The courses we offer here at the NCYC, as an Australian Sailing accredited Discover Sailing Centre, are conducted by experienced & qualified instructors and assistant instructors. Many of our instructors are current active sailors themselves, so you will no doubt see them around the Club often!
'Discover Sailing' Experience
Come and join us for one of our “Discover Sailing Experiences” which provides that opportunity to get out on the water to see what it’s like.
Our experienced sailing instructors will take you out on one of our small inshore keelboats to “give you a taste” of what sailing is all about. You will spend 3 hours learning basic sailing skills, terminology, and boat handling manoeuvres.
Enjoy the unique opportunity to spend some time on our beautiful Newcastle Harbour and to see our city from a different perspective!
This might just whet your appetite to join us for one of our Learn to Sail courses…
Only $80 per person, conducted on weekend mornings from 9:00am to 12:00noon.
Check out the upcoming dates and join us for a bit of on-water fun!
“Just what I wanted with lots of hands on experience and guidance. Should have done it years ago.”
“Learnt heaps! Our instructor was very knowledgeable and sharing.”
“Emma was really good and her personality and relaxed way made for a really enjoyable day.”
“The instructor was excellent and the boat was ideal for learning.”
“It was a fantastic experience that everyone should do one day.”
Friday Twilight Sailing
FRIDAY TWILIGHT SAILING
What a great way to kick-start your weekend . . .
Come sailing with us for an end of week wind-down on the Harbour.
Walk or light-rail it down from the office, jump on-board and see our city from a new angle!
5:30pm meet at the top of F-Arm of our Marina (out the front of the clubhouse).
We’ll be back ashore around 7:30pm and we can head up to the Clubhouse for a “sundowner” or two!
Offering total flexibility, to cater for today’s busy lifestyles, you enrol for the dates you can do. Either as a regular weekly activity or just on the ad-hoc dates that suit your lifestyle. We cater for complete beginners through to those enjoying a regular sail. Our Force 24 inshore keelboats carry a qualified instructor and up to four participants.
Enrolments are open until 12:00pm on the day of sailing. Just $40 per person for a Friday sail and a drink in the clubhouse afterwards . . . and maybe stay for dinner!
Bookings are essential to hold your place on the boat!
It’s important to remember . . . bookings close at 12:00noon on the day or when we are fully booked.
Learn to Sail courses
This structured program of Australian Sailing is the flagship beginners keelboat training program delivered across Australia and provides an enjoyable and accessible entry into sailing, equipping you with the essential skills required to safely sail a small inshore keelboat.
Our Keelboat courses are Australian Sailing accredited and delivered by qualified Instructors.
START CREWING – level 1
If you are new to sailing then the Start Crewing course is the first step in your sailing journey! Start Crewing covers the basic safety, theory and practical skills involved in being a crew member on a small keelboat. You’ll learn about rigging, how the wind and sails work and the different crew roles onboard. Most importantly, you’ll have fun and meet new sailors and club members along the way!
START HELMING – level 2
The next step is to complete the Start Helming course. This course is an introduction to helming (steering) a small keelboat on inshore waters. Start Helming develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm and continues to develop your skills as a crew member. You will learn more about the preparation of the boat, helming and sail trimming on all points of sail, recovery of man overboard whilst at the helm. An instructor will remain with you onboard to make sure you are comfortable steering a boat.
START SKIPPERING – level 3
Advance your helming ability and sailing skills to the point where you feel comfortable to take control of a boat unsupervised in sheltered waters. This course focuses on the more detailed seamanship skills of boat handling. As the skipper, you will learn how to assess risks onboard, interpret weather conditions, take action in an emergency, and sail alongside a dock.
SPINNAKERS – elective
Our Symmetric Spinnaker course is designed to introduce you to the use and trimming of Symmetric Spinnakers on Keelboats.
START RACING – specialist
This course teaches the basic racing rules and manoeuvres and gain an understanding of what is expected of a racing crew on a small boat. Ideal for those interested in either around-the-buoys racing or passage races.
Women's Sailing courses
It’s Social… It’s Relaxing… It’s Fun!
Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or never been on a boat, these sessions aim to introduce more women into the wonderful world of sailing.
The 4-week course is aimed at all skill levels. It offers a great social time out on the water and also an opportunity to relax and clear your mind!! Women of all ages over 16years are welcome! The cost is $200 per person / Discounted to $175 for return attendees. Many sailors do several courses to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence . . . and just because it’s fun!
“BUBBLES & NIBBLES” PRESENTATION – Please allow an extra half an hour on the final week of your course as we celebrate your achievements with beautiful sparkling wines and chef prepared finger foods in the NCYC Clubhouse.
“The course surpassed my expectations. I felt tentative as I had no idea what I was doing. A sailing experience in the Whitsundays left me terrified and aware that I need to know what to do to be useful on a boat and not just a terrified dumb passenger.”
“The instructors were wonderful. We had a different instructor each time we went out. I enjoyed the variety and the different approaches to teaching and learning. The styles were quite different which meant we could take away what we could based on our own style of learning. They were all wonderful indeed, they were patient and respectful. And they knew what they were doing which meant I felt safe.”
“I am thoroughly enjoying the course, time on the water, learning, the company of the other ladies and our instructors. Sailing on Fridays is definitely a highlight of my week!”
“The courses (trainers!) have been great all the way, and our little crew are really starting to feel we know what we are doing. It was especially exciting last Friday to start learning to manage the spinnaker.”
“The ladies had an absolute ball last night, they didn’t want to go home, stayed in the club after dinner until late telling ‘Sailing Stories!’ Thanks to your great instructors, everyone had fun and learned lots too.”
EXTRA INFORMATION: You will sail on a Force 24 inshore keelboat with up to three other course participants and an experienced instructor. These small keelboats lean over however they will not capsize as they have a heavy keel under the boat. All sailing is conducted inside the Harbour, we do not go offshore in the Force 24s. We sail in most weather conditions except strong winds. Should we not be able to sail on any given day we spend the time working on some sailing theory and other practical skills that can be practised on the boat whilst in the marina or up in the clubhouse.
We have an active group of women sailors who regularly compete in NCYC club racing as well as local and interstate passage races and regattas. If you are interested in gaining a position on a racing keelboat for more fun and experience, please contact us at the Sailing Academy firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with our “SheSAILS@NCYC” ambassadors. You can also get more information from the SheSAILS webpage or follow them on facebook
NCYC run two SheSAILS@NCYC regattas each year:
- Development Regatta – March – for graduates of the Sailing Academy to experience an “around the buoys” regatta with an experienced skipper on board. Raced in the Force 24s. Nominate individually. SO much fun!
- Open Regatta – November – for experienced crews to race in a top standard inshore regatta, windward/leeward races in the Elliott 6s. Enter crews of 3-4 members.
Are you interested in having one-on-one tuition with a qualified and highly experienced instructor?
Private lessons cater to all ages and experience levels, and are perfect for those wanting to learn, re-learn or further develop their sailing skills.
The lessons can be organised at times that suit you and are charged on a ‘per boat’ basis. You can organise up to three friends or family to join you for the same price as one person! We do require a minimum of two guests plus our instructor to sail the boats safely. Minimum age is 7 years if accompanied by an adult.
We will provide one of our Sailing Academy small inshore keelboats and all of the required safety equipment, plus a lifejacket or PFD for each participant.
Prices differ from weekdays to Saturdays or Sundays, and are calculated based on the number of hours per session.
For more information, please contact our Sailing Academy staff – email@example.com
Our wonderful team of Instructors are all skilled and experienced sailors, many of whom actively sail themselves every weekend.
All hold specific keelboat qualifications with Australian Sailing (AS) as well as additional & complimentary certifications.
- AS Keelboat Instructor certificate
- Instructor General Principles
- First Aid certificate
- Working with Children Check
- Powerboat Handling certificate and General Boat Licence
the boats we sail
What to wear
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