Sailing Program

Yachting NZ – Learning to Sail

Dinghy Learn to Sail

Dinghy learn to sail has three levels:

  • Start… Sailing! (level 1)

  • Sailing… Fast! (level 2)

  • Go… Racing! (level 3)

Start… Sailing!

This course teaches the basics of sailing, to get you up and going.



Sailing... Fast!

This course builds on the skills learned in Start… Sailing! to become more skilled sailors, more competent in manoeuvres and greater wind conditions.

These two levels are often delivered together and usually take 20-30 hours to complete.

Go… Racing!

Go… Racing! helps you take your sailing to the next level. The course starts out focusing on the basic concepts of racing and works through improving boat speed, learning about weather, race strategy and getting you ready to race.

Sunday Club Sailing

MYBC offers Learn to Sail programs for both youth and adults.

All boats and safety equipment are provided, you will only need suitable clothing, wetsuit on cold days, shirt and shorts on warm and clear days.

Youth can attain Yachting NZ level 1 (Start Sailing) and level 2 (Sail Fast) Certificates.  

Training for youth is available most Sundays during the summer period, please refer to our sailing calendar for set dates and adults are by arrangement.  All coaching is provided by certified Yachting NZ coaches and experienced sailors.  


Basic Skills - Cruising Crew (level 2)

Sailors will be competent at crewing aboard a keelboat while cruising at the end of this course. This level builds on skills gained in level 1 and covers more detail on overall boat-handling skills and safety at sea while cruising.

Basic Skills - Racing Crew (level 2)

This covers an introduction to keelboat racing following on from the skills learned in level 1. The focus of this course is on boat handling and spinnaker use, with a racing emphasis.

Overnight Skipper (level 3)

At the end of this course, sailors will have gained enough skills to be able to sail a boat in inshore waters and complete an overnight stay.