16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106   Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

     

16 Mitala Street, Newport NSW 2106
Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

Keelboat Program

Welcome to the Alfred's Australian sailing (AS) Keelboat Program

RPAYC offers a simple training pathway for adults wanting to get into sailing or for those seasoned sailors to develop their skills. Training is delivered by Australian Sailing (AS) accredited instructors following a national syllabus. The RPAYC provides a pathway from the beginner stages right through to race coaching. If you want to give sailing a go, we will give you a safe, fun, and affordable environment to build your skills. The program is broken into 5 modules, some modules combine to constitute a level, other modules are a level in of themselves. The progression through the keelboat program can be seen below:


Level 1 - Start Crewing - Enrol Here

Course Information

Course Day

SessionsDatesTimesStatus
Saturdays2 x 7.5hrs21st & 28th Oct09:00 - 17:003 Spaces Left!
Saturdays2 x 7.5hrs11th & 18th Nov.09:00 - 17:002 Spaces Left!

Course Description

This is your first step in learning to sail. Start Crewing is the first component of the Australian Sailing Keelboat training course. It is the perfect introduction to the basics of sailing. You'll get familiar with the boat and the key responsibilities of being a crew member. You'll get the confidence to control the sails and a basic understanding of the effects of most controls. Lifejackets are provided, all of our instructors are fully qualified, and Pittwater is one of the best locations to learn on the East Coast. There is no experience necessary and no assumed knowledge, just come along to have fun and we'll take care of the rest.

Price

Members: $400. Non - Members: $450.

 


Level 1 - Start Helming - Enrol Here

Course Information

Course Day

SessionsDatesTimesStatus
Wednesdays3 x 5hrs1st, 8th & 15th November.09:30 - 14:30Course Full
Saturdays2 x 7.5hrs11th &18th November09:00 - 17:002 Spaces Available

Course Description

This next step in learning to sail is steering the boat. The Start Helming course is designed to teach students first steps in being in charge of steering the boat. It is the second component of the Australian Sailing Keelboat training course. It is the perfect introduction to the basics of controlling the boat. You'll get familiar with the boat and the key responsibilities of being a helmsman. You'll see the effect of steering on the sails and have a basic understanding of the effects of steering. Lifejackets are provided, all of our instructors are fully qualified, and Pittwater is one of the best locations to learn on the East Coast. Students will be expected to have ticked off the key components in the "Start Crewing" or have equivalent knowledge and experience.

 

 

 

Price

Members: $400. Non - Members: $450.

 


 

Level 2 - Start Skippering - Enrol Here

Course Information

Course Day

SessionsDatesTimes
Thursdays3 x 5hrs12th, 19th & 26th Oct 09:30 - 14:30
Wednesdays3 x 5hrs29th Nov. 6th & 13th Dec09:30 - 14:30
Saturdays2 x 7.5hrs2nd & 9th Dec09:00 - 17:00

 

Course Description

The Start Skippering course focuses on the decision making process for a person in charge of a sailing boat. Not only does it further develop the motor skills of sailing, but exercises the thought process behind making decisions as the person in charge of the boat. It is the third component of the Australian Sailing Keelboat training course. You'll see the effect of certain decisions on a boat's performance and you'll gain a further understanding of how to work with your crew to manipulate the boat to get it to do what you want it to do. Lifejackets are provided, all of our instructors are fully qualified, and Pittwater is one of the best locations to learn on the East Coast. Students will be expected to have ticked off the key components in the "Start Crewing" and "Start Helming" courses or have equivalent knowledge and experience.

 

Price

Members: $400. Non - Member: $450.


Level 3 - Spinnakers - Enrol Here

Course Information

Course DaySessionsDatesTimesStatus
Saturdays2 x 7.5hrs14th & 21st Oct.09:00 - 17:00Course Full
Thursdays3 x 5hrs2nd, 9th & 16th Nov.09:30 - 14:301 Space left!

 

Course Description

One of the final steps before starting to race is learning how to safely and effectively use the Spinnaker - the light colourful sail deployed whilst sailing downwind. It is the 4th component of the Australian Sailing Keelboat training course.The beauty of this course is it's flexibility to teach the use of the spinnaker to groups who have never used spinnakers before but it can also be adapted to sharpen seasoned sailors spinnaker handling and trim. Despite what some skippers might tell you, the person steering has a huge impact on the ease, effectiveness and safety in deploying, recovering and trimming the spinnaker. Lifejackets are provided, all of our instructors are fully qualified, and Pittwater is one of the best locations to learn on the East Coast. Students will be expected to have ticked off the key components in the "Start Crewing", "Start Helming" and "Start Skippering" components or have equivalent knowledge and experience.

 


Level 3 - Start Racing - Enrol Here

 

Course Information

Course DaySessionsDatesTimesStatus
Saturdays2 x 7.5hrs11th & 18th Nov09:00 - 17:002 Spaces Left
Thursdays3 x 5hrs30th Nov. 7th &14th Dec09:30 - 14:30Space Available

Course Description

Now you have successfully progressed through to the final stage of the syllabus, it's time to take your sailing to a new level - it's time to start racing. That's right, competing against your mates to see who can get around the course the fastest. The Start Racing is the 5th and final component in the Australian Sailing Keelboat training course.The beauty of this course, like it's "Spinnakers Course" counterpart, is its flexibility to teach the racing tactics at both an elementary level to those new to the concept or to hone the skills of the seasoned yachtsman. This course takes a holistic focus to racing, considering all components of required teamwork from all crew and skipper to successfully get around the course faster than your competitors. Lifejackets are provided, all of our instructors are fully qualified, and Pittwater is one of the best locations to learn on the East Coast. Students will be expected to have ticked off the key components in the "Start Crewing", "Start Helming", "Start Skippering" & "Spinnakers" components or have equivalent knowledge and experience.

 

 

 

 


Want to know more? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions, or contact The RPAYC sailing office at sailing@rpayc.com.au or on 9998 3700.


Where to next?

Are you looking to crew on a boat? Why not have a look at the multiple Crew & Boat Register at RPAYC. We can connect you with a boat, to give you a headstart in finding a team to race with.

You don't need any experience or qualifications, even if you're new to sailing or just wanting to give it a go, then you're more than welcome. Come and see what sailing's all about at the Alfreds - it's fun and an opportunity to meet new people.

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ke us on Facebook  to find crew on the day and upcoming events.  To find out when racing is on, check out the RPAYC Racing Program.

 

About RPAYC

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club - RPAYC is a yacht racing and sailing club based on Pittwater.

The yacht club offers year round inshore and offshore racing, cruising, centreboard dinghy racing, sail training and courses plus has a large marina accommodating up to 352 vessels.

There is also a modern boatyard with comprehensive marine services to help maintain your vessel.

Membership, including family membership is now available.

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