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Youth Sailing Program

This program is aimed at introducing 'Tweens' (11-12yrs) and 'Teens' (13-18yrs) to the fun of sailing, plus enabling them to develop their skills at their own pace. In some cases, sailors may have already progressed through 'Tackers', where this program is the perfect continuation of the 'Learn to Sail' process. MHYC is an accredited Discover Sailing Centre and uses Australian Sailing's national program to teach the basic fundamentals of sailing through to racing skills including spinnaker and trapeze use.


Step 1.1 - Start Sailing 1

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 and capsize recovery.

Step 1.2 - Start Sailing 2

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 deeper understanding of sailing.

Step 2 - Better Sailing

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.

Step 3.1 - Start Racing

You can join in the fun and challenge of competition as you learn the basics of racing. Learn the basic racing rules, perform essential racing skills, gunwale capsize recovery.

Step 3.2 - Better Racing

Having enjoyed your introduction to racing it is now time to improve your performance and compete at a higher level. A greater understanding of tactics, wind patterns and boat tuning techniques will all help you get there.

Step 4 - Adventure Squad

For young sailors who have completed Better Sailing, the Adventure Squad aims to develop young sailors’ confidence, seamanship and boat handling skills through adventure sailing in the club’s fleet of Club 420's and Pacers. Using the Australian Sailing Discover Sailing framework as a basis, the program fosters an enjoyment of sailing in its recreational and competitive forms.  Sailors can then progress to coaching and development programs (Race Squads) in their own boats or begin the progression towards becoming an Australian Sailing endorsed Dinghy Instructor.

Step 5 - MHYC Race Squads

Members of these squads have usually graduated from our Optimist 'Green Fleet', or have completed Better Racing in the 'Learn to Sail' syllabus, or have their own boat with the equivalent skills. Race Squads are currently offered in the Optimist and International Cadet Classes, conducted on Sunday afternoons. Squad Members have briefings before and after racing with an allocated MHYC Coach, who also provides on-water support and feedback. Members of this squad may attend regattas such as the NSW Youth Championships, QLD Youth Week, Class State and National Championships and Australian Youth Championships.


Upcoming Courses....


2019 Term 1: Race Squads (Int. Optimist or Int. Cadet)

  • Sunday, 10 February 2019 (Race Day)
  • Sunday, 17 February 2019
  • Sunday, 24 February 2019 (Race Day)
  • No Scheduled Sailing on Sunday, 3 March 2019
  • Sunday, 10 March 2019 (Race Day)
  • Sunday, 17 March 2019
  • Sunday, 24 March 2019 (Race Day)
  • Sunday, 31 March 2019
  • Sunday, 07 April 2019 (Race Day / Final Session)

Race Squad Session Times: Sunday Afternoons 1.00pm - 4.00pm

Race Squad Fees: Members $480, Non-Members $581 (Registrations Opening Soon)

Please note that the Junior and Youth Sailing Program requires MHYC Youth Membership (2018 / 2019 Season $101.00).  Please select "Member" or "Non-Member" during online registration.


2019 April School Holiday Program

Junior and Youth Discover Sailing Camps (4 x days)

(Incorporating Start Sail 1, Start Sail 2 & Better Sailing)

April 'Week 1' (4 x Days)

  • Mon, 15 April 2019
  • Tue, 16 April 2019
  • Wed, 17 April 2019
  • Thur, 18 April 2019

All Session Times: 9.00am - 3.30pm

All Levels Fees: Members $450, Non-Members $501 (Registrations Now Open)

Please note that the Junior and Youth Sailing Program requires MHYC Youth Membership (2018 / 2019 Season $51.00).  Please select "Member" or "Non-Member" during online registration.