East Sail - Sailing School & Sailing Trainings

02 9327 1166

Rushcutters Bay, Sydney Harbour

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RYA Starting Yachting learn to sail course

Discover Sailing with our sailing school! Taught on beautiful Sydney Harbour, this introductory learn to sail school course covers the fundamentals. You will be at the helm of our exciting keel boats right from the first lesson and comfortably accomplish all the basic manoeuvres of sailing by the end of the course.

Previous Experience Required: None - we will teach you to sail on Sydney Harbour!
Ability After Course: Basic sailing experience and understanding of sailing terms, relevance of wind direction and speed to sailing, points of sail, basic knots, manoeuvres of tacking and gybing, right of way rules, rigging and preparation for sailing.     
Course Duration: There are two ways to do this course.

15 hours, comprising 4 x 3 hour on board practical lessons and an EastSail club racing session. Includes course kit, RYA log book and certificate.

2. WEEKEND LIVE ABOARD: Includes all meals, RYA certificate.
Syllabus:                                               Additional live aboard syllabus:                                       
  • Rigging the yacht                         Safety checks
  • All points of sailing                       Stowage
  • Safety & use of equipment           Victualling
  • Nautical terminology                     Ship-shape
  • Downwind sailing & gybing
  • Upwind sailing & tacking
  • Basic knots
  • Right of way rules
  • Steering & sail trim
  • Buoyage
  • Person overboard recovery
  • Basic theory
Inclusions: PART TIME: Course kit including RYA competent crew handbook, RYA log book, sunglasses strap, sailing magazine. Insurance, safety equipment and use of spray jackets plus RYA Start Yachting course certificate on completion aboard a keel boat.
LIVE ABOARD COURSE: Meals aboard, RYA Start Yachting Certificate on completion. Insurance, safety equipment and use of spray jackets. RYA learn to sail book if required $25, RYA log book if required $15.
Booking and postponement: The weekend live aboard course is run 1-2 times each month, we require 15 days notice if you want to change a booked date.
The 3 hour sessions are run on weekends and you can do lessons as it suits you. To postpone a booked lesson you must contact us before 1pm Wednesday. if you need to change your lesson time after 1pm Wednesday then there is a re-booking fee of $50.
See our sailing school terms and conditions.
Course commencement. Click here for course dates and prices.
Part-time courses commence regularly, the booking structure is flexible. You do not need to book all of your lessons in advance. You can choose to do 1 lesson a week, or 1 a month, or 2 a day.

Try sailing!   Discover Sailing!

There are 2 ways you can test drive our school.
1. Sails and Ales... Once a month we run monthly 'try sailing' sessions, a great way to get out on Sydney Harbour aboard one of our beautiful yachts and a chance to meet other people who enjoy sailing and test drive our sailing school!! These are held on Monday evenings from 5:30pm during the summer and Saturday afternoons from 1:45pm during the winter season. 

The Sails and Ales events coming up will be held once a month, please check the sailing dates and rates sheet or call us to check the next dates.  After the sailing we have a dockside BBQ and drinks, kindly sponsored by Vintage Blue. Bookings are essential. Cost $95. If you then decide to learn to sail with us we offer a $50 rebate on the cost of the RYA Start Yachting or Competent Crew Inshore sailing school courses. 
2. Join into a 3 hour lesson with other trainees, these are run most weekends. Cost $135.

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To discuss learning to sail, or more information on our sailing courses call Bryony on  02 9327 1166 or email training@eastsail.com.au
Lesson times can be postponed by contacting us before 1pm Wednesday. Course payments are valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Refunds are not available. Click here for FAQ or terms and conditions

Learn to sail on Sydney Harbour with EastSail sailing school, Australia's leading sailing school. The best place to discover sailing is the Start Yachting Course on our keel boats.

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