Keelboat Courses

Keelboat Program

The National Keelboat Program provides a fun and accessible entry into sailing and gives participants further opportunity to improve and develop sailing skills and techniques.

The courses will equip you with the essentials required to safely sail a small boat without the fear of capsizing or getting wet! As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each person’s role and how teamwork plays a major part of being an effective crew.

You should come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a small boat competently and for those that wish, you can progress to larger yachts or participate as crew on a racing yacht.

Start Crewing and Helming
Keelboats allow you to learn to sail without fear of capsizing, and usually with several other people on the boat.  Learning to sail in self-righting keelboats provides a learning platform that is stable yet responsive.  As your skills progress, you will also develop an understanding of each person’s role and how teamwork plays a major part in being an effective crew.  You will come away with the knowledge and confidence to sail a smallboat competently and for those that wish, you can progress to larger boats or participate as crew on a racing boat.  The courses are run on the BW8 yachts.  The BW8 is 8m long and sailed with 4 to 5 crew.    The cost is $350.

Course Dates: 2017 – 18
The course is run over 5 saturdays from 0830-1230.
22 and 29 April, 6,13 and 20 May, 2017
19 and 26 August, 2, 9 and 16 September, 2017
21 and 28 October, 4, 11 and 8 November, 2017
10, 17 and 24 February, 3 and 10 March, 2018

7, 14, 21 and 28 April and 5 May, 2018

Spinnakers & Start Racing Course
This course is designed as a follow on from the Start Crewing and Helming Course to teach sailors how to work with the spinnaker and to learn how to compete in a sailing race.  The instructor will teach the group the fundamental rules of sailing and the format of racing.  The cost is $380.

Course Dates: 2017 – 18
This course is run over 5 Saturdays from 0830 -1230.
19 and 26 August, 2, 9 and 16 September, 2017
10, 17 and 24 February, 3 and 10 March, 2018

Keelboat Integration Course
This course is designed to integrate sailors from the Crew/Helming Course into club racing.  The coach will sail with the team on board the yacht as part of either the Wednesday afternoon race, Wednesday Twilight or Saturday afternoon race.
The cost is $220 for 4 days racing.

Please email expressions of interest to Fiona : owgadmin@sopyc.com.au