The sailing classes offered by Melbourne
Yacht club are open to the public on a space available
basis; pre-registration and a deposit are required for all
classes. Class size is limited and the sessions fill early.
Adult classes consist of classroom sessions
at the MYC clubhouse on Thursday evenings followed by on the
water sailing time on Sundays. Youth classes meet for both
on land instruction and on the water sailing time on
To provide sailing skills to as many
students as possible, each student may be pre-enrolled in
only one session per year. Just prior to the next session
inquiry may be made as to available space in the succeeding
session, and enroll then, if space is available.
For the safety, enjoyment and education of
all students the minimum age is 9 years in the youth classes
and 18 years in the adult class. Classes include instruction
materials and use of MYCís Optimist Prams and Collegiate
420's in the youth sessions and the Collegiate 420ís for the
adult sessions. There is typically 1 student per Optimist
and 2 students per 420.
Safety is important at MYC. Each student
must wear a student-supplied life jacket with a whistle
attached when on or around the water. Students should not be
afraid of the water and must be able to swim. The studentís
life jacket should be the type that keeps the shoulders
mobile and does not have a large bulk of material at the
neck; no "Mae West" style jackets please. The preferred
style of life jacket (PFD) for sailing is the type III used
by kayakers or other water sports. Ensure that the jacket
fits the student comfortably while in the sitting position,
is easy to get into and will support the student when worn
in the water. Students must wear foot gear that will get wet
and muddy getting into and out of the boats; inexpensive
beach shoes are perfect.
Additional youth information:
As the proper rigging and care of boats is
an important part of sailing, parents are encouraged to
assist their student at the start and end of each class with
rigging, de-rigging, cleaning and storage of the boat and
gear they used (don't worry, we will teach you). Placement
of the youth students within boats (Optimist vs. 420) is at
the discretion of the instructor, based on experience,
maturity and strength.
No refunds will be given if the weather is
bad, but classes will be rescheduled if possible.
Non-Refundable Deposits to be submitted with
Non-MYC Members $175, Deposit Required $75
MYC Members $150, Deposit Required $75
If you are interested, please contact: