CANSail Requirements for CANSail 5

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



  • Demonstrate optimal fore/aft body position at all times while sailing
  • Crew directs balance and trim for helm while beating
  • Demonstrate optimal body position in all conditions
  • Move body and trim to promote planning and surfing


Sail Trim

  • Sail in point and speed modes upwing
  • Sail in high and low modes downwind and on a reach
  • Sheet to maintain correct boat balance in all conditions
  • Depower using sail controls, steering and sheeting



  • Steer to keep telltales flying 90% of the time in all conditions
  • Steer boat to promote planning and surfing


Head Up

  • Head up around a mark
  • Head up and tack around a mark
  • Adjust all sail controls in correct order to head up
  • Demonstrate a tactical rounding (wide/close)


Bear Off

  • Identify opportunities for bear away and gybe sets at a mark
  • Perform a gybe set around a mark
  • Adjust all sail controls in correct order to bear off
  • Demonstrate a tactical rounding
  • Settle into downwind mode within 30 seconds of bear away



  • Tack to perform a close cover
  • Tack to perform a loose cover
  • Tack and duck another boat
  • Perform a double tack to lay a mark
  • Select an appropriate spot to tack in choppy conditions



  • Gybe on command and at 30 second intervals
  • Gybe on a lift
  • Perform a double gybe to lay a mark
  • Select a wave and gybe while surfing



  • Stop to leeward of another boat
  • Find a hole and stop on a start line



  • Accelerate from a reach and from irons
  • Accelerate off of a start line in a race
  • Line up on a beat with a tuning partner and accelerate



  • Identify an opportunity to sail slowly at a leeward mark
  • Hold position on a start line for 30 seconds
  • Double tack on a start line



  • Identify gradient and thermal wind
  • Evaluate geographical and tidal effects at a new sailing venue
  • Evaluate rig settings and adjust while sailing



  • Describe persistent, oscillating and geographical wind shifts
  • Identify the favoured end of the start line while sailing
  • Identify the direction of current while sailing


Physical Literacy

  • Participate in a daily physical warm up prior to training


Mental Training

  • Set skill/process based goals for training and racing sessions
  • Maintain a written log book throughout training



  • Participate in a 1-2 day local regatta