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Intro to Spinnakers

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.

Intro to spinnakers and racingLearning 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 charter: mates rates! 

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

  • Nov
    25
    25 Nov - 26 Nov
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Event is fullJoin waiting list
  • Apr
    6
    6 Apr - 7 Apr
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Event is fullJoin waiting list

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?

    See also

    • Sydney Harbour Regatta

      The Sydney Harbour Regatta is Australia's premier inshore yacht racing event. The exhilarating race programme on the water is matched only by the fantastic 'après sail' social scene at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
    • Sydney to Hobart Qualifying Passage / Yachtmaster Milebuilder

      This passage meets the requirements of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for crew qualification for the Sydney to Hobart race. It is also a great milebuilder for aspiring Yachtmasters.
    • Hamilton Island Race Week

      Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia’s favourite yachting events. Perfectly situated amongst Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers fabulous trade wind sailing conditions in a tropical paradise.
    • Sydney to Hobart Campaign

      The world famous 628 mile Sydney Hobart Race is renowned for being the Everest of amateur yacht racing. Each year around 130 yachts come together to do battle with the competition and with the elements.
    • Sydney to Hobart Luxury Yacht Campaign

      The world famous 628 mile Sydney Hobart Race has become an iconic 'must do event' on every serious sailor's bucket list. Each year around 130 yachts come together to do battle with the competition and with the elements.
    • Hamilton Island Race Week - Luxury Yacht

      Experience the magic of Hamilton Island Race Week from the deck of a luxury yacht. Perfectly situated amongst Queensland's Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers fabulous trade wind sailing conditions in a tropical paradise.