Sailing School 2020 – 2021

Convenor: Marcus Beadell
For enrolment enquiries contact Marcus
Email –   Home phone 477 3783 or Cell phone 021 0835 2656

Jenny Armstrong, Erik Stibbe, Vern Hall, Dave Purton, Willy Gardner, Peter Nees, John Schmelz, Rob Cloughley, Marcus Beadell, Warren McNoe.
Max six sail boats per rescue craft (each rescue boat should be manned by two adults.)

2020-2021 Season Sailing School
Begins: Sunday 18 October 2020. Ends: Sunday 11 April 2021. This year we are running one enrolment for the full period above with a break for Christmas and Easter.
Unfortunately due to unprecedented demand, no further enrolments can be accepted for this season.

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.

Parent / Caregivers Assisting Youth Sailors?
For our young or less able learners we like to see parents / caregivers assisting with rigging, launching, recovering craft 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 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, two Monarch 17 Trailer Yachts and from this season six Open BICS.

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

How long is the course?
This year we are offering the course on Sunday mornings from 9am to 12 noon starting 18 October 2020 through to 11 April 2021 with breaks for Christmas & Easter.

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. This is for more experienced students. Typically they 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.