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Beginners boys and girls aged 9-14 years and over are invited to join the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club 'Learn to Sail' programme. To assist those wishing to begin, BBYC makes available 25 plastic Optimist and 3 Sunburst dinghies for the immediate use of young sailors. The duration of each level 1 is 5 lessons (weeks), each lesson is of 4 hours duration and  will be run either in the morning or afternoon depending on tide. Sunday Classes are available.

Course Fees are:

  • Level One (Beginners)  $240
  • Level Two (Sailing Fast) $240
  • Level Three (Learn to Race)  $240

Course content for Level 1 beginners 'Start Sailing' includes topics such as: Wind Direction - Rigging an Optimist - Sailing Skills - Rope Work - Safety - Basic Sailing Rules - Launching and Recovery - Naming of Boat Parts - Capsizing.

Course content for Level 2 'Sailing Faster" includes topics such as: Learn more lingo - Safety Advanced - Knot knowledge - Weather, tides and currents - Balance essentials - Points of sail - advanced - Launching and retreaving  - more tips - Tacking technique - The art of gybing - Boat handling

Course content for Level 3 (Learn to Race) includes topics such as: Ready to race - Boat Balance - Forces on the boat - Start and finish lines - Tactics and  strategy - Mark roundings - Ways of the weather - Communication and team work.


Weekend Course (Sundays) 5 weeks - please contact the Sailing Academy at for the next course dates  TBC




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