Set Sail This Summer!

Open to Non-Members. Age 7+
Our fun and affordable Sail Canada accredited summer camp offers introductory sailing and advanced racing programs for ages seven and up. Our CANSail certified instructors introduce kids to dinghy sailing fundamentals through games, interactive lessons and of course getting out on the water!

Our learn to sail curriculum covers CANSail levels 1 through 6, as well as the introductory I CAN Sail level. For advanced level sailors we have competitive Opti and 420 race programs that travel to regattas around the province.

Participants sail on our fleet of Club owned Optimist, SailCube, RS Quest and C420 dinghies. On-water sessions are taught in small groups to ensure quality instruction and safety. Off the water activities include exploring the Toronto Island beaches and neighbouring parks, exciting sailing games, instructional sailing theory and much more! With our convenient downtown Toronto location National Yacht Club is easily accessible by both car and public transportation.
To provide safe, affordable, and fun sailing instruction that meets Sail Canada standards and emphasizes performance in sailing. Young sailors will learn the fundamentals for a lifelong participation in the sport.

Since the National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School’s inception in 1955 it’s aim has been to produce first-rate sailors through quality instruction and enjoyment of the sport. NYC S&RS alumni have gone on to become CANSail instructors, compete as members of the Ontario Sailing Team, Canadian Sailing Team and at the Olympics.

The 2020 Experience at NYC's Sailing & Racing School
National Yacht Club’s sailing and racing school will begin summer activities Monday, July 13th, 2020 in accordance with provincial regulations. We will be operating at reduced capacity to facilitate social distancing and will be implementing protocols aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19. 

Our focus remains ensuring safe, engaging, and fun programming for introductory, intermediate, and advanced sailors aged 7 and up. Based on the size and logistical requirements of our program, we have determined that operating at reduced capacity on a minimum of a two-week basis will allow our instructors and athletes to engage with the material and develop an appreciation for sailing while limiting the possibility of COVID-19 transmission. 

Sailors and coaches will be required to wear the appropriate PPE onshore and will remain distanced on the water. All boats and equipment will be sanitized before use and will be assigned to one sailor for the duration of their time at National. Each group will operate independently and will have their own designated zone which will limit the opportunity for cross-group contact. 

While we are all working very hard to ensure a safe return to camp, we will continue to provide high-quality sailing instruction adhering to Sail Canada standards.

Concussion Information - Rowan's Law:
Rowan’s Law was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed). Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.

Rowan’s Law and Rowan’s Law Day were established to honour her memory and bring awareness to concussions and concussion safety. The last Wednesday of each September has been designated as Rowan’s Law Day to help raise awareness about concussion safety.

Rowan’s Law - Rules
On July 1, 2019, new rules came into effect through Rowan’s Law, to improve concussion safety in amateur competitive sport. If you are an athlete under 26 years of age*, parent of an athlete under 18, coach, team trainer or official you need to follow the rules of Rowan’s Law below:
  • Review any one of Ontario's official Concussion Awareness Resources before registering or serving with your sport organization; and
  • Review your sport organization’s Concussion Code of Conduct that they will provide to you; and
  • Confirm that you have reviewed both of these resources every year with your sport organization(s)
* Exception: A sport organization that is a University, College of Applied Arts and Technology or other Post-Secondary Institution will be advising athletes of any age that they need to follow the rules of Rowan’s Law.

Involved in more than one sport?
No matter how many sport organizations you register with in a given year, you are only required to review a Concussion Awareness Resource once within that year. You are however required to confirm your review of a Concussion Awareness Resource with each sport organization with which you register. You are also required to both review and confirm your review of the Concussion Code of Conduct for each sport organization with which you register.

Review the appropriate Ontario Official Concussion Awareness Resources:
1. Review any one of Ontario's official Concussion Awareness Resources, linked below in English
2. Review Ontario Sailing Concussion Code of Conduct,
Ontario Sail - Concussion Code of Conduct - Sign Off Form - Athlete

Removal-From / Return-to-Sport
The Rowan’s Law Removal-from/Return-to-sport requirements will come into effect on July 1, 2020. Sport organizations will be required to have a removal-from/return-to-sport protocol. NYC will follow the Ontario Sailing procedures:
Removal and Return to Sport Procedures

Additional Concussion Information:

Contact Us!
For more information regarding the National Yacht Club Sailing & Racing School please contact:

Amelia Leeksma at or 416-260-8686 ext.32