Youth SailingSailing Class 2017

The Camp is a US SAIL Basic Sailing program for people ages 10 to 16. They will sail Optimist, Sailfish, and/or Topaz boats, guided by both certified instructors, and experienced sailors, all of whom volunteer their time. The four weeks of sail camp culminate in The Children’s Regatta. 

The Optimist sailing dinghy is designed for children and youth. When a student has experience, and is able, with training, to right a capsized Sunfish or Topaz, they may be placed on the larger boats. Dockside instruction and hands on sailing progresses to solo sailing when they are ready.

Camp is held at Colington Youth Sailing shed, near the Harbour boat ramp.  This year it begins on Monday, July 9th.  Classes begin at 9:00 A.M. to approximately 11:30 A.M. four days each week, ending on Thursday, August 2nd.  Lunch is supplied every Thursday for students, volunteers, and parents after storing of the boats is complete. Please note - we are skipping 4th of July week entirely this year.

The total program cost is $100.00 per child. An application/consent form is required to be submitted by parent or guardian.  Find forms on the website, under the Youth Sailing tab.  Please submit as soon as possible. Upon notification of acceptance, send the medical form and fee.

There has been a rapid growth over all in numbers of students, vessels, and volunteers. Although we had 35 sailors last year, we propose to hold class size to 25 this year, and have changed the age range from 8 -15, to 10-16. There are 12 Opti’s , 9 Sunfish, and 3 Topaz in our fleet.

Based on numbers and skill level of helpers, we may be able to place additional children.  Please call or contact Sharron, (contact info below), for more information.  If you can give any time, even just to take attendance, we would love to include you.

Students need to be swimmers, (there is a swim test), and to bring properly fitted life vests. Instruction will be given about other appropriate protection.

Questions?  Please contact Sharron Hildebrant at cell: 804 366 8480, or e-mail,