420 Junior Varsity


420 Junior Varsity is an option in the junior sailing sequence after the completion of 420/White Sail. Sailors MUST BE thirteen (13) years of age to participate. 

The 420 JV uses 420 sailboats with spinnaker and trapeze. The sailors work on their advanced sailing skills learning how to hike, trapeze, fly spinnaker and develop problem solving abilities.  In conjunction with time on the water, on land classes cover the physics of sailing, sail flow and sail controls. Our instructors are well trained and knowledgeable; in addition to teaching sailing fundamentals they strive to foster teamwork and a lifelong bond between our sailors. Generally, sailors spend an entire summer in the Junior Varsity 420 program and follow the CANSail 4/5 curriculum. Applicants must have CANSail 3 and/or coach approval. 
Please note that enrollment is limited so it is recommended to apply early. 

Monday through Friday
  • 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
Class meets under the tent on the side lawn, adjacent to the playground

Prices are in Canadian Dollars, 
tax will be added for ages 15+

$250.00 per week

July Session
Week 1:  June 26th to June 30th                     
Week 2:  July 3rd to July 7th      
Week 3:  July 10th to July 14th 
Week 4:  July 17th to July 21st
Week 5:  July 24th to July 28th 
  • Includes coaching and a C420 charter during class times
  • C420 usage for evening racing is included and at your coaches discretion
  • Participation in regattas is optional. Regatta fees are not included in program cost. Regatta fees are divided among participants and vary depending upon number of sailors and travel distance.
  • Non-members add an additional 20% surcharge. A Member may take a Non-Member's spot up until 2 weeks prior to the start of the class and a full refund will be given to the Non-Member.
  • There are no refunds in the event of inclement weather (on-shore instruction and activities will substitute)
420 Junior Varsity Regattas
July 8 & 9: Fogh-Boorman, Hamilton, ON
July 18 & 19: Junior CAN-AM, Youngstown, NY
July 25 - 28: 420 North Americans, BCC

Week 6:  July 31st to August 4th 
Week 7:  August 7th to August 11th                                      
Week 8:  August 14th to August 18th
  • Participation in regattas will incur additional fees

420 Junior Varsity Regattas
August 13 - 17: CORK, Kingston, ON 
*Must have previous regatta experience and be selected for competition by your coach

Optional Spring & Fall 420 Junior Varsity Regattas 
May 28 & 29: Lilac Festival, Hamilton, ON
June 9 - 11: US Sailing Junior Olympics, Mentor Harbor, OH
August 26 & 27: Hans Fogh, Toronto, ON
*Must have previous regatta experience and be selected for competition by your coach

​Meet on the side lawn under the tent.

The regatta dates are also available on the BCC Team Up Calendar within the
2017 BCC Junior Activities calendar

The goal of regatta attendance for the 420 JV sailors is to introduce a broader view of sailing competition to our young sailors. They learn to work together to load and unload trailers, rig and navigate regatta logistics. Not only do these events offer new scenery, the trips increase our sailors' confidence and ability to conquer new challenges.

Specific information regarding regattas will be supplied by the sailing instructors during the summer. 

Any sailor participating in regattas must have the following form on file in the BCC Junior Activities Office (complete information and return our
Junior Activities Coordinator. Please note that this form MUST BE NOTARIZED and should be on file at the beginning of the season.
Please click here to retrieve form

What to Bring:

  • Life jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Sandals /water shoes /sailing boots
  • Towel
  • Spare change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Splash top/sailing pant depending on weather
  • Sailing gloves
Tuesday Night Lightning Racing
In addition to our day program, Tuesday evenings at the BCC is Lightning racing. We have an incredible group of adults who are Lightning boat owners and sailors and will help introduce the boat and refine teamwork in a 3 person boat. Many Lightning sailors often need crew for Tuesday night racing (gathering at 5:30pm, races start at 6:30pm) and this is a great way to get connected with one of the strongest Lightning fleets in the world! Questions about Tuesday night sailing? Please contact PC
David Starck.

Wednesday Night Races
Wednesday night races is an adjunct program designed for our junior sailors to give them a more competitive racing experience while still working in a familiar environment. It is open to sailors from our Wet Feet to our 420 Varsity team. To participate, check with your sailing instructor if you have questions as to whether or not your child is ready for racing. Sailors must be registered for the Junior Sailing Program in order to participate/ use a BCC Fleet Boat. Sailors should arrive at the BCC no later than 5:30 pm to rig their boats and head onto the water. Sailing generally concludes between 7:00 pm-7:30 pm. Scoring for the races works in three week blocks; awards are given at the Junior Activities Banquet at the end of the summer for each category of boats. After racing, there is a parent sponsored potluck under the tent on the side lawn. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share; it is a great way to know other families in the program. Questions? Please contact John Marynowski, who is heading up the Wednesday night races in 2017.

Thursday Night Racing
You don't need your own boat to get out on the water and sail! Members at the Club are always looking for Crew on Thursday night. If interested, please contact Stephen Allen, Fleet Captain. We also have the opportunity for our youth to join our race committee. We offer race committee training and everyone is welcome to join and ride along on the Burgee. Please refer to the Racing tab on the website for more information.