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 4 Program 2023 – FULLY BOOKED

Our Term 4 program for 2023 has commenced. Friday sessions have a catch up day on 15 December and Sunday sessions have a catch up day on 17 December.

All children can receive a free small soft drink from the bar after their session.

Learn to Sail Program – Opti

Our learn to sail program is a fun sailing introduction 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 uses club provided Optimists, and operates on Friday nights and Sunday mornings. Sailors have the option of participating once or twice a week. Parents are expected to have a hands on role in their child’s participation in this program helping with rigging and moving boats. As sailors get more competent throughout the course this need lessens. Parents are also expected to join the Junior Sailing Roster.

Session Dates: Starts 13 October 2023 / Ends 10 December 2023
Days/times: Fridays 4-7pm & Sundays 9.30am – 12.30pm
Location: Meet at the wooden boat sheds at MCC


RS Feva Sailing Program

This program is designed for our more advanced sailors. RS Fevas are a two handed boat and are a step up in skill level from optimist. Sailors learn good boat handling skills, racing basics and build their team work.

At Milford we prioritise learning in a fun way, and enjoying the sailing we are doing as a group. Sailors are encouraged to attend local regattas and compete, once they have the skills to do so. To minimise rigging times, it is asked that parents help their sailors rig their boats until they are competent and fast at doing it themselves.

Dates: Starts 13 October 2023 / Ends 10 December 2023
Time: Fridays 4-7pm & Sundays 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Location: Meet at the wooden boat sheds at MCC


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.