The GSC Youth Sailing Team provides youth sailors with various opportunities to advance their sailing skill through tailored instruction in a fun and engaging environment. Sailors will work to perform in a variety of conditions and situations, and theoretical aspects including racing tactics and strategies will be introduced and refined. Youth team members will receive the coaching, equipment, and logistical support needed to achieve success in competitive dinghy sailing. The goal of the youth sailing team is to provide youth with an impactful sailing experience and the opportunity to take the leap into racing at a young age.
Why is sailing important?
Sailing empowers youth to engage in an active lifestyle while simultaneously building confidence and developing resilience. GSC youth teams facilitate the advancement of on-water skills while providing a safe and supportive environment for sailors to achieve their personal sailing goals. Sailors will build camaraderie and develop friendships with other team members who share in the sailing experience.
The FUNdemental Team training will consist of Thursday evening training that will run from 6:00pm-9:00pm, in addition to GSC regattas. Sailors interested in racing will be provided opportunities to participate in Wednesday Night Racing and other events throughout the season. Sailors on the FUNdemental Team are encouraged, but not required, to partake in WNR and regattas.
The Youth Team is for sailors with previous racing or sufficient recreational experience. Youth Team is intended for those wanting to sail lots while advancing their skill in a fun and engaging environment. The Youth Team utilizes the Opti, ILCA, C420, Byte, and San Juan 21 classes of sailboats to refine boat handling skills and build on fundamental sailing technique. Additional focus will be on expanding intermediate racing abilities.
Youth Team training will consist of Tuesday evening training that will run from 5:45pm-9:00pm, in addition to Wednesday Night Racing and all in-province regattas. After regattas, Monday evenings will be boat unloading. Out-of-province regattas and training camps will be subject to additional coaching fees.
For a more comprehensive overview of the GSC Youth Race Team program, please see the Youth Race Team Package.
(member's area - youth or family membership required)
Regattas and Training Camps
The Youth Sailing Team participates in a number of events throughout the season. These training opportunities support ongoing sailor development and solidify racing skills. Dates for this season can be found in the youth team package.
If you have any questions regarding whether or not your child has enough experience to join the Youth Race Team, please contact the Youth Coordinator. If your child does not meet the requirements, we will be happy to accept them into many of our other programs for some instruction prior to joining the team.
FUNdementals (FUN): Thursday 6-9 (some WNR)
Youth Team: Tuesday 6-9, WNR, and occasional Monday nights
2023 Dates are TBD
2022 training camp and regatta dates:
April 23/24 Kitten Cup at RVYC
April 30/May 1 Spring Dinghies at RVic
June 4/5 Icebreaker at CYC
June 11/12 Founders at WSC
June 18/19 Driftwood at GSC
July 9/10 Prairie Winds at NSC
July 15-17 SailWest at Gimli Yacht Club
July 23 Midsummer at GSC
Aug. CORK at Kingston (Opti/Ilca/29er dates forthcoming)
Aug 14-18 Canada Summer Games (for those that are selected by ASA) in Niagara
Sept 3-5 ASA provincials at TBD
Sept 10/11 Frostbite at GSC
Oct Pumpkin Bowl at WVYC
Oct Fall Dinghies at RVicYC
May 14/15 CYC
May 21-23 WSC
May 29/29 CYC