Start Yachting Course - EastSail Sailing School

The perfect course for beginner sailors.

Taught on the beautiful Sydney Harbour, the RYA Start Yachting Course is the perfect place to start. This RYA sailing school course covers the fundamentals of sailing – including terminology and wind awareness and skills such as knot tying, steering and sail trimming. At EastSail, you will be at the helm right from the first lesson and be able to comfortably perform all the basic learn to sail manoeuvres of sailing by the end of the course.

Start Yachting Course Details

No previous experience required for these beginner sailing lessons! At our sailing school we will teach you everything you need to know to how to learn to sail. Our class sizes are an intimate 5 people or fewer. By the end of this course you will understand terminology and the importance of wind direction. You will also know how to rig and prepare the yachts for sailing, execute manoeuvres of tacking and gybing, understand basic right of way rules, and be able to tie a number of useful basic knots.

This course is taught over 2 days – learn all the basic skills and spend the weekend aboard! Running from 9am Saturday till 4pm Sunday you will learn everything you need to know to sail on Sydney Harbour. An EastSail student race and meals aboard are included.

  • Cost $695 or 3 x 2 day courses $1995. We recommend the RYA course handbook $29 and RYA log book $20.
  • Dates: March 30-31,  April 6-7 or 20-21(Easter) or 27-28, May 4-5 or 11-12 or 18-19 or 25-26, June 8-9 (Queen’s Birthday) or 15-16 or 22-23 or 29-30.

RYA Courses

The RYA Start Yachting course is a 2 day course, a further 3 days are required to achieve the RYA Competent Crew Certificate.

Start Yachting Course - syllabus

Sailing School Syllabus – Start Yachting Course

  • Rigging the yachts
  • All points of sailing
  • Safety and use of equipment
  • Nautical terminology
  • Downwind sailing and gybing
  • Upwind sailing and tacking
  • Basic knots
  • Right of way rules
  • Steering and sail trim
  • Person overboard recovery
  • Basic theory

Additional weekend course syllabus

  • Safety checks and stowage
  • Batteries and power aboard
  • Living aboard


The RYA Start Yachting course is the first 2 days of the RYA Competent Crew course. To achieve the RYA Competent Crew certificate, add 2 x 2 day weekend live aboard courses to the Start Yachting Course and pay a special package rate, including the Competent Crew handbook, RYA log book and RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew certificates.

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