“Growing up near the water, I started sailing in sailing summer camp when I was 9 years old. I really enjoyed being outside, on the water, playing around on boats and being with my friends. I played many other sports all throughout growing up but in the summers I concentrated on achieving all the levels of sailing. It wasn't until I was about 15 that I narrowed my focus in on sailing and racing. When fun was met by challenges, goals were formed which hurdled me down a path of success, ultimately competing in two consecutive Olympic Games. What's really great about sailing is that it's a lifelong sport” ~Nikola Girke "As a youth, sailing around Nova Scotia was one of the many ways to get out and enjoy all of our lakes and ocean. Later in life, when I began sailing competitively, the local support from the sailing community, along with great coaches/mentors helped me realize my dream of achieving excellence." ~Paul Tingley Foreword: Whether your sailors are gearing up to be on Canada’s Olympic Sailing Team one day, or just looking to have fun on the water this summer, the CYA’s new sail training program will have them excited to sail. The CANSail dinghy programming has been designed with sailor’s age and developmental stage in mind. CANSail refers to Canada’s updated standards in learn-to-sail programming. The standards – and the programs the Instructors will deliver to meet those standards – are designed to provide all learning sailors with the solid foundation of sailing skills and experiences to then allow them to stick with sailing – at your club - in any sort of environment – Performance Race, Instruction, Coaching, Offshore, Program Leadership..... Of course, whichever stage the sailor is at the program offers fun and challenge to keep them coming back! CANSail Club Pack This CANSail Club Pack has been put together to help sailing schools and yacht clubs across Canada implement CANSail programming in 2012 and beyond. It contains helpful guides to assist you in designing your program offerings, and transition from CYA’s traditional programming. About the CYA Established in 1931, the CYA is Canada’s national governing body for the sport of sailing. The Association promotes sailing through collaboration with our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations, member clubs, schools, and many individual stakeholders.