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.

27 May
Mon 27 May 2024 - Tue 28 May 2024
2 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $795.00 incl. GST
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27 May
Mon 27 May 2024 - Tue 28 May 2024
2 days, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • $795.00 incl. GST
Register4 places remaining

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Learning your role in the middle of a hectic race is challenging and it doesn't help when you're being shouted at!

In this short course, we will endeavor to calmly help you to understand the crew roles on board a racing yacht.

We clarify the duties of the 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

  • Upwind / downwind drills - practice spinnaker handling
  • Gybing and floating
  • Swap crew 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 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 strategies on the race course. 
  • Why not join us for one of our race events?