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Kids Learn to Sail (Tackers) 7 -12 years old

The Tackers Program is aimed at introducing children to sailing in a fun, safe, accessible and affordable way.
The program offers children the opportunity to start on a pathway to ongoing involvement in clubs, gradually progressing through over several seasons.

The Tackers Program utilises a poly-plastic and simplified version of the International Optimist sailing dinghy. The Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy sailed by children up to the age of 15. It is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, with over 150,000 boats officially registered with the Class and many more built but never registered. It is sailed in over 120 countries and in the last Olympics 85% of medal winning skippers were former Optimist dinghy sailors.

What should my child wear on a Tackers course?

With the majority of the course spent sailing around Sydney Harbour, we highly recommend that participants wear clothing that can get wet.

For both girls and boys, we recommend board shorts, a long sleeve rash top, a spray jacket and a wetsuit for cold days. We also recommend you bring a change of clothes, towel and sailing gloves.

All participants must wear enclosed shoes and a hat at all times on the course.

Green Fleet
What is Green Fleet?

Green Fleet is a club based junior (primary school age) sailing activity for kids who have completed the Tackers Program (all 3 levels) or a similar junior learn to sail program.

Like most sports sailing recognises that primary school age kids are more likely to enjoy, and be retained in sport, if it is less competitive and more fun/games based and social. Most other sports used modified rules at this stage before progressing to the adult rules at the youth (secondary school) age group.

Why is it called Green Fleet?

Good question and we can only guess the answers

That’s what it’s called in some other countries
It’s for kids who are “green” when it comes to racing

Where does Green Fleet fit?

Green Fleet is the transitionary level between the top of the learn to sail programs – learn to race, and ongoing participation in club racing, or other forms of club based sailing participation.

It’s Level 4 on Yachting Australia’s sailing pathway, above Level 3 Learn to Race and below Level 5 Club Racing.

What to Bring

Each participant will need to bring:

  • Spray jacket or/and wetsuit
  • A change of warm clothes
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Old shoes or rubber boots for sailing
  • A packed lunch and drink (including snacks) Towel, Board shorts or swimmers


Sailing Program

Sailors come in all shapes and sizes and so do their boats. Woollahra Sailing Club members can enjoy year round sailing in a variety of classes.


Discover Sailing

Tackers is a great place for beginning a lifelong love of the sport. Tackers is the perfect for developing skills and knowledge of sailing.

Start paddling

No better way to spend a day than with our Kayak and Standup Paddle (SUP) hire on Sydney Harbour – from Rose Bay



Kayak, Surf Ski & Standup Paddling. The club is home to over 150 Paddle members. Lessons and board hire available.


The club has a dedicated team of instructors and structured sailing program, representing a great way for kids to get onto the water and enjoy the adventures of sailing.

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Regattas and Competitions, Woollahra Sailing club events attract national and international sailers. Keep up to date with all the news and activities planned.

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During the school holidays we are offering Windsurf and Stand Up Paddle Board camps. These four day camps are the perfect place to learn or to improve the skills.

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Venue Hire

Functions, meeting and Corporate Opportunities. Woollahra Sailing Club is delighted to be able to offer top class events and function facilities.

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Join over 850 happy sailors and paddlers using WSC

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