Spinnaker Course

Let’s go fly a kite! Our spinnaker course will teach you the art of flying a spinnaker and open a whole new level of excitement!

In our exciting spinnaker course you’ll learn all it takes to become a cracking foredeck hand including the intricacies of preparing, setting, trimming, gybing and dropping a spinnaker with confidence.

The spinnaker has so many control lines – sheets, braces, the halyard, kicker and topping lift and the tweakers. You will see how each of these lines work together to control and trim the spinnaker

If you are looking at getting into racing, or taking your skills to the next level, then this adrenaline-filled spinnaker course provides you with the skills you’ll need to enter the summer twilight series or point score events!

Spinnaker Course Details

Before undertaking the Spinnaker course we recommend that you complete our Start Yachting course, or have equivalent experience. The course runs from 9am-3pm and by the end of the day you will have more knowledge and experience in hoisting, gybing, dropping and packing a spinnaker. In between the downwind spinnaker runs we will sail back upwind focusing on sail trim and helming techniques. The total cost is $245 for the day. Bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks.

Spinnaker Course Syllabus

  • Packing the spinnaker
  • Spinnaker shapes and weights
  • Control lines – sheets and braces
  • Control lines – kicker and topping lift
  • Control lines – tweakers
  • Setting up for the spinnaker
  • Spinnaker pole
  • Hoists and spinnaker sets
  • Common problems
  • Recovering from a wipe out
  • Gybing the spinnaker
  • Dropping the spinnaker
  • Racing concepts with a spinnaker
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