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Youth Sailing Program

This program is aimed at getting teenagers (13 - 19 year olds) into the sport of sailing. MHYC uses a three step process to teach the fundamentals of sailing (including spinnaker and trapeze use), based on the Yachting Australia, Discover Sailing Program.  

This three step program is outlined below. 

Discover Sailing - Start Sailing 1 - Beginners

Your Discover Sailing journey starts here as you learn the fundamental skills of sailing and are introduced to the fun of dinghy sailing in a safe and supportive environment.

Areas covered in the course include Basic clothing and equipment selection -sailing terminology -boat launch and recovery- Capsize recovery. This is a competancy based course, meaning time to complete the course is dependant on each individual. For this course the sailors will be in an Club 420.

Discover Sailing - Start Sailing 2 - Intermediates

Your Discover Sailing journey continues as you master all of the fundamental dinghy sailing skills.

Rigging of the boat, capsize recovery in deeper water, sail a triangular course, basic sailing rules and theory is covered during this course to give the participant a more througher understanding of sailing.

Learn to Race - Better Sailing/ Start Racing

Discover Sailing in stronger winds as you develop the skills required to get maximum speed from your dinghy. Your journey speeds up as you experience using a spinnaker. This can lead the participant to joining in the fun and challenge of competition as you learn the basics of racing.

The course covers Towing, capsize recovery of inverted boat, use of spinnakers and trapeze, Basic racing rules, perform basic racing skills, gunwale capsize recovery and how to understand and identify weather and environmental conditions. Giving the participant a full introduction to racing in a supportive and fun environment. 

420 Development and Racing Squad

Members of this squad have usually graduated from our Optimist racing squad and/or have completed Learn to Sail 3. Members race on Sunday afternoon and train on Wednesday during Summer. Members of this squad also attend regattas such as NSW Youth Championships, QLD Youth Week, 420 Nationals and Australian Youth Championships.

Melges 20 Youth Sailing

Once you've developed some expertise, why not try sailing a sportboat?  The club has access to 4 Melges 20 sportboats that are available to sail or race in the club's poinscore on Saturdays.  These boats are available to all members on a limited basis, thanks to the generosity of the owners of the boats.  If you are interested in racing but not keen on committing week in and week out, become part of the 'pool' of registered crews and skippers and sail when it suits you.

Another option that is available with the Melges 20 is to offer an extra level of coaching once the Discover Sailing and Learn to Race programs are completed.  This is specifically aimed at giving the graduates of these youth courses the confidence to race competently, with emphasis on starting and tactics and manoeuvres such as gybing an asymmetrical spinnaker in different breeze strengths.

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Upcoming Courses

School Term 1

Discover Sailing - Start Sailing 1 - Beginners: 0930 - 1200 - $395.00

Discover Sailing - Start Sailing 2 - Intermediate :  0930 - 1200 - $395.00

Learn to Race - Better Sailing/Start Racing :  0930 - 1200 - $395.00

International Cadet Racing Squad - 1230 - 1600 - $300.00 

420 Development and Racing Squad - 1230 - 1600 - $300.00

Please note that the Youth Sailing Program requries MHYC Youth Membership (2016/2017 Season $99.00) This can be arranged through course registration.

  • Sunday 5th February 
  • Sunday 12th February
  • Sunday 19th February 
  • Sunday 26th February 
  • Sunday 12th March
  • Sunday 19th March 
  • Sunday 26th March
  • Sunday 2nd April


 Please click on the links below depending on course, the link will take you to the registration forms on the Australian Sailing Site 

Registration for Club 420 Racing:


Please note that the Youth Sailing Program requries MHYC Youth Membership (2016/2017 Season $99.00) This can be arranged through course registration