A new sailing club has been added to the list of the many extracurricular activities offered at SMUS. The club gives Senior School students the opportunity to learn how to sail, or learn race techniques for those who are more advanced. Along with learning new skills on the water, students will earn their Open Water Pleasure Craft Operating Certificate which is a driver’s licence for boats.
Every Wednesday after school until June, students will set sail at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. Grade 11 student Miklos Tusz will instruct the beginners group in both singles and doubles. Miklos has earned his Canadian Yachting Association (CYA) Silver Sail VI level and is working toward his Gold Sail VII, which is the most advanced level for a sailor and consists of learning racing rules, sail theory, tactics and advanced boat-handling skills in all weather.
Those participating can also earn their White Sail I and II levels, which cover safety, seamanship and boat handling in winds up to 9 knots.
Mr. Kerr, who has supported the organization of this new club, is hoping to add a friendly regatta component to the programme in the future. For now, the hope is that the weather continues to get nicer so students can enjoy being on the water in the sun.