OYC Youth Sailing Academy 2023-2024

Contact Person: Peter Wilhelmsen
For enquires please email otagoyachtclub@gmail.com

The first day of the OYC Youth Sailing Academy will be Sunday 5 November 2023

The Youth Sailing Academy caters for students from 8 to 17 years of age. The training is held on Sunday mornings. The sailors could be divided into two learning groups. Learn to Sail is for recreational sailors that want to learn the basics and gain experience on the water and Learn to Race for more experienced sailors that want to learn to participate in regattas.

We are currently just compiling a list of students interested in the above sail training. Depending on the level of interest, numbers may have to be restricted. Initially please fill out THIS FORM, one for each participant.
Successful applicants will later be forwarded a separate Registration form to complete.

The Proposed Dates:
5 Nov – First day of Youth Sailing Academy
3 Dec – Last day of YSA for 2023
4 Feb – YSA resumes
17 Mar 2024 – Last day of Youth Sailing Academy

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). After sailing, sailors are expected to derig and store their boats and attend a debrief.

All sailors would need to become junior members of the Otago Yacht Club or be listed as part of a family membership. (The fees for a junior member is currently $80)

Westpac Account Number: 03-0905-0914990-01
Reference: YSA sailor’s surname

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 family help?
Yes! We would not be able to run YSA without assitance from family. We like to see family 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 YSA?
Sailors will be taught in dinghies suitable for their size and skill level as determined by the coaches. 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.