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We have a great programme for adults - whether you have never sailed before - or are looking at taking the next step up to racing. Most courses have week night or weekend options.


Learn to Sail - Level One

This course is for complete beginners, or sailors with limited knowledge. The course runs every Saturday for three weeks 9am until 3pm. The course is a mixture of both theory and practical, it is a level 1 Yachting New Zealand Seamanship course. By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of sailing and be a confident crew on a sailboat. Course Costs $492.00. 

The start dates for level one are:-  

10 February 2018 - 4 spaces available

17 February 2018 - 4 spaces available


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Please note if paying by PAYPAL to confirm spaces available with the Sailing Academy before booking. 


Learn to Sail - Level Two

This course is for someone who already has a knowledge of sailing or who has completed the Level 1 course. The course runs four Saturdays 9am - 3pm.  In this course you will build on what you have learnt in Level 1, you will also cover anchoring, navigation and seamanship. At the end of this course you will take a boat out without an instructor on board. Course costs $644.00.  Next Course date to be advised.

The next start dates for level 2  -  10th February 2018

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Please note if paying by PAYPAL to confirm spaces available with the Sailing Academy before booking.


Learn to Race

This course is for people who are already competent sailors and want to get into racing.  You will be an active crew on a J24 with an experienced coach.  Every week you will rotate crew position through helm, mainsheet, bow, jib, trimmer and pit.  You will be taught how to use the spinniker, boat handling, race tactics, and how to win. For this course you race in the BBYC Wednesday night series beginning middle of February 2018 for four weeks. Course costs $300.00.

Next Course - 14th  February 2018 (dates for course as follows 14th Feb, 28th Feb, 7th Mar, 14th Mar) 

Start time 5.15pm too 8.30pm (please note these times are approx.)

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Learn to Sail Refresher Course - Adults REFRESH YOUR SKILLS

Has it been a while since you sailed?

Would you like to fine tune any of your sailing skills?

Would you like to get your confidence back on the water again?

Or, if you just feel like coming out on a days relaxing day sailing?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions it is the perfect opportunity to get back on the water.  

The Sailing Academy is offering refresher sails in our J24 keelboats on the following dates:


9.00am-3.00pm - Price $120.00 per day minimum 3 people per boat.

Dont miss out, enrol now, bookings essential.

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Why Us?

Best Boats We have the perfect boat for you to learn to sail on. The BBYC Sailing Academy has its own fleet of five modified J24 Keelboats. J24’s are the best size boat to learn on and ours have been purposely modified for Learn to Sail.

Best Instructors We have a great team of Instructors at BBYC sailing academy. Our Instructors are dedicated to giving you the best learn to sail experience available. Our instructors are Yachting New Zealand qualified and have a huge amount of sailing and Coaching experience.

Instructor to student ratio On each boat we have 4 students and one instructor, this means you are an active part of the crew the whole time as well as getting much more attention from the instructor.

Follow on courses and support Our goal is not only to teach you how to sail, but to get you regularly sailing and racing out of our club. We offer a comprehensive training program, from learn to sail though to advanced racing and crew placement.

Value for money Not only do we run the best course around it is also the cheapest!!!

Our Instructors

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Contact: Sarah-Jane Fairley Phone: 095343046 ext. coach or email: