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Learn to Sail Programme

GHYC Keelboat Learn to Sail Programme Winter 2021 Available to GHYC members only






Non-members join GHYC to take advantage of this programme. Apply and pay for one year's membership. Membership year starts from 1 July. More information at :

Starting from $66pp/per year depending on class of membership

Junior & Associate - $66 per year

Family Associate - $99 per year

Senior full membership - $200 per year

Family full membership - $300 per year

Mid- June to Sept

Marine Education Evenings Thursdays fortnightly. Proposed topics:

Understanding charts, tides & currents, meteorology, boat electrics, boat electronics, batteries and their care, sails & sail trimming, emergencies, safety equipment demonstration

Free of Charge (FOC) to members.



Open to non-members.

Tea, coffee & biscuits available

June 26/27

Coastguard Boating Education - Day Skipper course

Aim: To gain essential boating and safety knowledge

Duration: 15 Hours. Sat & Sun, 0830 - 1630

Qualification: Day Skipper Certificate

An introductory course for all members of the family or crew, including those new to boating. Applies to a wide range of vessels including yachts, launches, powerboats, PWCs, sea kayaks, and waka.

GHYC member discounted price $140

Non Club Member Price $255

Registration and prepayment to be completed by Sunday 13 June.

Contact for a Registration Form and payment details

July 11

In-house Introduction to Keelboats. 0900 - 1300

Basic sailing boat terminology, definitions & equipment workshop

Familiarisation visit to a keelboat to identify and reinforce workshop learning

Free of Charge (FOC)

An essential part of the programme for those new to keelboats

July/ August

Sailing 'experience' opportunity. Two-hour experience sailing on a member's boat to reinforce the workshop learning. Dates to be confirmed

Free of Charge (FOC)

The scheduled dates and times are weather dependant and may be subject to change


On-water training with a professional External Supplier:

Sailing Away -Suzanne Bourke

2 x 5hrs days aboard 32 ft Beneteau Oceanis

Sessions run out of Westhaven, downtown Auckland, usually over one weekend.

Course dates: 11/12 Sept, 18/19 Sept, 25/26 Sept

$695 pp

This is the discounted rate (by $100 pp), provided 4 students attend

Student selects RYA Start Yachting/YNZ Level 1 certification & receives a logbook

May increase $pp when less than 4 students

October onwards

Mid-week evenings /weekend opportunities for sailing experiences on members' boats. The Club will build experience opportunities into the summer sailing schedule, such as alternate Wednesday evenings or some weekend days. These will not be racing, just 'experience' and a chance to meet other sailors.


Students should be considering purchasing own Personal Floatation Device (PFD) as a minimum

October onwards

Ad hoc sailing opportunities on member boats - cruising, racing or pleasure

Participants interested in racing may get semi-permanent crew position.


In the future

Members purchase their own boat motor launch or sailing boat

One-on-one own boat tuition departing & berthing safely, getting to know your new boat, advice on safety matters, etc

Private arrangement, possibly without cost

All boat owners are encouraged to join Coastguard NZ


Last updated 02:53 on 12 February 2022

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