CYA Newsletter

April 2009

Volunteers required:

Volunteers required:

The Canadian Yachting Association is in the process of reorganizing itself as it moves from a functional to a strategic governance model. Volunteers are needed for committees reporting to the Board of Directors and for working committees, councils and work groups who work closely with staff and report to the Executive Director. The following are examples of some of the positions that are available.

Business Development Committee member

The Business Development Committee works closely with the Executive Director advising him/her on business aspects of the services the Canadian Yachting Association provides to its members. These include analyzing the demand for products and services that the CYA offers or intends to offer its members, assisting in fundraising activities to further the association’s programs, and helping develop public awareness programs which will raise the association’s profile among its members.

Qualifications:  Potential volunteers should have a background in business, marketing or merchandising. They should understand the role of the Canadian Yachting Association and its partner provincial sailing associations as the sport governing body for sailing in Canada. They should have a passion for sailing and should be able to volunteer up to five hours per month.

Interested volunteers should submit a resume of their experience, information on their sailing background, and contact information to the Executive Director by e-mail

National Competitions

Sailors, Coaches, Officials, Families and Volunteers welcome to these events as highlighted by the CYA!


25-28 Laser North American Championship - Buffalo Canoe Club, ON


3-5 Laser Canadian Championship - Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, BC
17-19 CYA Sail West / Sail West de l ‘ACY Battleford’s Sailing Club, SK Saskatchewan Sailing Clubs Association Sponsorship opportunities are available! Find out more: .
25-26 29er Class Canadian Championship Kingston Yacht Club, ON

August/ September


CYA Youth National Sailing Championship / Championnat national junior de voile de l”ACY
Royal Victoria Yacht Club, BC. Sponsorship opportunities are available! Find out more: .

15-22 2009 Canada Games / jeux du Canada - Sailing event at Summerside Yacht Club, PEI      
18- Sept 5 2009 Laser World Championships - St. Margaret Sailing Club, NS
19-27 CORK International & CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Kingston, ON     CORK / Sail Kingston
23-29 Canadian Optimist Dinghy ChampionshipsRoyal Victoria Yacht Club, BC
31-Sept 4 Mobility Cup - Ashbridges Bay Yacht Club – Toronto, ON
Sept CYA Women’s National Keelboat Championships – West Vancouver Yacht Club, BC (pending application) 


1-4 CYA Laser / Radial National Qualifier Regatta – BC

See also ISAF calendar of Graded events in Canada in 2009.

2010 CYA Event Hosting

CYA Event Hosting Applications are being accepted now for these events in 2010:

CYA Youth National Championships – Open to Central region (ON, QC)
CYA Sail West – Open to AB venue
CYA Sail East –Open to Atlantic (NB, PE, NS, NL) venue
CYA Women’s National Keelboat Championships – No regional rotation in place

If interested in hosting one of these CYA events in 2010, please submit to CYA office by May 15th 2009:

a completed CYA Event Host Application;
Letter of endorsement from Provincial Sailing Association.


If you are in the market for a new Outboard motor this season you should check out the Mercury Marine information on the CYA website. Clicking your mouse on the Mercury icon accesses the information. This program may offer you large savings.

Congratulations to Canadian Sailing Team member Paul Tingley! Paul is one of twenty amateur athletes selected from across the country to receive a bursary from AthletesCAN and the Investors Group.

Congratulations are also in order for Canadian Sailing Team member Chris Cook, who continues to be supported by Rona’s “Growing With Our Athletes Program”

If you are procrastinating about getting your PCOC card check out the CYA’s website under “Getting Started” for a course near you. There are only 5 months left before the card becomes mandatory. (instructors list your course on our website for free)

Looking for information on GPS and Coastal Navigation. The CYA Seminar Series Speakers Notes – GPS and Coastal Navigation is available from the CYA store at $ 25.00 plus GST & PST.

The CYA Appeal Cases have been revised to comply with the 2009 – 2012 version of the Racing Rules of Sailing and are downloadable off the CYA website.

Fogh Marine Renews its Sponsorship Agreement with CYA.

The Canadian Yachting Association is proud to announce that Fogh Marine has renewed its sponsorship agreement with CYA for 2009. The agreement provides direct benefits to members of the Canadian Sailing Team and to CYA certified instructors and coaches. “Fogh Marine has been an important long time supporter of the Canadian Yachting Association and the CST” stated Peter Wood Interim Executive Director.  Their financial assistance helps reduce our dependency on government. We also know they have the products and the customer service to serve our members especially those on the Canadian Sailing Team.

Training and Certification Committee

The Training and Certification Committee, one of three operating committees approved at the October 2008 Annual General Meeting has recently had its Terms of Reference approved by the Board of Directors and has appointed its membership.

The Committee serves as an oversight committee insuring that the association’s training and certification programs are consistent and of high standard in all of its functional lines, Learn to Sail, Learn to Cruise, Race Officials, Judges and Umpires.

The chair of the committee is Kim Foley of Kingston.  Kim is a Master Learning Facilitator in the Learn to Sail program and a former director of CYA. Members are Kim Moffatt of Ottawa, Kim is a Cruising and Power Boat Instructor Evaluator, Warren Nethercote of Halifax, Warren is an International Judge, Tracy Terry of Victoria BC, Tracy is a Master Course Conductor in the Learn to Sail Program and a former CYA Vice President, and Peter Van Muyden of  Stoney Plain, Alberta, Peter is an International Race Officer.  

Staff Changes at Canadian Yachting Association

Tanya Robinson, Accounting and Administrative Assistant left the Canadian Yachting Association for a position in the Department of Finance at Queens University.  Tanya joined the CYA in December 2003 as a one maternity replacement and continued for more than five years. We will miss her and wish her best in her new career.

Cheryl Rattie, Accounting and Administrative Assistant joins us from the Napanee Beaver one of Canada’s oldest independent newspapers. (Founded in 1870). Cheryl started as a typesetter but has risen through the ranks to be the Business Manager for the paper. Cheryl will be joining us on April 27.

 Mattie Crothers, Student Intern, Maddie is a CYA sailing instructor and graduating Marketing and Business student from St. Lawrence College in Kingston. She is working closely with Sarah Moscrop on the domestic regatta program and is helping other staff where needed. After her internship is finished she will teaching at Kingston Yacht Club where she will be the assistant head instructor for the 2009 season.

CYA Sailing and Cruising Instructors Ambassador’s for the Sport – Peter Wood

I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to drop into a FUNdamental Course which is the first course in the CYA’s Learn to Sail Coach course. The twenty five hour course teaches the new coach many skills which they will use daily at their sail training centre and also will use in their careers after teaching or coaching sailing. Among the topics the course teaches are safety skills to ensure that the facility and sailing venue are safe for the sailors they are coaching. It also teaches coaches the need for and how to structure a practice so the sailors learn in a structured approach. Winging a lesson plan just isn’t  acceptable.  During the course the coaches learn from each other as they do presentations and solicit feed back from their fellow candidates. They become confident public speakers and learn to do presentations with ease.

Training instructors and coaches is an important priority for the Canadian Yachting Association and the provincial sailing associations.  The first interactions between novice sailors and their instructors or coaches will set the stage of whether they will continue for a week or for life. If the novice is taught by a knowledgeable, skilled, confident instructor who avoids overloading the sailor with too much information then the end product will be a competent confident sailor. These sailors then become competent crew, boat owners and club members thus helping perpetuate our sailing community and keeping our clubs strong.

All CYA instructors and coaches have to go through a thorough training program where they are evaluated for their sailing skills, their teaching skills and their skill detection and correction abilities. In addition they are required to have standard first aid, a Boat Rescue Course, the Pleasure Craft Operators card and a coaching ethics for dinghy instruction.  Cruising Instructors require a VHF radio operator’s certificate, First Aid and CPR and a Pleasure Craft Operators Card as well as the ability to demonstrate single handed sailing on a small keelboat. These standards are consistent from St Johns Nlfd to Victoria BC.

The end result is that the CYA trained sailor is a safe sailor. We can thank our instructors and those who took the training a generation ago for our record.

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