An important tool for growing our sport.
Mainsail represents a newer Ontario Sailing program designed to provide support to member organizations looking to start a sailing school to serve their communities. It introduces sailing to young people across the province and helps them to develop new skills and a lifelong love of the sport.
Through Mainsail, Ontario Sailing can support our members in the challenges of getting a Learn to Sail program off the dock. Ontario Sailing supplies equipment to a host club or organization and provides instructor training. Equipment is then offered for purchase to the club over a period of one to five years, so that the host site can quickly establish its own sailing instructional programs.
Port Stanley Sailing Squadron and Cedar Island hosted the first Mainsail programs in 2021, with the support of their dedicated volunteers and boards. These clubs will run their own learn to sail programming in 2022 and will use the equipment purchased from Ontario Sailing to offer additional learning opportunities for their communities.
The Mainsail program is an important tool for growing our sport in communities not currently running Learn to Sail Programs.
If your organization is interested in launching a learn to sail program, please reach out to the Ontario Sailing staff for more information on securing Mainsail for your community.