Adult Sailing Lessons 2019/2020 Season
The program will take participants to LEVEL 1 of the Yachting New Zealand National Sailing
The lessons will normally be held in lasers with reduced sail, a sunburst, a sigrid or your own yacht.
There will be theory and practical both on and off water.
Because of the nature of the sport weather conditions can change and be unsuitable. Also facilities in
the form of suitable boats and instructors may also not be available. MPYC make no guarantees as to
availability of facilities on any particular day. The decision to sail is with the Officer of the Day and
with the Instructor.
To enrol in the course you will need to pay the course fee of $370 prior to or at the time of enrolling
which includes one year's membership fees.
What to Bring
You are required to bring warm clothes. We suggest the following:
- woollen or polyprop gear,
- a windbreaker,
- suitable footwear,
- a change of clothes (especially underwear or swimming togs); and
- a towel.
- wet suit and buoyancy aid if you have them.
You are welcome to have a shower after the lesson and refreshments in the clubhouse after the on the
When to arrive
Please arrive at the stated time, as it is necessary to cover some theory as well as rig the yacht so that
you get the most out of each lesson.
Format of the Course
There will be some theory before going on the water and on some days also afterwards depending on
tide times. There will normally be about two hours sailing each day.
The course will cover four lessons on different days and one or two days revision testing followed by two
days where you assist either on the start boat or a pick up boat with experienced skipper. A total of
about eight days.
Each lesson will be about five hrs.
Topics covered in Level 1 are:
Stay with boat after capsize
Weather forecast sources
Check the buoyancy aid Wind direction
How to observe ashore & afloat wind & weather
Describe telltale signs of wind direction
How to rig, control & operate mast, sail, rudder, centreboard & vang
Understand the principal of righting your boat
Sail a windward triangle course
Sail a figure 8 course
Slow down & stop
Demonstrate Hove to
Demonstrate getting out of irons
Round turn & 2 half hitches
Basic Boat care
Basic parts of Boat and Rig
Keep lookout and avoid collisions
Opposite tacks Port / starboard
Same tacks Windward / Leeward
Overtaking boat keeps clear
Launching and recovery.
Hold boat head to wind
De rig in safe pace
Capsize and righting the boat
We look forward to having you join us.
Instructor / Sailing Master
Adult Learners Course Start Dates 2019 - 20