Learning how to sail a dinghy
Dinghies are small sailing boats and a great way to get into sailing. Sailing a dinghy can be fun and exhilarating and this Program has been developed to provide a safe introduction to dinghy sailing. There are specific Programs targeted towards young children (7-12 yrs) called “Tackers”. For more information on how to get involved go to the Tackers section. Dinghies are ideal for juniors and youth to learn the basics of sailing and racing, however are equally suitable for adults.



Overview Areas Covered

Step 1

Start Sailing 1

12 hours

Your Discover Sailing journey starts here as you learn the fundamental skills of sailing and are introduced to the fun of dinghy sailing in a safe and supportive environment Basic clothing and equipment selection, sailing terminology, boat launch and recovery, capsize recovery in shallow water

Start Sailing 2

12 hours Your Discover Sailing journey continues as you master all of the fundamental dinghy sailing skills. You are now equipped to sail your dinghy on your own voyages of discovery Rigging of the boat, capsize recovery in deeper water, sail a triangular course, basic sailing rules and theory

Step 2

Better Sailing

12 hours

Discover Sailing in stronger winds as you develop the skills required to get maximum speed from your dinghy. Your journey speeds up as you experience the thrill of trapezing and using a spinnaker Towing, capsize recovery of inverted boat, use of spinnakers and trapeze, understand and identify weather and environmental conditions

Step 3

Start Racing

12 hours

Your Discover Sailing journey now takes you to your local club/centre where you can join in the fun and challenge of competition as you learn the basics of racing. Basic racing rules, perform basic racing skills, gunwale capsize recovery

Better Racing

12 hours

Having enjoyed your introduction to racing it is now time to improve your performance and compete at a higher level. A greater understanding of tactics, wind patterns and boat tuning techniques will all help you get there Develop a training plan, maximise performance for racing, develop race tactics based on the course