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Sailing is a great way to rediscover your hometown and adopt a new perspective. Everyone from elementary schoolchildren to grandparents and even great-grandparents can learn to sail! The sailing community is welcoming, and you’re bound to meet wonderful sailors no matter where you go!

Adult sailors / junior sailing parents - join our DRYTC Spond Communication Hub to connect with sailing friends, Sailing instructors, and keep up with our activities & news! Spond is a fantastic (and free) app for sports clubs & can be accessed from a smart phone or a desktop.

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JUNIOR Sailing

Junior Sailing Program

Introduce your kids to the joy of sailing!

Junior sailing lessons are for ages 8 to 17. Students aged 18+ are encouraged to enroll in adult sailing lessons.

Summer Sailing Program Starts July 10th & ends August 18th
Full-day junior sailing sessions are offered by the week, Monday - Friday.
Lessons are 9 am - to 4 pm, with an unsupervised lunch 12-1 pm.

Junior sailing students spend a lot of time on the water and should expect to get wet! Basic swimming skills and comfort in the water is required.

The DRYTC Sailing program follows the national CANSail curriculum and is delivered by fully qualified sailing instructors. Students learn to sail through on-land training and on-water experiences in dinghies (small sailboats).

​Students start in CANSail 1 and can progress up to CANSail 4, learning core sailing skills in a safe and fun environment. Student progress is reported in the Checklick Sail Canada national data base.

Students interested in becoming instructors with the club are encouraged to discuss this with the Head Instructor or Sailing School director - it offers a great development path & an unbeatable summer job!

Equipment required:

  • Properly fitting PFD (life jacket) that meets Canadian government standards and has a pealess whistle attached (ie Fox 40 from Canadian Tire)

  • Appropriate clothing for all types of weather, including a hat, windbreaker, and warm layers.

  • Closed-toe sandals, water shoes, or old running shoes that can get wet.

  • Towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and sunglasses (personal eyewear should be secured with a strap)

Junior Sailing Fees


We offer multi-week discounts as outlined below. (discount codes are below, and are to be entered when you register)

One week           $300      no discount

Two weeks          $520      2PAY520

Three weeks       $775      3PAY775

Four weeks         $1000    4PAY1000

Five weeks          $1260    5PAY1260

Six weeks            $1500    6PAY 1500


  • Juniors do not require a club membership to take lessons.

  • Lesson fees include registration in Sail Canada’s Checklick program, which allows instructors, students, and their families to monitor student progress. 

  • Jumpstart funding is available for junior lessons.
    Go to to check your eligibility and to apply. Alternatively, in case of need, a bursary program is available to assist with lesson fees. Contact the registrar for information about the Don Clements Bursary.


Junior Sailing Lesson Registration Contact:

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ADULT Sailing

Give sailing a try!

Sign up for our Adult Learn-to-sail


Purchase our weekend Learn-2-Sail program & join us for a two day sailing course! (maximum 10 students, so sign up early!)


  • July 22 & 23, 9 am to 4 pm


  • No previous sailing  experience is necessary

  • A high level of fitness is not required, however participants should be capable of moving about freely in a sailing dinghy and should expect to spend some time in the water, as righting a capsized dinghy is one of the safety skills that will be taught.

Skills Acquired:

  • At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to rig and sail a sailing dinghy  in light to moderate winds.

Equipment Required:

  • Properly fitting PFD (life jacket) that meets Canadian government standards and has a pealess whistle attached (ie Fox 40 from Canadian Tire)

  • Appropriate clothing for all types of weather, including a hat, windbreaker, and warm layers.

  • Closed toe sandals, water shoes, or old running shoes that get wet.

  • Towel, sunscreen, water bottle, and sunglasses (personal eyewear should be secured with a strap)

Should you wish to continue to practice your sailing skills after the course,  graduates are encouraged to join our sailing community at DRYTC. Sailing course graduates have their fees go towards the annual sailing membership -  for $75 you can become a 2023 DRYTC sailing member!


Once you are a member we really encourage you to put your new skills in action and join our Tuesday night race program below!


If you are unable to join the lesson program on the date it is held,  or would just like to  try sailing, several of our members would be happy to take you out for an introductory sail. Contact the Sailing Director John Wills at 613-584-2879 or via email to be matched up. 

Adult Learn to Sail

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Join us every Tuesday evening for friendly racing and socializing! (included with adult sailing membership). 

Casual club races are held on Tuesday evenings, June through September, with the first start at 6:00 PM. We will try to have three races each evening (depending on weather conditions).

A Racing membership includes use of a club dinghy on race nights. The sailing school will be open at 5:00 PM on race night to provide access to sails and rigging.


The race committee is made up of volunteers from the racing membership in rotation. Two volunteers are required for each are night. Training in course setting and operation of the committee boat will be provided. A volunteer sign-up sheet and detailed race instructions will be circulated to the racing membership by email at the start of the season.


Boats are handicapped using the most recent RYA Portsmouth Yardstick system, so all boats have an equal chance to place well. Race results are calculated and recorded using Sailwave software. The results will be posted and updated weekly.


Club instructors,  graduates of the adult sailing course and senior sailing students  (with the approval of an instructor) are encouraged to come out and join the fun.  After the last race, join your fellow sailors at the Hexagon for some after-race socializing!

Sailing FAQ

How do I become a member?

Joining the club is done online via our registration page. DRYTC offers several types of memberships including Adult, Family (two adults and two kids), Student, etc. To join the Club, please follow the link in the menu or on the Membership page.

Are you running junior programs in 2023?

Yes, in 2023 we are running junior programs in sailing, tennis and pickleball! Youth do not need to be a member to register for summer programs.

Can I pay my registration by cheque?

If it is not possible to pay your registration by credit card, please send an email too to make arrangements to provide a check as payments

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