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Christmas Update

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What a fantastic year we’ve had here at Wellington Ocean Sports!!  It’s been great to see so many new people get out on the water and become involved in ocean sports on a regular basis. 

Other than the statutory holidays we will be operating at full capacity over the holiday period. We have plenty of opportunity for you and your friends and family to get out on the water. We also have a number of courses planned for the new year that are now available for booking.

Racing Crew

Our first Racing Crew course of the year commences on Saturday 20 February, it runs over 4 consecutive Saturdays and will compete in at least 2 RPNYC Club races. There are currently 4 places available for booking, so get in quick. Nothing improves your sailing skills quicker than racing. Having to actually get the boat from one fixed point to another (as quickly as you can) is great for focus and speeds up the learning process. Also the advantage of doing this course as opposed to simply going racing is that over a four day period we will take you step by step through hoisting, lowering and trimming spinnakers, all with the aim of making you “competent crew on a racing boat”. This course will also give you greater confidence when taking up RPNYC member crew requests. 

Cruising Crew

For those wanting to get involved in cruising our next Cruising Crew course is running over Monday and Wednesday evenings and commences on Monday 1 February. Cruising Crew follows on from the Learn to Sail Keelboats course and provides an opportunity to consolidate and build on your knowledge and skills. It also allows you to develop seamanship skills and covers navigation, weather, rules of the road and includes a night sail. Cruising Crew leads on to the very popular Cruising Skipper course.

Learn to sail

Our next learn to sail course is commencing on Sunday 10 January and there are still four places available for booking. The course runs over four consecutive Sundays 9.00am to 4.30pm, everything you need is provided and no experience is necessary.

For those that have already completed our learn to sail course please consider passing on details of the course to friends or family that haven’t. Past students are our best advert and often the catalyst to new people getting involved in the sport.

Wellington Ocean Sports has the complete range of courses that will take you from being an absolute beginner all the way through to being skipper of your own boat and the learn to sail course is the place to start. Our learn to sail course is Yachting New Zealand approved, ISAF endorsed and meets the requirements of level one on the National Sailing Scheme. You will be taught all the basics and equipped to undertake the various follow on opportunities including our racing or cruising courses, crewing on member’s boats and club membership.

Racing Skipper

The Racing Skipper course follows on from Racing Crew. Participants will consolidate all the skills they have learnt through the Racing Crew course and transition to the level of “competent skipper on a race boat”. The next course is running alongside Racing Crew and commencing on Saturday 27 February.

This course is equivalent to a Level 3 Yachting New Zealand racing course. It will provide you with all the skills required to take a greater role in the decision making on a racing boat, and give you the confidence to lead a team through a yacht race. The course will focus on:

• Continue to improve boat handling
• Improve racing skills
• Exploring tactical aspects of racing
• Teamwork and communication in pressure situations
• Looking at the bigger picture of a yacht race

By the end of this course you will be confident racing around the harbour, so get in quick and book here!

SUP and Kayak Lessons

Wellington Ocean Sports run one hour Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak lesson for only $30 per person. No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided.

Grad Casual Sailing

The general public can hire the Wellington Ocean Sports boats out at $233 per hour plus gst. We do however offer the boats to those who have completed our learn to sail course at $125 per hour. So get a group together and book some time out on the water. There is always an instructor on board so it’s essentially like an additional session on one of our courses. You can hire the boats anytime they are available for either cruising or any of the RPNYC races.

Further information and booking are available for all the courses we offer on our website.

If you have any queries feel free to call me in the office on 939 6702 or via email at ocean@rpnyc.org.nz




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