Canadian Sailing’s Keelboat & Cruising Programs are designed to equip new and developing sailors with the necessary skills to safely and effectively operate a vessel in various settings. These programs encompass a range of activities, from weeknight racing to weekend cruising and offshore voyages.
Our certified instructors deliver these programs at clubs and schools throughout Canada, ensuring high-quality training and certification. Each program standard outlined below provides a comprehensive overview of the training content and certification requirements:
The program is designed to familiarize novice boaters with safe practices when getting ready to depart from the dock, while underway, and during the return to the dock. This standard can be taught using either a sailing vessel or a powerboat, with the vessel typically being less than 12 meters in length.
It also aims to enable individuals to safely operate as crew members on a sloop-rigged keelboat measuring between 6 to 12 meters in length, equipped with either outboard or inboard motor, in wind conditions ranging from 5 to 20 knots (without gusts exceeding 25 knots) during daylight hours.
It is particularly suited for those with limited on-water experience and emphasizes the initial development of practical skills necessary for participating in the operation of a keelboat.
Keelboat Racing Standard Introduction
This program aims to prepare individuals to actively participate in local club white sail (non-spinnaker) races as either crew members or helmsmen/women on a sloop-rigged keelboat measuring between 6 to 12 meters in length, equipped with either an outboard or inboard motor.
Participants should be able to do so in wind conditions ranging from 5 to 20 knots (without gusts exceeding 25 knots) during daylight hours.
Additionally, they should possess a solid understanding of racing rules, race management procedures, and tactical knowledge necessary to successfully complete races in an enjoyable manner.