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Learn To Sail

Learn to sail at Milford Cruising Club this summer! At MCC 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.

Our junior sailing programme for 8-18 year olds runs on Friday afternoons during Terms 4 and Term 1 of the school year and provides 3 modules run under the guidance of a qualified Yachting NZ (YNZ) coach.

  1. YNZ Learn To Sail 1 Start Sailing – in our Optimist Dinghys
  2. YNZ Learn To Sail 2 Sailing Fast – in our Optimist Dinghys
  3. YNZ Learn To Sail 3 Go Racing – in our 2 person RS Fevas
When: Term 4: October – December & Term 1: February – March
Day/Time: Fridays 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Meet at MCC then on to Milford Beach

Our Junior Sailing class sizes are limited to 25 kids. Beginners first learn how to sail in the Optimists then, once confident, they graduate to sailing our 5 RS Fevas for competitive training and inter club racing. On the water during the sailing lessons we also operate 3 rigid hull inflatable patrol boats for training and safety.

This programme is intended to be a family social event, getting the children into learning to sail, and we request that at least one parent/caregiver is available to attend each week from each family to help supervise/launch and retrieve boats. Parents may be able to assist on the water in the patrol boats.

At the end of training, join us for sausages and refreshments at the Clubroom afterwards.

FAQs About Our Learn To Sail Programme

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 a $120 activity fee per term 
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.

Enquire About Sailing Lessons

To make an enquiry or for more information about joining our Learning To Sail junior programme, please register your interest in the form below and we will be in touch.