Welcome to sailing at the Squadron
Dear RNSYS Sailors and Parents,
Welcome to another season of sailing at the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron! We are very excited that you will be joining our Sail Training program and we have been working hard to ensure that you will have an exceptional experience.Please review our 2016 Orientation Guide and Parental Guide in hopes that it will answer any potential questions you may have.
The RNSYS Sail Training Program strives to provide safe, challenging and educational sailing instruction while promoting seamanship, sportsmanship, and a lifelong interest in sailing to young people in our community. Awarded Sail Training Program of the Year in 2014 by Sail Canada, we offer a leading program with up-to-date equipment, ranging from elementary sailing to competitive racing at the local, national and international levels.
Sail Training Team
COORDINATOR OF SAIL TRAINING: SARAH FLANAGAN (902) 477-5653 Ext 118
(902) 830-6806 | firstname.lastname@example.org
HEAD RACE ROACH: AGUSTIN FERRARIO | email@example.com
AQUATICS DIRECTOR: JEN AFTANAS | (902) 477-5653 Ext 112 | firstname.lastname@example.org
WET FEET INSTRUCTOR: TAYLOR SHAW & ADELAIDE VON KURSELL
OPTI 1 INSTRUCTOR: HILARY GRANTMYRE & JAKE MEGAFFIN
OPTI 2 INSTRUCTOR: STEPHANIE ROBERTSON KEMPTON
OPTI 3 INSTRUCTOR: EMILY MERRY
INTRO 420 / INTERMEDIATE 420 INSTRUCTOR: ALEX SAPP & HUGH LEIGHTON
INTERMEDIATE LASER COACH: RILEY TIMMINS
VICE COMMODORE SAIL TRAINING: CHRIS SHAW | VCSAILTRAIN@RNSYS.COM
Lunch program is offered Monday through Friday for program participants. Please note that this covers food during the lunch hour only. Recommended to still pack water and snacks as this only covers a main lunch course.
Participants may take a tender from either the foot of Oakland or Jubilee Roads for the duration of the Program to assist those living across the Arm. Pick up and drop off times for Jubilee and Oakland tender service will be as follows:
Sail Training Pathway
Sail Canada and Sail Nova Scotia has implemented a new sail training level system entitled CANSail Dinghy (http://www.sailing.ca/education_and_training/learn_to_sail/). The CYA describes CANSail as such:
“CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.”
CANSail levels run 1 through 6, and can be completed in both singlehanded (Optimist, Laser) and doublehanded (420) sailboats. Level specific checklists will be distributed on an individual basis depending on your sailor’s specific course. Please refer to Appendix A – New CANSail Pathway for a chart which corresponds our new CANSail levels with previously used White / Bronze Sail levels.
Safety is paramount to the RNSYS Sail Training program. Our professional coaching staff are all certified for the following: First Aid / CPR, Pleasure Craft Operators Certificate, Coach Boat Safety and Radio Operators Certificate. Coaches carry a Participant Information Form and Emergency Action Plan (EAP) at all times on the water. Each coach boat is equipped with all Transport Canada required safety equipment and an updated first aid kit and a VHF radio. Coaches are trained and equipped to activate our EAP whenever necessary. While at the Swimming Pool, sailors are supervised by our certified lifeguard staff.
The following is a list of safety guidelines that sailors must adhere to when participating in our Sail Training programs:
During Sail Training, sailors are exposed to salt water, sun wind and rain. To keep sailors safe, comfortable and having fun, we require that each sailor bring the following every day to the program:
Directions to the RNSYS
From Armdale Rotary:
Sail Training Facility
(refer to Appendix B – Site Map)
Marine Activity Center (MAC) - see Junior Sailing on Site Map.
Our large two-story, blue building located at southeastern extent of the property.
Officially opened in 2011, the wheelchair accessible MAC building is the home base for our Sail Training program. The ground floor includes classroom space, change rooms, equipment storage, gear storage and a tool room. The upper floor has offices, an instructor area and meeting space.
Northeast of the MAC building is our Dinghy Park - a paved area shared between club-owned and member-owned dinghies. Sail Training uses the docks adjacent to this area for supplementary dinghy storage. The docks opposite to our launch ramp are where our coach boats are stored.
Spar Loft Washrooms
While in the area surrounding the MAC building, sailors will use the Spar Loft washrooms. The Spar Loft is located across the parking lot from the MAC and the washrooms are accessible using the entrance on the southeast aspect of the building.
Swimming Pool and Grassy Knoll (Children’s Playground)
The Swimming Pool and Grassy Knoll are located beside the RNSYS Main Clubhouse. Depending on the weather, this is generally where sailors will spend their lunch hour. The Swimming Pool is equipped with washroom facilities. The Grassy Knoll is commonly a venue for fitness and activity classes.
Please note that sailing is a sport entirely dependent upon weather. The following schedule is intended for ideal weather conditions. In the event of poor weather conditions, our instructors are prepared with enjoyable, educational and interactive contingency plans. Activities vary from level to level, but may include: sailing crafts and sailing related games, seamanship and knot typing, racing rule, tactics and sailing theory lessons, and fitness classes.
0830 – Tender pick up at Jubilee Wharf* 0845 – Tender pick up at Oakland Wharf*
0900 – Check In and Wake Up Activity [Swim Lessons for Weetfeet and Opti 1 sailors]
0915 – Day’s Objective, Rigging and Briefing
1000 – Sailing
1145 – Partial De-rig and Debrief 1200 – Lunch
1300 – Rigging and Briefing 1330 – Sailing
1515 – De-rig and Debrief 1600 – Check Out
1610 – Tender drop off at Oakland Wharf* 1620 – Tender drop off at Jubilee Wharf*
*Optional Tender pick-up/drop-off from Jubilee Wharf and Oakland Wharf (please see Program Guide). Please notify Coordinator of Sail Training if you are unable to make the scheduled pick up and / or drop off time. During tender drop off, our coaches will not leave a sailor alone without their parent / guardian unless the Coordinator of Sail Training has been notified.
Special Events and Theme Days
The Sail Training program strives to provide a fun and dynamic atmosphere for our sailors by participating in special events and theme days throughout our programming schedule. Below is a list of special events and theme days that we are planning this summer. Notice will be given in advance to allow for any necessary preparations.
Furthermore, please feel free to email contact the Coordinator of Sail Training if you have an idea for a special event or theme day for our sailors.
Optimist, 420 and Laser sailors in the Advanced / Learn to Race programs (CANSail 3&4) will be encouraged to participate in local regattas and training camps. This great opportunity allows sailors to interact with youth from other clubs, learn from many of the provinces great sailors and coaches and challenge themselves in a friendly, racing environment. Events for our 2015 season will be posted in the coming weeks!
End of the season Banquet
The RNSYS Sail Training Banquet will be held at the Saraguay Club, October 14th.. The event will include a dinner, awards presentation and picture slideshow.
Please note: Junior Sailing is the Marine Activity Center