Learn to Race
Fall Race Training is Now Open and Accepting Registrations !
Please use this link and select RACE PROGRAMS to register or find out more details and costs.
Our learn-to-race programs are for the more experienced and enthusiastic sailors. Things are a little more competitive than in the learn to sail programs. Although the sailors still have a great deal of fun, they are training to compete in local regattas and are aiming to win honors for themselves and the club. Our learn-to-race sailors typically sail for the eight weeks of July and August and will enter regattas at other clubs in places such as Hamilton, Port Credit and Oakville. Regattas are usually held at weekends and a certain level of parental involvement is essential to help with transporting boats to and from events plus participate in other critical team tasks.
Sailing all summer, our race team members make strong friendships and become extremely skilled sailors. It is our hope to one day see one of our sailors graduate to the Canadian Olympic team.
For those who want to race we have two options for different boats depending on size, experience and if the sailor wants to race solo or two-handed.
It is expected that Race Team members own their own boat and intimately know the equipment and rigging on their particular boat. For those who are still considering or find boat ownership impractical, the program has several club boats available for rental. These come with a damage deposit and the student is expected to return the boat in the condition it is received at the start of the program.
For 2023 Opti Race Team Participants
The best way to introduce young sailors to racing is in the Optimist class.
To join the Optimist racing team a sailor should have passed at least CANSail 1 and be comfortable sailing in a variety of weather conditions. The only restriction on age is that the sailor should be under the age of 16 on 31st December of the year in which he or she is racing. Typically Optimists racers on Lake Ontario are between the ages of 10 and 14 and weigh between 65lbs and 120lbs. Light winds favour the lighter sailors, strong winds favour those who are heavier.
For more experienced sailors who want to continue with single-handed racing the Laser is the boat of choice. The Laser is raced internationally and is an extremely competitive class. To join the Laser racing team a sailor should have passed at least CANSail 3. Typically Laser sailors are aged 13 and up, although younger sailors are seen on the racing circuit it is unusual. The optimal weight for sailing a Laser Radial is between 120lbs and 160lbs.