Sailing Clinic B : Jan – February 2022

A series of intermediate clinics for members who have completes series A or have some experience of sailing. A good refresher to get back into dinghy sailing.

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Each clinic will start at 5 with rigging and briefing, 1 hour, on water from 6 – 7 pm, then  finish with bbq by 8. Wherever possible the clinics will use practical learning experiences and a hands-on approach. When we can’t get on the water, theory (on line if needed) and inside prac continue. The last day is a Sunday where we will join the catamaran sailors in a day of racing on Swan Bay!

  • Weather and tides
  • Getting underway – Setting off and returning to land or jetty safely
  • Tacking Gybing and Luffing
  • Capsize recovery and Towing
  • Boat balance and performance
  • Trimming sails
  • Basic racing rules and strategies
  • Starting sequences
  • Rounding marks

Members only. Enrol on line, $50 for the whole series. Once enrolled you will get confirmation of enrolment. Then meet at the clubhouse on course dates.  Limited places. There will be some prereading and exercises prior to clinics commencement so enrol early.

Sailing Clinic A: October – November 2021

The Sailing Clinic A series is designed for people new to sailing who would like to develop an understanding of how to sail the club dinghies. The same skills developed in this program can also be applied in bigger yachts.

Each clinic will last for 1 hour, from 6 – 7 pm. Wherever possible the clinics will use practical learning experiences and a hands-on approach. See topics below:
(there’s also a little background theory to support your understanding.)

Friday 8 October  Sailing Clinic A1: How a boat works/sails Setting up a dinghy, parts and rigging  

Friday 22 October  Sailing Clinic A2: Points of sailing, tacking and gybing. Steering, centerboards and balance. Reading the wind.

Friday 29 October   Sailing Clinic A3: Points of sailing, tacking and gybing. Steering, centerboards and balance. Reading the wind.

Friday 12 November Sailing Clinic A4: Planning for Safety
Getting underway, luffing up and returning to land. Capsize recovery and towing  

Friday 26 November Sailing Clinic 5: Sailing together Putting theory into practice with a family cruise for a special Novices Trophy

Meet at the clubhouse

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

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.