CANSail Requirements for CANSail 3

All areas are assessed based on further development required by the student or they are performing the task consistently.


  • Balance fore and aft in varying conditions
  • Heel to assist with steering and helm balance
  • Combine balance, steering and sheeting for balance


Sail Trim

  • Sheeting to maximize speed and manage power in all directions
  • Adjust sails using yang, cunningham, outhaul and bridle height
  • Demonstrate ability to trim leech shape
  • Depower using sail controls
  • Depower using steering and sheeting



  • Steer to keep telltales flying 90% of the time
  • Sail by the lee for 5 minutes without gybing
  • Steer, trim and balance for a proper upwind course


Head Up

  • Head up around a mark
  • Match sheeting to rate of turn
  • Adjust foils and balance boat to head up
  • Demonstrate a tactical rounding (wide/close)


Bear Off

  • Bear off around a mark
  • Match sheeting to rate of turn
  • Balance boat to bear off
  • Demonstrate wide/close and close/wide roundings
  • Adjust foils when bearing off



  • Tack to clear air when covered
  • Tack on command and at 1 minute intervals
  • Tack into a clean lane
  • Tack onto a layline
  • Roll for optimal speed during tack if possible



  • Gybe on command and at 1 minute intervals
  • Gybe to clear air when covered
  • Gybe onto a layline
  • Roll for optimal speed during gybe



  • Stop at a mark and on command
  • Reach to a stop and sail backwards
  • Identify and stop on a line between two marks



  • Adjust sheeting and balance to accelerate in different conditions
  • Accelerate from a line between marks
  • Accelerate at the end of a 2 minute countdown



  • Sail at different speeds while beating/reaching/running
  • Slow boat by dragging stern, over-steering and backing main



  • Secure dinghy and spars on roof racks or a trailer
  • Evaluate potential hazards at a new sailing venue
  • Tune the base setting of your training boat



  • Identify lifts and headers, communicate shifts to partner
  • Demonstrate understanding of parts 1, 2a and 2b of the rules


Physical Literacy

  • Play games/activities to promote endurance and flexibility


Mental Training

  • Set skill/process based goals for training and racing sessions
  • Maintain a written log book throughout training
  • Participate in a club race or training camp at a local club