Learn to Sail - Glendowie Boating Club

By: Glendowie Boating Club  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Sailing, Boats for Sale, Boating Club

Glendowie Boating Club offers three levels of Coaching and training for Optimist Dinghies.

For first time sailors, nine years or over, we run a Learn to Sail Programme, where tuition is provided by YNZ qualified instructors under the direction of the Club Sailing Master.  Yachting New Zealand Level One Certificates are issued to skippers successfully completing the programme.  This course is run over eight weeks with two intakes each season, September and February.  The course is run on club sailing days being Sundays, so that new members quickly feel part of the club and see what the racing fleets offer.  The Learn to Sail programme covers wind direction and weather, rigging, rope work, safety, basic rules, launching and recovery, and basic sailing skills, through a mix of onshore demonstration and practical sailing.  Participants are required to provide their own boat, or rent one from the club for the duration of the course, and parental attendance at each session is essential.

The second level is Upskillers. This is also a 10 week course, run on Sundays, and reinforces sailing skills from the Lean to sail course. Participants must have their own boat.

The third level is Learn to Race (YNZ Level 2). Here we prepare the sailor for Green Fleet racing, teaching them race procedure, race preparation, starting sequences, racing rules mark rounding and so on. Just before they move into the Green Fleet, they are given some full-length practice races with their own starts.

The School's emphasis is on providing a solid grounding in sailing and seamanship skills in a safe and fun environment. Sailing is a great sport for life, teaching self-reliance and confidence. The Club actively encourages continued participation in the sport, and this also needs your commitment and support.
Next Sunday Learn-to-sail course starts 5 February 2012, 3.00pm.

For more information please contact our LTS Convenors
David Reid 09 528 4908 or Angus Haslett 09 575 1541

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Keith, the GBC committee and the coaches will also be available for doing safety checks on your boat and helping with sorting out rigging etc. So come prepared to set your boat up with some great gear from Keith. For Sale David Reid has kindly purchased a supply of quick release safety clips for Opti sailors to attach their mainsheet to the boom - this is an essential safety item.