School Sail Training

School Sail Training

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Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club

School Sail Training

The RPAYC uses the Australian Sailing Discover Sailing Dinghy Program and may enhance it to suit the needs of students if need be. The various programs aim to provide a clear introduction and extension of skills into the sport of sailing, whilst also building upon friendships and companionship among students.

Schools may be involved in Learn to Sail, Out There Youth, Fleet Racing and Teams racing and Sportsboat programs where a specialised program has been developed to train students. Join a Schools Program today, contact our Sailing Academy on sailtraining@rpayc.com.au 

The RPAYC also extends an invitation to all students to compete in the Sunday Centreboard Series in the Puffin Pacers or if the student has their own dinghy class, in that class.

The following programs will be run:

Learn To Sail

The program aims to provide a clear introduction and extension of skills into the sport of Sailing, whilst also building upon friendships and companionship among students.

Optimists | Yr 4

  • Poly Optimist Dinghy Class.
  • To introduce those with no previous experience to the sport of sailing.
  • To promote enjoyable, safe and healthy use of our waterways.
  • Then to develop basic boat handling skills.

Hobies | Yr 5

  • Hobie Wave Multihull Dinghy Class.
  • To promote enjoyable, safe and healthy use of our waterways.
  • Introduction to multihulls.
  • Development of seamanship.
  • Basic wind awareness and sail trim.

Pacer | Yr 6

  • Pacer Dinghy Class.
  • Further develop boat handling skills.
  • Introduce then develop an intermediate to advanced understanding of Fleet Racing tactics.
  • To introduce and develop an intermediate level of understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing and their application to Fleet Racing.

Race Training

  • Pacer Class Dinghy.
  • Further develop boat handling skills.
  • Develop an understanding of Fleet and Teams Racing tactics and strategy.
  • To develop an understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing and their application to both Fleet and Teams Racing.

Teams Racing Secondary School Squads

The aims of the Teams Racing Squad are as follows:

  • Pacer Class Dinghy.
  • Develop student’s boat handling skills.
  • Improve wind awareness and Sail Trim.
  • To develop an understanding of Teams Racing tactics and strategy.
  • To develop an understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing and their application to Teams Racing.
  • Participate in the Pittwater Schools Team Racing Regatta.

Combined Schools and Club Sportsboat Keelboat Program

The Secondary Schools and Club Sportsboat Program will run during Term 4 and 1, with both on & off water training and regatta experience. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and basic sail trim techniques. There is the scope to integrate newbie sailors onboard with seasoned dinghy and/or keelboat sailors. Athletes will focus on refining their skillsets in the following areas . The training will be conducted in the clubs fleet of Elliott 7 Sportsboat.

  • Understand and develop keelboat boat handling skills including the dynamics of both asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers
  • Fleet Race training and Regatta experience
  • Developing a deeper understanding and knowledge base of the Racing Rules of Sailing
  • Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing
  • Execution of better teamwork dynamics

OutThere Youth Program

OutThere Youth Program is an opportunity for 12 – 17 year olds looking to try something new on the water.

The OutThere Youth Program offers a fantastic way to experience sailing, have fun and learn exciting and valuable skills that will help you both now and in the future. OutThere Sailing is open to all – you don’t have to have sailed before.

In most cases you will be on the water from day one as part of a group with an instructor close at hand. Depending on your location, you could be sailing, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, going on a keelboat or powerboat!

Windsurfing

This course is designed to teach you from the basics of Windsurfing, right through to racing (depending on the group’s ability).

The program is designed to assist participants in obtaining the necessary skills to deal with all weather conditions, recognise their own limitations and have respect for the elements and provide them with the skills and experience to enjoy the thrill of windsurfing all on the beautiful Pittwater! A qualified instructor will be on the water with you to take you through the basics. 

There is no experience necessary and no assumed knowledge, just come along to have fun and we’ll take care of the rest!

Paddle Boarding

In our Stand Up Paddle package you will learn the entry level skills of stand up paddling up to racing. This is all about having fun and getting a taste for on water activities,  all whilst exploring beautiful Pittwater. Each lesson is adapted to suit the overall ability of the group so everyone is able to learn and have a great time!

The lesson is conducted on hard epoxy boards. We teach the basics of Paddle Boarding including but not limited to:

  • Correct body posture
  • Setting up your paddle and paddling technique. 
  • Paddling upwind. 
  • Turning and manoeuvring your board. 
  • Water safety.
  • Basic weather understanding.