Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club sailing school

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Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2016

DEEP RIVER - Ratty had some sage advice for Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s classic tale The Wind in the Willows: “There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” If the idea of a summer on the river in boats appeals to you as it did to Ratty 100 years ago, check out the Deep River Yacht and Tennis Club web site, for details of our sailing school programs this year. Here are a few of the highlights:

Weekly youth sailing lessons for children aged 8 to 17 will be held daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., from July 4 to August 19. Instruction is provided by Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) trained instructors to CanSail Level 4. Student progress is reported weekly by e-mail through the CYA Checklick software. Classes may be arranged in one week sessions but students are encouraged to sign up for more than one session to gain confidence and experience. Junior sailing students do not require a club membership to take part. New this year is an optional supervised lunch break at the sailing school - this might be of benefit to out-of-town students. We also hope to run an optional after - class race series for students looking for an additional challenge.

A weekend adult sailing course is also being offered, consisting of 12 hours of instruction over two days. This course will be for July 23-24, with a weather alternate of August 6 - 7. No previous sailing experience is necessary. Students learn to sail two-person dinghies (Laser 2’s and 420’s). Extreme physical fitness is definitely not required but students should expect to get wet!

Dinghy races are held on Tuesday nights, 5 p.m. until dusk, June through September. Committee and rescue duties are performed by the Yacht Club instructors. All participants must have a club membership and pay a racing program fee. For sailors with their own boats, this includes summer dinghy storage on the beach. For experienced sailors without boats, the fee includes use of the club dinghies for the Tuesday races. Senior students of the sailing school are also encouraged to come out to hone their skills around the buoys. If you are not sure whether you have sufficient experience to join in, check with one of the contacts listed below. Crew positions may be available and we are happy to encourage newcomers to the sport.

For more information about these and other DRYTC programs, check out the club web site ( or contact Muriel Hostettler (613-584-4900) for youth and adult sailing lessons or John Wills (613-584-2879) for dinghy racing. Like us on Facebook at “Deep River Sailing School”.