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held at the SYC Algies Bay facilities

43 Gordon Craig Place, Algies Bay




We offer 8 week x 3hr courses in Term 1 and Term 4 of the school year for sailors ages 9-14yrs.

There are four levels:  LTS1, LTS2, LTS3 and Greenfleet. 

Classes are held each Sunday morning, 9am-12noon (all levels) or Tuesday after school, 4-7pm (LTS1 & LTS2 only). 

On Sundays, from 12.30pm, there is the opportunity for any sailor, including adults to join in with their own boats, to make up a decent sized fleet for a series of three short races.  Focus is on fun, and along the way, learning rules.  Finish 2.30-3pm.

For sailors who have done the Greenfleet coaching, we offer tailor-made classes to cater for the sailors we have. This may include a focus on racing skills, destination sails to one of the surrounding islands or beaches, and inter-club sailing opportunities.


The mornings are dedicated to 3-hours tuition of the Learn to Sail and Greenfleet classes.  Sailors arrive at 8.30am to get their boats and themselves ready for a prompt 9am on-the-water start.  All the gear and boats are washed down and put away.  Then we have a 5minute de-brief followed by a sausage-sizzle. 

We ask that sailors and parents assist with launching and retrieving the sailing boats and the RIBS/patrol boats, washing down all the boats and helping to store all gear before leaving for the day.

By 12-noon we aim to be finished so that sailors and parents can have a half-hour break before the casual sailing/racing part of the programme beings for those interested in further practice. Afternoon sailing is for any sailor, including adults; this starts at 12.30pm with a breifing with on-the-water racing starting 1pm, finishing 2.30-3pm.


Same programme as above aiming for all sailors to be in attendance by 4pm.  LTS1 and LTS2 classes only.  De-brief and sausage sizzle follows the sailing, aiming for a 7pm finish.


'Learn to Sail 1' sailors have the free use of a plastic Optimist dinghy provided by SYC. We have 7 such Optis, so with a class of 12, we start with two children in one boat, swapping in/out of the patrol boat for the first few classes.  Each sailor must have his/her own life-jacket (suitable for sailing).   For older/heavier/taller sailors, we have O'pen Bic boats, again free for LTS1 sailors.

LTS2 & LTS3 & Greenfleet sailors must provide their own sailing dinghy (Opti, Starling, Laser, O'pen Bic etc).  This is because we can only teach so much - it's time on the water that is needed to improve one's skills and this can only be done if sailors have their own boat.  Or, in LTS2, you can hire an O'pen Bic*. 

After doing LTS1, if your child really enjoys his/her sailing, and you want to take it to the next level, then we suggest you hire a Bic for one season or, better still, commit to buying a wooden or fibreglass Opti and getting the most out of it for the next 12-month period.  During this time, sailors can do two more classes (LTS2 & LTS3, one in each term) and by having their own boat, these sailors can make full use of it in the summer holidays by going sailing with their new sailing buddies.  This will increase confidence and skills exponentially not to mention the fun they'll have.

By applying this strategy, your child will be an excellent and very competent sailor and hopefully will be keen to take his/her sailing to the next level with a 'Greenfleet' course.  They can also join  in with the afternoon racing/sailing programme offered at Algies Bay, on Sundays 12.30-2.30pm.

From here on their skills will be such that they will make an ideal selection to join the Mahurangi College sailing team, sailing two-up in the 420 boats. This is a great team sport and very social, with a new skill-set being established.  At this point, your sailor may have outgrown his/her boat, so you sell the original boat for the price you bought it for and give thought to selecting a boat at the next level to further independent sailing. 

By keeping an eye on the monthly SYC newsletters, you'll see when the SYC Sailing Division has races on and the opportunity is there to secure a spot on one of the 'big' boats and race regularly in the SYC Sailing Division races.  Thereafter, the sky's the limit!

* We encourage sailors to stay in Optis until they have outgrown them, rather than see the Bics as a boat to get into as soon as possible.  The Bics are like skiffs; they require no bailing, and are easy to rig, hence their appeal.  They are light and fast and a lot of fun.  But they con't teach the fundamental skills than an Opti will.  Lighter sailors can sail a Bic in light airs but simply don't have the necessary weight to hike/stack out when the wind and waves get up;  Hence, we use the Bics as the alternative to an Opti for novice sailors who are physically too big for an Opti; as a stepping-stone to assist the undecided or uncommitted sailor or those not ready to commit to the purchase of a boat, so they can sail see the variance in sailing different boats and how much fun one can have.  We have only 8 Bics available for hire, on a first-come-first-in basis providing we feel the age/stage of sailor is appropriate.


2018 Term 1

LTS1,2,3 & GF:  Sunday 11 Feb-8 April 2018

LTS1 & 2: Tuesday 13 Feb-3 April 2018

2018 Term 4

LTS1,2,3 & GF:  Sunday 14 Oct-2 Dec 2018

LTS1 & 2:  Tuesday 16 Oct-4 Dec 2018

2019 Term 1

LTS1,2,3 & GF: Sunday 10 Feb-31 March 2019

LTS1 & 2 only:  Tuesday 12 Feb-2 April 2019

2019 Term 4

LTS1,2,3 & GF:  Sunday 20 Oct-15 Dec 2019

LTS1 & 2: Tuesday 22 Oct-9Dec 2019

During the year there are opportunities for extra coaching, extra practice days, destination sails and interaction with the SYC Keeler Division.  All based on sailor enthusiasm, numbers and coach being available.


Registrations are taken year-round, each classes limited to 12 sailors.

For membership information and/or to complete a registration form, please refer to our main SYC website.

www.sandspit.org.nz. Click on 'Membership/Subscriptions/Centreboard Division'.

For further enquires, please email our Secretary Glenys Milne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 422 2479 or 0274805051.




The Centreboard Division is run by volunteers, and parent participation is paramount.  We need parents to help with launching sailing boats and patrol boats, retrieving them at the end of the class, washing down and putting them away.  Whilst sailors are on the water we prefer that parents stay to keep an eye on the sailors from the beach or assist coaches on water.  Those running the programme are not baby-sitters, and like to feel that parents are sufficiently engaged to want to learn along-side their children.  As the sailors grow in skill-set and confidence they are able to do more for themselves, less parent help is necessary so you will not have to stay for the 3hr duration. You will be able to gauge this as you each week goes along. 

For the duration of the 8 week course, it is necessary for one parent from each family to attend the monthly Centreboard meeting held on the second Wednesday of each month, 7-9pm.  This is so that parents are kept informed, so they can have a say, and so that matters pertaining to the weekly running of the club can be discussed and measures put in place to constantly enhance what we do.  Without such parent participation, these courses can not be run.


LTS1, Term 4, 2018:  $240 (includes: $80 for 6-month SYC Centreboard membership which covers sailing for Term 4 (Oct-Dec) and Term 1 (Feb-Apr), $22 for YNZ affiliation, $14 handbook and covers free use of boat and coaching costs for one term). 

LTS2, Term 4, 2018: $140 (covers coaching.  Membership and handbook are paid for in LTS1).

LTS3, Term 4, 2018:  $240 (as for LTS1, with 6-month membership applying, plus cost of new handbook)

Greenfleet, Term 4, 2018:  $140 (covers coaching.  membership and handbook are paid for in LTS3)


Course fees above are based on a six-month Centreboard membership for the whole family, which covers use of the facilities, cost of maintenance, administration and general running of the division from the main Sandspit office located at Sandspit. 

They also include affiliation fees, cost of a handbook and coaching fees.  We keep our costs to a minimum in order to give every child the opportunity to join these classes.  Members are kept regularly informed with emails/texts from Centreboard Division and receive monthly newsletters from the main Sandspit Yacht Club encouraging the whole family to participate in activities put on by the greater club.  Centreboard Membership does not entitle one to a vote, but attendance at and participation in the SYC AGM is actively encouraged (AGM held second Tuesday in July, 7.30pm). 

Full SYC membership is available - please see 'Membership' information in another section of this website. 



Phil  Armstrong

0274 594949

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Glenys Milne

027 480 5051

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Mahurangi College Rep

Aran Taylor

021 08841652

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SYC Sailing Division Convenor
Tim Clissold
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