RNYC keelboat program; Mireille Soucy.

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.

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
  • Hat that won’t blow off
  • Tieback for 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


Details and registration link for our Summer Series.

Instructor – Matt Debicki

RNYC history deckMatt 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.

“ The RNYC Sailing School is proud to offer the best sail training in the province. ”
Instructor – Matt Debicki


Junior Sail Program photo

Our kids’ programs follow the newly developed CanSail module created by Sail Canada to ensure our sailors are meeting national standards. Through our Junior Sailing day camps we offer cerified instruction for CanSail levels 1 through 4. The program provides safe, challenging, and educational sailing instruction while promoting seamanship, sportsmanship, and fostering a lifelong love of sailing and the sea in young people in our community. The camps run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Supervision will take place between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Please ensure you have made transportation and pickup arrangements to avoid overtime charges. We now offer weekly or daily LATE PICKUP OPTION when arranged ahead of time. This option can be purchased through our online registration at any time.

Registration is now open for the Junior Sailing School season. All registrations are handled online.

Click here to begin the registration process.

Sailors will need to bring:
  • Government approved PFD
  • Sailing clothes/ wet weather gear- a wetsuit is a preferable option
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Change of clothes & towel
  • Cover-toe footwear (no sandals/ flip-flops)
  • Lunch or lunch order form

We are looking forward to a great summer. Please do not hesitate to email me for any further information or questions.


There are 2 programs available to help offset the cost of participation in junior sailing programs this summer at the RNYC:

  • Kidsport program through SportNL
  • Jumpstart program through Canadian Tire

“ Our kids’ programs follow the newly developed CANSail module created by Sail Canada to ensure our sailors are meeting national standards.”
Instructor – Matt Debicki

Sailing for Everyone!