Sailing courses for this summer are now complete.
Please check back in April 2022 for next summer's course schedule.
Learn to sail in downtown Toronto with St. James Town Sailing Club this season! We offer adult sailing programs for sailors of all skill levels - from total beginner ("how do you get in the boat?") to racers (race training clinics).
Learn to Sail
We offer members an essential "Learn to Sail" course covering CANSail 1 and 2 curriculum, as well as a more advanced CANSail 3 course.
Our instructors are all certified by the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) and have years of experience teaching adults to sail in a safe, fun environment.
In addition, we frequently run skill-building clinics, weekly racing-skills sessions, Laser sailing workshops, and Nacra catamaran sailing lessons. Watch for announcements as dates are set.
Our Learn to Sail programs can take you from “never sailed, but always wanted to learn” to competent sea-dog in as few as 10 three-hour classes.
($100 + membership fee)
CANSail 1&2 will provide you basic sailing skills, boating safety, and familiarity with our fleet of Albacore dinghies. On successful completion, you'll be CANSail level 1 & 2 certified, and able to sail the club's Albacores in winds up to 10 knots.
Our instructors are certified by the Canadian Yachting Association (CYA), and our course is based on the new CANSail standard set out by the CYA. The course provides safe instruction for recreational and competitive dinghy sailing.
Each course consists of an introduction plus approx ten class units of three hours each. Weekday classes consist of one unit and run 6 to 9 pm with dinner from 9 to 10 pm. Weekend dates are two units and run from 9 am to 4 pm*, with lunch from 12 to 1 pm.
The first date of each course is an on-land introduction. The club board members will be there to introduce you to the club, answer any questions, and show you how to set up the sails on our Albacores.
The first two on-water classes introduce you to sailing. You'll be paired with an experienced sailor from the club - an "Old Salt," as we like to say. You'll get a chance to control the sails and gain a feel for steering.
Food is a delicious part of J-Town. After each class, the group prepares a shared meal: 3-4 students volunteer to supply dinner for everyone (appetizer, main course, and dessert). The cost of the meal is shared by everyone in the class.
Completed CANSail 1&2 or the Old Salt Test but still looking to take your sailing up a notch? An intermediate course may be just the thing.
New to J-Town but already an experienced dinghy sailor? If you prefer to skip our Learn to Sail course we offer the option to take our Experienced Sailor Test or, as we like to call it, the Old Salt Test.
Tests are conducted in our Albacore dinghies. You will be asked to demonstrate the following:
Learned to sail? Polish your skills by racing! For many members, racing is an integral part of the J-Town experience. It is a great way to improve your sailing skills and get to know more sailors both at J-Town and the surrounding clubs.
Once you have completed CANSail 1 & 2 or equivalent, consider coming out and crewing on Friday nights, attending Race Training/Skills Building on Monday evenings, participating in Team Racing Thursdays, or otherwise finding out more about racing. If you have raced before, come on out and join in!
We're very lucky that the Toronto Inner and Outer Harbours are home to a diverse group of dinghy sailors and some very competitive Albacore, Nacra, and Laser fleets. We've also been known to travel en masse to race against fleets in other locales. Many J-Town members regularly place strongly at national and international competitions.