Introductory courses in sailing keel boats are offered throughout the year depending on the demand and the availability of YQ qualified instructors from the Cairns Yacht Club and the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron.
The course, follows the National Keelboat curriculum, and uses the NQ Sailing – owned J24 fleet. So that personal guidance can be assured, numbers are limited and there is often a waiting list.These courses are available to Cairns Region residents only.
Over a number of sessions the YQ Qualified Instructors supervise and guide applicants into the rudiments of safe sail boat operation. We aim to promote the sport of sailing by building confidence in the basic boat handling skills to becoming a competent crew experienced enough to take part in regular sailing events arranged by Cairns Yacht Club.You can also achieve an AYF Start Crewing Certificate at a small cost.
For those new sailors wishing to gain the further experience required to gain certification for Start Helming, Start Raciong, Spinnakers, VHF Radio or a Competent Crew ticket, the Clubs arrange more advanced courses with AYF-qualified instructors.
The cost currently is a Yachting Queensland affiliated membership at either Cairns Yacht Club or Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron. These are the clubs that are subsidizing use of the yachts. NB. This may vary in the future. In addition a maintenance fee is payable to NQ Sailing.
Three or four courses will be conducted yearly and to date all courses have been completely filled well ahead of the start date.
Sail training will start in the next few months, please express your interest in the program now by filling out the form below. We will get in touch with you once dates are confirmed.