RYA Start Yachting

The perfect course for beginner sailors.

Taught on the beautiful Sydney Harbour, this introductory learn to sail course covers the fundamentals. At EastSail, you will be at the helm of our exciting keel boats right from the first lesson and be able to comfortably perform all the basic manoeuvres of sailing by the end of the course.

Course Details

No previous experience required! We will teach you everything you need to know to sail on Sydney Harbour in intimate classes of 5 or fewer. After the course you will have basic sailing experience and understanding of sailing terms, and the importance of wind direction and speed to sailing and points of sail. You will be able to tie basic knots, execute manoeuvres of tacking and gybing, and understand right of way rules, rigging and preparation for sailing.

Option 1: Part Time Course

Learn to sail in 4 x 3 hour lessons on board one of our yachts and participate in an EastSail student race for $655. We also recommend the RYA learn to sail booklet and log book ($40) which can be collected from the office or posted to you for a small fee.

Option 2: Weekend Live-Aboard Course

Spend the weekend on board from 9am Saturday till 4pm Sunday learning to sail on Sydney Harbour, and participate in an EastSail student race $655 including all meals. We also recommend the RYA learn to sail booklet and log book ($40) which can be collected from the office or posted to you for a small fee.

Start Yachting Syllabus

Basic Syllabus

  • 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 Live Aboard Syllabus

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

Add-ons!

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 $1885 for all 3, including the Competent Crew handbook, RYA log book and RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew certificates.

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