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Welcome to the Junior Sailing Program of the Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club

The Royal St. Lawrence Yacht Club offers your child a unique junior sailing experience this summer. 'The Royal' as it is affectionately called, has offered a junior sailing program for over 50 years. The Club is well known for a century old tradition of fostering sailing excellence and the junior sailing program is an important part of this tradition. Our program is open to the public as well as to club members and welcomes sailors from 5 years of age to 17, with or without experience. There are over 100 sailors from all over Montreal, in the five programs we offer each year. They come for one, two-week or monthly sessions, or sail six months of the year with the race team.

We hold dear the values of sportsmanship and striving to do your best. They infuse our programs. And by modeling behaviour and with various activities, we encourage your children to keep fit, respect each other, and be responsible, all the while building confidence in themselves. Our sailors often develop life-long friendships with their fellow sailors, the bonds of friendship holding fast despite time and distance.

Our bilingual instructors and coaches are dynamic, experienced professionals who foster and share their love of sailing in their students. The Club provides sailors with well-maintained Optimist Dinghies and Club 420s - boats recognized internationally as excellent and safe development boats. Race team members provide their own boats and equipment.

All our programs are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday (they carry-on during statutory holidays if these fall in the week) except the Race Team. Class sizes are limited to ensure high quality teaching and the safety of students and staff. There is one child per Optimist Dinghy in Learn-to-Sail and two per Club 420. The Wet Feet program for 5-7 years old is an important part of our sailing curriculum. It is a great way to introduce younger sailors to the sport of sailing.

For the junior sailor who would like to use the pool facilities, junior memberships are available for the time the student is registered.

Our programs are designed so your child can follow a natural progression in developing confidence, skills and experience in sailing and looking after a boat. Sailing is a complex sport and mastering it is done in stages. For young sailors, we recommend progressing through:

  • Wet Feet program for the 5-7 years old for an introduction to sailing;
  • Learn-to-Sail or Double-Handed for those who are learning sailing for the first time;
  • Advanced Single Handed for the under-12 years of age who have passed Learn-to-Sail;
  • Advanced Double Handed for graduates of Advanced-Single Handed or Double-Handed;
  • Racing Silver Program for graduates of advanced double handed.

Junior Program Achievements

OLYMPIANS: Ian Bruce, Peter Bjorn, Evert Bastet, Kai Bjorn, Tyler Bjorn,Chantal Leger

AMERICA'S CUP: Kai Bjorn

NATIONAL TEAM MEMBERS: Ian Bruce, Peter Bjorn, Evert Bastet, Peter Hall, Kai Bjorn, Tyler Bjorn, Lindsay Staniforth, Ali Mathews, Jen Blanchard, Mimi Winlo, Stephanie Taylor, Sylvie Di Lullo, Megan Armitage

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR: '88, '90, '93, '97,'13