great days of racing.  This regatta is designed to introduce sailors to the competitive side of the sport.  It is open only to sailors who have taken part in a Learn to Sail program during the summer.

All sailors that took or will take a CANSail 2,3,4,5 course in either an Opti, FJ, Laser or Feva this summer are welcome to participate. Space is limited. We only have 20 optis, 2 420s and 4 Fevas available for use at this regatta. So if you would like to participate in this regatta please let me know asap in order to secure a boat for the event. Please note that there will be an additional charge of $65 from WVYC for coaching fees for the three days. You can pay that using the WVYC coaching fees link below. When paying your coaching fees please choose the item Opti and Coach, Opti Coach and my own boat, 420 Coach and boat, or Feva Coach and boat. If the item reads full then there are no more boats available, so do not register for the regatta.