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Want to get into sailing? Check out our range of courses available for both juniors and adults!

The Akarana Sailing Academy was established in 2001 and since then has produced local, national and world champions through the comprehensive courses provided to sailors from the age of 8 to 80. The fun yet knowledgable coaching approach encourages learning in an exciting and safe environment.

Check out the current courses on offer and make your booking online today!

September/October School Holiday Programs

With Term 3 well underway, it’s time to start thinking about keeping the kids active during the school holidays.

The Akarana Sailing Academy is offering a limited number of courses for the school holidays, so get in quick to ensure you don’t miss out.

If you have any additional questions, please email academy@rayc.co.nz 

Sail & Play School Holiday Program

September / October 2020

Sail & Play, the program that enables kids to explore the Waitemata Harbour in a safe and exciting way, is held over five days with daily booking options available. Sail & Play is all about having fun and giving students the chance to explore new actives which includes a day trip to either Rangitoto or Browns Island, as well as an abundance of sailing.

Course Dates

  • Week 1 – Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October (5 days)
  • Week 2 – Monday 5 October to Friday 9 October (5 days)
  • Drop off from 8:30am
  • Pick Up from 4:30pm

Cost

  • $100 per day
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Optimist Fast Track Programs

September / October School Holidays

Want to get the edge on skills and racing techniques? The school holiday fast track programs will get you there. Designed for sailors who want to get the upper hand on their on-water competitors. Fast Track students will go through the Yachting New Zealand curriculum and will receive a YNZ certificate upon completion.

Available Courses

  • Optimist Level 1
  • Optimist Level 2
  • Optimist Level 3

Dates/Times

  • Week 1 – Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October (5 days)
  • Week 2 – Monday 5 October to Friday 9 October (5 days)
  • Drop off from 8:30am
  • Pick Up from 4:30pm
  • The Fast Track program is a five (5) day course. All five (5) days need to be completed to receive the YNZ certificate
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Optimist Race Group – Coaching

This course is designed for Optimist sailors who have reach Level 3 and Green Fleet and who are preparing for regattas.

Keep training over winter and be ready for summer regattas.

Dates

  • Week 1 – Monday 28 September to Wednesday 30 September
  • Week 2 – Monday 5 October to Wednesday 7 October
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Open Skiff Race Group – Coaching

This course is designed for Open Skiff sailors who are preparing for regattas.

Keep training over winter and be ready for summer regattas.

Dates

  • Week 1 – Monday 28 September to Wednesday 30 September
  • Week 2 – Monday 5 October to Wednesday 7 October
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RS Feva Race Group – Coaching

This course is designed for RS Feva sailors who are preparing for regattas.

Keep training over winter and be ready for summer regattas.

Dates

  • Week 1 – Monday 28 September to Wednesday 30 September
  • Week 2 – Monday 5 October to Wednesday 7 October
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Laser Race Group – Coaching

This course is designed for Laser sailors who are preparing for regattas.

Keep training over winter and be ready for summer regattas.

Dates

  • Week 1 – Tuesday 29 September to Wednesday 30 September (2 days)
  • Week 2 – Thursday 8 October to Friday 9 October (2 days)
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Term 4, 2020

Courses are now open for Term 4, 2020.

The Akarana Sailing Academy is offering a wide range of course options for Term 4 to get your sailor back in the game.

If you have any additional questions, please email academy@rayc.co.nz 

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Optimist Level 1

The Optimist is a great entry level boat for sailors aged between 8-12 years. It is the main learn to sail boat used in New Zealand and at the Akarana Sailing Academy, the Yachting New Zealand Level 1 certificated programs cover all the fundamentals of sailing in a fun and safe environment.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • RAYC Members: $445 / 8 Week Course
  • Non-Member: $495 / 8 Week Course

Available Courses

  • Monday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Thursday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday – 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday – 1pm to 4pm
  • Sunday – 9am to 12pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Optimist Level 2

The Optimist is a great entry level boat for sailors aged between 8-12 years. It is the main learn to sail boat used in New Zealand and at the Akarana Sailing Academy, the Yachting New Zealand Level 2 certificated programs cover all the fundamentals of sailing in a fun and safe environment.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • RAYC Members: $445
  • Non-Members: $495

Available Courses

  • Monday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Thursday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday – 9am to 12pm
  • Saturday – 1pm to 4pm
  • Sunday – 9am to 12pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Optimist Level 3

The Optimist is a great entry level boat for sailors aged between 8-12 years. It is the main learn to sail boat used in New Zealand and at the Akarana Sailing Academy, the Yachting New Zealand Level 3 certificated programs cover all the fundamentals of sailing in a fun and safe environment.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • RAYC Members: $445
  • Non-Member: $495

Available Courses

  • Tuesday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Thursday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday – 9am to 12pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Optimist Green Fleet

Optimist Green Fleet is where a young sailor starts engaging in racing skills and preparing to represent the club at regattas. The focus is switched from learning, to coaching.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • Club Boat
    RAYC Members: $445
    Non-Members: $495
  • Own Boat
    RAYC Members: $335
    Non-Members: $395

Available Courses

  • Tuesday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Thursday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Sunday – 9am to 12pm
  • Sunday – 1pm to 4pm (club racing coaching)
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Course will run depending on numbers

Optimist Race

Optimist Race is for sailors who are ready to race on the local, national and international circuit. The Race fleet is for advanced Optimist sailors.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • Club Boat
    RAYC Members: $445
    Non-Members: $495
  • Own Boat
    RAYC Members: $335
    Non-Members: $395

Available Courses

  • Tuesday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Thursday – 4pm to 7pm

Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

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Course will run depending on numbers

O’Pen Skiff Development

This course will cover the technical elements of sailing an O’Pen Skiff with the goal of getting sailors competing in regular regattas. This is a comprehensive course that will focus on the techniques needed to sail the boat and maximise its performance. The O’Pen Skiff is very different from the Optimist and it is important for the sailors to complete this level after transitioning from the Optimist. This course is available for sailors who have completed Optimist Level 3 or equivalent.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • Club Boat
    RAYC Members: $495
    Non-Members: $550
  • Own Boat
    RAYC Members: $405
    Non-Members: $450

Available Courses

  • Wednesday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Friday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday – 9am to 12pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

O’Pen Skiff Race

The O’Pen Skiff Racing team work with our coaches to further develop their skills while fine tuning their boats as they step up to the next level. This intensive coaching is suitable for sailors who have regatta experience in the Optimist or the RS Feva. The focus is to have fun while working towards high-performance success.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • Club Boat
    RAYC Members: $495
    Non-Members: $550
  • Own Boat
    RAYC Members: $405
    Non-Members: $450

Available Courses

  • Tuesday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Friday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Sunday – 9am to 12pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

RS Feva Development

Our RS Feva Development sailors will gain experience sailing a double-handed boat. Sailors will need previous sailing experience before joining this group. Our coaches will focus on crew work, speed and sailing tactics while learning to sail with a mainsail, job and gennaker. 

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • RAYC Members: $445
  • Non-Member: $495

Available Courses

  • Wednesday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday – 9am to 12pm
  • Sunday – 9am to 12pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

RS Feva Race

The RS Feva race group will work on enhancing their abilities and their crew work to maximise their speed and performance. Our coaches are top RS Feva and Skiff sailors that provide valuable knowledge and techniques to allow our sailors to continue to progress quickly and to perform at a high level. The RS Feva race group attend regattas in the summer season.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • RAYC Members: $445
  • Non-Member: $495

Available Courses

  • Friday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Saturday – 1pm to 4pm
  • Sunday – 1pm to 4pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Starling Race Group

To take part in this course, you will need to supply your own boat. This course is designed for Starling sailors who are preparing for regattas.

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • RAYC Members: $405
  • Non-Member: $450

Available Courses

  • Tuesday – 4pm to 7pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Laser Race Group

The Akarana Sailing Academy now offers Laser race training for sailors aiming to compete at local, national and international regattas. This is a chance to take your sailing and racing skills to the next level with our internationally recognised top-level coaches.

Which Laser Configuration?

In 2018, Royal Akarana Yacht Club purchased 20 Lasers with all configurations available (4.7, Radial and Standard).

  • 4.7 Ideal weight: 50-55kgs
  • Radial Ideal weight: 55-75kgs
  • Standard Ideal weight: 75kg+

Course Duration

  • 8 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • Club Boat
    RAYC Members: $513
    Non-Members: $570
  • Own Boat
    RAYC Members: $423
    Non-Members: $470

Available Courses

  • Wednesday – 4pm to 7pm
  • Friday – 4pm to 7pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Adult Learn to Sail

It’s time to learn a new skill! Get a group of friends together and join in with the Adult Learn to Sail programs. Learn the basics of sailing including weather, tides, points of sail and how to get a boat moving. The relaxed and fun environment is perfect for anyone who is keen to give it a go.

Course Duration

  • 4 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • $400 per person

Available Courses

  • Monday – 5:30pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday – 5:30pm to 8pm
  • Saturday – 1pm to 4pm
  • Sunday – 1pm to 4pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Adult Learn to Race

Adults! You’ve learnt how to sail, now it’s time to learn to art of racing! Continuing on from what you learnt during the Learn to Sail course, now you will learn the skills of racing which will assist in getting you onto a keelboat crew.

Course Duration

  • 4 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • $400 per person

Available Courses

  • Thursday – 5:30pm to 8pm
  • Sunday – 1pm to 4pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Adult Advanced Racing – NEW COURSE!

This course is for sailors who have finished their Learn to Race course and for those that already have knowledge of racing. This Adult Advanced Racing course is targeted for dinghy or keelboat sailors and who want to advance their racing skills. The goal is to have you racing in the RAYC Akarana Series.

Course Learnings

  • Sail controls, advance trimming and speed
  • Starts technique
  • strategy and tactics
  • Advanced racing rules
  • Preparation and safety
  • Fitness for sailing

Course Duration

  • 4 Weeks
  • Commencing week beginning Monday 12th October

Cost

  • $400 per person

Available Courses

  • Thursday – 5:30pm to 8pm
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Course will run depending on numbers

Additional Courses Coming Soon

420 courses will be loaded onto the website soon.

Additional Information

If you have any questions regarding any of our courses, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contact form below. Additionally, please check through the frequently asked questions to see if your query has already been answered.

Please ensure you are familiar with the Akarana Sailing Academy Terms and Conditions.

» Terms & Conditions

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All Akarana Sailing Academy courses are run by experiences coaches with a mix of on-shore theory and hands on sailing.

Each session will generally begin on the boat ramp, preparing the boats for sailing and assessing the weather conditions.

Before sailing, please be mentally and physically prepared to get wet. You may end up in the water! Sailing is a water sport, so you should always have the expectation that you will get wet. From time to time the boats may also capsize, but this is all part of the learning experience.

Our experienced coaches will always be on hand to assist in all situations.

It is unlikely that a course session would ever be postponed due to bad weather. All our courses consist of a land component including safety theory, knot tying, navigation and more. Our variety of club boats and sail sizes all us to go sailing in an array of conditions.

All Akarana Sailing Academy classes are managed from the Auckland Sailing Club building, located at 8 Tamaki Drive Okahu Bay.

There is plenty of parking on site in front of the club or on Tamaki Drive itself.

Buses run as frequently as every 10 minutes from Britomart.

Please ensure that you arrive on time and are ready to go by the start time.

If you have missed a class for some reason, please complete the below form to request a make-up class.

Make-Up Class Terms

Please note, there is only one (1) make-up class available per student / per term. The make-up class date will be advised upon successful application.
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  • Weekdays
    Weekday sessions start at 4pm each day, please ensure your sailor is here at 4pm ready to sail.  The less time spent on the land will mean more time on the water learning and having fun.  Pick up time is 7pm each day.  Occasionally if the weather is particularly bad and we conduct an off the water session we may offer you the opportunity to collect your child earlier.
  • Weekends
    Weekend morning sessions are from 9am to 12 and afternoon sessions run from 1pm to 4pm.  Please make sure your child is here on time so they can enjoy maximum time or let us know if you are not coming so that we do not hold the group on shore while we are waiting for you to arrive
  • School Holidays
    School Holiday Program session times are from 9am to 4:30pm. Drop off is from 8:30am and pick up is no later than 5pm.

Spring / Summer

We suggest you wear shorts, t-shirt, wind/spray jacket. A wetsuit comes in handy on the cooler days.

Autumn / Winter

As the days get colder, we recommend a wetsuit or long warm marino layers and thermals.

  • Shoes
    Shoes are essential items for us to allow sailors on the water. The ramp can get very slippery this time of year in spite of it getting water-blasted on a regular basis.  There is also some oyster growth on the edge of the ramp and some children not wearing shoes have experienced cuts.  Shoes are now required and are the best prevention against these cuts. Cheap water shoes are acceptable or even old sneakers, as long as the foot is fully enclosed, however purpose-built shoes can be bought from sailing stores.
  • Wetsuit / Rash Shirt / Jacket
    The water temperature has been warming up but at this time of the year it can still drop quickly.  We suggest that our sailors wear a wet suit and preferably a rash suit or wind jacket  to protect them from  If your child is  intent on continuing sailing you can purchase specialised sailing gear, we recommend checking out the range of gear at Sailor’s Corner or other marine speciality stores.
  • Hat / Sunglasses
    Please ensure your young sailor also brings a hat each week. They can be out on the water for nearly 3 hours and we also suggest sunglasses.  We have sunblock for those that forget to apply some before they arrive and our coaches will be checking everyone is sun blocked before they launch the boats.
  • Something to eat
    An afternoon snack is also a good idea as children can often get hungry, something small  they can put in their life jacket pocket  i.e. a muesli bar can be a good idea.  We suggest that they take a named water bottle with them on the water, this can be given to the coach to look after.

The minimum age that we like to accept for a child starting out is 8 years old. By these stage they should have become confident in the water.

Some children of Auckland have been lucky enough to grow up on boats, and already have experience. In this instance, we ask that you contact us to advise of their experience, and our head coach will make a decision.