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Pelican Yacht Club sign at the entrance to the club facilitiesPelican Yacht Club sign at the entrance to the club facilities


Learn to Sail!

at the Pelican Yacht Club

300 Queen Street, Ninette, Manitoba

Pelican Lake is 45 minutes southeast of Brandon


Check out the Pelican Yacht Club video here!

Sail boats on the shore with youth standing beside them as part of their lessonsSail boats on the shore with youth standing beside them as part of their lessons

Learn to Sail During Covid-19:

We are proud to say that Manitoba was the first Province in Canada approved to have sailing return to sport during Covid-19 and PYC ran a successful Learn to Sail program during the summer of 2020. Learn to Sail Coaches and PYC Executive have been working with Sail Manitoba to ensure Best Practices for Safe Return to Sailing in Manitoba during Covid-19. We will continually review appropriate safety measures and preventative practices as the Covid-19 situation evolves.

We will follow the guidelines from Sail Manitoba to abide by the Government of Canada’s direction to carefully follow physical distancing practices and to respect the directives and regulations of all Public Health Authorities and provincial and regional governments.

Students socially distanced 
in the clubhouse learning 
sailing theory.Students socially distanced in the clubhouse learning sailing theory.

Goals of Learn to Sail:

1.) Learn to Sail! Love to Sail! Live to Sail! 

    We want to produce sailors who will continue to develop their love for sailing for the rest of their lives!

2.) Provide sailing instruction to everyone, regardless of age, skill level, or physical ability.

    Our programs include:

  • Nationally recognized courses created by Sail Canada (CanSail Program)
  • Individualized instruction tailored to each student
  • Instruction for persons with disabilities and their companions
  • Private and semi-private lessons for all ages

Students of all ages learn sailing skills by entering fun and challenging experiences suited to their age and stage of development. The CanSail Program offers plenty of time on the water in a safe and active learning environment. Lessons are taught in Optimist, Laser or Laser 2 sail boats that are provided by the Pelican Yacht Club.

Students practicing sailing with the instructor watching from the safety boat.Students practicing sailing with the instructor watching from the safety boat.

Students are welcome to join Thursday Night Racing (weather permitting) which is an

informal racing clinic offered to all registered students.






















9 small sailboats racing9 small sailboats racing

 Sailing Instructors

Lucas McPhail-Stouffer - Head Instructor

Ben Stephenson - Assistant Instructor

Lucas and Ben regularly update their credentials with Sail Manitoba to continually increase

their skills as coaches.



We look forward to getting you all out onto the water for fun, active, and safe learning experiences! 


Safety measures and expectations of parents and students are suited to the current regulations. These best practices will be shared by Instructors at time of registration. Due to Covid-19, this summer, sailing lessons will be available to students aged 8 and up.



Parents of students aged 8-10 are asked to remain on site to ensure social distancing

and other precautions are followed safely.

Sailing Lesson Times/Costs:

CanSail 1&2: Offered to students aged 8 and up. Lessons start with introductory concepts of tacking, gybing, sailing terminology as well as many other on and off water skills. Lessons will be tailored to age, stage of development and experience. Based on age and experience, students will be matched to the appropriate style of sailboat: Optimist, Laser or Laser 2

Times: 9:00-4:00 Monday-Friday

Cost: $200


CanSail 3&4: is designed for advanced sailors that have successfully completed the CanSail 1&2 programs. This program focuses on building on the basic skills previously learned. Levels 3&4 are typically taught in 2-week blocks Mon-Fri from 9:00-4:00 (could complete 1 week per season)

Times: TBA with Instructors

Cost: $200 for each week


Private Lessons:

Book a 3-hour private lesson for sailors of all ages & experience from introductory to experienced!

Times: TBA with Instructors

Cost: $85 for a one:one lesson

Cost: $65 for one:two lesson (one instructor with 2 students)

Bubble/Cohort/Family Deal: with minimum of 4 people, $40 per person


Private Lessons for Persons with Disabilities:

Persons with disabilities, along with their companion, are taught through private instruction tailored to each student. Activities include safety, rigging, basic sailing skills and VHF radio use.

Times: TBA with Instructors

Cost: $65



Students talking on the shore beside the sailboats.Students talking on the shore beside the sailboats.

LTS Dates for CanSail 1&2


CanSail 3&4 and Private Lessons

- can be arranged individually with Instructors by email:

- CanSail 3&4 requires 2 weeks for completion (could complete 1 week per season)


CanSail 1&2:

 July 5-9 – CanSail 1&2

July 12-16 – CanSail 1&2 

July 19-23 – CanSail 1&2

July 26-30 – CanSail 1&2

Aug 2-6 – CanSail 1&2

Aug 9-13 – CanSail 1&2

August 16-20 – CanSail 1&2

August 21 – Little Bird Regatta

August 23-27 -Private Lessons/CanSail 3/4 


August 21 - Little Bird Regatta!  - All Registered Students - Mark your calendars!

Little Bird is an Exciting Annual Event that our sailing students look forward to every year! It includes races for our students along with fun activities and celebrations of the summer’s achievements!

This event will run as long as Covid-19 Regulations allow.


Private Lessons are offered by request throughout the summer (typically after 4:00 on weekdays during Learn to Sail lesson weeks or on weekends, sometimes may be able to accommodate during the day on weekdays) – arrange with instructors by email:



To Register for Learn to Sail: 

Registration Form (to print):

Waiver Form (to print):

Payment/Waiver (online):


For questions or to discuss dates available: Email  


Information on Covid 19 Protocols: 


Pelican Yacht Club Learn to Sail Program will follow Sail Manitoba and Provincial Health guidelines for Best Practices for Safe Sailing. Participants will be taken on a first come, first served basis (paid on Checklick and/or confirmed with Instructors by email for each week. Refunds will be provided if maximum number of participants cannot be accommodated due to current restrictions. LTS Instructors will do their best to accommodate everyone who wants to learn to sail with us!

Sail Manitoba’s Best Practices was re-approved in April 2021 by the Province of Manitoba and Sport Manitoba to Return to Sail based on the guidelines to keep everyone safe. The Return to Sail Best Practices continued to be updated to reflect the Health Order of the Province of Manitoba.

Sail Manitoba Website:

Sail Manitoba Public Notice and Best Practices for Covid-19:



Be Prepared for Your Sailing Experience!


Due to COVID-19 Please discuss with your child that

no sharing of personal items or food is allowed.


  • Complete Covid-19 Self-Screening Tool for Participant and Parent/Guardian prior to arrival each day
  • First Day – Must Bring Paper Copy of Waiver Form Signed by Parent and Emergency Contact/Attending Guardian’s contact information
  • Must Bring Paper Copy of Registration Form Signed by Parent
  • Life Jacket - Due to COVID19 you must bring your own personal flotation device – there will be no borrowing or sharing of items


The following is a list of clothing suitable for most weather conditions when sailing. Remember, weather conditions can change quickly so it is always better to have too much than not enough. It is most likely that these items will get wet, so it is a good idea to bring a change of clothes and footwear for the ride home!


What to bring for all conditions:

  • Pair of closed toe shoes - Crocs are ultimate!
  • Sunhat, sunglasses, sunscreen – please label your sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes and footwear
  • Windbreaker
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch and/or snacks (Litter-less Lunch – containers as opposed to single use plastic/garbage)

 Cold/wet weather conditions:

  • Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt - no jeans please
  • Sweater
  • Rain gear

 Warm weather conditions:

  • Bathing suit
  • Shorts and t-shirt

 Extra things: 

  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer (non-alcohol due to risk of heat with alcohol-based sanitizer)
  • Physical distancing will be practiced & hand sanitizer available on site
  • Masks for indoor use and outdoors as per current health orders – option: a breathable, UV protected buff

4 boats on the water with their reflection in the water.  4 boats on the water with their reflection in the water.



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