Sunday Funday Dinghy Use
If you are an NSC member without a boat, or you want to try something different, we’ve got dinghies for you at the Sunday Funday Dinghy Use on Sunday Fundays. This is a pilot program for 2018 – we’re intending to adjust the program as we go.
How it works
Declare your skill level on your first boat reservation – do this at least 4 days before your first sail.
Reserve a boat.
Come to the NSC sail training pavilion during your reservation time.
Pay the administration fee of $15+tax per booking, at the sail training pavilion or bar.
A Dinghy Bosun at the pavilion shows you the boat.
You rig the boat, go sailing, de-rig when done.
Can I just show up?
Yes. But it’s better if you pre-certified, because we may not be able to certify you on-the-spot.
Boats are available in 2 sessions 11am-1:30pm and 1:30pm-4pm each Sunday Funday. We are not offering boats at other times – baby steps!
Bookable NSC club boats: 1 420, 1 Laser, 1 Hunter-140, 3 Pico
Bookable boats made available by NSC members: 2 Albacore
Skipper must be an NSC member – either in their own right, or as a named person on an NSC family membership. Any NSC membership level – family, adult, student, crew/social – including this-season NSC Advantage Boating sailors.
The skipper must have minimum CANSail 2 or equivalent. Keelboat cruising is not equivalent to CANSail 2 as it does not include capsize.
Sail Canada description of CANSail skills.
If you selected an Albacore, your reservation is pending approval by the boat owner. The Albacores are privately lent by their owners.
Young Skipper 10 to 13, Pico only, parent/guardian must provide continuous in-sight supervision
Youth Skipper 14 to 17
Adult Skipper 18+
Book Online using this link.
Note: The booking portal is kind-of working, but it isn’t correctly showing all the available boats for the afternoon session. If you can’t find a boat you want, then send an email to the Sunday Funday team.
Important: Password: first initial + last name (ex. John Smith = jsmith), and you will be asked to set your own personal password when you login for the first time.
Show your booking email confirmation to the Dinghy Bosun at pavilion.
The fee is to cover bosun and office staff costs to administer this program. No component of the fee is applied to boat rental, because you are not renting the boat.
To be a skipper, you must be certified by NSC.
Passed CANSail 4 or Bronze Sail 5, or equivalent experience.
Sail within sight of NSC lighthouse. Can use spinnaker and trapeze.
Passed CANSail 2 or White Sail 3, or equivalent experience.
Sail within marked zone (see map at pavilion). No spinnaker or trapeze. Up to 9 knots sustained wind (Beaufort 3 : small wavelets, crests beginning to break, scattered whitecaps. Leaves and twigs constantly moving, light flags extended).
How to get certification
Send an email to the Sunday Funday team describing your skill level. Do this before your first sail. You can also do this on your first boat reservation. This gives time for us to certify you.
If your experience is unclear, you will need to do an on-water test with a Dinghy Bosun, based on the CANSail tasks. A Dinghy Bosun will coordinate with you. The test costs an additional $15 + tax.
Adult Skipper must sign an adult waiver.
A Young Skipper or Youth Skipper requires parent/guardian signature on a minor waiver.
You can pre-print & pre-sign the waiver, or get it from the dinghy bosun when you get the boat. The waiver covers the whole season.
Skipper must be able to self-rescue themselves and their crew.
For a Young Skipper, parent/guardian must provide continuous in-sight supervision.
It is the Skipper’s sole responsibility to make the final decision whether to sail or not with due regard for their ability and the weather conditions. For a Young Skipper, this is the parent/guardian’s sole responsibility.
It is not advised to sail under the following conditions:
• Approaching thunderstorm
• Visible lightning or lightning forecast
• Strong gusty conditions
Every person must wear a personal flotation device at all times on the water.
We will have a power boat moored at the dinghy dock, but we will not be actively monitoring the water. Any NSC member 18+ with a PCOC can use this power boat to accompany Sunday Funday boats.
We are not offering sailing instruction at Sunday Funday. Please see Sail Training for NSC’s training options.
Our boats are heavily used. So, we have to make sure all the boats are in tip-top condition. If anything breaks, even the tiniest rope or fixture, please report it to the Dinghy Bosun when you return. The Dinghy Bosun will repair, but you need to help them – we are a club so everyone relies on each other.
For private Albacores, the person reserving the boat is 100% responsible for repair of all damage – they are lent on a you-break-it, you-fix-it basis.
Contact the Sunday Funday team, for further information.
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