To ensure success of the sail program, RCSU (Prairie) has identified the need to provide additional training for the development and recertification of sea cadet sail instructors in support of the Seven Prairie Region Sail Centres.
This is done by providing 16 sea cadets, two cadets per the geographical area of each of the Sail Centres, with additional developmental training to progress through the Sea Cadet/CYA sail instructor programme.
Training is conducted in accordance with the Canadian Yachting Association Learn to Sail programme, Small Craft Operators Program, Emergency First Aid Course, Water Safety Orders for Cadets and the General Safety and Operating Manual.
The training is conducted annually for ten days in March, with training being conducted at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, and accommodations at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia
The National Sea Cadet Regatta is a week-long championship held yearly in August at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Cadets compete in a series of races to determine the top three sailing teams in the country.
Over the course of the event, cadets will attend racing seminars guided by national, international, or Olympic-calibre sailors. Teams will race in sailboats called Pirates, designated for advanced training. The regatta will run up to 12 races in a single class only. Crews will be authorized to sail using spinnaker and trapeze. Races will be approximately 60 minutes each.
Prairie Region will be sending 5 teams to the National Regatta this year. Many of our top contenders attended Winter Sail in Victoria, BC honing their sailing skills.