Dinghy Sailing Intermediate - Start Racing / Spinnakers.

Racing sailing dinghies is fabulous fun and it's a great way to develop your sailing skills. This course provides an introduction to dinghy racing and spinnaker handling. After the course, you will be ready to join a club and start racing!
20 March
Mon 20 Mar 2023 - Thu 23 Mar 2023
4 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $895.00 incl. GST
13 November
Mon 13 Nov 2023 - Thu 16 Nov 2023
4 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $895.00 incl. GST
25 March
Mon 25 Mar 2024 - Thu 28 Mar 2024
4 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $895.00 incl. GST

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Improve your basic sailing, develop new skills and enjoy a fun-packed training experience. 

You will practice your sailing and racing skills in our single-handers and then go on to develop your racing and spinnaker handling skills in our double-handers. 

Course programme

Mon    RYA Dinghy Start Racing

AM    (10am to 1pm)

  • Course briefing, introductions
  • Theory: Recap, personal sailing gear, sun protection, seven common senses, points of sailing.
  • Rigging, sail off the beach.
  • Course work practicing 5 essentials.  

PM     (2pm to 5pm)

  • Upwind and downwind races and sailing exercises
  • Triangular course races

Tue     RYA Dinghy Start Racing

AM    (10am to 1pm)

  • Theory: Recap, sail trim, rules of the road
  • On water coaching exercises

PM     (2pm to 5pm)

  • Race practice – upwind downwind
  • Practice starts   

Wed    RYA Dinghy Spinnaker Handling

AM    (10am to 1pm)

  • Land drill: Rigging the spinnaker, hoisting, trimming, gybing, dropping.
  • Practice spinnaker handling,  upwind and downwind

PM     (2pm to 5pm)

  • Practice spinnaker handling, upwind / downwind races

Thu     RYA Dinghy Spinnaker Handling

  • Dinghy regatta

Sailing location 

The course is based in an absolutely spectacular setting at Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Sydney Harbour. 

The weather is generally warm, sunny, and windy and the sailing area is extensive with plenty of stunning beaches just a short sail away. 

Equipment and staff

Our training fleet includes RS Zest single-handers and Laser Bahias, (two-person dinghies with trapeze and asymmetric spinnakers). 

Our instructors are qualified as well as friendly, experienced and professional. 

What's included

  • Training, equipment, safety cover.
  • Lots of fun!
  • BYO - packed lunch. 


  • RYA Start Racing 
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers 

Before you start

  • This course is suitable for basic sailors who have completed our level 1 and 2, learn to sail course, or who have equivalent experience.
  • Suitable for ages 12 and upwards
  • You should be able to swim 50 m.

What next?

  • Ask about our dinghy hire and race coaching classes. 
  • Or why not start yachting or windsurfing!