Dinghy Sailing Intermediate - Start Racing / Spinnakers.

Racing sailing dinghies is fabulous fun and it's a great way to develop your sailing skills as well as your fitness. 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!

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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 program

Day 1   RYA Dinghy Start Racing

AM     (10 am to 1 pm)

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

PM     (2 pm to 5 pm)

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


Day 2   RYA Dinghy Start Racing

AM     (10 am to 1 pm)

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

PM     (2 pm to 5 pm)

  • Race practice – upwind downwind
  • Practice starts 


Day 3  RYA Dinghy Spinnaker Handling

AM     (10 am to 1 pm)

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

PM     (2 pm to 5 pm)

  • Practice spinnaker handling, upwind / downwind races


Day 4  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 Spinnaker Handling 

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!