Junior and Youth programs

Royal Brighton Yacht Club is excited for you to come sailing with us!

You’ll be joining the greatest community of young sailors on Port Phillip, in a prime location easily reachable from all over Melbourne and its suburbs.

RBYC training programs provide the best pathway for juniors and youth between 7 and 18 who seek a dynamic outdoors lifestyle, in contact with the ocean, and sharing the experience with lots of other like-minded people, all feeling part of the same team.

The unique facilities and the great team of coaches and volunteers allow RBYC to provide the best experience at all levels of sailing, from the little Tackers sailors up to our Junior and Youth Rep groups.

RBYC also provides a unique way for parents to be involved through volunteering: our programs heavily rely on volunteer help to run at their best and are always welcoming of new people wanting to help out!

2022 program dates

There will be no program in Term 2 and Term 3. Private lessons to fill the meantime are available upon request of the Sailing office. Email [email protected] for more information.

You can also sign up to the Winter Warriors July Holiday Clinic to fill the gap until programs are back in September Holidays.

The groups

Junior Fun and Adventure

8-12 yo – Sail OziOpti boats

Fun & Adventure Sundays are for our young sailors who have completed Tackers 1 and are looking at progressing to club sailing. Our qualified coaches will guide them to safely enjoy sailing in all conditions.

Having fun in boats is key to making lots of new friends and enjoying weekend adventures.

Training times: 9.00am to 12.00pm

Junior Skills and Drills

8-12 yo – Sail Optimists, Open BIC and similar boats

Junior Skills & Drills aims at up-skilling sailors to try club racing and getting on the water with friends.

The sessions, run on Sunday mornings and lead by our team of qualified coaches, focus on perfecting the sailing skills which lead to racing.

If you do not have your own boat at this stage, the club can assist you in making the program accessible by using a club boat for a short period of time.

Training times: 9.00am to 12.00pm

Green Fleet

8-12 yo – Completed Skills and Drills, has own boat and looking to learn to race!

Junior Rep is for young sailors who want to compete in club racing and represent RBYC at inter-club and interstate events.

The group trains on a weekday afternoon, and may also travel away as part of Team Brighton. They will be coached on boat-specific tuning, boat handling, and regatta preparation.

This program is demand driven – email [email protected] if you’re interested in this program!

Youth Challenge

12-18 yo – Sail RS Quest

A fantastic opportunity to push the boundaries and challenge yourself to explore all aspects of your sailing journey.

The program runs in the club’s RS Quest dinghies – the perfect platform for safe and fun sailing. The goal is to educate youth sailors in all aspects of safe boating, club racing and one-design sailing. It also involves regular club racing and representative events under the Team Brighton banner.

Training times: 9.00am to 12.00pm

Youth Skills

12-18 yo – Sail RS Quest

Great for the more expert sailors, this group places a heavier focus on the racing aspects of the sport. We’ll talk an practice regatta tactics with drills specifically designed to improve performance on the race field.

Any sailor wanting to compete in Quest regattas nationally like the Stonehaven Cup should join in!

Training times: 9.00am to 12.00pm

Youth Racing Squad

12- 18 year old’s who have completed Youth Skills or OutThere 3

The Youth Racing squad is aimed at sailors who have worked their way through the OutThere Program or who have completed both Youth Challenge and Youth Skills. As the name suggests, it is soley focused around racing and integrates the Sunday afternoon OTB club racing into its training structure.

Frequently asked questions

When and where does the program run?

The program runs on Sunday mornings starting at 9.00am from the Jock Sturrock Sailing Centre located in the South West corner of the yacht club. The morning session ends at 12.00pm. 

There are two intake periods, following the fourth and first terms of the school year as follows:

  • Pre-Christmas: Commencing around mid-October each year
  • Post-Christmas: Commencing around the same time of Term 1 for public schools

If weather permits, the children spend most of the session on the water. Otherwise, inside activities are used to teach theory and practical skills such as knots, seamanship and tactics.

Do I need a lifejacket?

Yes, a PFD type 1 or 2 lifejacket must be worn at all times on the water. The club has limited supply of life jackets but sailors are encouraged to purchase their own.

What kind of clothing do I need?

Children will be splashing in and out of dinghies all the time. Inevitably, they will get wet. Their clothes should be selected with this in mind. They should wear clothing that will remain warm when wet. A wetsuit or similar is recommended.

Enclosed footwear should be worn at all times for safety reasons. Examples include wetsuit boots, sandshoes or surf socks.

Hat and sunscreen are also required. The hat should be attached to the rest of the clothing by a lanyard (sailor talk for a bit of string) to avoid getting lost. Parents should supervise the application of sunscreen to their children. UV reflects off the water, increasing UV exposure.

After sailing, children will require a change of clothes. A small bag with the change and a towel is useful. If children are cold and wet, showers are available.

Are there ways for parents to be involved?

The program relies heavily on parent participation to carry out many different activities. No experience is required! Our amazing community will teach you all there is to know.

Coaches need assistance to maximise safety on the beach and on the water.

A canteen is run from the Jock Sturrock Sailing Centre. Volunteers will be rostered over the season to assist with staffing of the canteen.

In order to volunteer you are required to have a valid Working With Children Check.