Holiday Programme

This Introduction to Sailing programme is offered as a Holiday programme, which is a 5 day, 3 1/2 hours per day course held in the school holidays using a club optimist training dinghy. Sailors must be aged 9 or older, and be a competent swimmer.   Parents are not required to be present for this programme, although parents are welcome at any time. Sailors are advantaged in the long term if parents take an active interest in learning rigging and basic techniques.

The dates for the next School Holiday Introduction to Sailing programmes are:

  • Monday 16th January to Friday 20th January 2023 inclusive (1pm briefing)
  • Monday 23rd January to Friday 27th January 2023 inclusive (9am briefing)
  • Tuesday 11th April to Friday 14th April 2023 inclusive (9am briefing)

The cost of the course is $360.00 per sailor and includes the use of a club Optimist training dinghy and all coaching fees.  Registrations can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Introduction to Sail Checklist

This is a list of the gear you need to bring along for your holiday programme course.
It doesn’t need to be flash – but you need to be prepared for both sunny and cooler conditions.

  • Wetsuit
  • Thermals – long sleeves and leggings to wear under the wetsuit on cold days.
  • Wind or spray jacket if you have one – some wetsuits only provide limited wind protection.
  • Rash shirt – or other quick drying sun protection.
  • Footwear – wetsuit booties or rock hopper footwear if you have it. Old sneakers or sandals are also fine.
  • Hats – sunhat or cap and a beanie for the colder days.
  • Food – water bottle and snacks.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Towel.
  • A full change of warm clothing.
  • The weather forecast for the day.
  • Any medication or allergy advice (to be passed to the coach on arrival)

Remember it may be colder on the water than on deck so be prepared.

Bring ample snacks and drinks.

Come down to the club on Sundays or get in contact with Anthony McBride, Learn to Sail Coordinator Ph 021 521 013