Junior Sailing

Learn to Sail

This years learn to sail courses are offered in combination with Waikato Thames Yachting (SailWaikato), who provides a professional coach. Available courses include:

  • Learn to Sail (Level 1) – aimed at kids with no sailing experience. Held on Friday afternoons.
  • Learn to Sail (Level 2/3) – builds on level 1 and improves kids confidence and boat handling skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Held on Friday afternoons
  • WTYA Race Team – aimed at experienced kids and teenagers, learn how to be fast and win races! Training held on Wednesday nights, and put into practice at club sailing Saturday afternoons.
  • 420 Teams Racing – Learn the exciting skill of teams racing, for advanced sailors. Monday nights at the lake

Sign up for these courses at SailWaikato

Friday Fun

Put the training into practice with the O’Pen Skiff Friday fun races.

Sign up for the O’Pen Skiff Fridays at SailWaikato.

Those registered in this program are welcome to participate in Club Sailing on Saturdays, hiring an Open Bic at a nominal fee.

Sailing Quidditch Tournament

We can’t really fly on brooms, but sailing must be pretty close in fun.

Waikato Thames Yachting Association will be running a Sailing Quidditch Tournament on O’Pen Skiff boats this summer on the weekend of Nov 20-21st. On the Saturday, we will have the tournament at Ngaroto Sailing Club from 12-4pm (may go longer). On Sunday, we will go Mountain biking at Pirongia as a group.

Free camping will be available at Ngaroto Sailing Club. Come down for a weekend of fun!

Enter the tournament at SailWaikato


Junior Fleet sailors are all encouraged to attend the live-in Hamilton Yacht Club Optisail 3-day course at Hamilton Bay Yacht Club in early mid January.  Loads of fun guaranteed.  Sailors will have to register and pay for this separately.

Parent help

It is preferable the junior fleet sailors need to have a parent/carer available for support while they are at the Club. A supportive parent is one of the important success factors in any sport and none more so than in sailing right through school years. Parents of junior fleet sailors may be needed at short notice if a young sailor needs to come ashore while the instructor is still on the water. Many parents are experienced sailors and but we will ensure that any parent on the water to help out is appropriately trained.


NSC takes risk management very seriously and has a number of policies in place to ensure sailors stay safe. We need parent’s support to ensure that young sailors have fun in a safe and supportive environment. It’s important that young sailors bring the right clothing and equipment to cope with cold, wet, sunny or warm conditions and have good parental support.

Club boats

NSC has plastic Optimist training boats, and Waikato Thames Yachting has a fleet of O’pen Skiffs The hire cost is generally included in the Learn to Sail course fee. Young sailors need to learn how to look after these boats and will need parents help to get boats out of the shed and to put them away again.

Most sailors will eventually want buy their own boat once they finish the learn to sail programmes and start joining in the club racing. Although it can be an expensive purchase, second had boats usually keep their value and can be sold again for a similar price. Talk to our experienced sailors before you take this step!