Junior Sailing

Yachting NZ qualified instructors lead a three day course in the October school holidays for children ten years and older. If there is sufficient demand there may be a second course run on a weekly basis through to December. The course fee covers boat hire and club membership. By the end of the course sailors will:

  • Know the safety essentials and some basic rules to avoid other boats
  • Name the key parts of the boat, tie knots and rig the boat
  • Safely launch and retrieve
  • Be able to sail
  • Have qualified to participate in the junior Fleet

The junior fleet

  • For sailors that have completed a Learn to Sail course
  • Skills, games and introduction to racing
  • Level 1 (Start Sailing) on the Yachting NZ programme
  • Stepping stone to Green Fleet

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 on the beach 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. We also hope that parents wanting to sail will take the opportunity to go out in one of the Club boats available.


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. This starts with sailors bringing the right clothing and equipment to cope with cold, wet, sunny or warm conditions and having parent support.

Club boats and buying your own

NSC has plastic Optimist training boats, for the use of junior fleet sailors in the year they do Learn to Sail. The cost is 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. Once the young sailors have progressed past the optimists they may need to buy a boat. Get advice from an experienced club member who is familiar with the class of boat you are interested in buying. Sailing is perceived as an expensive sport but remember too that you can sell the boat after a few years and expect to get most of the purchase price back, if it is looked after.