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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 for all levers  are:

  • Members of Bucklands Beach Yacht Club $240 
  • Non-members of Bucklands Beach Yacht Club $255

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

Sundays start 3rd September 2017 and go through to 17th December 2017 - 3 x 5 session courses scheduled weather permitting

Course Starting  26th November 2017

Session                               Date                    H.T                     Start Time                       Finish Time

1&2                                    26th Nov              1339                      11.00am                              5.00pm

3                                        3rd Dec                 0735                      8.30am                              12.30pm

4&5                                   10th Dec               1347                      11.00am                              5.00pm

Rainsaver                         17th Dec               0748                      8.30am                               12.30pm             

Next Sunday Course due to start 11th February 2018

For information for summer holiday programmes click here

Then again 11th February 2018 and go through to April 2018 - 3 x 5 session courses scheduled weather permitting

Sessions will either start at approx 9.00am or 1.00pm depending if high tide is in the morning or afternoon.  

Email the Sailing Academy or call 095343046 ext coach for more information.



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