Racing crew

We have two Racing Training courses, entry level and next level, each formatted to give you different tools and upskill you to be an effective crew member in racing and regattas.

2-Day Entry Level Racing Training course

This course is designed to refresh and upskill participants for racing and regattas concentrating on 2 sails – Main and Jib. Must have completed a Learn to Sail course or be referred by someone that can be verified by Wellington Ocean Sports for minimum sailing knowledge and experience. The training provides an opportunity to revise and consolidate the knowledge and skills you have already gained, and introducing you to yacht racing.

Modules

You will put into practice the following key elements:

  • crew roles, role rotation, teamwork & communication
  • sail tuning & boat handling
  • wind awareness
  • race starts
  • racing rules

3-Day Next Level Racing Training course

This course is designed to refresh and upskill participants for racing and regattas using all 3 sails – Main, Jib and Spinnaker. Must have completed the 2-day Entry Level Race Training course or be referred by someone that can be verified by Wellington Ocean Sports for minimum racing knowledge and experience. The training provides an opportunity to further increase your skills with special emphasis on the Spinnaker.

Modules

You will put into practice the following key elements:

  • crew roles, role rotation, teamwork & communication
  • sail tuning & boat handling
  • spinnaker hoists, gybes, drops
  • wind awareness
  • race starts
  • racing rules

Upcoming courses

2-day Entry Level Racing Training course:

  • RC 79: Saturdays: June 1st and 8th. 9am-3pm each day. $374. Minimum 4 participants for course to proceed. Four seats remaining.

3-day Next Level Racing Training course:

  • RC 78: Saturday March 30th, Sunday March 31st, Saturday April 6th. 9am-4pm each day. $560. Minimum 4 participants for course to proceed.

To book, please email ocean@rpnyc.org.nz with your full name, contact email and phone, and any medical details relevant for the skippers to know, and an invoice will be sent to you. Please note all courses are subject to minimum booking numbers to run.

If these course times don’t suit please email ocean@rpnyc.org.nz to be notified when new courses are scheduled.

What to wear

This course has an on-the-water component. Dress warmly, even in summer. A wool or polypropylene base layer is a good idea, with at least one more warm layer on top. We provide you with a good quality set of breathable waterproof gear (pants and jacket) along with a lifejacket. A hat and sunglasses are also a good idea. Make sure that you have a strap or similar so that you don’t lose these overboard![/tab]

Weather information

We are subject to the joys and challenges of Wellington’s wind and weather. Course components are flexible and instructors will use their best judgement to adjust the course components to suit the weather. If the weather is unsuitable for sailing, often we can get ahead on some of the classroom based sessions. On rare occasions where we have sustained bad weather we may have to reschedule a session.