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DYC Sailing Instruction Utilizes CANSail

CANSail is designed to be a set of progressive learn to sail standards focused on providing sailors with a solid foundation of core skills. It allows sailors to learn and progress in any type of boat and consolidates key skills and solid experiences before adding complex skills.

iCANSail/ CANSail 1 - Learn to Sail

Most young sailors start by completing their iCANSail checklist, learning to become comfortable on and in the water, using the basic sail controls, and working as part of a team. In some cases, sailors will begin working on their CANSail 1 checklist right away.  First-time sailors should sign up for this beginner level, which teaches fundamental sailing skills. Taught in small, double-handed boats, it’s a fun and safe introduction to basic sailing.  (8 sailors per session).

CANSail 2 - Learn to Sail

In some cases, sailors can begin working on their CANSail 2 level. This level introduces more complex versions of the introductory skills learned in CANSail 1. Sailors are expected to take the helm more often (steer the boat) and fine-tune their boat handling skills. (8 – 10 sailors per session) 

CANSail 3 - Learn to Sail Fast 

In this level, sailors acquire applied skills in larger, double-handed boats (420s). More time is spent training on the water, and sailors are given the opportunity to try racing within the group. (8 – 10 sailors per session) 

CANSail 4 - Learn to Sail Fast 

Sailors train to tune and handle their boat with ease as they further their understanding of what does and doesn't make their boat move faster. A fundamental understanding of basic tactics and physics is taught, (8 – 10 sailors per session) 

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