Sailors are introduced to the basics of sailing: steering, sheeting, and boat-handling on all points of sail. The goal is to be able to sail comfortably and independently within a defined area of water. They will also learn basic theory and dry-land skills: boat parts, knots, sailing terms, etc.
A more extensive level. In CANSail II, sailors learn to recognize changes in conditions and how they adjust their boat accordingly. They develop a high degree of control over their manoeuvres and a deeper understanding of how the boat actually functions.
CANSail II - Opti Green
This new program at SBYC, allows young and avid sailors in CANSail II to continue pursuing their level, but in the context of an Optimist, and with some early introduction to the basics of racing. This boat, to which many olympians have attributed the success of their careers, provides sailors with the best possible base of boat control and knowledge. If sailors are feeling especially keen, they are encouraged compete in the Green Fleets of the regattas that the race team will be attending- tailored for first-time opti racers.
Along with developing higher level of boat-handling skills, sailors are introduced to tactics and strategy. Additionally, they will become comfortable with the basics of racing, and apply their skills and knowledge to the sport.
Sailors learn a variety of advanced skills on the water, and appreciate a greater breadth of sailing theory on land. They will apply these skills and knowledge to race situations, further developing their understanding of tactics and strategy.
Interested in racing? See the Racing Program page