Never stop learning. One of UTSC’s core mandates is providing high quality sailing education for our members. We typically hold two classroom instruction session on campus at the beginning of the Fall semester and one in the Spring. New members are also encouraged to attend pre-sail information sessions held before the first two Saturday Sails in the Fall. Class times and locations are announced via our mailing list.

New Member Sailing Clinics

A New Member Sailing Clinic is held at AYC near the beginning of each semester. At the clinic, we review all the information needed for your UTSC Level A checkout certification as well as other sailing basics. This is a good opportunity to gain the skills needed to more fully appreciate the sport. Clinics are announced via the mailing list.







The sunfish is the smallest and simplest boat the fleet.  It can easily be sailed single handedly or with a friend.  A detailed rigging guide, courtesy of LaserPerformance can be found here.




The laser is similar to a sunfish but is faster, easier to tip and has a larger sail.  Lasers require more experience (a few days in a sunfish will suffice) and a greater understanding of sail theory to remain upright and sailing.  Lasers are also much more sensitive to weight distribution and to changes in the wind.

A rigging guide is available here.


Books on loan

The club keeps several books on reserve from premier sailing institutions for our members to have access to. Whether you are studying for a certification or just want to be better prepared before your first sail or regatta, we encourage you to checkout these resources provided for all members. Please contact to request a book from the UTSC library.

  • American Sailing Association: Sailing Made Easy, 2010 – the official manual for the ASA Basic Keelboat sailing course
  • US Sailing: Basic Keelboat, 2012 – the national standard for quality sailing instruction
  • US Sailing: Teaching Fundamentals for Sailing Instruction, 2012
  • North Sails: North U Racing Tactics Coursebook, 2010 – the world’s most comprehensive resource on modern sailboat racing tactics

Online resources

virtual sailing simulator


Whether you want to be crew or skipper, learning to sail requires theory knowledge as well as practical instruction and experience. UTSC has partnered with NauticEd International Sailing Education to provide our members with discounted multimedia online sailing education and testing. As a recognized NauticEd practical sailing school, UTSC can verify your documented sailing experience. NauticEd provides a free electronic logbook so that our members can track their practical sailing experience each time they come sailing with us. Documenting your sailing experience is necessary for attaining USCG licenses and for chartering in most locations.

NauticEd Basic Sail Trim Course

NauticEd offers two free online courses when you sign up for an account. We highly recommend the Sail Trim Clinic in particular. This is a fantastic resource that is accessible to first-time sailors and instructional for veterans as well. We also recommend that our members take the NauticEd Skipper Course in preparation for their UTSC Level C: Keelboat checkout certification. This course is much more specific to the sailing skills you need for checkout than what you will find with NASBLA boater safety courses.

In addition to offering high quality, online sailing instruction, NauticEd is also certified by the Royal Yachting Association to provide the RYA Day Skipper Course which covers the prerequisite knowledge for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC), the most widely accepted yacht charter license in the world.