Learn to Sail Programme
Rotorua Yacht Club follows the Yachting New Zealand Learn to Sail syllabus. Our children's programme begins in simple, robust Optimist boats, provided by Rotorua Yacht Club. Parents are under no obligation to buy a boat before starting the course.
Adult courses are also available. If you don't own a boat, you can sail a club Topaz or Laser.
Here are this years course dates:
Level 1 - Sunday 8 November to Sunday 13 December 2020.
Level 2 - Sunday 14 February to Sunday 28 March 2021.
Level 3 - Monday 12 October 2020 to Sunday 13 December 2020; and Sunday 14 February 2021 to Monday 29 March 2021.
Learn to Sail Session Times:
We run Level 1 and Level 2 sessions on Sundays and Thursdays (weather dependent):
Sundays (9am - 12 noon):
Thursdays (4:30pm - 7pm):
Level 3 session times:
Monday Night Training:
4:15pm – rigging
4:50pm – briefing
7:00pm – session finishes.
Sunday Morning Training:
9:00am – rigging
9:50am – briefing
12:00pm – session finishes. BBQ lunch confirmation by Messenger.
Sunday Afternoon Club Events:
We encourage all Level 3 sailors to take part in Sunday club sailing. These sessions start at 2pm, unless stated otherwise in the club calendar. There are several trophies specifically for youth and adults, so there is a good chance of taking home a prize, just by turning up regularly.
Levels 1 & 2 cost $125 each, including boat hire and coaching. Sailors who sign up for levels 1 & 2 in the same season are entitled to free Rotorua Yacht Club membership for that season.
Level 3 costs $65 per season, plus annual membership for sailors using their own boat; or $130 per season for those using a club boat. For safety reasons, the organisers reserve the right to pair youth in double-handed boats in stronger winds, or to develop different skills. This will be at no extra charge.
Register below to reserve your place on the boat, or Contact Us to find out more. Courses are limited to the first 10 registered participants.
Our 2020-2021 intake for both children and adult Learn to Sail (Level 1) is now full. If you would like to register your interest for the 2021-2022 intake, please Contact Us and we will let you know you when registrations open in September 2021.
For more information on the Yachting New Zealand Dinghy Learn to Sail programme, visit the link below.