T A C K E R S
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.
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
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