Come Sail With Us

The Come Sail With Us program is a hands on sailing experience, mentored by volunteer SYC senior members experienced in sailing, as well as young sailing instructors. The goal is to allow you to learn more about sailing and boat ownership.

CSU Members enter the program as crew and progress to Skipper when they show proficiency with the required skills. Dependent on experience completion may require one or two seasons. Upon completion of the program the CSU member should be comfortable with and able to efficiently sail and handle a keel boat.

CSU program runs at defined times, as arranged through our scheduler so that mentors and CSU members can plan their participation. You would sign up for one of the three available seasonal time slots or if acceptable to mentor and scheduler to a flex time, which may also depend on boat availability.

CSU Members sail once a week with up to 2 other members and a SYC mentor.

Optional 2 hr time slots begin at:

- 6:30 PM, Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays

Purpose of the program

  • Develop and hone sailing skills.

  • Promote sailing in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Promote seamanship, sportsmanship and friendship.

  • Introduce sailing in an affordable way (purchase of a boat is not required).

  • Promote SYC adult sailing school.

  • Provide a valuable experience if you are considering boat ownership in the future.

  • Attract new members to Sudbury Yacht Club.

Skills Developed:

  • Sailing Safety

  • Sail and Boat Terminology

  • Manoeuvring under Power and Sail

  • Sail Trim

  • Docking & Anchoring

  • Buoys & Aids to Navigation

  • Right of Way or Rules of the Road

  • Boat Care & Maintenance

  • Types of Boats, Keel & Dinghies

  • Advice on "What to look for when buying your boat"

Introductory Promotion

  • One FREE cruise, as crew, allowing you to experience sailing and get a taste of the the CSU program.

  • Upon joining the CSU program, entrants will be welcomed to attend our social gatherings and potluck suppers hosted by the SYC throughout the season. There may also be opportunity to crew for club members when cruising or racing.

  • SYC Members may at a nominal fee join CSU program if interested in further developing skills.

  • CSU membership limited to two season. Further participation in SYC requires club membership.


  • Pleasure Craft Operator Card - courses are available online .

  • SYC Membership is required, to store or moor your own boat(s) while taking the CSU program.

A hands on experience

CSU Members are required to complete 16 hrs of maintenance work a year in and about the club, docks, and boats. i.e: Clean and prep the CSU boat for season, aid in haul in, mast raising, dry rig and decommissioning at end of season. This is an important learning aspect of boat ownership.

The following **doohickey** may at first seem incomprehensible, but once you've completed the CSU course the Mainsheet tackle will make complete sense and become a thing of beauty.