Sailing School

OYC Sailing School 2019 – 2020

Convenor: Marcus Beadell

For enrollment enquiries contact Marcus
Email –   Home phone 477 3783 or Cell phone 021 0835 2656


Vern Hall, Dave Purton, Laszlo Peter, Willy Gardner, Peter Nees, John Schmelz, Rob Cloughley, Marcus Beadell, Warren McNoe, Bill Graham.

Max six sail boats per rescue craft (each rescue boat should be manned by two adults.)

2019 Spring Sailing School

Begins: Sunday 6 October. No sailing school Labour weekend. Ends 15 December.

2020 Summer Sailing School

Begins: 9 February. Ends 5 April.

For enrollment complete the on-line Sailing School Registration Form , and submit.

The Otago Yacht Club has been teaching people how to sail for over 20 years. Past students have gone on to race at local, national and international events while others have gone on to cruise around New Zealand and further a field such as the Greek Islands and Hamilton Island.

Who are Sailing Lessons suitable for?

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 do I need?

All you need is warm clothing, a towel, a change of clothes and a pair of old shoes that can get wet. The yacht club will supply the boats and buoyancy aids, but if you have your own you are most welcome to bring them along.

What boats will I be sailing?

You will be taught in a variety of yachts (one person and two person boats), aimed at giving you a variety of sailing experiences. The club owns Optimists, Toppers, Sunbursts, 420’s and two Monarch 17 Trailer Yachts.

At the end of the year students will be given an opportunity to sail on keelboats and trailer yachts.

How long is the course?

The Otago Yacht Club has two intakes in a season – one prior to Christmas and one after Christmas, both during school term time, 8 weeks long.

The start dates are Sunday 6 October 2019 and Sunday 9 February 2020.  The course is held on Sunday mornings 9am to 12noon.

What will I learn?

Course content for beginners includes topics such as : Wind direction – Rigging an Optimist – Sailing skills – Rope work – Safety – Basic sailing rules – Launching and recovery – Naming of boat parts.

Learn to Race course. Typically students will have attended Sailing Lessons for 2-3 seasons before entering this course.

Who will teach me?

The Otago Yacht Club’s Sailing Lessons are run by experienced sailors who have completed and gained their Yachting New Zealand’s Club Instructors qualification.

What about Safety?

We follow the safety ratios as stipulated by Yachting New Zealand  and always have support boats on the water when there are students on the water.