Learn to Sail in Airlie beach
Learning to sail opens a door to a pastime that can last a lifetime. Sailing can be a physically and mentally demanding sport, a means to relax, or a enchanting way of getting from one place to another – even across an ocean. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed from childhood through into retirement.
In 2017, Whitsunday Sailing Club will be conducting Learn to Sail courses utilising Australian Sailing's Discover Sailing programs. These cover both Dinghies (Start Sailing 1 & 2, Better Sailing, Start Racing, Better Racing) and Keelboats (Start Crewing, Start Helming, Start Skippering).
Learn to Sail in a Dinghy
The best way to learn to sail (for both children and adults) is in a dinghy. Dinghies are lightweight and very responsive. Unlike larger yachts, they rely entirely on sailors’ own body weight to balance the boat, giving those learning to sail an excellent feel for how the boat reacts to changes in the wind. Dinghies also respond instantly to any movement of the steering or sail controls.
Best of all, sailing a 60 foot maxi yacht isn’t all that different to sailing a dinghy. Sure, sailing a big boat involves coordinating more people – and the boat might react a little slower – but the principles are exactly the same!
We hold regular Learn to Sail classes for both junior and adult sailors on various Sunday mornings throughout the year.
Gain Experience Through Racing
The Whitsunday Sailing Club also hosts major off beach and offshore sailing regattas and students can participate as crew in the racing to complement the practical component of courses.