Who We Are

Who We Are

Established in 1931, Sail Canada is the national governing body for the sport of sailing. We are committed to excellence in performance, developing our leaders and training our sailors. The pursuit of Olympic success fuels our focus not only on our Team athletes but also on Canada’s next generation of performance sailors, and all the partners, clubs and coaches who support them. 

This culture is strewn throughout all that we do. Sail Canada believes that everyone should experience what sailing has to offer and everyone can sail. With the valued support from our partners, the Provincial Sailing Associations and our member clubs and schools, sailing is promoted in all its forms. From dinghies to keelboats, cruising to navigation, windsurfing to powerboating and parasailing, we set standards and deliver programs for Canadians of all ages and abilities. Facilitating programs from home pond to podium – we set sail to win and sail for life.


Sailing will be a leading lifelong recreational and competitive sport in Canada, inspired by exceptional achievements from Canadians sailing in world and international competitions MISSION – We foster the development and promotion of sailing in Canada, providing quality services and programs to clubs and sailors, through communication and collaboration with our stakeholders.

Core Values


Strategic Plan

In 2010 Sail Canada (then CYA – Canadian Yachting Association) formulated a strategic plan to align with the Sail Canada LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development). The Executive Director and staff, together with the Board of Directors, Provincial Executive Directors, Provincial Council and various other volunteers, created the plan. The effort produced a Strategic Plan that encompassed a significant mandate for the organization.

Following London 2012, the athlete development committee convened working sessions to develop a high-performance plan entitled “Vision 2020”. This was a plan that was set out to improve sailing results in international competition culminating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games. In 2013/2014 the board undertook additional stakeholder engagement in an effort to revisit and update the strategic plan. Led by a panel of board members, a strategic framework was created which was the foundation of the current strategic plan. A two-page document was created to simplify the vision and present the organization’s mission in an easier to digest format.

This plan was approved at the AGM in October 2014. To further define the plan and move towards KPI’s and specific goals, the board met in December 2015 to further sharpen the strategic framework. As a result of these discussions, targets for Participation, Development and Performance were put in place and approved by the board in early 2016. This document is a further evolution of the strategic framework as the CEO has begun the work to operationalize the plan. The goal of this plan is to link the general principles, KPI’s and goals to specific activities of the staff and their committees. In parallel with this effort, the work has been done to ensure that the governance of the organization is set up to facilitate this effort going forward.

To complement this Strategic Plan, the High-Performance Plan was created with a focus on developing a High-Performance System that will consistently produces athletes capable of contending for medals at all world championships and Olympic Games. There is also a renewed focus to ensure that all Sail Canada programs and services are amongst the “best in class” and aligned with “Best Practices” world-wide. To reach these targets it will require the engagement and input of all stakeholders in the sailing community and an increased financial investment by the organization.

This strategic plan strives to increase our communications with our members and stakeholders and we will be surveying our members to better understand their needs. It has been a concerted effort of the board, volunteers, provincial EDs and Sail Canada staff to produce this strategic document. This plan was revised in April 2018.

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