Tackers Junior Sailing Program

Royal Yacht Club of Victoria is the perfect for families and children in particular to learn to sail. The club has understands the importance of quality training for both Adults and Children.  Tackers, is a program aimed at giving every junior Australian the opportunity to go sailing in a professional, safe and fun environment.

Tackers is an entry-level sailing program for primary school aged children. Designed around kids, for kids, the Tackers program seeks to provide a vibrant new approach to sail training that recognizes that the learning styles of children differs from those of adults.

The program is based around some core values that inform everything that is delivered and communicated about the program. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t need to have their own boat. All the equipment, including life jackets and boats is provided. They don’t even need to be a member of the club to participate, though of course we would be delighted if ultimately they decided to join up.

To enroll in a course you can fill out and submit an enrollment form to the RYCV office or click the links online to enroll over the internet.

Tackers Values:

  • Kids Centric
  • Non-competitive, fun and social
  • Delivered by professional, young, instructors
  • Program consistent across locations
  • Branded modern presentations
  • Target kids outside of existing yacht club membership
  • Value for money relative to programs in other sports
  • Graduate pathway over several steps and seasons

The Tackers Pathway

The club offers all three levels of Tackers, either as a mid school term course run on the same day each weekend or as five consecutive morning or afternoon sessions run on Monday to Friday over the school holidays. For those unsure if their child will take like a duck to water, there is also the chance to experience a Tackers introductory course before committing to signing up for the full program.

Tackers 1:Fun & Confidence

Tackers 1 is the first step, and is all about instilling the kids with a basic degree of comfort to sail a small boat in company with another, in light to medium wind conditions.


Tackers 2:Tricks & Techniques

Tackers 2 moves on from Tackers 1 teaching the student better sailing, tricks, techniques and sailing safely by themselves.


Tackers 3:Go Fast

Tackers 3 moves on from Tackers 2, teaching the student beginner racing skills in readiness for club and green fleet Optimist racing.

Each level includes quality tuition from qualified Australian Sailing (formerly Yachting Australia) Instructors and Assistant Instructors. There is a combination of on-the-water and off-the water games to ensure every participant enjoys their experience. A certificate will be awarded at the end of each level of the program.

For those youngsters who are keen to continue developing their sailing, Royals offers the opportunity to join fleet racing with the Optimist and International Cadet dinghies being the popular choices for junior racing and a Fast Track coaching program aimed at accelerating development of their racing performance.

Contact our Sail Training Development Manager Ian Fox on (03) 9397 1277 or by email at training@rycv.asn.au for dates, further information and to enroll.

Follow RYCV on Facebook for updates, photos and videos of our Tackers program.

Program Times & Dates for 2021/22

Click on the course names below to register your child for an upcoming Tackers course.

Weekend Programs:.

Term 4 2021

Tackers Intro 16th Oct 9:00am – 11:30am  $50
Tackers 1 16th, 23rd, 30th Oct, 6th, 20th, 27th Nov and 4th Dec 9:00am – 11:30am $285
Tackers 2 16th, 23rd, 30th Oct, 6th, 20th, 27th Nov and 4th Dec 12:30pm – 3pm $285
Tackers 3 17th, 24th, 31st Oct, 7th, 21st, 28th Nov and 5th Dec 9:00am – 11:30am $285
Greenfleet 17th, 24th, 31st Oct, 7th, 21st, 28th Nov and 5th Dec 12:30pm – 3pm $285

Term 1 2022

Tackers Intro 12th Feb 9:00am – 11:30am  $50
Tackers 1 12th, 19th, 26th Feb, 5th, 19th, 26th Mar and 2nd Apr 9:00am – 11:30am $285
Tackers 2 12th, 19th, 26th Feb, 5th, 19th, 26th Mar and 2nd Apr 12:30pm – 3pm $285
Tackers 3 13th, 20th, 27th Feb, 6th, 20th, 27th Mar and 3rd Apr 9:00am – 11:30am $285
Greenfleet 13th, 20th, 27th Feb, 6th, 20th, 27th Mar and 3rd Apr 12:30pm – 3pm $285


School Holiday Programs:

September Holidays 2021

Tackers Intro 20th Sept 9:00am – 12:30 $70

Tackers 1

20th – 24th Sept 9:00am – 12:30pm $285
Tackers 2 20th – 24th Sept 1:00pm – 4:30pm $285 Full
Tackers 2 27th Sept- 1st Oct 1:00pm – 4:30pm $285
Tackers 3 27th Sept – 1st Oct 9:00am – 12:30pm $285

Jan Holidays 2022

Tackers Intro 17th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm  $70
Tackers 1 17th – 21st Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm $285
Tackers 2 17th – 21st Jan 1:00pm – 4:30pm $285
Tackers 3 10th – 14th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm $285

April Holidays 2022

Tackers Intro TBC 9:00am – 12:30pm  $70
Tackers 1 TBC 9:00am – 12:30pm $285
Tackers 2 TBC 1:00pm – 4:30pm $285
Tackers 3 TBC 9:00am – 12:30pm $285