WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Day One – Saturday
We’ll start Saturday morning with a short briefing on what to expect from your weekend of sailing, followed by a plan of the day’s activities. Once we familiarise you with the basics of the yacht we will set off from the marina, hoist sail, and head out towards Sydney Harbour! With wind direction sailing exercises and regular rotation of crew roles, Saturday morning is sure to be the perfect start to your sailing weekend!
The afternoon session will begin with a brief of the technical aspects of sailing, looking in finer detail at points of sail and how to sail across wind. Following this you will practice sailing upwind (tacking) and downwind (gybing), familiarising yourself with both the upwind and downwind no go zone. On your way back to the docks, you will learn about sail flaking, before being debriefed by your friendly instructor on everything you have learnt over of the course of the day.
Day Two – Sunday
Sunday morning will begin with a recap of the theory and techniques that have been covered so far, before discussing trimming, how sails work, and various safety measures. Basic power handling, figure of eight, and forward and reverse manoeuvres will also be taught. The morning will end with a session on how to flawlessly hoist a sail!
The afternoon will begin with upwind and downwind sailing practice and some fun boating knot exercises. Before your weekend sailing experience comes to an end you will have the chance to show off what you have learnt with the rest of your crew, before your instructor debriefs you on everything you have experienced over the weekend!
Please note that the above is a draft programme. Instructors may vary the detail to take account of individual needs and local weather considerations.