Sailing School 2022

Contact Person: Nina Duckles
For sailing school enquires please email

Registrations for Sailing School 2021-2022 are closed. If you are interested in sailing with us in the 2022-2023 season, look out for a registration link on the OYC Facebook page in October.

Sailing School Dates:
13 February – 3 April 2022

Sailing School Time:
Arrive by 08:30 to help rig boats and be all 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.

Instructors: Jenny Armstrong, Erik Stibbe, Zach Stibbe, Peppa Cloughley, Micah Duckles.

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.

Youth Sailors
Parents / whānau need to be available to support youth sailors before and after sailing with setting up and putting away the boats and shore supervision as this is a busy time for the instructors. We’d also love help in the coach boats and shore support. 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.