CANSail 1 & 2

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The CANSail 1 & 2 program is offered in two-week sessions. Each program runs Monday to Friday both weeks, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Here are the session dates for 2021: 

  • July 5 to 16
  • July 19 to 30
  • August 2 to 13
  • August 16 to 27

There are two choices of boat for this program - the Optimist, and the 420 RAD. 


The Optimist

This course is geared toward fun and learning! We call this class Beginner Optimist because we sail Optimist dinghies, also referred to as "Optis". We will teach the basics of rigging an Opti, basic boat handling, sailing fundamentals, seamanship, sportsmanship and water safety. 

Please note, space in this program is limited. Register early! 


420 RAD

Our 420 RAD class provides an entry-level class for older and /or more physically mature students interested in learning the basics of sailing, using double-handed RAD 420s. The RAD 420 uses a smaller mainsail and has a bob atop the mast to prevent turtling. Students learn rigging, basic boat handling, seamanship (knots, weather, etc.) and water safety. This course is designed for new sailors to learn at a comfortable pace with expert instruction in a team-oriented environment.  


Cost for Participants 

  • $485.00 - Program fee for each two-week session (includes use of HSC boat) 
  • $16 - Annual Sail Nova Scotia fee (we remit this fee on your behalf) 
  • $50 - Annual HSC Junior Membership fee. This fee is waived if you hold a Family Membership 
  • Bringing your own Opti? Deduct $50 per session 


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