Ahoy! Cedar Island Yacht Club Ready To Train the Next Generation Of Sailors

Summer is just around the corner and the Cedar Island Yacht Club is preparing for young people wanting to learn to sail. A couple of weeks ago, two new Zest sailboats arrived to enhance the program, while the other boats have been taken out of storage and are awaiting another season of energetic kids wanting to get out on the water.

The Youth Sailing Program was developed under the guidance of Ontario Sailing’s Main Sail Program. Children from the ages of 8 to 14+, who can swim, are taught sailing theory, safety and gain hands-on sailing experience.

Instructors are highly trained professionals, specialized in working with youth. No sailing experience whatsoever is required. Children learn the skills of sailing and enter into fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development.

As a testament to the popularity of the program, we have had children from California and British Columbia visiting in the area that have signed up to take Youth Sailing.

One of our sailors moved to the East Coast last year and is returning this year for three weeks. This will be his 4th year with us taking multiple weeks each summer. His plan is to work toward becoming a Community Instructor and eventually becoming a Certified Instructor. Plus, he just loves to sail.

Beth Graham, Chair of the Youth Sailing Committee says “Give us your children and we will give them back to you as sailors who are comfortable in and around the water. It will also open their eyes to a new world of sport.”

If you are interested in the Youth Sailing Program, make contact at or visit and click on Sailing Schools.

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