OYC Youth Sailing Academy 2022-2023

Contact Person: Nina Duckles
For enquires please email otagoycsailingschool@gmail.com

The first day of the OYC Youth Sailing Academy will be 30 October

The Youth Sailing Academy (formerly Sailing School) will be slightly different from previous years. YSA will be held on Sunday morning for youth sailors only. The sailors will 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.

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

30 Oct – First day of Youth Sailing Academy
4 Dec – Last day of YSA for 2022
29 Jan – YSA Learn to Race begins
12 Feb 2023 – YSA Learn to Sail begins
2 Apr 2023 – 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.

Non OYC members – $260 (includes an OYC junior membership)
OYC Members – $200 (sailor must have a junior membership or be listed as part of family membership)

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

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

Who can join the Youth Sailing Academy?
YSA is for youth sailors aged 8 years old through secondary school.

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 / whānau help?
Yes! We would not be able to run YSA without whānau help. We like to see whānau 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.