The Squadron's Youth Sailing program commenced in 1960. The aims of the program are, broadly stated, to foster and promote sailing and to provide young men and women with social skills, confidence, values and friends that will place them in goods stead to approach the challenges of life.
The Youth program has resolutely avoided becoming an elitist program. The natural result of young people enjoying their sport with enthusiasm is that talent does arise. The Youth program has and continues to discover its fair share of high-performance sailors that have gone on to make their mark in the sailing community. Stuart Pollard(Winner of ESS onboard Alinghi), Micheal Dunstan (Australian Match Racing Champion, World Match Racing Tour), Dave Chapman (Australian Farr 40 Champion, Hardy Cup Winner) and Jordan Reece(Hardy Cup Winner, 3rd Farr 40 World Championship) are just a few that have gone onto bigger things.
The Youth program caters for youth sailors from 8 to 25 years of age and utilises the Optimist Dinghy for younger sailors while the versatile Laser Dinghy caters for the older sailors. The program follows the Australian Sailing Youth Pathway consisting of its various stages, commencing with Learn to Sail, progressing to an Introduction to Racing, followed by Club, Interclub and Class Racing at various regattas and events.
To view Youth Sailing specific information please click on the Youth Sailing tab above to reveal a drop down menu which includes information for: Pathway progression, the various available Training Squads, Program Documentation and club racing results.
If you would like to discuss the best option for your child or teen, please contact our Sailing Academy Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9017 0154.