Which course is right for me?
McCrae Yacht Club offers a range of courses and coaching options depending upon your needs. Our pathways diagram (below) outlines our course and coaching options.
If you are new to sailing, you should also read the "Am I prepared for sailing?" section further down this page.
Am I prepared for sailing?
Do I have to be fit?
It is essential that all who attend sail training are adequate swimmers, be comfortable in deep water and are capable of climbing into a boat after capsize. Adults particularly should ensure they are physically fit enough to pull themselves out of the water and into a boat.
Your safety is our number one concern so please inform the Training Centre Administrator or your Instructor of any medical, physical or psychological limitation which may impact on your safety.
The wearing of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON THE WATER is a strictly enforced club rule. The Training Centre provides a limited number of PFD's that are available to sailors enrolled on our programs upon request.
Children under 12 years PFD Type 1
Persons 12 years and over PFD Type 1 or PFD Type 2.
What about the weather?
Our training programs are conducted regardless of the weather. If the conditions are unsuitable for on-water activities, theory sessions or other activities will be held in the clubhouse or on the lawn.
What equipment do I need?
The list below outlines what you should bring to your sail training program. Even if it is a beautiful day, it is still COLD on the water!
- Wetsuit - full body if possible and not too tight (Wetsuits are available at low cost from many opportunity shops), or warm clothing - the type that will provide good insulation when wet and not too bulky.
- Woollen (non synthetic) jumper - close fitting and thin if possible. This will be worn underneath the wetsuit. Thermal tops / leggings are also good.Â Definitely not cotton which keeps you cold when wet!
- Windproof / water proof jacket / slicker.
- Warm Beanie (polar fleece or wool, not nylon)
- Sun hat and sunglasses
- If you wear spectacles, bring some elastic to tie them on with.
- Sunscreen, and if you have a fair complexion, zinc for your nose as well.
- Sailing or surf booties - woollen socks with an old pair of runners will suffice (not bare feet)
- Towel and a complete change of warm clothes including socks.
- Garbage bag to put wet clothes into at the end of the day.
- Water bottle
Do I have to have my own boat?
The Club owns 12 OziOpti Trainers (single handed junior boats) and 8 Pacers (two handed boats suitable for teenagers and adults) which are made available for sailors enrolled in all Sail Training Courses (except for 'Start Racing') if they do not own their own boat. Boats are allocated to course participants only for the duration of formal training sessions and he/she is responsible for helping prepare the training boats prior to the session as well as washing down and returning the boats to storage after the session.
We encourage participants to purchase their own boat when they feel confident to do so, as this allows others the opportunity to participate in out training courses. Usually this is after completing 'Start Sailing" and 'Better Sailing' courses. Our instructors are happy to help point you in the right direction in terms of choice of boat.