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General Education

Basic Coastal Navigation Course

Open to Non-Members

Learn to plan and to safely navigate by day in Canadian coastal and inland local waters during this 6-night navigation course.

In this introductory course you’ll learn the basics of navigation theory including – the role of the navigator, how to read charts, basic plotting and position determination methods, how to use a compass and GPS, techniques that support planning and safe passage making and more!

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded Sail Canada’s Basic Coastal Navigation Standard. This course is a pre-requisite for the Intermediate Coastal Navigation Course. This level is also appropriate for those looking to challenge the ICC (International Certificate of Competency) test required for cruising in Europe.

Students need to bring: pencil, eraser, pen, note paper, parallel ruler* or Portland plotter*, dividers* and Chart 1*. Instructor will provide electronic course notes as well as a PDF of Canadian Chart 1.

* available at Genco, binnacle.ca, Nautical Mind

Schedule:
  • Thursdays 6:00-9:00 PM
  • Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 14, 21 & 28 – Exam Mar. 7, 2019
Fee:
  • NYC Member Rate: $210 + HST
  • Non-Member Rate: $305 + HST
Registration:

Please click on the link above and fill out the registration form. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Club Office, faxed to 416-260-8780 or emailed to programs@thenyc.com.

Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.


Intermediate Coastal Navigation Course

Open to Non-Members

Building on the information covered in the Basic Coastal Navigation Course, in this intermediate level you’ll learn how to safely plan and execute a long continuous passage including night sailing in unfamiliar coastal or inland waters, in all conditions of visibility, with or without electronic aids.

This course focuses on near shore navigation and covers position determination methods using nonelectronic means, methods for dealing with current and leeway, determination of intermediate tidal heights and the impact that the Collision Regulations may have on navigational practice.

A prerequisite for this course is the Sail Canada Basic Coastal Navigation certification. The standard emphasizes the navigational skills at a level appropriate for bare boat chartering and for extended cruises in coastal waters.

Students need to bring: pencil, eraser, pen, note paper, parallel ruler* or Portland plotter*, dividers* and Chart 1*. Instructor will provide electronic course notes as well as a PDF of Canadian Chart 1.

* available at Genco, binnacle.ca, Nautical Mind

Schedule:
  • Saturday & Sunday 11:00 AM-3:30 PM
  • Mar. 30, 31, Apr. 6 & 7 – Exam Apr. 13, 2019
Fee:
  • NYC Member Rate: $210 + HST
  • Non-Member Rate: $305 + HST
Registration:

Please click on the link above and fill out the registration form. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Club Office, faxed to 416-260-8780 or emailed to programs@thenyc.com.

Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.


Sailing the Weather Seminar

Open to Non-Members

Planning a cruise? Competing in a regatta?
Learn tips and tricks for short and long term forecasting with Ron Bianchi – who has over 20 years of experience in applied meteorology and forecasting in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Sailor or powerboater, you’ll learn practical skills from a passionate instructor during this full day session.

Topics Include:
  • General basic weather principles
  • Some basic forecasting rules
  • Signs of Severe Weather
  • The use of the Barometer
  • Basic Cloud Identification
  • A few case studies
  • Tools of the trade
  • Internet tools and how to use them
  • Suggested Smart Phone Apps
Schedule:
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019
  • 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (with 1 hour lunch break)
Fee:
  • NYC Member Rate: $80 + HST
  • Non-Member Rate: $120 + HST
Registration:

Please click on the link above and fill out the registration form. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Club Office, faxed to 416-260-8780 or emailed to programs@thenyc.com. A minimum of 8 students is required.

Questions?: Call Programs & Marketing Coordinator Amelia Leeksma at 416-260-8686 ext 32.


Knot Essentials Workshop

Available to NYC Members

Join us for a casual and hands-on session led by Stephen Bardon. FREE Attendance for NYC Members ONLY. 

Topics Include:
  • How Knots Work
  • Knots You NEED to Know
  • Practice Tying Key Knots – incluing bowline, clove hitch, rolling hitch, round turn & two half hitches, reef knot, sheet bend, stopper knot
  • How to Choose the Right Knot

Practice lines for this course have been generously donated by Mike from The Dock Shoppe. Located at 108-350 Queens Quay West (across from the Fire all & next to the Beer Store)

Schedule:
  • Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Fee:
  • FREE – NYC members ONLY
Registration: