New sailors learn the basics
SAILING: Young sailors have taken to the water this week to learn the ins and outs of sailing with Port Curtis Sailing Club’s Discovery Sailing Centre.
Principal Sue Doyle said the junior program would leave young sailors with the ability to sail a dinghy by themselves and learn basic terminology.
“They could watch the Sydney to Hobart and understand a little bit about what the skippers are shouting at their crews about and why,” Doyle said.
The four-day course covers topics like rigging, knots and tacking.
“We do capsize drills so if their boat does tip up and they fall in, they don’t freak out, they just hop back in and sail off,” Doyle said.
She said the club’s youth sailors were encouraged to hop in the boats and help.
“We do theory with pictures and diagrams but there’s nothing better than being in the boat with someone who knows what they’re doing,” she said.
“It takes the fear away and is more fun so it helps develop skills faster.”
The club aims to run two programs for children this year. For more about the courses, visit gyc.com.au.