690 Point Nepean Road, McCrae
Phone: 03 5986 1361

About Us

Who we are

We are an accredited Australian Sailing Discover Sailing Centre and provide sail and power boat training for members at the club as well as the local community.

McCrae Yacht Club has been providing high quality sail training by members, for members since the 1970s and the training centre has expanded from a small group of kids being taught by parents, to the professional but still family friendly organisation it is today.

Our purpose and priorities

The purpose of the Training Centre is to develop the skills of both sailors and volunteer members to help the club achieve its vision of being 'a successful, social, fun sailing club'.

Our priorities ... Safety, education and fun

The focus of all training and development activities at McCrae is safety, education and fun.  We constantly refine our processes and methods to improve our programs and how we deliver them.  As with all on water activities, sailing carries an element of risk and we strive to educate and teach in a manner that ensures the safety of all participants and instructors.

All sailors are required to '€˜Sign on' at the start of the session and after leaving the water to 'Sign-off'. Club patrol boats are on-duty at all times during on-water activities.  McCrae has a fleet of Rigid Inflatable Boats that are used for the supervision of our on-water sailing activities.

We deliver training courses and individual coaching for sailors

When it comes to sail training, our aim is to increase the numbers and capability of people enjoying sailing and in our club races and beyond.  This means developing the confidence and skills of all club sailors from the youngest 8 year old sailing an Optimist to national champions preparing for world titles.  We aim for fun participation as well as sailing performance.

We also develop the 'team racing'€™ skills of our members with our McCrae Team the 2012 winners of the Mornington Peninsula Teams Racing Event.

Developing the skills and qualifications of our club volunteers

We run courses for developing the skills of our volunteers and focus on the necessary qualifications and knowledge to successfully run the club and its activities.  These include race management training, powerboat training, Responsible Service of Alcohol and Level Two First Aid.

As far as possible, training is delivered by McCrae members, however in other cases we call on external experts or work with the yachting community, including Australian Sailing to meet the need.

Reimbursement of costs

As an encouragement to members, the current practice of the club is to offer a 50% reimbursement of relevant and agreed training course fees that assist the member in the execution of their volunteer duties.

Who delivers our programs?

We have a fantastic team of Australian Sailing qualified Instructors, Assistant Instructors and Club Coach, all club members, giving their time to deliver a busy calendar of programs, individual tuition and '€˜boat park'€™ mentoring to the members and visitors who come to McCrae.

Our qualified Instructors range from highly experienced sailors with decades of sailing under their belts, to younger and very competent sailors who work on our Tackers Programs.

Our Assistant Instructors (AIs) are also drawn from a wide age and gender range to assist in the delivery of our programs.  We use this "AI" qualification to encourage the younger members (and the young at heart) of the club to become involved in the Training Centre as a way to contribute to club life.

How do I become a Sailing Instructor / Assistant Instructor or just help out with training at McCrae?

The Training Centre encourages club members to become involved in what is a very satisfying aspect of club life at McCrae.  If you are interested in becoming an Instructor or Assistant Instructor, or  as a €˜helpers€™, please contact the Training Centre Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will be happy to provide you with further information.

Key contacts

Training Centre Principal Murray O'Brien 0400 552 642  
Training Centre Administrator Trevor Knight   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
McCrae Yacht Club Office
Wednesdays 10:30am-3:30pm
Alona Riley 5986 1361 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coaching enquiries Murray O'Brien 0400 552 642  
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