Description

Learn to helm a keelboat and build on your experience!

The Keelboat Helm sailing course is an intermediate learn-to-sail course for people wanting to move up to helm (steer) yachts under minimal supervision.

This course would also be ideal preparation for a person with some sailing experience undertaking a yacht charter holiday as a skipper.

This 12 hour course conducted over 3 days is part of the new nationally recognised Yachting Australia National Keelboat Training Scheme and is delivered by accredited sailing instructors.

Note that each course includes two subsequent training days spaced one week apart.

Some sailing experience is necessary, ideally the YA Keelboat Crew.

Course topics include:

  • Safety: Onboard safety practices
  • Preparing a yacht for day sailing including setting up sails, working halyards and sheets, tying basic knots and reefing a mainsail
  • Helming and trimming sails on all points of sailing
  • Steering a triangular course and hoving to
  • Effective tacking (turning into the wind) and gybing (with the wind behind)
  • Understanding the effect of heel and trim
  • Anchoring a yacht
  • As helm, recovering a man overboard under sail
  • Basic rules of the road and their application

Training is conducted onboard modern 7 or 8 metre day sailing yachts sailing from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron at St. Kilda.

Sailing is undertaken on Port Phillip bay in the vicinity of St. Kilda with great views of Melbourne’s skyline.

All safety gear is provided.

Note that each course includes two subsequent training days spaced one week apart.

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Class Schedule

Three x 4 hour onwater sessions: Sunday, 02 Aug to 16 Aug 2015, 08:30 AM -12:30 PM Saturday, 19 Sept to 26 Sept 2015, 08:30 AM -12:30 PM

What you will learn
  • Safety: Onboard safety practices
  • Preparing a yacht for day sailing including setting up sails, working halyards and sheets, tying basic knots and reefing a mainsail
  • Helming and trimming sails on all points of sailing
What you will get
  • YA "Introductory Keelboat" textbook valued at $29.95
  • YA Keelboat Scheme logbook
  • YA completion certificate
  • $6 Yachting Australia Student Training course insurance
  • Special Offer - Save $22

What to bring
  • According to the conditions, wet weather gear
  • Long sleeve sun protection or thermal top
  • Footwear (non-marking deck shoes such as Dunlop Volleys)
  • Sunhat or beanie
  • Water bottle
What to wear

Smart casual

Appropriate for

Intermediate Level Students


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Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron

Vendor sincce 2012

The Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, with a history of over 120 years, is one of the oldest yacht clubs in Victoria with a long list of historical firsts.

Situated at St. Kilda in close proximity to Melbourne central business district, it is regarded as the centre of aquatic events in Victoria.

Most major championships have been held off its shores and the Squadron was the control centre for the 1956 Melbourne Olympic yachting events.

It is a club of which every member has reason to be proud and has a tradition, which every member has an obligation to uphold.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Refund policy: No refunds are provided after the commencement of the course. Cancellation of any session due to bad weather or other reason will be made up with alternative day(s) nominated by Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy. Cancellation fees will apply for any booking cancellation made prior to commencement of the course as follows: Three or more day’s prior Full Refund less a 10% booking fee. Within 72 hours of commencement 75 % refund; within 48 hours of commencement 50 % refund; within 24 hours of commencement 30 % refund.

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