CANSail Requirements for CANSail 6

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


  • Maintain optimal fore/aft balance when sailing
  • Maintain neutral helm at all times while sailing
  • Use body weight to initiate all boat handling manoeuvres


Boat Handling

  • Perform all balance/sail trim manoeuvres in most effective sequential order


Sail Trim

  • Tune up each day by lining up on a beat with a tuning partner
  • Helm trim main for optimal speed while crew balancing
  • Trim sails to keep leech telltales 2/3 flying
  • Describe how to trim sails for apparent wind
  • Describe how pre-bend affects luff and leech profiles



  • Sail downwind in high and low modes
  • Use body weight to drive through high and low modes


Head Up

  • Head up and tack around a mark in a race
  • Demonstrate a tactical rounding during a race


Bear Off

  • Perform bear away at a mark while racing
  • Perform a gybe set at a mark while racing



  • Tack to perform a close cover while racing
  • Tack to perform a loose cover while racing
  • Tack to duck another boat while racing
  • Perform a double tack to lay a mark and on a start line in a race
  • Perform tacks without flogging jib (if using double handed boat)



  • Gybe from reach to reach
  • Perform a double gybe to lay a leeward mark
  • Select a wave to gybe while surfing



  • Stop to leeward of another boat on a start line
  • Find a hole and stop on a start line with over 5 boats



  • Maintain bow out position prior to accelerating off of a line
  • Cross start line within 3 seconds of start



  • Slow down to avoid a leeward mark pinwheel
  • Hold position for 1 minute at a start line



  • Participate in a mock protest
  • Describe purpose of postponement, abandonment, flags S and C
  • Evaluate rig settings and adjust while sailing
  • Describe how mast butt position affects rake
  • Describe how wind flows over a sail
  • Make a window repair on a sail
  • Explain weather, lee and neutral helm



  • Crew initiate tactical decisions upwind (in a double handed boat)
  • Helm initiate tactical decisions downwind
  • Form a strategic plan to incorporate wind, geography and tide
  • Defend position on a reach, a run and a leeward mark
  • Exonerate yourself from a penalty while racing


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 regional or provincial regatta



  • Participate in a regional training camp
  • Participate in a regional or provincial regatta