2021 Youth Sailing Program

After much consideration and following guidelines from Public Health, the Government and Sail Canada, we hope to run a smaller, modified sailing camp at the GRYC using last year’s pandemic protocols. Due to COVID-related restrictions we will operate with the same program size as in 2020, offering summer fun and sailing instruction to children 10 years of age and older at this time.

You can access the 2021 COVID Code of Conduct here.

Online registration is now full for 2021.

2021 fees

For two week sessions: Members $530, Non-Members $660
For Canskills one week session: Members $265, Non-Members $330

2021 session dates

Canskills (1 week) kick-off session: June 21st -25th
Session 1:   June 28st– July 9th
Session 2:   July 12th-23rd
Session 3:   July 26th– August 6th
Session 4:   August 9th-20th

About our program

GRYC’s sailing camp provides busy, fun-filled, days outdoors, focused on sailing instruction, aquatic games and camp activities. The animation of the days is ensured by a team of dynamic and passionate instructors who teach and inspire children, in a program for all levels of sailing.

Sailing instruction

We base GRYC’s sailing lessons on Sail Canada’s CANSail Program. CanSail is the national training program for sailing in dinghies. It brings together six core standards that promote the progressive learning of skills and basic knowledge of dinghy sailing. The CanSail program provides lots of on-water time in a fun, active, and safe learning environment. Sailors learn the skills and have fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. We designed the program to get and keep sailors excited about sailing for life.

Visit Sail Canada to learn about their CANSail Program

Adventure Sail (12+ years old)

This recreational sailing course focuses on discovering sailing’s different activities using a variety of sailboats, games, locations, and experiences. The course is not intended to achieve any CANSail level. We only offer this during certain sessions. Please refer to the Zone 4 registration form.

Race Team (all levels)

The race team maximizes learning and development opportunities including those on different bodies of water by participating in local regattas. It’s possible to join the Team for the whole season or on an ad hoc basis at certain regattas. Refer to our race team pamphlet for more info or write to Val at valkapsa@gryc.ca

To see what a day at camp is like, check out the session videos created by one of our instructors, Gabriel Sanchez on our YouTube channel. We also share lots of pictures and interesting info on the Junior Program Facebook page.

Ages and eligibility

Children aged 10 and over can register in the CANSail 1-6 groups. We strongly advise that campers be able swim without a flotation aid to take part in camp. Please note that campers must always wear a life jacket (adjusted to their size) during nautical activities.


Online registration is now open for members. Registration for non-members will begin on March 10th. Please register here and click “Add First Person”.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us or by mail at:

Gatineau River Yacht Club
Box 1766
Chelsea, QC
J9B 1A1

Cancellations and refunds

In the case of a major impediment, you can transfer your registration to another session (depending on availability) or get reimbursed up to one month before the session’s start (less the $100.00 deposit).

If you have additional questions, please contact youthregistrar@gryc.ca