Category Archives: Keelboat Training

Discover Sailing and Start Crewing at CYC

Start Crewing courses are running regularly at CYC.

Cairns Yacht Club  are excited to be running these sailing courses under the guidance of Australian Sailing.

You will be instructed by our Australian Sailing qualified Instructors. The courses run over 2 days with 8 hours of instruction each day including in classroom and on board . With your Start Crewing certification you will become a member of Australian Sailing and be able to competently understand your role when crewing on a keelboat, including the basics of sailing, boat handling, safety and sailing theory. Once you have completed Start Crewing you can look at expanding your knowledge and experience by joining existing cruising and racing yachts here in Cairns and by taking further Discover Sailing courses with us.

The next Start Crewing course will be held on a date to be advised. The introductory price for each course is $275. This includes all materials, lessons, insurance, certification.

Please contact the office on 4031 2750 to register your expression of interest.


22nd of Nov CYC Discover Sailing Day and CYC Open Day

Poster to be printed and put up in your local area -please help to promote this event


As part of our commitment to increasing participation across all our fleets, CYC is hosting a “Discover Sailing Day ” on Sunday the 22nd of Nov. This is opportunity to invite interested people ( and future clubs members ) to join us on the water, however we need volunteers to:

  • offer to take people for short sails on their boats (participants will be covered by the insurance )
  • host guest at our club house and make them feel welcome
  • run the BBQ

The event will commence at 10am and finish at 4pm.

Volunteers will also be required to make the club look great so if we can ask for volunteers for the Saturday 21st PM to help – that would be wonderful.

We are in the process of getting media releases out the public and we ensure that we have membership forms available on the day.

If you can assist us in any of the above roles, please contact

Bill to offer your boats

Rod to help out the social activities and BBQ at the Club

Scott to help out with taking kids out in dinghys


Cairns Sailing Training Camp 8th and 9th of August – Ellis Beach

The Cairns Sail Training Camp is part of the Queensland Identification Development Pathway and is a partnership between Yachting Queensland and Cairns Yacht Club.

Cairns Sail Training Camp August 2015

The aim of the camp is to provide high quality coaching opportunities to junior and youth sailors of all levels and to assist local coaches to up-skill. Cost: 1 Day only – $50 per entry 2 Days – $100 per entry Sibling discount for both days only – 2nd sibling $75 and 3rd sibling $50.

LATE PAYMENT FEE $25 if entry & payment is not received by 31st JULY 2015. Camping is available with pricing options shown when registering online.


PLEASE NOTE THAT INVOICES WILL BE SENT TO ENTRANTS INDIVIDUALLY AFTER THEY HAVE ENROLLED. NO CASH PAYMENTS CAN BE MADE ON THE DAY TO THE COACHES. Further details about the camp will be emailed to those enrolled online 1-2 weeks before the camp.

Register here 


IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE INDICATE YOUR INTEREST NOW – Contact Alison ASAP – thanks Hi All, As you would be aware the CYC with YQ is committed to re-establishing our discover sailing accredition which I hope to be able to finalise in the next few months.  A recent Keel Boat Instructor course was held at the CCYS with over 10 people in attendence, a number of which were members of the CYC – Congrats to all those who participated. We are now seeking interest from CYC members (and our sailors from our partners clubs in FNQ) to undertake the following courses:

  • Dinghy Instructor
  • Assistant Dinghy Instructor
  • Re-validation of your current qualification

For more information please contact the lovely Alison at YQ or you can register directly with YQ by opening the following files and following the link attached. YA Dinghy Instructor Course Cairns June 2015 Later in the year we hope to conduct an umpiring an race officals course so stay tuned for more information. If you are interested i would ask that you complete the attached form:

Keel Boat Instructor Training – Feb 2015

In 2015 the CYC plans to conduct a series of training session in partnership with Yachting Queensland (YQ), the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron (CCYS), and Mission Beach Sailing Club, for Keel Boat Instructors, Dinghy Instructors, Power Boat handling and safety boat certification and race official Training. This is part of our commitment to building sailing capacity across all our fleets and will support our application be re-accredited as a Discover Sailing Centre. The first course being held in 2015 is the Keel Boat Instructor Course at the CCYS from Friday the 27th of Feb – Sunday 1st of March 2015. Please fill out the form below if you are interested and register via the link below. I (Scott) have not be able to find information on cost of the course as yet (estimated around $380), but at this stage registering is the first step. The CYC executive is currently considering a proposal to reimburse training cost for those member who then in turn offer their skills to the club to run course. YA Keelboat Instructors Course – Cairns 2015 or use the following link to the YQ expression of interest form