2017-2018 Season Sailing Event Calendar

Download a list of home and away events dates and locations here: 2017-2018 Timaru Juniors Schedule.

This is for the most part a list of away events within striking distance of Timaru, as well as major events further afield.  One major mention goes to the Optimist Nationals to be held this year in Picton; since this is normally a North Island event, sailors should consider participating this year especially.

The Club offers a variety of sailing opportunities for our young people.

1. “Volvo Sailing…Have a Go!”

Yachting New Zealand sends coaches and dinghies around the country, offering opportunities for groups and schools to arrange a time for children to sail under expert guidance for half-day and full-day sessions.  Interested parties such as schools are encouraged to contact Danika Mowlem at danika@yachtingnz.org.nz; more information can also be found at the YNZ website here:  YNZ Sailing…Have A Go!  This year YNZ has already scheduled some local schools for the week of

In addition, Hart Marine and Primeport are working with YNZ through Timaru Yacht and Power Boat Club to provide a morning and evening session on Sunday 17 December 2017; this will be combined with a Club Open Day.  If you would like your child enrolled, please get in quick as positions are limited to 12-15 per session.

2. “Learn to Sail”

Learn to Sail is a national programme developed by Yachting NZ. The syllabus is divided into levels which is broken up into modules and is assessed based on National Standards (also forms the basis for NCEA Sailing Unit Standards).

– Learn to Sail – Level 1
This level provides a safe and enjoyable introduction to small boat sailing. It includes essential safety skills necessary for sailors to participate in sailing in the most enjoyable way. Sailors will learn the basics of yachting which will then lead on to the Level 2 course.

– Learn to Sail – Level 2
This course builds on the skills gained in Level 1 focusing on teaching sailors to sail competently and safely in light-moderate winds without assistance.

Participants must be at least 8 years old, able to swim 50 metres wearing a buoyancy aid and be confident around the water. These courses are run as either block courses during the school holidays or over a number of consecutive weekends during term time.

Once sailors have successfully completed these above courses they are encouraged to join in the “after school” class club coaching programme and regular Saturday Club activities.

3. Class Club Coaching Programme – Junior/Intermediate Sailors

Coaching on a weekly basis is provided during term time aimed at developing the skills of club sailors in a fun and interactive way to the following classes – Optimist Green + Open Fleet, P Class, Starling, Laser and 420.

Organised specialist Class Coaching Clinics and further development of skills of high performance Sailors that are sailing at an advanced level and who are competing at Regional + National Regattas.

4. Saturday Afternoon Club Racing

The Junior Section of the Club organize a regular Saturday Afternoon Club racing programme throughout the season (refer to the following Junior Sailing Programme).
Racing is for all youth classes and is scheduled to start on the water at 2:00 pm.

The emphasis is on fun with coaching provided both prior and during racing and gives our young sailors the opportunity to practice and improve their skills out on the water.

For the Saturdays marked as “Reserved” in the programme, the intention is continue to provide a local Saturday afternoon sailing activity (numbers permitting) or alternately there is the opportunity for Junior members to assist on a rescue boat or crew on one of the larger Yachts as part of the Senior Section Sailing Race program


To get involved in sailing or for further information and queries, please contact our Junior Rep

– Rob Berger on: 03 688 1682 email: juniors@timaruypbc.co.nz