Learn To Sail

Learn To Sail

We offer term-based junior sailing programs (see below), school holiday programs and youth/adult sailing opportunities.

Our policy is to make learning to sail affordable for families. We make first class boats available so that parents are not faced with the expensive costs of acquiring competitive sailing dinghies for their children.

There is an expectation that parents will participate in a rostered system to help with the smooth operation of the programme. The three key areas are:

  1. On shore support during sessions
  2. Quad driver for taking boats to the beach
  3. On water support for the coach (coming out in the coach boat).

Training will be provided for the quad bike and on water support roles for those interested. Other club roles include resource maintenance, group leaders, other admin etc.

Term 1 Program 2024

Friday 2nd February – Orientation evening and rigging session

  • Starts 4:30pm. Runs for 2 hours.
  • This is an introduction session for kids and parents to learn how to rig the boats, launching/retrieving processes, how parents assist the program etc.

Friday 9th & Sunday 11th Feb – MCC Term 1 program starts

  • The Term 1 program runs on Fridays and Sundays over term one. 16 sessions total
  • Choose to sail Fridays AND/OR Sundays (excludes Friday 29th and Sunday 31st March (Good Friday/Easter Long weekend)
  • Sessions end on the Friday 5th April/ Sunday 7th April (back up sessions to be run on the 12th and 14th March if needed)

Cost: $165 for only Fridays OR Sundays, $275 for both days

Course Options

Learn to Sail

This course is designed for beginner sailors to learn the basics of sailing. We focus on building confidence on the water and aim to be able to independently sail by the end of the course. Minimum age of 8 (or a very confident 7).

Session Dates: Starts 9 & 11 Feb 2024 / Ends 5 & 7 April 2024
Days/times: Fridays 4-7pm & Sundays 9.30am – 12.30pm

Learn to Race

This course runs alongside our learn to sail and has a more advanced goal of getting around a race course by themselves.

Session Dates: Starts 9 & 11 Feb 2024 / Ends 5 & 7 April 2024
Days/times: Fridays 4-7pm & Sundays 9.30am – 12.30pm

Development Group

This course is designed for beginner RS Feva sailors, or experienced opti sailors. This group will be run in RS Fevas.

This is a beginner course for experienced opti sailors or bigger/older sailing beginners. On Fridays this will be run alongside the RS Feva group and is a standalone group on Sunday mornings.

Session Dates: Starts 9 & 11 Feb 2024 / Ends 5 & 7 April 2024
Days/times: Fridays 4-7pm & Sundays 9.30am – 12.30pm

RS Feva Group

This course is designed for more experienced sailors who can get around a course comfortably by themselves. We aim to have a lot of fun learning how to race amongst various other sailing skills e.g tactics, weather and strategy.

Dates: Starts 9 & 11 Feb 2024 / Ends 5 & 7 April 2024
Time: Fridays 4-7pm & Sundays 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Common FAQs

How old does my child have to be to Learn To Sail?
They must be 8 years or older and be able to swim confidently.
What parent/caregiver commitment is required?
In order for us to make our sailing programme affordable and accessible, we do need help from parents. We request one parent from each family to assist each week with training. We find that the parents get almost as much out of it as the kids!
How much does it cost?
MCC Family Membership is required, along with an activity fee per term for the Junior Sailing Programme or RS Feva Programme. This is subject to space in the programmes as priority will be given to those who do both days.

PLEASE NOTE: The nomination fee does not apply to Family Memberships within the Junior Sailing Programmes. If a Learn to Sail programme has been attended, the $50 Membership from that program cost will be credited towards Family Membership.

What should my child wear / bring?
Shoes with soles that have grip. Polyprop top or a wetsuit as it gets cold on the water. Make sure whatever they wear will allow the flexible and quick movement sailors need on the water. While MCC can provide lifejackets, some prefer to bring their own.
What if weather is unsuitable for sailing?
Training may take place on the reserve.


Please select a course option




Course Cost: $165 for once per week, $275 for twice per week (+ Family Membership)

Disclaimer: We have no control over the weather and therefore may have to run 'on land' sessions at times. If the weather is inappropriate even for a fun land session we will cancel the session and re-schedule a 'catch-up' session. Lack of attendance to a scheduled 'on land' session does not entitle sailors to a catch up session. We will do the best we can with the weather we get!

Once you have received registration confirmation from us...
Please direct credit the course cost to Milford Cruising Club's Bank Account 01-0178-0078868-00 with your Child's Name and Membership Number in the reference fields.