Muritai Yacht Club runs a Learn to Sail programme for beginning sailors each year at the start of the sailing season (September to April). Courses usually begin in late September or October depending on the weather patterns. It's best to get your name down before the start of the season because the courses are popular and there are limits on the numbers. However, if you are keen, get in touch at any time and discuss the options. Call or email the Junior Bosun - details on the contacts page. More details on Learn to Sail courses for this year below.
The course covers the key introductory skills and techniques of sailing. You will be working towards achieving the Yachting New Zealand Level 1 or 2 Certificate. Course content is detailed in a Sailing Log Book that will be provided as part of the course. Each Log Book has room for notes and is a great way to keep track of what you have learnt. Bring it along each week and keep it dry!
Check out the Coaching Page for more detail on this year's activities.
For more detail on course dates and to download forms and info [NB: Apologies, these forms and some content are out of date and awaiting updates] CLICK HERE.
WHERE WILL THE COURSE BE HELD?
The Yacht Club is the hub of the action. Sailing is a great mix of practical and mental skills so there will be time on the water and in the classroom. However whenever the weather is suitable we will always be on the water. If weather determines a move to a more suitable area around Eastbourne (Days Bay for example) we will still meet at the Yacht Club unless otherwise advised. Correct equipment is always required. Please adhere to the gear list below. No gear no go!
WHO ARE THE INSTRUCTORS?
This course is run by MYC volunteers (all current Yachting NZ Club Instructors Certificate holders) together with assistant instructors. They will be busy working with you so you can learn the skills and techniques to get the most out of your sailing. They are not there to get you dressed, rig launch or retrieve your boat, or clean up after you. As you get more experienced in sailing you will be able to do all this (much of it working in teams with other sailors) but until then you need one of your parents to support you. Find them now. It will be fun working together.
HOW CAN MY MUM, DAD OR CAREGIVER HELP? (1:1 ratio is required)
Of course you want to do as much as you can, after all it is the best way to learn. But when it comes to getting the boats out of storage, rigging, launching, retrieving, de-rigging, wash down and re store you could do with a little muscle to assist. Supporting launching and retrieving on the beach is particularly important for safety reasons. So when you have signed up your “support team” make sure they come along, roll up their sleeves and trousers, and get ready to get wet! Also make sure they complete theLTS Permission and support Slip, which is a requirement before you get on the water.
There will also be a roster to make hot Milo every week. Mmmm just the thing to warm up with. Make sure your support person signs up for their turn.
WHAT GEAR DO I NEED?
It is a really good idea to have a specific sailing bag to dump all your gear into. Nothing flash. If you don’t have anything spare lying around at home a big heavy weight plastic bag (pack liner size) with your name on it will do the trick. Remember part of sailing is organization, so you should set time aside every week to wash down your gear in fresh water and get it ready for the next lesson. This is your job, not Mum or Dads.
You must have with you at each session:
A buoyancy vest (or lifejacket) is essential
Parka or windbreaker, sunscreen
Wetsuit and/or several layers of polypropylene or wool
Wet shoes or old sandshoes
Beanie/cap for warmth or sun
Sailing gloves (optional)
Helmet – this is optional but a good idea when learning
Towel and warm, dry cloths to get changed into after sailing
Remember no gear no go!!!!!
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
The sailing season runs from September to April each year. There is club racing every Saturday at 2 pm, plus Wednesday night summer sailing and several fun days. Check out the Coaching Page for more detail on this year's activities.
Once you have completed your Level 1 Certificate you can join in Saturday club racing. The optimist class is broken into three groups – Opti A, Opti B and Opti C. Opti C’s have their own special beginner course and a coach and rescue boat is assigned for safety. Check around the website or phone Ben Allan, the Junior Bosun (566 9964) for more information.