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.
21 and 28 October, 4, 11 and 18 November, 2017
13, 20 and 27 January, 3 and 10th February
10, 17, 24 and 31 March and 7th April
This course is designed as a follow on from the Start Crewing and Helming Course to teach sailors how to work with the spinnaker. The instructor will teach the group the fundamental rules of sailing . The cost is $250.
Course Dates: 2018
This course is run over 5 Saturdays from 0900 – 1300.
14, 21 and 28 January
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, Thursday Twilight or Saturday afternoon race.
The cost is $220 for 4 race days and each boat can have 4 participants plus the onboard coach.
Saturday Course Dates: 13:25 Race Start Time, arrive at the club at 12:30, finishes around 16:30
10, 17, and 24 February, 10 March
Thursday Twilight Dates: 18:00 Race Start Time, arrive at the club 17:00,
finishes around 19:30
16, 23, 30 November and 7 December, 2017