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Learn To Sail

We offer term based junior sailing programs, school holiday programmes, boat charter options, 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.

There will be an orientation session for parents on the 17th October (at this stage) from 1- 4pm. This is the parents opportunity to learn and experience the following; Rib Driving, quad bike driving, launching and retrieving boats, VHF use, and go sailing. We want to make sure parents are ready for the season.

View the draft calendar – MCC Pre-Xmas Calendar V1

See our current term time programmes below.

Junior Learn to Sail – Term 4 (8 weeks)

This is an  8 week program for kids aged 8-13 to learn water confidence, rigging/de-rigging boats, build sailing competence and friendships.

This program is designed for entry level young sailors to learn the basics of sailing. This program is done in club provided Optimists, with RSFeva inclusion on Sunday mornings.

Start: 22 October 2021
Available Sessions: Friday 4-7pm or Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm or Sunday 1-4pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Location: Meet at MCC then on to Milford Beach
Cost: $120 once per week, $180 twice per week (+ family membership)

REGISTER HERE

Junior Learn to Race – Term 4 (8 weeks)

This program is for sailors with some experience who are ready to learn how to race. This program is done in club provided Optimists, with inclusion of RS Fevas on Sunday Mornings.

Start: 22 October 2021
Available Sessions: Friday 4-7pm or Sunday 9:30am-12:30pm or Sunday 1-4pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Location: Meet at MCC then on to Milford Beach
Cost: $120 once per week, $180 twice per week (+ family membership)

REGISTER HERE

Junior RS Feva Sailing – Term 4

This program is for experienced sailors ready for the next step into double-handed sailing. These sailors will learn race ready tactics/strategies as well as advanced boat handling. Sailors will be encouraged to participate in RS Feva regattas on the MCC Calendar. They will be expected to rig their own boats, and take responsibility for their learning.

Priority will be given to 1) current members and 2) sailors who do both days.

Start: 22 October 2021
Available Sessions: Friday 4-7pm and/or Sunday 1-4pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Location: Meet at MCC then on to Milford Beach
Cost:* $120 once per week, $180 twice per week (+ family membership)

*Some additional costs may apply for regatta charter or regatta coaching.

REGISTER HERE

Junior Sailing Piedy experience programme

MCC is piloting a programme that gives parents and kids the opportunity to sail a Piedy in club racing over the summer. The calendar for this is yet to be confirmed due to covid delays but we will be running orientation sessions on the Piedy when covid restrictions lift. We are asking parents and others with sailing experience to get involved to help sail the Piedy over the season. We’d like all our sailors over the season to get a chance crewing on the Piedy. If you’d like to be added on the interest list, please ‘opt in’ to the program on your registration form, or send us an email. There may be a minimal cost to cover admin.

REGISTER HERE

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 a $180 activity fee per term for the Junior Sailing Programme or RS Feva Programme. There is an option to request once a week (either Friday or Sunday) for $120. 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.

Register for a MCC Junior Sailing Programme

To register for one of the current programmes, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch.

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CHILD'S DETAILS

PARENT CONTACT DETAILS & INFORMATION

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.