Darwin Sailing Club
Youth Better Sailing

Youth Better Sailing

Consolidate the experience and knowledge gained in Start Sailing

PREREQUISITE: Start Sailing course and 6-12 months in Blue Fleet

DATES: To be announced

COST: Members $290, Non-Members $340 

Course details

This course is designed to consolidate the experience and knowledge gained in Start Sailing. Techniques are refined to improve your boat control, sail trim and boat balance while theoretical concepts are demonstrated to better understand the mechanics of sailing.

Sailing competencies

When I’m on shore I can …

  • Identify appropriate clothing to suit conditions
  • Identify and use appropriate safety equipment
  • Perform basic pre-sailing warm up and stretches
  • Rig boat to suit the conditions
  • Identify all parts of the boat and sails
  • Demonstrate correct boat, sailing gear and sail care
  • Correctly rig spinnaker and trapeze (where applicable)
  • Launch and recover boat safely in all wind directions
  • Apply the basic sailing rules while sailing a course in a fleet
  • Identify common buoyage requirements relevant to local area
  • Able to source weather forecasts

And when I’m on the water I can …

  • Perform capsize recovery of inverted boat
  • Participate in multiple boat towing
  • Correctly roll tack, roll gybe, sail the boat backwards
  • Set sails to advantage
  • Successfully sail both a trapezoidal and slalom course
  • Come alongside another vessel/pontoon
  • Use spinnaker efficiently (optional)
  • Use trapeze safely (optional)
  • Maintain a position at a mark
  • Identify controls used to adjust sail shape
  • Correctly adjust sail shape to suit conditions
  • Identify wind shifts
  • React by showing an understanding of gusts and lulls
  • Show an awareness of current tidal conditions & identify tidal flow

Youth Better Sailing

Youth Better Sailing


Thanks to our major sponsors

Darwin Port
Nautical Supplies
Sponsor of Junior Sailing
Arthur J Gallagher Insurance
Ramada Suites
Ward Keller
Mount Gay
Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association
Carlton United Breweries
Pernod Ricard
Television Sponsor
Waterfront Bistro
Coca-Cola-Amatil