Off Beach, training and innovations.

Off the beach activities.

screen shot 2019-01-23 at 9.54.39 amDiscover 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.  This year (2019-2020) two such days are scheduled, 29 December 2019 and 12 January 2020.  Start times for check-in are 1.00 p.m.  Since spaces are limited we ask participants to register  in advance, on line, using a system that will be re-established here.  These days offer experience in safe paddling of canoes, rigging and sailing dinghies, and available for anyone interested, 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”.  Links to some YouTube training videos are given below.

These events are free apart from a donation of $2 to cover BBQ sausages.  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.

Sparrow sailing and canoeing for members takes place on some Friday evenings, depending on tides.  Club-owned dinghies are available. A schedule of these is in the calendar of events and 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.

Some Training Videos.

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)

And for the more advanced, some videos on sail trimming.

Part 1 the basics    Trimming Part 1

Part 2 the Genoa

Trimming Part 2

Part 3 the mainsail Trimming Part 3


Part 4 the spinnakerTrimming Part 4


Innovative ideas for boats great and small.

Mast climber – click here or on the picture for a device to help in climbing a mast.







For those who are not dyed in the wool traditionalists with the Ashley Book of Knots on the shelves, a great resource is Grog’s Knots.  I prefer the “app” on a tablet, but the same information is available on line here.  The animation can be paused and progressed step by step.

For those interested, the text below is from “Grog’s Blog” where he describes the same transition as QLYC had just made – to a WordPress web-site.

In July 2005 we outgrew the server we were using. We transferred to a new service and also acquired our current domain name. Of course, the new name meant that all of our carefully built-up traffic vanished. Patience and time helped us gradually restore our ranking and many changes took place during the next 14 years. However, the most significant occurred in early 2019. I finally gave in to son Martin and the website became a WordPress site. The team took on Kevin Embree and, with his broad experience in product management, analytics and marketing (eBay & HomeAway), he and Martin worked on the new appearance. Son David used his computing skills to install our critical material into the new site and my task was to re-program the animation player to provide improved features. The result was a completely new appearance and structure with improved advertising and search facilities; there were twelve categories, ten types, a “Knot of the Day”, and 197 pages showing different knot animations.


Alan Grogono


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