Spring is nearly upon us and we’re very quickly approaching temperatures that make training on this little piece of paradise that is Pittwater so enjoyable! The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) is very excited to be rolling out one of the largest sail training programs in recent years with something for everyone. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor wanting to fine tune your skills or just a beginner, you’ll have one thing in common in this amazing sport, you’ll never stop learning!
Learning to sail is one of the most satisfying and fulfilling activities anyone can do. Sailing is such an incredibly versatile sport, it can be enjoyed by young and old, at adrenalin pumping levels or an avenue to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon. Best of all, it all starts here at The RPAYC learning on the stage of one of Sydney’s hidden gems and under the guidance of qualified, professional Sailing Instructors.
Kids & Young Adults Learn to Sail
If you’re aged between 7 and 12 and keen to learn to Sail, the Tackers program is for you! The Tackers program recognises that children learn differently to adults and teaches essential skills in a fun, games-based environment. Young Tackers will spend time sailing, paddling, playing games, and learning to love the waterways - all under the watchful eye of our nationally accredited instructors. Safety is at the heart of the Tackers program; young participants will learn seamanship skills and a healthy respect for safety on the water.
The program is offered in 3 levels and it can be enjoyed during the school holidays or on Sundays.
Thomas Spithill is the head coach at the RPAYC, he’s been teaching for over a decade and has been sailing since before he could walk. Tom, or Tommy as he is known to his students says teaching tackers is one of the most rewarding parts of his job. “Seeing a student progress from an apprehensive little Johnny or Jenny, who’s afraid of the water to sailing confidently all by themselves, enjoying Pittwater with the piece of mind that they are fully capable of handling a boat safely is the best part of my job!” commented a jubilant Spithill.
For adolescents, the Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program is a great way to get the young adults (13 – 18 year olds) out from behind the screens and enjoying the great outdoors right here on our doorstep in Sydney. The Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program keeps the focus on the fun whilst teaching key technical sailing skills and introducing the use of a wider range of sail types. Although there’ll be no typical day, the activities involve passage sailing, exploring different parts of the western foreshore of the Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, team development activities, drills and skills on keelboats. The Holiday Keelboat Adventure Program is sailed on the Club’s fleet of Elliott 7s.
The Next Step
After completing the Tackers program, the next steps are Green Fleet then the Intermediate Fleet Programs. This is where they will experience their first taste of real centreboard racing with the safety of a nearby coach and safety boats. In the Tackers program, Green Fleet and Intermediate Fleet programs, children are learning in a little sailing dinghies called “Optimists”. Once the sailors are old enough and too big for their Optimist they start sailing dinghies that are a little bigger such as the single handed Laser and double handed 29er.