Adult Sailing Lessons 2019/2020 Season

The program will take participants to LEVEL 1 of the Yachting New Zealand National Sailing

The lessons will normally be held in lasers with reduced sail, a sunburst, a sigrid or your own yacht.
There will be theory and practical both on and off water.

Because of the nature of the sport weather conditions can change and be unsuitable. Also facilities in
the form of suitable boats and instructors may also not be available. MPYC make no guarantees as to
availability of facilities on any particular day. The decision to sail is with the Officer of the Day and
with the Instructor.

To enrol in the course you will need to pay the course fee of $370 prior to or at the time of enrolling
which includes one year's membership fees.

What to Bring

You are required to bring warm clothes. We suggest the following:

  • woollen or polyprop gear,
  • a windbreaker,
  • suitable footwear,
  • hat/beanie,
  • a change of clothes (especially underwear or swimming togs); and
  • a towel.
  • wet suit and buoyancy aid if you have them.

You are welcome to have a shower after the lesson and refreshments in the clubhouse after the on the
water session. 

When to arrive

Please arrive at the stated time, as it is necessary to cover some theory as well as rig the yacht so that
you get the most out of each lesson.

Format of the Course

There will be some theory before going on the water and on some days also afterwards depending on
tide times. There will normally be about two hours sailing each day.

The course will cover four lessons on different days and one or two days revision testing followed by two
days where you assist either on the start boat or a pick up boat with experienced skipper. A total of
about eight days.

Each lesson will be about five hrs.
Topics covered in Level 1 are:

 Safety
 Correct clothing
 Personal buoyancy
 Stay with boat after capsize
 Weather forecast sources
 Check the buoyancy aid Wind direction
 How to observe ashore & afloat wind & weather
 Describe telltale signs of wind direction
 Rigging
 Wind awareness
 How to rig, control & operate mast, sail, rudder, centreboard & vang
 Capsize
 Understand the principal of righting your boat
 Sailing
 Sail a windward triangle course
 Sail a figure 8 course
 Slow down & stop
 Demonstrate Hove to
 Demonstrate getting out of irons
 Rope work
 Round turn & 2 half hitches
 Stopper knot
 Reef knot
 Bowline
 Basic Boat care
 Safety Check
 Washing down
 Basic parts of Boat and Rig
 Boat
 Rig
 Sail parts
 Basic Rules
 Keep lookout and avoid collisions
 Opposite tacks Port / starboard
 Same tacks Windward / Leeward
 Overtaking boat keeps clear
 Launching and recovery.
 Hold boat head to wind
 Care ashore
 Windward shore
 Leeshore
 Launching trolley
 De rig in safe pace
 Capsize and righting the boat


Alex Eason

Ngaire Jesson

Brian Smith

We look forward to having you join us.
Best regards
Alex Eason
Instructor / Sailing Master

Adult Learners Course Start Dates 2019 - 20

Group Date Time
A 7-Sep 1000
B 20-Oct 0900
D 10-Nov 1500
E 18-Jan 1050
F 29-Feb 0830