Dinghy sailing, canoeing & Discover Sailing days.


New – Swan Bay Paddlers.

A new focus on social paddling and kayaking has taken place with social paddling occurring most Fridays evenings commencing at 4:30pm starting at the QLYC Clubhouse.  The QLYC has just recently concluded a “Introduction to Paddling” clinic over the past four weeks.  This was very successful with over twelve people taking part.  Thanks to Ross for conducting this fun and informative activity.

Member kayaking events are also planned at the club approximately every three weeks through the year. until the end on the Easter School holidays. They will recommence in the Spring School holidays.  If you are interested in attending one of these events, please register here.   If you want more information please read more here.

Off the beach activities.

With recent relaxations of restrictions, use of personally owned dinghies and kayaks is permitted, but with limitations (single-handed or with co-habiting family).  Consult Club Captain if in doubt.  In normal times, Sparrow sailing and canoeing for members takes place on some Friday evenings, depending on tides.  Club-owned dinghies are available to members, free of charge. The “Swan Bay Paddlers” meet and paddle on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  A schedule of these events is in the calendar of events and some were mentioned in the November newsletter.

Information for canoeists can be obtained from experienced members

For dinghy sailors with their own boats, here is a link to the recommended Safety Equipment Audit Form from Australian Sailing.

Discover Sailing days.

screen shot 2019-01-23 at 9.54.39 amQLYC does not offer formalized training, but “Discover Sailing” Days (Open to the public with advance booking) are held on selected Sundays in summer at the Clubhouse.  Dates and times are dependent on tides.  In 2019-2020 two such days were held, on 29 December 2019 and 12 January 2020.  These days offer experience in safe paddling of canoes, rigging and sailing dinghies, and make available  some short training videos, expertise on ropes, knots and navigation, as well as the main focus of getting people in boats on the water.   While we have very experienced people available for these events, we do not offer formal training.

These Discover Sailing events are free.  Children must have parent(s) present at the venue and the expectation is for participants to stay for the whole program.  Reluctantly, owing to the large number of people and children present coupled with liability issues, we can not allow dogs on the premises during these events.

While we do not offer formal accredited training, advice is available and here are some links to beginner training videos on You-tube:

A beginners guide to sailing  UK – recommended (but typo “board reach” is “broad reach” and UK’s “kicker” is our “vang”)
Lecture (in USA)
The physics of sailing (USA)
Learn how to sail – a step by step guide.  (US – Josh Post Part 1)
Spinnakers on YouTube.  (US – Josh Post Part 2)
“Learn to sail in 20 minutes” (YouTube)

Some more training videos and a video of the last Discover Sailing event are linked from the Videos via YouTube.   

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