junior sailing

The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club offers courses for ages 5 and up, and for all abilities. We teach all levels of Sail Canada's CANSail program.

RVYC Junior Training Program

RVYC membership not required for any Summer Training Program. Everyone is welcome!

You can find program descriptions and a printable schedule in our new 2020 JTP brochure for your convenience.
Please note: the times for Wet Feet AM program are 9 am to 12 noon; the PM program runs 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. 

  • Registration
    • 2020 Registration will open on February 17th for members, and will open March 30th for non-members.

      Registration is online only and is open to members and non-members! If you are a returning registrant or parent, please use the same email address as before in order to keep your registration history. Important for tax receipting!

      For RVYC members, please read our 'Member's Guide to Online Registration' to ensure an efficient process!

      RVYC will continue to offer a separate "Hot Lunch" program as a supplement to sailing classes for all full-day programs. The 2020 price is $60 + GST per week. Please be advised that the kitchen is unable to accommodate food allergies with "Hot Lunch" and we recommend students with food allergies please bring their own lunch.

      Students are required to bring their own PFD (Life Jacket), and suitable closed-toed shoes that can get wet (aqua sock type shoes are recommended). Please also bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a refillable water bottle, a hat, and a change of clothes. Students will very likely get wet, so we recommend non cotton sports wear for sailing, long sleeve tech tops have been a very popular clothing choice. Wetsuits are not required, but some participants prefer to wear them.

      Helmets designed for water-sports are recommended but not mandatory. They are highly recommended for students new to sailing (Wet Feet, Optimist Fun, and CANSail Basic).

      All classes meet on the grass area in front on the Star and Dragon patio.

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  • 2020 Course Schedule
    • 2020 Course Schedule

      Wet Feet

      (half-day sessions for 1 week; no lunch offered)
      (STRICTLY for ages 5-7)
      Member Pricing $200
      Non Member Pricing $230

      Course Name Dates Time Status
      WFA-A Jun 29 - Jul 3
      0900 - 1200 Click
      WFA-P Jun 29 - Jul 3
      1230 - 1530 Click
      WFB-A Jul 6 - Jul 10 0900 - 1200 Click
      WFB-P Jul 6 - Jul 10 1230 - 1530 Click
      WFC-A Jul 27 - Jul 31
      0900 - 1200 Click
      WFC-P Jul 27 - Jul 31
      1230 - 1530 Click
      WFD-A Aug 3 - Aug 7
      0900 - 1200 Click
      WFD-P Aug 3 - Aug 7
      1230 - 1530 Click
      WFE-A Aug 24 - Aug 28 0900 - 1200 Click
      WFE-P Aug 24 - Aug 28  1230 - 1530 Click

      Optimist Fun

      (1 week course)
      (Ages 8-12) No Prerequisite
      Member Pricing $320
      Non Member Pricing $350

      Course Name Dates Time Status
      OFA Jun 29 - Jul 3
      0900 - 1530 Click
      OFB Jul 6 - Jul 10 0900 - 1530 Click
      OFC Jul 13 - Jul 17
      0900 - 1530 Click
      OFD Jul 20 - Jul 24 0900 - 1530 Click
      OFE Jul 27 - Jul 31
      0900 - 1530 Click
      OFF Aug 3 - Aug 7
      0900 - 1530 Click
      OFG Aug 10 - Aug 14
      0900 - 1530 Click
      OFH Aug 17 - Aug 21
      0900 - 1530 Click

      Optimist Intermediate

      (2 week course)
      (Ages 9-13) Prerequisite: Optimist Level 1 (or Opti Fun)
      Member Pricing $625
      Non Member Pricing $675

      Course Name Dates Time Status
      OIA Jun 29 - Jul 10 0900 - 1530 Click
      OIB Jul 13 - Jul 24
      0900 - 1530 Click
      OIC Jul 27 - Aug 7
      0900 - 1530 Click
      OID Aug 10 - Aug 21
      0900 - 1530 Click
      OIComCup* Aug 24 - Aug 28 0900 - 1530 Click
      *ComCup courses/training week intended for sailors attending in the 2020 Commodores Cup Regatta, Aug 31 - Sep 3
      Optimist Fast

      (2 week course)
      (Ages 10-14) Prerequisites: Optimist Level 2 (Intermediate) or CANSail Basic.
      Member Pricing $625
      Non Member Pricing $675

      Course Name Dates Time Status
      OAA Jul 13 - Jul 24 0900 - 1530 Click
      OAB Aug 10 - Aug 21 0900 - 1530 Click
      OAComCup*  Aug 24 - Aug 28  0900 - 1530  Click
      *ComCup courses/training week intended for sailors attending in the 2020 Commodores Cup Regatta, Aug 31 - Sep 3
      CANSail Basic

      (2 week course)
      CANSail levels 1 and 2 (RS Feva XL)
      (Ages 11+) No Prerequisites necessary.
      Member Pricing $625
      Non Member Pricing $675

      Course Name Dates Time Status
      CSBA Jun 29 - Jul 10 0900 - 1530 Click
      CSBB Jul 13 - Jul 24 0900 - 1530 Click
      CSBC Jul 27 - Aug 7
      0900 - 1530 Click
      CSBD Aug 10 - Aug 21 0900 - 1530 Click

      CANSail Advanced

      (2 week course)
      CANSail levels 3 and 4
      (Ages 12+) Prerequisites: CANSail Basic, Optimist Level 3.
      Member Pricing $625
      Non Member Pricing $675

      Course Name Dates Time Status
      CSAA Jun 29 - Jul 10 0900 - 1530 Click
      CSAB Jul 13 - Jul 24 0900 - 1530 Click
      CSAC Jul 27 - Aug 7
      0900 - 1530 Click
      CSAD Aug 10 - Aug 21 0900 - 1530 Click
      CSAComCup* Aug 24 - Aug 28  0900 - 1530  Click
      *ComCup courses/training week intended for sailors attending in the 2020 Commodores Cup Regatta, Aug 31 - Sep 3
      Summer Race Team

      (2 week course)
      CANSail levels 5 and 6, with Chutes supplement
      (Ages 14+) Prerequisites: CANSail Advanced
      Member Pricing $625
      Non Member Pricing $675

      Course Name Dates Time Status
      SRTA Jun 29 - Jul 10 0900 - 1530 Click
      SRTB Jul 13 - Jul 24 0900 - 1530 Click
      SRTC Jul 27 - Aug 7
      0900 - 1530 Click
      SRTD Aug 10 - Aug 21 0900 - 1530 Click
      SRTComCup*  Aug 24 - Aug 28  0900 - 1530  Click
      *ComCup courses/training week intended for sailors attending in the 2020 Commodores Cup Regatta, Aug 31 - Sep 3
      Intro to HP Skiffs

      (2 week course)
      (Ages 14+) Prerequisites: CANSail 6 or Summer Race Team
      Member Pricing $625
      Non Member Pricing $675

      Course Name Dates Time Status
      HPSA Aug 10 -Aug 28 0900 - 1530 Click
  • Commodores' Cup
    • Commodores' Cup 2019 is being held August 26-29!

      Regatta details will be provided by the JTP instructors.

      Known as "Vancouver's Saltiest School" when it was founded in 1956, the Junior Training Program has introduced thousands of youth to sailing and the sea. The docks are lined with juniors in this 1966 view.


      The 2020 commodores' cup regatta

      August 31st - September 3rd, 2020

      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.

      Regatta Webpage