RVYC owns a number of boats which are used to support the Learn to Sail Program, Race Teams and the pleasure of the membership. Certain boats are used only in the specified programs and others can be used for personal use and this will be explained below. There are no costs to use the boats. Please see Criteria for Use of Club-owned Dinghies Policy.
These are roto-moulded plastic; almost indestructible; small one to two child sailboats. Based on the popular Optimist Dinghy these are designed with the true novice and sailing school in mind. These boats are easy to right after a capsize and are almost indestructible. They are used in the Learn to Sail program for our Opti Wet Feet, Opti Basic and CANSail Basic courses.
The Club has a fleet of Optimist Dinghies used for our Learn to Sail Program and our Opti Race Team. The Optimist is the most popular boat in the world and is the boat that most young sailors will start in. Raced internationally by sailors up to 15 years old (145lbs) the Optimist is the perfect platform for young sailors to race locally and up to the worlds level.
The Club has a fleet of Bytes that are no longer raced extensively. At one time, these were the most popular, non-Optimist class boat in Canada for young and small adult sailors drawing huge fleets at CORK and other national events. Designed by Bruce Kirby, of Laser fame, it was everything that should have gone into the laser but didn't. The club keeps two boats at our Outstation in Long Harbour for families and adults to play and race and we have three at the Cadboro Bay location.
The Club has two fleets of Club 420 sail boats. They are 4.2 meters long, two person dinghies. Half of the fleet is rigged for basic sailing (jib and main) while the other half is rigged for advanced sailing and racing (with Spinnaker and trapeze). With the basic rigging they are great platforms for our intro courses as well as the racing sailors not yet progressed enough for spinnaker and trapeze. With spinnaker and trapeze they are ready for BC Circuit Racing and our Advanced Learn to Sail programs. Used in the Club Learn to Sail, School league sailing, fleet and team racing regattas in the summer and throughout the year.
The Club owns a few High Performance 29er skiffs. These high energy, unstable and fun asymmetric spinnaker boats are the hot rods of our dinghy fleet. For the advanced skilled youth and smaller adults they are great platforms for racing and blasting around the bay. Due to the fragile nature of these boats they are not available for charter to the general membership.
Club Martin 242's
The Club M242's are available for charter through our small keelboat program. They are used in our Learn to Sail program as well. These 24 foot boats are the most popular symmetric keelboat fleet at the club. Raced extensively by many on Vancouver Island and in Vancouver. A challenging boat to race it is also ideal for day sailing around the local waters of Cadboro and Oak Bay. Short overnight trips to nearby destinations are also a favorite pastime for these boats. Please book online.
For more information on renting the Club Martin 242's click here.
Learn how to rig the Martin 242 jib here
Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP)
The Stand up paddle boards are available to members at no charge. Please book them online.
These small keel boats are miniature 12 metre boats that are steered with your feet. They are used by the Mini 12 fleet whose members either own their own boat or rent one of the club boats for the season. The fleet is competitive but also has a strong social aspect to it. It is a great way for new members to get involved and meet people.
Coach Boats and Support Vessels
The Club maintains a fleet of coach boats and support vessels that work in our Learn to Sail Program, our Racing Programs and our Race Team Programs.
They are not avauilable for charter. The boats are scheduled through the sailing office and the foreshore for the various events, regattas and activities throughout the year.