Introduction to Spinnakers and Racing

Learn some tricks of the trade so you can be safe on the race course. Racing with spinnakers is exciting but it also presents new risks. Flying a kite requires the crew to perform a number of tasks in the correct order.
28 February
Mon 28 Feb 2022 - Tue 01 Mar 2022
2 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $695.00 incl. GST
23 May
Mon 23 May 2022 - Tue 24 May 2022
2 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sydney, Australia
  • $695.00 incl. GST

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Learning the job in the middle of a hectic race is difficult and it doesn't help to be shouted at!

Calmly we will help you to understand the roles on board a race yacht.

We clarify the duties of bow, mast, pit, brace/sheet trimmer, main, helm and navigator/tactician.

Course programme 

Day 1

  • Briefing- crew roles, rigging the spinnaker gear, raising and lowering the pole, the dip pole gybe system.
  • Upwind race techniques
  • Downwind hoist, trim,drop.

Day 2

  • Practice spinnkaker handling
  • Gybing and floating
  • Swap roles 
  • Practice races  

Sailing location

Sydney Harbour is a renowned mecca for yacht racing. The reliable winds and warm weather make the location ideal.

Yachts and instructors

We train on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 race tuned yachts. These popular cruiser racers provide the perfect balance of comfort and performance.

Our instructors have many years of international racing experience behind them and are chosen because they are friendly and professional.

By the end of the course you will be ready to take an active role on board any yacht racing in a spinnaker division.

Private course: mates rates! 

Arrange a private course for your own group of up to seven, choose your date, and pay for only five places.

What's included

Instruction, safety equipment and course materials. We can provide wet weather clothing if required.

  • Some great sailing!

Before you start

You know your way around a boat and have some previous crewing experience. 

If you are a beginner please see our Competent Crew course.

What next?

Having developed your spinnaker handling skills you will be ready to go on to learn rules, tactics and strategy on the race course. 

Why not join us for one of our race events?