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If you or someone you know would like to learn to sail we may be just what you are looking for. All instructors are qualified through Yachting New Zealand and place an equal importance on the safety of the student and enjoyment of the course to create the perfect environment in which to learn.
We provide all the equipment, but participants are advised to bring along a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a warm jumper, shoes that can get wet, a water bottle, a change of clothes (minimal wardrobe needed) and a spray jacket. For the mature student wishing to get into sailing,
there is the Adult Learn to Sail course, aimed at complete beginners and those looking to refresh their skills. This is a fun and accessible entry into the sport and provides participants with further opportunity to improve and develop sailing skills and techniques.
The three-week course is held over three successive Saturdays, enabling each participant to reach a level of competence which is recognised by a certificate at the completion of the course.

The course is run in the clubs fleet of specially-modified J24 keelboats, Learn to Sail provides a safe and enjoyable introduction to keelboat sailing for beginners. To ensure quality instruction, each boat has just four students and one instructor, which means all the students play an active role.
The Level One course includes an introduction to boat handling skills and essential safety knowledge that will allow participants the freedom of sailing small boats with guidance from an instructor or coach. A follow-up Level Two course, run over four Saturdays or two weekends, builds on the skills already learnt and also covers anchoring, navigation, spinnakers and seamanship. From there, the possibilities are endless, and any sailor will tell you no matter what their level of experience, they never stop learning. Our instructors can be with you every step of the way offering support and helping you advance your sailing skills. We offer a comprehensive training programme, from learn to sail though to advanced racing and crew placement.

If the course you would like is not currently advertised, please drop us a line at and we will make sure we let you know when the next suitable course is announced.



This course is for complete beginners, or sailors with limited knowledge. The course runs every Saturday for three weeks 9am until 3pm. The course is a mixture of both theory and practical, it is a level 1 Yachting New Zealand Seamanship course. By the end of this course you will have a basic understanding of sailing and be a confident crew on a sailboat. Course Costs $542.00. 

The start dates for level one are:-  

Next Course:

Level 1 -  8th June - Dates 8th, 15th & 22nd June ( Fully Booked)

Level 1 - 6th July - Dates 6th, 13th & 20th July (3 spaces available)

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This course is for someone who already has a knowledge of sailing or who has completed the Level 1 course. The course runs four Saturdays or two weekends at 9am - 3pm.  In this course you will build on what you have learnt in Level 1, you will also cover anchoring, navigation and seamanship. At the end of this course, you will take a boat out without an instructor on board. Course costs $694.00.  Next Course date to be advised.

Next Course:

Level 2 - 22nd June - Dates 22nd, 29th June and 6th & 13th July (Fully Booked)

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This course is for people who are already competent sailors and want to get into racing.  You will be an active crew on a J24 with an experienced coach.  Every week you will rotate crew position through helm, mainsheet, bow, jib, trimmer and pit.  You will be taught how to use the spinnaker, boat handling, race tactics, and how to win. For this course, you race in the BBYC Wednesday night series beginning End of January 2023. Course costs $37.50 per session plus  BBYC Membership.

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Has it been a while since you sailed?

Would you like to fine-tune any of your sailing skills?

Would you like to get your confidence back on the water again?

Or, if you just feel like coming out on days relaxing day sailing?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions it is the perfect opportunity to get back on the water.  

Please contact the Sailing Academy for bookings

9.00am-3.00pm - Price $175.00 per day minimum 3 people per boat.

Don't miss out, enroll now, bookings essential.


This 3-day training course is designed to specifically focus on the art of spinnaker handling!

Dates: 20th & 27th  April, 4th May

Cost $542.00 for the 3 Sessions

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This course concentrates on rig tune and sail trim for the cruising yachtsman. Under the expert guidance of our experienced instructors you will look and discover how to set up and tune a rig for sailing. 


On this course you will learn: Use of tell-tails, Positioning the Genoa Cars, Causes of Weather helm, Adjusting Draft, Camber, Use of Traveller, Twist and the main objective of all the Use of Spinnakers.


Best Boats We have the perfect boat for you to learn to sail on. The BBYC Sailing Academy has its own fleet of five modified J24 Keelboats. J24’s are the best size boat to learn on and ours have been purposely modified for Learn to Sail.

Best Instructors We have a great team of Instructors at BBYC sailing academy. Our Instructors are dedicated to giving you the best learn to sail experience available. Our instructors are Yachting New Zealand qualified and have a huge amount of sailing and Coaching experience.

Instructor to student ratio On each boat we have 4 students and one instructor, this means you are an active part of the crew the whole time as well as getting much more attention from the instructor.

Follow on courses and support Our goal is not only to teach you how to sail, but to get you regularly sailing and racing out of our club. We offer a comprehensive training program, from learn to sail though to advanced racing and crew placement.

Value for money Not only do we run the best course around it is also the cheapest!!!

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