Club Race Officer Clinic


Club Race Officer Clinic
Sat, April 26, 9am – Sun, April 27, 5pm
Red Deer College, College Boulevard, Red Deer, AB, Canada (map)
Sylvan Lake Sailing Club has organized a CRO clinic for April 26-27th.  The second Race Management level after Assistant Race Officer, Club Race Officers can run regional events.  This CRO clinic will be run by Paul Ulibarri 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday at Red Deer College
100 College Blvd
Red Deer
Room #2503
The course fee is $50 and Racing Rules of Sailing Books and Race Committee books will be available for purchase at the course.

For registration inquiries contact SLSC Commodore Jeff Prior


New Phone Numbers


Alberta Sailing has new phone numbers - please update your records:
403-827-5578 (Executive Director-Fie Hulsker)
403-617-9092 (Provincial Coach-Ian Elliott)

DSA Alberta Hosts Mobility Cup 2014


Hello Folks,

We have some exciting news this season.  We are hosting the 2014 Mobility Cup, Canada’s national, and international, regatta for sailors with a disability.  This event will be hosted in partnership with William Watson Lodge, an accessible wilderness retreat in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park on Lower Kananaskis Lake.  We are renting out the entire lodge for a week, building a dock and bringing sailing to the rockies!

But we can’t carry out this project alone.  We need your help!

Volunteers-Sailing companions!  Book off the week of September 7-14 to help out at this great event.  Whether you camp out, stay at the lodge or commute from Calgary, sailing in the rockies is sure to be quite an experience,as will participating in a regatta of 50 competitors!

Other volunteering skills?  We need the help of people of all skill-sets.  Whether cooking, rigging boats or helping build our new dock, there is a spot for anyone to get involved.  We are especially looking for a strong organiser to help manage our registration database in the summer.  If this might be you please let us know!

Finally, we are looking for donations beginning at $20.14 (Mobility Cup 2014? haha) to help us reach our fundraising objective.  All donations are tax deductible of course.  Please donate now to help us make this amazing event possible.  We are confident that with our fantastic volunteers and supporters we will make this the most memorable Mobility Cup yet.

Thank you all very much for your time and we hope to see you all out sailing soon.

Matt Schneider
DSA-Alberta Business Manager

Mobility Cup Donation Information


Mobility Cup Information

ASA Coaching Positions for 2014


2014 Alberta Sailing Positions: MOSS Head Instructor, MOSS Instructor, Provincial Coach

Alberta Sailing Association is looking for fun, energetic, professional candidates to deliver ASA programs for building Optimist and other sailing in the province.  Positions are primarily available in the Mobile Optimist Sailing School (MOSS), which is intended to help clubs develop their own emerging Opti programs.  Candidates for the MOSS positions may also be interested in roles supporting sailors and instructors in the province in other contexts along the beginning stages of the Long Term Sailor Development pathway.  Please apply for any or all of the positions in which you are interested.  For the Head Instructor position the Learning Facilitator qualification is an asset but not a requirement:

Position: MOSS Head Instructor/Learning Facilitator
General Task: Assist clubs in developing their own sailing instructors for sustainable Opti programs at emerging sailing schools.  This involves both coaching Opties and facilitating other coaches or organisers in building or improving their own programs.  The tools of the Mobile Optimist Sailing School are at the MOSS Head Instructor’s disposal, but the Head Instructor will have to adapt the use of them to the specific needs of the different clubs.
Start: May 1st, 2014 (additional part time planning work may be available before May 1st)
End: September 15th, 2014 (Sept 1st is also possible for students)

Position: MOSS Head Instructor (without an LF qualification)
General Task: Operate the Mobile Optimist Sailing School as it travels the province (and possibly goes to Greater Slave Lake) providing age and stage appropriate CANSail courses to build excitement and lay the groundwork for clubs to (continue to) build their own programming.  This may involve, for example joining into existing programs to build their capacity or providing more traditional MOSS programs where there has not been a sailing school before.
Start: July 1st, 2014 (additional part time planning work may be available before July 1st)
End: September 1st, 2014

Position: MOSS Instructor
General Task: Work with the MOSS Head Instructor traveling around the province to deliver high quality age and stage appropriate CANSail courses at various venues across Alberta (and possibly Greater Slave Lake) by joining in with other programs or operating as a stand-along sailing school using the MOSS resources.
Start: July 1st, 2014
End: September 1st, 2014

Position: Alberta Provincial Coach
General Task: Beyond the operations of MOSS and MOSS-type programming, there may be other roles that the ASA Provincial Head Coach needs assistance with, such as:
-Joining in with existing sailing schools, race teams or training camps in a supportive role to help both participating athletes and to encourage instructor/coach professional development
-Providing regatta coaching for Opties or other boats
-Helping clubs to deliver age and stage appropriate Opti race management
-Supporting the growth of adaptive sailing in the province (primarily in 2.4m and Martin) both in normal club programming and at the Mobility Cup this year in Kananaskis
-Providing coaching support at training and racing events not limited to Optimists for example at the Wabamun Sail Week or the St. Mary’s Unconventional Invitational Regatta
Start: May 1st, 2014
End: September 15th, 2014 (Sept 1st is also possible for students)

Applications for the above positions will be accepted until March 26th, 2014.

Please email your resume as soon as possible to:
Attn Ian Elliott (Head Coach)
and President Ron Hewitt

Sailing Instructor Positions - Yellowknife


Opportunity for TWO (2) CANSail Instructors in the Northwest Territories

Great Slave Sailing Club is seeking two CANSail 1 & 2, and 3 & 4 Instructors for the 2014 Season.

The Great Slave Sailing Club

The Great Slave Cruising Club (GSSC) in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories is the NWT’s only sailing club.  The club is on the shore of Yellowknife Bay (Back Bay) on Great Slave Lake.  Great Slave Lake is the 5th largest in North America and the tenth largest lake in the world.  The GSSC is home to 70 boats; mostly sailing vessels ranging from Laser IIs through to 40’ keel boats.  All keel boats are moored and accessed by tender.  Dinghies are dry-sailed from the club. 

The club is on the edge of Yellowknife, a short bicycle ride to most parts of town.

Our Program

Over the past two years a youth sailing program was delivered in partnership with the Alberta Sailing Association mobile Optimist Program.  Based on the success of those programs, the club has decided to make its sailing school a permanent feature and plans on delivering CANSail 1 & 2, CANSAIL 3 and possibly CANSail 4 courses for the next two years and may be expanded to include more CANSail 5 & 6, Chutes and Wires courses in the future.

Morning courses will be delivered to children aged 8 to 12 years of age, afternoon courses will be delivered to youth over 12 years of age.  Two four week courses of two evenings per week will be delivered to young adults and adults 17 years of age and older.  Each session will have a maximum of 10 participants providing an instructor to student ratio of 1:5.

The instructional boats are new Topper Topaz Race + which come equipped with both an unbattened reefable training sail and fully battened performance sails.

Courses will be delivered in two week blocks from June 30th until August 29th.

The Position:
As a sailing school instructor with the Great Slave Sailing Club you will provide sailing instruction under the Sail Canada syllabus to youth in the 8 to 16 year old range and to young adults and will maintain the GSCC sailing equipment.  This position will not be directly managed so you must be comfortable with all elements of running a sailing school program without direct supervision.
The GSSC Training Coordinator will be your supervisor.  The Training Coordinator will not be constantly on site but he will be available to you on a daily basis by phone or in person to assist you with equipment repairs or other program needs.  You will also have the regular on-call support by other GSSC board members should you require immediate assistance for any reason.
The GSSC will run an 8 week program beginning on Monday June 30, 2014 and ending Friday August 29, 2014.  Over the 8 weeks we intend on running 10 sessions; 8 during the weekdays to youth and 2 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings to adults.  Each session will have a maximum of 10 participants providing an instructor to student ratio of 1:5.

The Applicant:
All applicants must have Can-Sail 1-2 and Cansail 3-4 certification for the 2014 season.  Preference will be shown to High School Graduates (or graduating in 2014) and to candidates with two or more seasons of experience as instructors.

Wages and Benefits:
Wages are $18 per hour with some overtime.  Working hours are 8:00 am until noon and 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm daily plus 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Travel Assistance will be provided to travel to and from Yellowknife.  Subsidized Housing will be provided.

Closing Date:
March 31, 2014

To Apply:
If you are interested in a position with our sailing school please send a cover letter and your resume to:
Tamlin Gilbert, Training Co-ordinator: 
Or by mail to:
Great Slave Cruising Club
P.O. Box 2612
Yellowknife, NT
X1A 2P2

Peter MacDougal Retires


Peter MacDougal has announced that he will retire September 1, 2013, after seeing the Alberta Sailing Team through Canada Summer Games and the Mobility Cup.

Peter has served as Executive Director and Head Coach for many years, and previously as a board member. During that time he has also been a tireless CYA/Sail Canada volunteer.

Recently, Peter has been vital in helping us to adopt the Sail Canada Long-Term Sailor Development plan. He leaves us in good shape to rebuild the sport of sailing in Alberta, from the youngest participants up.

We thank Peter for his contributions and we wish him all the best in retirement.

Board of Directors, Alberta Sailing Association

Recruiting, Training and Supporting Adaptive Sport in Alberta


Adaptive candidates can try sailing with an ASA provincial coach ride along at a regatta or training camp for $10. We also have opportunities to attend the Mobility Cup (National Recreational Adaptive Championships) and training with our national tean at winter camps.

Contact or 403-617-9092 for more information.