Learn to Sail

The Learn to Sail program at the RNYC covers the entire range of keelboating levels. We offer courses for individuals who have never sailed, up to experienced boaters looking to complete their Yachtmaster Ocean certification. Summer courses will be on the water, practical programs tailored to specific levels following the International Sail and Power Association syllabus. The onboard classes will be conducted on either of the RNYC Sailing School’s two keelboats: Mireille Soucy, a 28’ Hinterhoeller, or Go For It, a 26’ Grampian. In the winter, we offer the theory components of the program, which will be conducted on the Yacht Club grounds.

ONLINE REGISTRATION: Details and registration link for our Summer Series is located here.

Instructor – Matt Debicki

Matt Debicki
Photo: Chris Crockwell

Matt spent ten years as a professional sailor, working on tall ships, multihulls and monohulls, including 3 years of teaching at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy in Cowes, England. In addition, he was project manager for the Arctic Research Foundation, overseeing the purchase, complete overhaul and crewing of a 65-foot fishing trawler converted to a science vessel which played a lead role in the search and discovery of Franklin’s lost ships, the Erebus and Terror. Prior to that, he worked as Sailing Coordinator at summer camps, and actually sailed his first regatta at the age of 4 months old. Matt brings an equal amount of enthusiasm and experience to the sailing school and aims to provide continuity to the program, allowing students to progress through the levels.

What to Bring:

As weather varies quickly and on-water conditions may be cooler than onshore we request that you bring to every session:

  • Skid-proof shoes – white sole tennis shoes, boat shoes, or sailing boots. No black soled shoes or flip-flops.
  • Warm clothes! – windproof jacket, fleece, long pants, socks, rain gear
  • A hat that won’t blow off and a tieback if you have long hair
  • Suntan lotion/sunscreen
  • Sunglasses are a must for day sails!
  • Food for the longer sessions
  • Bottle of water
  • PFD (Government approved)
  • Sailing gloves (optional but recommended)

For more information please contact learntosail@rnyc.nf.ca

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