Sailing School 2021 – 2022

Contact Person: Nina Duckles

For Sailing School enquiries please email –

Sailing School 2021 – 2022 is fast approaching and we can’t wait to get on the water! Open day was on 17 October and the first day of sailing will be on 31 October. Come at 08:30 to help rig boats and be ready to get on the water at 09:00

Registration forms are now open. Please fill out one for each participant.

Junior/Youth Form (aged 18 & under, attending secondary, intermediate, or primary school)

Adult/Tertiary Student Registration form

Sailing School Dates:

17 October 2021 – Open Day
31 October 2021 – 5 December 2021
5 December 2021 – Dallas Knox Sailing School Dinghies race
13 February 2022  – 7 April 2022

Sailing School Time:

Come by 08:30 to help rig boats and be ready for a brief and to get on the water by 09:00.  Sailors will be out on the water until around noon (weather dependent). Sailors will derig and store their boats and have a debrief before leaving.

Sailing School Fees:

Adults/Tertiary Students – $250
Junior/Youth – $150
Fees can be paid by internet banking before 31 October or by eftpos on 31 October.

Westpac Bank.  Account Number: 03-0905-0914990-01
Reference: Sailing School “Sailor’s first AND last name”

NOTE: To participate in Sailing School, all sailors must be OYC members, individually or as part of a family membership.
Instructions on how to become a member and fees are listed on the Sailing School form.

Instructors:   Jenny Armstrong, Erik Stibbe, Warren McNoe, Zach Stibbe, Pepa Cloughley.

Who can join Sailing School?

The Otago Yacht Club’s Sailing Lessons are suitable for people aged 7 years through to
adults. We have many families coming along to learn together.

What should sailors bring?

Sailors need suitable sailing clothing for the cold Dunedin harbour (wetsuit,
booties/water shoes), a towel, and a warm change of clothes. The yacht club will supply
the boats, helmets, and buoyancy aids, but if you have your own you are most welcome
to bring them along.

Can parents/caregivers help?

We like to see all parents / caregivers assisting with rigging, launching, helping on
rescue boats, and ramp supervision as this is a busy time for the instructors. Don’t
worry you don’t need to be experienced as we will help you along!

What boats are sailed at sailing school?

Sailors will be taught in dinghies suitable for their size and skill level. The club owns
Optimists, Toppers, Sunbursts, 420’s, and Open Skiffs..

What will I learn?

Wind direction – Rigging a range of dinghies – Sailing skills – Rope work – Safety –
Basic sailing rules – Launching and Recovery – Naming of boat parts.