Learn to Sail  2017/18


Already preparations for the Junior Learn to Sail Program for 2017/18 are under way.

If you are interested in seeing how the programme runs or are interested in how the sailing club runs in general, please feel free to pop down on one of our training dates and have a chat with a friendly club member.

We are running 2 Adult Learn to Sail programmes this season, one either side of Christmas.


Our  junior program

The objectives of our 20 week program are to:

  • have fun & make new friends
  • improve our knowledge of boat parts & functions
  • learn how to rig and unrig a boat
  • learn basic rope work
  • learn how to launch & recover boats
  • learn correct sailing techniques & correct boat handling
  • watch the weather & learn about safety on the water/beach
  • learn correct rescue procedures and what to do when you tip over

Successfully learning these skills will ensure everyone involved in the program will feel more confident and comfortable in and around sailing craft.

At completion of the course, participants should have the skills and confidence to sail around a small course single-handed.

Junior Course Times and Dates

Our Calendar for the 2017/18 season will be as follows

  • Sunday October 22 registration & orientation 10:00am
  • Sunday October 29  is day 1 (all sessions are on Sunday)    
  • November 12,19,26
  • December 3,10,17
  • January 21,28
  • February 4,11,18,25
  • March 4,11,18,25
  • April 8,15,22

Sessions start at 9:00am with students ready in their sailing gear and run to around 11:30am.

We learn together as a group and the morning is complete when all boats are unrigged and back in the racks. No students are to leave the beach until ’class is dismissed’.

As our season progresses we encourage students to give afternoon racing a go……..very small courses will be set and there will be plenty of on-water support and supervision. This is a great way of practicing your new skills, to make more friends and to become involved in the wider club.

The last 6 weeks of the programme are all dedicated to afternoon race participation.  Students will be ready and excited for this challenge.

If the weather is unsuitable, we will give focus to theory & rope work plus some fun on the beach.

PYC is Sunsmart

The club encourages sunsmart behaviour – it is mandatory that all participants wear a hat and sunscreen when outside. Make sure there is some way to tie the hat onto your clothes so it doesn’t blow away.

Adults wanting to learn to sail

They will be run on Saturday mornings commencing at 9am and running to around 11am.

6 sessions will get you confident and out on the water.

Our lead instructor Chris Hewitt will teach you without you realising that you are learning.

Numbers are strictly limited and will cost $250.

Programme #1

dates are (all Saturdays) :

October 28

November 11,18,25

December 2,9


Programme #2

dates TBC


Places on these programmes are very limited.  To register your interest, please contact our Vice Commodore, Jim Kariotis on email jim@earthman.com.au

A Family Friendly Club

We expect parents and carers to be involved in the program. Helping carry & rig boats, assisting with launching & recovering is part of an involvement that will guarantee a happy learning experience for all. This approach is at the heart of the family nature of our club.

Please be aware that all members (or parents, in the case of younger juniors) are required to assist on a duty session on one of our clubs race days. This may be in the canteen or afternoon race recording in the raceroom. This activity underpins the smooth running of our volunteer based club. Your rostered shift will be listed on the Sailing Calendar (on our website or on display in the raceroom). If you are unable to be there on the day, please organise a swap.

The social side of our club is active (and the coffee outstanding) so plan on spending an enjoyable Sunday morning on the beach with your new friends helping your child learn to sail.

Remember that at the London Olympics the Australian sailing team was more successful than the swimming team (and we don’t start training at 5am).


Junior Costs

When you join our club, your programme cost is included in your membership.
Please visit our website for membership details here

What to bring

Most sailors find it useful to have a ‘sailing bag’.

Really useful things that live in your sailing bag include:

  • • a wetsuit (a cold sailor can be an unhappy sailor)
  • • a bouyancy vest (life jacket)
  • • old runners or sailing boots (look after your feet)
  • • bathers & towel
  • • dry clothes
  • • insect repellent (who knew flys go out on the water?)
  • • a basic shackle key (buy one, you will need it)
  • • hat & sunscreen (must have)
  • All participants must wear sunscreen and a hat.
  • We have a number of buoyancy vests available. We can advise you of where to purchase other items if you are unsure.

Register your interest

Please use this form below to register interest in participating in the Learn to Sail Program, or if you have any further questions or concerns and register your child’s interest as there are a limited number of places in the program.

Looking forward to a great season.

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