Taking it to the next level... CANSail 3
Who is CANSail 3 for?
If you’re loving sailing, want to take your sailing to the next level and learn some new skills;
Ideally you would have completed one full season of sailing minimum and hold a CANSail 2 certificate. However, CANSail 3 is also great for aspiring sailors who taught themselves and / or have other recent dinghy sailing experience;
If you feel confident with rigging then launching a sailboat, sailing on every point of sail, tacking, gybing and especially upwind sailing;
You’re interested in racing or learning some advanced knowledge and skills.
What do you cover in CANSail 3?
In CANSail 3 we work on efficiency or getting the sailboat moving fast;
How it’s possible to change the sail shape with sail controls;
How to sail in stronger winds at or above 10 knots;
What to think about to make your boat go fast in a straight line - proper crew position, advanced sail setting and steering;
Turning a boat without a rudder or using minimal rudder so that the boat keeps it’s speed;
How to hold position and accelerate quickly in a range of conditions;
Racing rules and an introduction to racing including what other boats around you might be doing in a race;
Taking part in a race or races and how to get involved in racing.
Will taking CANSail 3 make me a better sailor?
Yes, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that CANSail 3 will make you a better sailor. You get 18 hours of individual coaching, including some video recording and many one-on-one conversations that will help you refine your skills. Everyone I have coached at this level has discovered a lot about their sailing, made huge improvements and walking away with new skills / knowledge.
Is it hard to achieve a CANSail 3 qualification?
Yes, it is a challenge and I believe it should be a challenge but it is also achievable.
In my opinion, there are clubs in the GTA and Sail Canada coaches who will award CANSail 3 & 4 qualifications before sailors meet the Sail Canada criteria. There are schools who offer a CANSail 3 & 4 course in a very short period of time (4 weekends ish).
Don’t be fooled. Sail Canada’s CANSail 3 contains a vast amount of material. Under 18 sailors spend two weeks Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (many longer) working on CANSail 3.
If CANSail 3 is allocated the correct amount of time, taught, coached and assessed correctly (according to Sail Canada criteria) you should leave with significantly greater skills and knowledge. This takes time and effort but as I say it is achievable.
Even if you don’t achieve the standard for the certificate you walk away having made a vast improvement, guaranteed.
When’s the next CANSail 3 course?
May - Tuesdays and a Saturday - click our “book now” button on the website!
If you have any questions please let me know!