RYA sail training with champions

RYA sail training with champions

Gain the full range of sailing skills to cruise with confidence under the guidance of qualified and experienced sailing instructors with EastSail’s RYA (Royal Yachting Association) offshore sailing program.

Established in 1983, EastSail is Australia’s largest sailing school and is a leader in the field of training with a diverse fleet (including champion race yachts) catering to all abilities and aims.

Escape the cold winter and head north for Queensland’s ‘season of sail’ aboard the EastSail vessels: Beneteau 40.7, Beneteau 47.7 or the speedy and seductive Peterson 50, Checkmate.

EastSail’s RYA offshore sailing program will challenge you physically and mentally and equip you with the skills you need to attain RYA Yachtmaster Certification to prepare you for crewing, helming a charter yacht or realising your dream of extended cruising in your own yacht.

EastSail instructors cater to sailors from all walks of life, from those who are reasonably new to the sport to those with solid sailing experience.

Topics from the RYA syllabus include navigation and passage planning, sailing helming and trimming techniques, night sailing, and offshore necessities such as boat maintenance, engineering and how to be a master chef while battling the swell!

EastSail RYA senior instructor and skipper, Katy McDonald will be joined by Alex Martin, who has earned various accolades and heaps of respect in his sailing career in the UK and France and is now coaching ‘downunder’.

“There’s a lot more to experience along the east coast of Australia, particularly learning to live aboard a yacht in changing elements,” said Katy.

“I really enjoy teaching across the different waterways; practicing navigation skills, night sailing, stunning sunrises and sunsets, opportunities for multiple port entries including bar crossings. Then there’s the incredible wildlife and amazing crew you meet along the way.”

Recent participants praised the experience for being thorough and practical.

Glenn Troth said “EastSail’s RYA training course was a concise open water learning platform with both practical and theory elements. The instructors were very knowledgeable, patient and understanding as everyone learns at their own pace.

“Safety is kept at a high standard. Having done three legs over two years, not only was I given 2IC status on my last leg, it gave me further training the skills and knowledge to do a shorthanded delivery as skipper from the Whitsundays to Sydney last year. I still sail with EastSail and thank them for all the support. I had so much fun!”

There are several passages open to participants including Sydney to Brisbane (approx. 500nm): July 23 to July 29. This is challenging sailing, taking in the spectacular NSW coastline via Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast to Brisbane.

Brisbane to Airlie Beach (approx. 550nm): July 31 to August 6. Challenge your navigational skills in this new environment as you sail by a cluster of beautiful islands in the Coral Sea. Keep an eye out for sea turtles near Thomas Island, admire the wooded hills of Percy Island and white sandy beaches of Fraser Island.

Then there are the return trips on EastSail vessels: Hamilton Island to Brisbane (approx. 500nm): August 26 to September 1; Brisbane to Sydney (approx. 550nm): September 3 to 9 and Hobart to Sydney (approx. 650nm): January 1 to 10, 2020.

The Hobart to Sydney leg is the ideal way to kick off 2020, crewing Checkmate or Hollywood Boulevard on their return from the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

During the trip, you will be in awe of the raw beauty of Wineglass Bay in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park, Flinders Island and the challenges of the Bass Strait, followed by some respite in the picturesque south coast fishing village of Eden.

Registrations are now open. To find out more or sign up, please contact Sailing School manager Katy at training@eastsail.com.au or call EastSail on (02) 9327 1166.