Sailing School

Eagle Harbour Yacht Club (EHYC) offers a wide variety of sailing programs for all ages and abilities.  Our club is located in beautiful West Vancouver, at the entrance to Howe Sound.  From sheltered Eagle Harbour, sailors have the opportunity to learn to sail in one of the most beautiful areas of Vancouver.

Our sailing programs follow the CANSAIL curriculum set by the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), which is recognized worldwide as one of the top national sailing authorities. Sailing schools across Canada follow and recognize the CYA certification levels, so the instruction you will receive is recognized throughout Canada and also overseas.

Our dedicated team of young CYA certified coaches has many years of experience on the water to share with our students through our fun, learning oriented programs.  While we emphasize fun, safety is our top priority.  Our ultimate objective is to develop a lifelong love of sailing in our students.

OUR PROGRAMS INCLUDE: 

Wet Feet – A gentle one-week introduction to sailing in Optimist dinghies for children 6-9 years of age who have no sailing experience.

  • Session A – July 1-5

  • Session B – July 15-19

  • Session C – July 29-August 2

  • Session D – August 12-16

Opti CANSail 1 – Upon completion of Wet Feet, children 6-9 years of age can begin developing their sailing skills in Optimist dinghies during these one-week courses.

  • Session A – July 8-12

  • Session B – July 22-26

  • Session C – August 5-9

  • Session D – August 12-16

CANSail 1 – A two-week course for children 10+ years of age who are beginning their journey in sailing, using double-handed dinghies. This is an entry level course for older children which teaches fundamental sailing skills including basic sheeting, steering, and boat handling on all points of sail. Upon completion, sailors can sail within defined boundaries set by an instructor.

  • Session A – July 1-12

  • Session C – July 29-August 9

CANSail 2 – A two-week course which builds on the skills learned in CANSail 1. This teaches sailors to adjust their bodies and boats for changes in direction and wind speed while sailing, and to perform boat-handling manoeuvres in a controlled manner while in a controlled setting.

  • Session B – July 15-26

  • Session D – August 12-25

CANSail 3 – A two-week intermediate sailing course which teaches sailors to integrate the fundamental boat handling manoeuvres and balance with basic tactics and strategy as well as applied sail trim. Sailors are exposed to a greater variety of conditions and participate in a club race or club training camp.

  • Session A – July 1-12

  • Session B – July 15-26

  • Session C – July 29-August 9

  • Session D – August 12-25

CANSail 4 – A two-week advanced sailing course which teaches sailors to perform advanced boat handling manoeuvres in a variety of conditions. Sailors can successfully execute manoeuvres in competitive settings and for tactical and strategic purposes. Sailors participate in a one or two-day regatta.

  • Session A – July 1-12

  • Session B – July 15-26

  • Session C – July 29-August 9

  • Session D – August 12-25

Eagle Harbour Summer Sailing Camp – For our friends interested in having a more relaxed experience, we are offering one-week Eagle Harbour Summer Camps for students aged 10-14 who would like to spend time on the water trying out sailing under the supervision of a qualified sailing instructor. This week exposes children to fun, cooperative watercraft games, recreational sailing skills, art projects, and some beach, park and hiking activities. This is a great way to make the most of what Eagle Harbour has to offer, taking advantage of the beach, boats, and sharing experiences with friends.

  • Session A – July 8-12

  • Session D – August 12-16

 

TO REGISTER FOR THE 2019 SUMMER SAILING SCHOOL PROGRAM, CLICK HERE.

 

Some of our graduates have gone on to highly successful careers in the sport.  Beth Calkin sailed for Team Canada in the 2000 Olympics, and Nikola Girke represented Canada at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the 470 class and at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics in the RSX windsurfer class (www.nikolagirke.com). Nikola recently qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics in the Nacra 17 high performance catamaran class with her sailing partner Luke Ramsay. Beth and Nikola both learned to sail at EHYC!

 

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