Class Training

Class Training

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Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

Club Class Training

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club offers Members class training in a variety of development dinghy classes subject to registrations received. Classes may include the Optimists, Lasers and the Flying Ant Classes with an aim to develop confidence in boat handling techniques and skills for sailing around a course.

To participate you will require your own boat (Optimist, Laser or Flying Ant) unless registering for the Pacer intro to sailing Teens Course. You can also apply to lease a club training boat for a short basis through our Halvorsen Lease Scheme. Contact our Sailing Office for more information about the ‘Halvo’ lease program. Additional Class training is provided for Optimist Intermediate, Open, 29er, Windsurf and Waszp Classes via our approved providers. 

View Training details and register below. Please note that RPAYC are using RevSport Australian Sailing System for all training programs. Register under the participants name only.

2021 Course Information | Club Level Optimist Green, Laser, Pacer and Flying Ant Classes


Dates: 17 October – 12 December, 8 weeks (no training 21 November)

Junior Green Fleets

Junior Green Fleets (Optimist Class & Double Handed Classes) is offered to Club Members who have successfully finished Tackers 3 or similar and are ready to take the next step in their sailing pathway!
Time: 0830 - 1130hrs

Flying Ant Class Fleet

Flying Ant training is a pathway for sailors transitioning from an Optimist into 2 handed sailing and will assist sailors in developing the basic skills to be a competent Flying Ant sailor along with matching potential skippers & crews.
Time: 1300 - 1530hrs (TBC)

Teen Pacer Class Fleet
Teens Pacer Sailing is a great way for Youth and Teenagers; Teens from ages 13 - 17yrs. The Teens Pacer Sailing program provides the perfect opportunity for teenagers to learn the basics of dinghy sailing and develop fundamental sailing skills. The program will include rigging and launching a boat, sailing terminology, the 'points of sail', recovering a capsized boat, and sailing a marked course. No prior sailing experience is required.
Time: 1300 - 1600hrs (TBC)

Active Kids Vouchers

The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the new Active Kids program and Australian Sailing is an approved provider. Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher valued up to $100 (x 2) per calendar year for each school-enrolled child. Required at time of Registration. Apply for your voucher online here.

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Pathway & What Class Should I Enrol In?

Junior Green Fleet

The RPAYC runs an Junior Green Fleet Training Program that is designed to integrate new sailors and families from the Learn to Sail Tackers Program into becoming long term, quality sailors, members and volunteers of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.

Junior Green Fleet is for young sailors who have completed the Australian Sailing Tackers Learn to Sail Program Level 3 (or equivalent), have bought an Optimist dinghy (or are a part of the RPAYC Halvorsen Scholarship Program) and are RPAYC Youth Members. This is an exciting time with much for both the sailor and their parents to learn. You will soon see the difference between the Tackers boats and a racing Optimist.

Training will build upon a sailors knowledge, introducing basic seamanship, boat handling and building their confidence in a wider range of conditions. The training Program is a goal driven program helping young athletes work toward set goals to improve their skills in a fun and safe environment.

By the end of this program sailors will be confident sailing their boat in stronger breezes and be self-sufficient launching and retrieving off the club ramp and can move into the Intermediate fleet upon the Instrcutors recommendation.

Junior Green Fleet training is conducted on Sunday afternoons. The training fleet does not compete in racing each week, however if the weather is suitable and the instructors are in support of the group, the sailors may try racing in the final week of the program.

Intermediate Optimist Fleet

Intermediate Optimist training is the final step before joining the Open Fleet. The Intermediate stage; sailors will have experience of racing and learn and use racing strategies, as well as develop good boat speed. Most sailors will be racing regularly at club events and setting goals for interclub competition.

By the time sailors have completed this program, they will be competing in weekly Club racing and will have competed in at least 1 state level event. They should be setting some goals around other events as a way to keep improving during their transition to the Open Fleet sailing.

Intermediate fleet training runs on Sunday mid morning before Sunday afternoon racing.

Laser Green Fleet

Laser Training Fleet focuses on boat handling skills, during the program they touch on racing skills and strategy but the focus is heavily boat handling oriented.

The Laser Training Fleet is a fantastic option for children and adults alike to learn to sail a Laser or to develop their boat handling skills. During training sailors will learn new drills and skills necessary to go sailing safely and competently. Once ready, the instructor will encourage sailors to participate in Sunday afternoon racing.

The Laser Training Fleet is instructed by Australian Sailing accredited Instructors.

Laser Training Fleet Sailors need to purchase their own Laser and become an RPAYC Youth/Adult Member.

Flying Ant Green Fleet

Flying Ant Training Fleet focuses on 2 handed boat handling skills, working as a team, hosting spinnakers. 

The Flying Ant Training Fleet is a fantastic option for children to learn to sail a Flying Ant or to develop their boat handling skills. During training sailors will learn new drills and skills necessary to go sailing safely and competently. Once ready, the instructor will encourage sailors to participate in Sunday afternoon racing.

Training is instructed by Australian Sailing accredited Instructors.

Sailors need to own their own Flying Ant or contact the Sailing Office to lease a Club boat and become an RPAYC Youth/Adult Member.