Learn to Sail

Session Times

Fridays from 4:00pm.

Junior Learn to Sail and Club Training

​​​​​​​From late October to mid December the club runs a weekly junior learn to sail session at the same time as the training on Friday afternoons after school. The basic aim of learn to sail is to introduce new sailors to the sport and get them to the point that they can sail themselves around a course. Along the way they should develop greater confidence in the water, learn to right a capsized Optimist, and hopefully realise that sailing is a great sport and HYC is the place to be.

The “learn to race” program helps sailors make the step from sailing around a course to racing around a course with other competitors; start sequences, rules for racing, adjusting sails and boat trim, - enough to enable them to be able to get involved in the club racing. For the more advanced sailors we will cover a broad range of racing skills – efficient manoeuvres, sail tuning, starting, tactics, reading the wind on the water etc. We will arrange the sessions to suit the sailors taking part.

For those junior sailors looking to develop their racing skills in a short space of time the club runs a ‘live in’ camp called Optisail in January. Sailors live at the clubrooms for the 4 days so HYC really does become the place to be. Optisail is the only course of its kind in the region and may become booked out so let us know as soon as possible if you are interested (talk to a coach or email the club secretary). The club tries hard to keep the cost of this camp as low as we can but at the same time we have to employ enough coaches that each sailor can get plenty of help with their sailing skills.

Through the season the Race Officers will arrange shorter simpler race courses for those sailors in Optimists who are new to racing. This is called the OptiGreen fleet. The emphasis in this fleet is on participation rather than performance and generally one of the coaches will follow them around the race course offering encouragement and advice. Most sailors stay in the OptiGreen fleet for half a season or maybe one whole season before moving up to the open fleet.

Whatever your experience or confidence, we will try to help you become a better sailor, in a safe though sometimes challenging, environment. Along the way make friends and have a great time. Start your ‘Sport for Life!’on Lake Rotoroa.

Adult Learn to Sail

Most of our club members learned to sail as teenagers and now race regularly in the club environment.

We don't have a great ability to teach adults, but some members are able to assist on a one to one basis.

If you are interested, contact us.