Youth Sailing Programme

Youth Sailing


We encourage and support our young people to get into sailing at the Opua Cruising Club.  Young sailors are invited to participate in our regular club scheduled events, use the club boats and attend the various learn to sail programs offered.

  • Join in – see the events calendar to see what is on. Contact the club if you are looking for a crewing position.
  • Go sailing – the club fleet of Optimists, 420s and Splash boats are available for youth members of the club to use in club events and to take out just for the fun of sailing. For availability and costs, contact any member of the Committee, (hire fees apply).
  • Learn to sail – the club often Level 1 and Level 2 Learn to Sail block courses over summer. Our senior youth sailors act as on-the-water coaches and are certified New Zealand Yachting (NZY) Learn to Sail Coaches.  Organisation of events is by NZY Certified Instructor.

Summer Programme

The Youth Sailing Programme is back starting Monday 30th October.

Over the next 5-6 weeks I will be working with parents to up skill and teach you how to coach and keep the kids safe on the water. A couple of key parents will do their coaching certificates and be qualified to teach our awesome group of sailors.

Once this 5-6 week period is up we will switch junior coaching days to Tuesday and the parents will run this session.

I will then coach the more experienced kids on a keelboat during the wednesday night races. After a couple of weeks I will graduate these kids onto club keelboats and take on the next bunch of kids for training.

If you are keen to start Wednesday sailing straight away please let me know and I can help to place you on a keelboat.


(ps. if you paid for sailing last term $50 you will get a credit for this term)

Robbs Hielkema
Sailing Coach and Yacht Skipper