Dinghy Courses


“Learn to Sail and Race a Dinghy ” This program has been developed to provide a safe introduction to catamaran sailing for teenagers and adults. It starts with the fundamental knowledge of how to sail for complete beginners and progresses through the levels, teaching more advanced skills and techniques. The program will teach you the skills and give you the experience to be able to sail in club racing and/or enjoy being out on the water without the need of an Instructor. South of Perth Yacht Club uses the 6 club owned Hobie Waves for these programs.  

Hobie Wave Courses
Once you have completed level 2 you have the option of joining the Hobie Green Fleet, a weekly training group designed to further advance your skills on a consistent basis until you are ready to transition into one of our club fleets and start club racing. It is a good idea for sailors to join the Green Fleet and then complete level 3 if they want to do additional training in a consolidated time frame or learn more racing specific skills.

Level 1 – Start Sailing – 20 hours, $350.00
Here you are introduced to the fun of catamaran sailing in a safe and supportive environment. You will learn how to rig and de-rig the boat, launch and sail back to the beach, the skills of capsizing, how to sail in a straight line and how to tack and gybe the boat to turn it around.

Saturday Courses (for teenagers and adults)
Run over 5 Saturdays, 0830 – 1230 on the following dates:
28 October, 4, 11, 18 and 25 November

Summer Holidays (for teenagers)
Monday 18 December to Friday 22 December, 0830 – 1230
Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January, 0830 -12.30

Level 2 – Better Sailing – 12 hours, $220.00
Here you will continue to develop your skills and learn how to sail a boat upwind and downwind. There is a focus on improving your boat handling techniques and team work.

Summer Holidays (for teenagers)
9 January to Thursday 11 January, 0830 – 1230

Saturday Courses (for teenagers and adults)
Run over 3 Saturdays, 0830 – 1230 on the following dates:
20, 27 January and 3 February

Level 3 – Start Racing – 20 hours, $380.00
This racing courses introduces you to the competitive side of sailing as you learn the basics of racing. You will be taught how to improve your performance and compete at a higher level focusing on understanding tactics, wind patterns and boat tuning techniques.

Term 4 School Holidays (for teenagers)
Monday 22 January to Friday 26 January, 13:00 – 17:00

Saturday Courses (for teenagers and adults)
Run over 5 Saturdays, 0830 – 1230 on the following dates:
3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 March 0830 – 1230

Hobie Wave Green Fleet
Weekly training group, Sunday morning 09:00 – 12:00.

The objective of the Green Fleet is to create a training environment using the club owned Hobie Waves for people who have learnt to sail and would like to continue to develop their skills until they have the confidence to join a club fleet and participate in club racing and/or be able to sail a boat on their own without an Instructor. It is a weekly training session which runs all throughout the year except for a break in July during winter, over long weekends and a two week break over Christmas.

To be in the Green Fleet you need to join the club as a member and complete the training form below. The membership fee is dependent on the membership type you choose and the training fee is $40.00 a month, divided into 2 time frames for the payment, August to December and January to June. The amount for both payments is worked out using a pro rata system, taking into account the month you join the training group.

Club Membership Information You can join under any preferred membership category with the exception of Associate, Social or Scout. A cost effective option is to join as a junior if you are under 18 or as a Crew member as an adult.
Hobie Wave Green Fleet Training Form

If you would like any more information, please contact the Head Coach, Tessa Parkinson headcoach@sopyc.com.au 0417 943 340