Schools learn to sail programs

Schools learn to sail programs

A challenging sport with a focus on team effort

Sailing opportunities for schools

Royal Brighton Yacht Club has always made a strong commitment to promote and encourage the sport of sailing, particularly among the younger generations.

As part of this commitment, the club seeks to work in conjunction with primary and secondary schools in Melbourne to organise effective training programs that appeal to both existing sailors and new, up and coming crews that want to find a new challenge to take on.

RBYC, situated in a prime location in Port Phillip, can offer great facilities and a professional and highly qualified staff members with a wide range of experience in all areas of sailing.

The latest addition to our team has been Club Head Coach Adrian Finglas, whose breadth and depth of experience spans everything from Tackers learn to sail courses to coaching high performance athletes to Olympic glory. Adrian oversees and delivers the training at RBYC, supported by fully-qualified sailing coaches to ensure the highest standard for each program.

Primary schools

Our offering for primary schools follows the Australian Sailing Tackers syllabus.

Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7-12 yrs, delivered at recognised Tackers Centres such as RBYC. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience or club membership to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.

In Tackers 1 participants sail in pairs to become familiar with the skills needed to sail.
In Tackers 2 and Tackers 3 participants sometimes sail solo under close supervision from our group of qualified instructors and assistant instructors.

The boats used are chiefly the OziOpti’s, colorful and sturdy dinghies, designed to resemble the International Optimist dinghy, one of the most popular classes in the world and the first boat for almost any young athlete.

The rotomolded plastic construction of the OziOpti and the simple rig provide a great, safe platform for learn to sail programs, with full internal buoyancy and no sharp edges.

RBYC fleet of 12 OziOpti’s, coupled with a high availability of rescue boats and coaches, means we can cater to almost any class size.

Secondary schools

Our learn to sail programs for secondary school students put emphasis on building a strong team identity.

The boat used for this training is the RS Quest, a modern design dinghy which allows for 3-crew sailing. The boat comes fully rigged with mainsail, furling jib, asymmetric spinnaker and trapeze wires, just like you would find on high-performance sailing skiffs. RBYC’s fleet of 11 RS Quests, the biggest of its type in Victoria, allows for 

Activities are not just limited to sailing: paddleboarding and powerboats are also added to the mix, giving students a 360-degree experience on the water.

Contacts and quotes

Francesco Battaglini

Sports Development Officer

discoversailing@rbyc.org.au | 0478 721 787