Kenora, ON

Humidity: 100%
Clouds: 90%
Wind (ESE): 13kph
light intensity drizzle
ESE 17kph
NW 12kph
E 13kph

Royal Lake of the Woods Yacht Club Learn to Sail Program

Course Descriptions


In this introductory course, new sailors aged 7-10 will learn about water safety, fair play and teamwork in a creative, high-energy environment. For this course, students will sail in Club Prams with a partner as they work on the basics of sailing and participate in fun, on-and-off-the-water games and activities.


Afternoon classes are for students aged 9-12 with some sailing experience.  This class is for more advanced sailors, who will sail single-handed in Club Prams/Optis with the aim of developing boat-handling skills. Students will learn to steer on all points of sail and maneuver around a triangle course. A myriad of fun activities will focus on basic sailing theory, learning knots and good sportsmanship.


This popular program offers students aged 11-14 with the best of both worlds: the opportunity to learn both tennis and sailing. Starting at 9am and going until noon, participants will do one hour of tennis followed by two hours of sailing.  In the sailing portion of this introductory course, sailors will learn about water safety, fair play and teamwork.  Students will sail with a partner in Club Prams/Optis as they work on the basics of sailing and participate in fun, on-and-off-the-water games and activities.

CANSail 1&2

The CANSail 1&2 programme introduces sailors, aged 9 and older, to the skills of double-handed sailing. Using our fleet of Fevas these courses cover: safety, seamanship, terminology, knots and ‘rules of the water’. Through games and activities, sailors are taught basic boat handling skills as well as skipper and crew work. By the completion of CANSail 1&2, students will sail in winds up to 10 knots. CANSail students will participate in the Wednesday Race Series. Please see the calendar for session times.

CANSail 3&4

These comprehensive courses are for sailors who have achieved their CANSail 1&2 and they represent the highest ‘non-racing level’ awarded by the Sail Canada. Students are taught advanced sailing practices, sail theory and the principles of boat design. They are introduced to racing and training strategies and will develop basic boat maintenance skills. Paired up in Fevas, these sailors learn how to master spinnaker handling, trapeze work and sail trim techniques in winds up to 15 knots. CANSail 3&4 students will participate in the Wednesday race series. Please see the calendar for session times.

For sailors hoping to become Instructors (minimum age 16), successful completion of CANSail 3&4 is one of the requirements.


An adult sailing clinic is offered on Friday afternoons throughout the season.  Using the Club’s CL-16, sailors are instructed on the fundamentals of sailing and/or racing, with specific skills dependent on class experience.


Private lessons may be booked with the Head of Sailing, depending on instructor and boat availability.

General Information:

  • Sailors must provide and wear an approved PFD (personal floatation device) and rubber-soled shoes. Sailors should bring a towel, a dry change of clothes, a set of foul weather gear and sunscreen.  A wetsuit is recommended in cooler weather.
  • Earned Sail Canada Certificates are included in the course fees.
  • Course schedules are subject to change. Classes with fewer than four students may be cancelled.
  • Wednesday classes end at 3 p.m. to set-up for Wednesday Race Series & Movie Night.
  • A mandatory Sail Manitoba membership fee will be added annually to your registration fee, to provide liability and accident insurance.

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