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Toronto Schools?

Hey Folks,

Looking for some suggestions on saiing schools in Toronto. I have lots of boating and windsurfing experience, but no time in a sailboat.

I live close to the Leslie Spit. I googled a query and Westwood came up. Nice and close. Looks good to me, but what do I know? As the ADD in my name would suggest, I oft have a hard time memorizing and adhering to, uh oh, I forgot what I was thinking...oh yah, structure... I do however, learn very quickly when taught the "whys" as opposed to just the "hows".

Thanks for any input.
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My club, the National Yacht Club near the foot of Bathurst Street (streetcars, easy access) has one of the best adult learn-to-sail programs around. I should know: I took it. Now I'm planning on circumnavigating...

We also have a large fleet of Sharks and dinghies for crew use.

Check it out: National Yacht Club - Toronto - www.thenyc.com
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Scarborough Bluffs Sailing Club also has a decent program.
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I think Humber College is really the best when it comes to learning to sail in Toronto. However I have just completed the CYA basic course in Mississauga and they are doing the on water time in 42 foot Hunters. Its an older crowd. There is a instructor John Hosty you can call him through Angus Yachts in Mississauga he can set you up in your area. They are doing lots of courses as they are time sharing Hunter Sailboats and members have to have the CYA Basic Course.
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Thanks for all the replies! Scarborough is probably too far to drag my arse to, (I know it's not that far, but I'm about 2 minutes from Cherry Beach/Outer Harbour, so being able to ride a bike to lessons has a certain appeal.

The National looks interesting.

And the thought of doing some saling on larger boats at the Mississauga club would be a nice way to see the possible future for me. After reading much on here about the merits of learning on a dinghy, I wonder how that would work. Then again it is a bit of a jaunt for me to get there. The larger boats are tempting. My sketchy plan is to learn this summer, and buy something over the winter if I've catch the sailing bug.
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