- Encourage participants to play by the rules and respect the officials decisions and that of the Event or event organiser;
- Abide by the law;
- Appreciate good performances and the skill of all participants;
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from activities; and
- Respect the rights, dignity and worth of every participant regardless of their gender, ability, cultural background or religion.
School Holiday Programs Junior (6-12 yrs) and Youth (13-18 yrs)
Junior Holiday Camps - Tackers
Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. Kids do not need to have any prior sailing experience. The only requirement is that they must be ready to have fun!! All equipment is provided. In the stunning waters of Middle Harbour, kids are taught how to sail amongst sheltered bays and pristine waters. Using many of the secluded bushland beaches, our team of fully qualified and experienced instructors provide a fun and healthy learning experience that engages and challenges the students.
There are three levels to the Tackers program that your child can progress through:
TACKERS 1 - TACKERS 2 - TACKERS 3
Programs are either delivered as a 4 day holiday program. Kids receive a Tackers 1 kit and a certificate of achievement at the completion of each program.The Tackers program is delivered in small groups by an Australian Sailing qualified Instructor and Assistant Instructors.
Tackers 1 – Aimed at providing a fun, safe, and affordable way to get into sailing. Tackers 1 introduces children to the basics of sailing through games on and off the water. This is using the buddy system of 2 kids per boat. On completion of the course all tackers receive a Tackers 1 Certificate, t-shirt, water bottle and a cap
The next level is Tackers 2 – Tricks & Techniques. Aims to build on the fun participants had at Tackers 1, progressing their sailing skills by sailing solo and teaching the basics of all angles of wind and beginner rules so that they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors. On completion of the course, tackers will receive a Tackers 2 Certificate.
The final level of the Tackers program is Tackers 3 – Sailing Fast! Focuses on advancing sailing skills through games and adventures on the water. This includes the start of our junior sailing program and further knowledge of rules, wind and sailing skills. On completion of the course, all tackers will receive Tackers 3 Certificate.
The fun doesn’t stop when kids finish Tackers 3. The Middle Harbour Yacht Club offers a Junior Sailing Program for kids to progress onwards. The Junior Sailing Program is a type of introductory, fun racing where kids learn how to go around a race course with kids of similar ability, where the main focus is on enjoyment.
Please note that the Youth Sailing Program requries MHYC Youth Membership (2017/2018 Season $99.00) This can be arranged through course registration
Time: 9am – 3.00pm.
Where: Middle Harbour Yacht Club
How much: $395.00 Members - $495.00 Non members (Incl MHYC Membership)
Enrolment: Click the course enrolment button below.
MHYC will once again be running our fantastic Holiday program these School Holidays. The program provides a fun, safe and affordable introduction to sailing and the marine environment. Programs are tailored to age groups and conducted in the safety of Middle Harbour under the supervision of fully qualified instructors. We can give your child the best possible experience!
Youth Holiday Camps
This program is aimed at getting teens (11 - 18 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 Australian Sailing, Discover Sailing Program. Its a great way to make new friends, adventuring around the Harbour and learning all the aspects to sailing. In this camp, the sailors will be learning on MHYC's Club 420s, which are great fun boats for learning. (photo below)
Just a quick email to let you know that Adventure Squad is on for this coming term and starts up this Saturday the 3rd of May.
I will be back running the course this coming term, and it looks like the warmish weather and water will be with us for some time yet.
The very high water temperatures should continue a similar weather pattern to what we have now, with a few foggy mornings on the cards as the overnight air temperature drops.
The good news is though, warm water is the most important component when dinghy sailing.
The occasional westerly will start to come through with the first significant one due this weekend. These help us unlock some of the big journeys in Adventure Squad, allowing for fast reaching legs across to the eastern and northern parts of the Harbour
Enrolments can be made here.
A big thanks go out to every one who has helped with the YA filmshoots as part of the Adventure Squad days.
Victoria who has been doing the filming has been quite impressed by the level of sailing that she has seen, and I think it shows in the videos.
For those of you that haven’t yet sailed in Adventure Squad, it’s a course run on Saturdays from 1230 – 430pm.
Adventure Squad is sailed in the club Opti’s or private Optimists, and is open to all tackers 3 graduates and above.
Designed for kids who are either not quite ready to tackle the rigours of racing, or who just want to spend some time exploring the many hidden coves of Sydney Harbour.
The syllabus steps away from competition, and has a focus on weather forecasting and passage planning.
The kids all prepare a plan for the day using all the appropriate information, and then we decide as a group what the best plan is and why, and get going.
Some adventures so far have taken us as far as Manly wharf for fish and chips, 40 baskets beach for some hiking, right up river to Bantry Bay and across the harbour to Parsley Bay in Valcluse.
Adventure Squad also provides a large amount of time on the water for practicing all those boat handling techniques,
and building the confidence and independence that we all love to see develop in these youngsters.
Stay tuned for new courses too, I’ll be hopefully developing a similar concept for the Cadets and the 420s this winter, ready to launch next spring.
Leon Wilson|Head Instructor MHYC Junior Sailing
Risk Acknowledgment Sailing is a high risk sport and is affected by uncontrollable and difficult to predict elements of nature. Possible risks include;
Injury caused by contact with the boat. Possible injuries are not limited to bruises,cuts and scratches. Reflective glare from water causes more rapid sunburn. Due to this, it is recommended that all competitors apply sunscreen before racing and reapply where necessary throughout the event.
Hats and sunglasses are also recommended. There are many unseen risks in the yacht club and beach including oysters, sharp objects, nail or splinters and slippery surfaces. To reduce injury, it is a club requirement that all sailors are wearing enclosed shoes whilst in the clubhouse and its surroundings.
When sailing dinghies with the inshore water, really serious injuries of the type that cause permanent disability or even death are very rare but do occur. As with all water sports, the possibility of drowning is also present. Sailors attention is drawn to RRS 4. Middle Harbour Yacht Club takes all of these risks seriously and has measures in place to reduce potential incidents. However not all the risks can be avoided and sometimes accidents happen.
I acknowledge that this waiver covers activities conducted at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, referred to here as the Club. I understand that participating in any sailing event may involve strenuous activity and I declare that I am physically fit to participate in every aspect of these activities and that I am aware of and accept the risks of participating in this event.
I hereby waive any claims that I may have against Middle Harbour Yacht Club or its officers and agents as a result of any action or omissions on their part in connection with any activity at any time at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
Media and Personal Information I understand that I or the minor whom I am responsible may be photographed while racing and I hereby give permission for the use of my name or the name of the minor to whom I am responsible to be used in all forms of media for the promotion of the club and event.
I also hereby confirm that all the information provided by me herein is true and correct and if any information changes I will notify Middle Harbour Yacht Club at the earliest point foreseeable.
I agree to be bound by the racing Rules of the ISAF and all other rules that govern this event. I acknowledge that all those taking part in the races do so at their own risk and that none of the Organizing Authority, Middle Harbour Yacht Club, their officials or members are responsible for the seaworthiness of a yacht whose entry is accepted, or for the efficiency or adequacy of its equipment.
BOATS FOR SALE AT MHYC
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Optimist 705 - OziOpti- complete
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