Level 1 Weekend Sailing Course Sonar, Starting 9th December


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RNZYS Level 1 Weekend Sailing Course Sonar. This adult Learn to Sail course is a Yachting New Zealand [internationally recognised] Level 1 sailing course. The course format is a whole weekend. The Sonar is a small keelboat that is easy to move around in, it fits in between the Elliott 7 and the MRX, not as sporty as the Elliott 7 but not as big as the MRX. The course is a mixture of theory and practical sailing knowledge delivered by qualified YNZ instructors. Sonars are a very safe stable sailing boat, ideal for learning. They have been powered by an incredibly quiet discreet electric motor, which is used to manoeuvre the vessel in and out of the marina – it’s a very cool experience. There will be a maximum of 4 students on board with 1 coach.

Most of the theory for this course is delivered via the RNZYS Learning Portal. Learning the theory online at your own pace means that we can spend most of our time together on the water, linking that theory knowledge to practical sail experiences, which leads to exceptionally good learning outcomes.

As you can see we have added an alternate date in case one of the main dates gets called off due to weather. If you get both your dates in and there is enough interest from the course, we can consider running an experience builder which is half a day with a coach just to consolidate what you have learnt on the course.

1 month membership of the RNZYS is included – valid for a month after your final course date.

Lunch at the club is included 😊

10am to 5:30pm.

  • Day 1: 9th December
  • Day 2: 10th December
  • Alternate Day: 17th December


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By the end of this RNZYS Level 1 Weekend Sailing Course, you will be able to: –

Names six hazards that may apply when sailing a keelboat.
Name the major safety equipment and Know where safety equipment is stored on the vessel.
Know what clothing is suitable for sailing in a variety of conditions.
Name at least 3 ways of finding the weather forecast, and a basic understanding of isobars and frontal weather systems.
Use a formula for working out knots to km/hr.
Name all of the major parts of the boat and rig.
Understand basic sailing definitions
Tie and understand the uses of a Bowline, Stopper Knot, Round Turn and 2 Half Hitches, Sheet Bend and a Reef Knot.
Understand how to use a winch.
Name the different points of sail and their definitions, you will also be able to sail a boat in those directions.
Understand the basics of how the sail works.
Start and stop the motor safely
Have a basic understanding of crew positions.
Hoist the Mainsail
Hoist and change the Headsail.
Understand all of the steps involved, to Tack or Gybe the boat.
Understand the basics of sail trim and how to use the Tell-tales.
Have some knowledge of Port/Starboard, Windward / Leeward and Clear Ahead / Astern rules and understand the basic rules of avoiding collisions.
Know how to put in and shake out a Reef.
Understand the process to recover a Person Overboard.
Level 1 Sailing Course Elliott 7. The course is completed sailing the Elliott 7 boats. The Elliott 7 fleet consists of 10 identical 7 meter yachts which in addition to Learn to Sail courses are used for National and International match racing events and National fleet racing regattas.
They are also used for charter and corporate sailing events and RNZYS Club fleet and match racing.
The fleet has been a key element in the development of NZ’s vast talent of young sailors to national and international elite keelboat sailing culminating for many in successful careers.
As the boats are evenly matched and easy to sail, they provide exciting yachting for all levels of abilities from beginners to experienced yachties.
The fleet is professionally managed to ensure all users gain maximum benefits from these great yachts and berthed very close to RNZYS at Westhaven allowing easy access to the ideal sailing playground of Auckland’s Waitemata harbour.

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