All sail training programs operate from the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club (BQYC) located at the tip of Victoria Harbour in Belleville. The grounds are a safe, park setting providing sunny and shady areas for many on shore activities, and on the Bay of Quinte for excellent sailing experiences.
Before registering for any session, please familiarize yourself with the information on the Junior Sailing and Learn to Race tab of the Sail Training link at BQYC.CA.
The Junior Sailing has three key learning programs:
1) "I CANSail": This program is a one-week session designed to introduce first-time sailors to the fun of sailing. The primary objectives of this program are to learn water safety and to let children experience how fun and rewarding learning how to sail can be! If your child loves sailing after completing "I CANSail", they can be registered for either one or two-week Sailing School sessions during the 2020 season!
2) Sailing School: Our core Sailing School Program is comprised of four, two-week sessions in July and August. The participants work at their own speed to achieve nationally recognized sailing competency levels. The sessions run Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and include statutory holidays. At the end of the two weeks, parents and guardians are invited to watch their children on the water and enjoy a lunch BBQ. The two-week sessions for 2020 run as follows:
Note: Once a new student has registered and completed the first week of any session, they can registered for either one or two-week sessions for the rest of the season. Returning students may register for either one or two-week sessions.
3) Learn-to-Race: This program is held during the first session of the Sailing School and is dedicated to coaching sailors who have progressed to CanSail Level 2 sailing skills and are interested in trying a competitive format. The program is specifically designed to provide junior sailors with the skills required to make it around the course at their first regatta. This Program will focus on single-handed racing skills. In the final two days of the program, the sailors complete in the annual learning regatta – called the Steerers Regatta - at the Port Credit Yacht Club.
The coaches will be on-course to supervise and coach our sailors during the regatta. Parents will be responsible for accommodations, Optimist / Laser class membership and regatta registration fees. Parents will also be expected to volunteer their time as chaperones. Boat transport to the regatta will be managed by BQYC. The skills learned in this program can be applied to the student’s CanSail levels 3-6 checklists, but no formal certificate will be offered for this course. This program is either 2 or 3 weeks long depending on the date for the Steerers Regatta.
Bursaries may be available through the Bay of Quinte Yacht Club's "Chris Waller Fund": Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
In addition, funding support for people living in Hastings, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties may also be available through the Children's Foundation Program called "Playing for Keeps". Click here.