Here at Glendowie Boating Club we are passionate about introducing people to sailing at all levels. For our young first-time sailors we offer a teaching and coaching pathway to take them from complete beginners through to competent sailors, where they can then join with our race training fleets for competitive sailing.
The first level is called Learn To Sail where the sailors from 9 years of age are introduced to the Optimist dinghy and the basics of sailing are taught. At this level it is all about becoming competent in the boats and learning to sail their boats independently. At Glendowie we offer enthusiastic coaches with experience and an excellent understanding of coaching at this level to teach the kids in the best way possible. At this level the club provides each child with an Optimist dinghy for the duration of the course (stored at the club). This gives the freedom of having a go at sailing without the up-front commitment and cost of buying a boat.
Once competent in their sailing the sailors move into the Upskillers level where they are introduced to basics of racing and how to sail around a racing course. Again, competent and enthusiastic coaches are employed to provide the sailors with the best education possible and introduce this new level in a fun way. At this level sailors are required to purchase their own Optimist dinghies to sail in. The club has many experienced coaches and parents that can advise on purchasing a dinghy and the club also has the ability to store dinghies at the club in secure sheds, thus avoiding the need to take boats home after each session.
Once capable of sailing around a course the sailors move into the Optimist racing fleets, first the Green fleet and then onto the Open fleet to compete with top-level youngsters. At this level we encourage sailors to participate in regattas and events around the country. After the Optimist, sailors can move into the Starling, a New Zealand designed boat for which Glendowie is the home and in which sailors can compete at a higher level.
All through the learning process the club provides support for the sailors and their families assisting in the purchasing of boats, maintenance and become involved in the sailing sport. Most importantly to our club is the integration of all members into the community and providing a place to be involved in sailing in a fun way.
Come down to the club on Sundays or get in contact with Anthony McBride on Ph 021 521 013
Come down and have a go!