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.

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Program Times & Dates for 2021/22

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


Weekend Programs:

Term 1 2021

Tackers Intro 13th Feb 9:00am – 11:30am  $50
Tackers 1 13th, 20th, 27th Feb, 13th, 20th Mar, 1st and 8th May 9:00am – 11:30am $285
Tackers 2 13th, 20th, 27th Feb, 13th, 20th Mar, 1st and 8th May 12:30pm – 3:00pm $285
Tackers 3 14th, 21st, 28th Feb, 14th, 21st Mar, 2nd and 9th May 9:00am – 11:30am $285
Greenfleet 14th, 21st, 28th Feb, 14th, 21st Mar, 2nd and 9th May 12:30am – 3:00pm $285



Term 4 2021

Tackers Intro TBC 9:00am – 11:30am  $50
Tackers 1 TBC 9:00am – 11:30am $285
Tackers 2 TBC 12:30pm – 3pm $285
Tackers 3 TBC 9:00am – 11:30am $285
Greenfleet TBC 12:30pm – 3pm $285


School Holiday Programs:

Jan Holidays 2021

Tackers Intro 11th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm  $70 Full
Tackers 1 11th – 15th Jan 1:00pm – 4:30pm $280 Full
Tackers 1 18th – 22nd Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm $280  Full
Tackers 2 18th – 22nd Jan 1:00pm – 4:30pm $280 Full
Tackers 3 11th – 15th Jan 9:00am – 12:30pm $280 Limited Spots Left

Easter Holidays 2021

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

Tackers 1

12th – 16th April 9:00am – 12:30pm $285
Tackers 2 12th – 16th April 1:00pm – 4:30pm $285
Tackers 3 6th – 9th April 9:00am – 12:30pm $285

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
Tackers 3 27th Sept – 1st Oct 9:00am – 12:30pm $285