Learn To Sail
Learn To Sail

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.

Term 2 Program 2022

Our term 2 program for 2022 will run from Sunday May 15th to Sunday July 3rd.

Our morning sessions are for Opti and RS Feva Learn to sail and Development sailors. The afternoon sessions are for RS Feva Sailors to learn racing skills. Upon registration, parents will be expected to participate in a parent roster.

There will also be a parents orientation session Sunday 8th May at 10am with a working bee starting shortly after. This orientation is for parents to learn the basics of sailing and how they can best assist their child during sailing sessions. This includes topics of: Launching, Retrieving, Sailing Attire, Safety, Coach Boats etc.

Sailing Fun Program

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 and RS Fevas on Sunday mornings.

Dates: Starts 15 May 2022 / Ends 3 July 2022
Time: Sunday mornings 9.30am – 12.30pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Location: Meet at MCC then on to Milford Beach
Cost: $150 + Family Membership fee


Learn to Race Program

This program is designed for sailors who have an understanding of how to sail and are ready to start racing! This will be carried out in RS Fevas and 420s for bigger sailors. Each week will have a different racing topic.

Dates: Starts 15 May 2022 / Ends 3 July 2022
Time: Sunday afternoons 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Duration: 8 weeks
Location: Meet at MCC then on to Milford Beach
Cost: $150 + Family Membership fee


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.

Register for a MCC Junior Sailing Programme

Please select an option



Course Cost: $150 per person + Family Membership

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.