'Discover Sailing' Experience
Come and join us for one of our ‘Discover Sailing Experiences’ which provides that opportunity to get out on the water and 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 . . .
$80 per person, conducted on weekend mornings from 9:00am to 12:00noon.
“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 . . .
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. We run weekly on a Friday during Daylight Savings Time (DST). You can join us either as a regular 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.
Bookings are essential – Enrolments are open until 12:00pm on the day of sailing.
Just $55 per person for a Friday sail and a drink in the clubhouse afterwards . . . and maybe stay for dinner!
Learn to Sail courses
This Australian Sailing program 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.
You begin with LEVEL 1 – Start Crewing to learn the basics of understanding how a boat moves, the wind’s affect on sails, the rope controls and crew-work. From there you can progress to LEVEL 2 – Start Helming where you learn to steer the boat and coordinate your crew onboard. You might then be interested to progress to LEVEL 3 – Start Skippering which begins to cover the more detailed seamanship skills required for sailing.
After some further sailing experience and time on water to develop your general sailing skills, you may be interested to progress to some specialized courses such as Spinnakers or Start Racing which are for those who are interested in either around-the-buoys 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 to the wonderful world of sailing in a supportive environment.
Our 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 16 years and over are welcome.
We sail on Thursdays after work 5:15pm to 7:45pm during daylight savings time and on Friday mornings 9:00am to 11:30am all year ’round.
The cost is $210 per person / Discounted to $185 for return attendees.
Many sailors do several courses to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence . . . and just because it’s fun!
Please allow an extra half an hour or so on the final week of your course as we celebrate your achievements with our renowned ‘Bubbles & Nibbles’ presentation, 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.”
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 [email protected] 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 protected]
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
Our adult sailing courses are conducted on the Club’s fleet of ‘Force 24’ keelboats, which are 24 feet (7.31m) long and carry an Instructor and up to four course participants.
We will sail with a headsail or jib (small sail at the front) and a mainsail (large sail on the tall mast). All sailing boats lean to the side with the wind but these boats were specifically designed for teaching beginning sailors and are very stable. They have a large lead keel for ballast that prevents the boat from tipping over.
As a course participant you will be actively involved in sailing the boats, pulling ropes, moving around the boat and most importantly ducking under the boom to swap sides as you tack or gybe to change directions. Your instructor will lead you through all of these sailing terms and will explain (and support your through) each of these actions.
We will be sailing inshore on the mainly flat waters of Newcastle Harbour, we do not go out onto the ocean.
What to Wear
WHAT TO WEAR
All you need to wear are some comfortable, warm clothes that are suitable for outdoor activity and allow you freedom of movement, with a pair of enclosed shoes to protect your feet.
Active wear is suitable or shorts/trousers & t-shirt/polo shirt. A wind/spray jacket is a good idea for cooler days.
Joggers/sandshoes or any non-marking rubber soled shoes that provide support would be suitable.
For sun protection we recommend a hat with a chin strap or one that is firm fitting so as not to blow off in the wind. Don’t forget suncream! Sunglasses should be secured with a flexible strap if possible.
We will supply you with a correctly fitting self inflating life-jacket or personal flotation device(PFD).
Your ‘sailing gear’ may get slightly wet from occasional splashes.
Adult Sailing Pathway
ADULT SAILING PATHWAY
NCYC has developed a comprehensive Sailing Pathway to help guide sailors of all ages and abilities in the right direction and is one of only a few clubs in Australia that deliver all Australian Sailing pathway levels, from the beginnings right through to the advanced programs.
We are continually developing opportunities to support those who have come through the Sailing Academy and wish to continue on to progress their skills and knowledge in various sailing activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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