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Adult 2024 Registration Is Open!  



Spend Summer Evenings or Weekends on the Water


It doesn’t get any better than spending the summer sailing. And with our location on the idyllic Toronto Islands and our reputation as one of the friendliest clubs on the lake, there’s no better place to learn. Our participants range in age from 18 to 70, and no experience is necessary.


Choose from our Dinghy Sailing Course or our Keelboat Cruising Course.


Both courses include:

  • Transportation from Downtown Toronto to the club, on our private tender
  • Access to QCYC for the season and borrowing privileges for our 2 Learn to Sail dinghies
  • Access on our tender to the island for the entire summer season, included for free with your Club tender pass (included with Adult and Youth lessons)


Learn to Sail (Dinghies)


8-lesson (weeknight) course


June 18th-July 11th or July 16th -August 8th

This course, which is internationally recognized by the Sail Canada standards, is designed to teach the beginner the necessary skills to act as both skipper and crew on a small dinghy. In small groups of 6 to 8 people, students learn sail theory, on-water safety and practical sailing skills from experienced and certified instructors. Graduates will receive CANSail 1 and/or CANSail 2 certification.


This 4-week course runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 pm for a total of 8 sessions. Catch the QCYC tender at 6:15!


Learn to Sail (Keelboats)


4-lesson (weekend) course (DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY)


5-lesson (weekday) course (DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY)

This course, which is internationally recognized by Sail Canada, is designed to teach the beginner the necessary skills to act as both skipper and crew on a boat 23 to 30 feet in length, in moderate weather conditions. The total length of the course is 24 hours, of which 20 hours are on the water and the rest are spent on theory in a classroom setting. Graduates of this course will receive the Sail Canada, Basic Keelboat Cruising Standard.


Course fundamentals include:


Boat handling under power and sail

On-water and ashore instruction

Sailing terminology

Rules of the road

Boating safety procedures and equipment

Crew overboard procedures

Docking and anchoring

Weather and charts

Course textbook, logbook and Sail Canada Seal


The Weekend course is 4 full days (2 Saturdays and 2 Sundays) and runs on subsequent weekends in July from approximately 9:15 am to 4 pm. 

Weekday course will be Monday to Friday for one week in July.  Dates TBD


Email learntosail@qcyc.ca if you want to be on the waitlist for this course.