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Wellington Ocean Sports Spring Update



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What a fantastic start to spring!!!  If the weather we have had over the last few weeks is any indication then we are in for a great summer out on the water. This is the time of the year that activity really ramps up at Wellington Ocean Sports. Now that we are operating with only two boats there will be greater demand than we can meet, so you will need to get in quick if you want to be involved.

RPNYC’s 132nd season set to open this Saturday and from now on there will be regular Saturday afternoon and then Wednesday and Friday night racing. We also have a number of other courses and cruising opportunities planned for the coming months, read on for more information.

 Opening Day Race

Both Muir’s are entered in the Opening Day Race this Saturday. The Muir’s were specifically designed and built for sail training on the Wellington Harbour. Over the years they have provided close and exciting race for thousands of our students. The boats are robust, forgiving and manageable, making them perfect for improving your sailing skills. Get in really quick if you want to book. We also have places available for the entire Spring Series, or on a race by race basis.

Racing Crew

Our next Racing Crew course commences on Saturday 8 November. The course will compete in at least two races in the RPNYC Christmas Series. I highly recommend Racing Crew to all those who have completed our Learn to Sail course regardless of whether you are into racing or not, as this course will improve your sailing skills more than any other course we run.

Racing Crew is designed to take you to the level of “competent crew on a racing boat”. It is ideal preparation for those wishing to join the Club and crew regularly on member’s boats and is another step down the path of becoming a racing skipper. While completion of our Learn to Sail course isn’t a prerequisite for attending Racing Crew, participants must be at that level and have a handle on basic keelboat sailing concepts.

Cruising Crew

For those wanting to get involved in the wonderful world of cruising our next cruising crew course is commencing on Sunday 5 October. Cruising Crew follows on from the Learn to Sail Keelboats course and provides an opportunity to consolidate and build on your knowledge and skills. It also allows you to develop seamanship skills and covers navigation, weather, rules of the road and includes a night sail. Cruising Crew leads on to the very popular Cruising Skipper course.

Cruising Skipper

Wellington Ocean Sports first Cruising Skipper course of the season is set to proceed the weekend of 3 to 5 October and there is one place available for booking. Cruising Skipper is the follow on course to Cruising Crew and will see you progress from crewing to skippering your own cruising vessel. Although prior attendance on our level 2 course Cruising Crew is not a prerequisite, students must be at the level of “competent crew on a cruising boat” to attend this Marlborough Sounds based course.

Learn to sail

It all begins with our lean to sail keelboats course. If you are yet to complete the course now is the time. If you have already then please consider inviting friends and family to get involved in this exciting sport. We’ll give a free casual sail to any grad that encourages a friend or family member to book. Everything you need is provided and no experience is necessary. You will be taught all the basics and we have a number of follow on opportunities such as cruising and racing courses, crewing on members boats and racing on our boats when they are available. Our next learn to sail course commences on Sunday 28 September and there are two places available for booking.

Day Skipper

The very popular Coastguard Boating Education course “Day Skipper” is again being offered at Wellington Ocean Sports. Day Skipper is a 15 hour theory only course that is applicable to all water users. No experience is necessary to attend the course, but it is also ideal for those with boating experience who have never undertaken formal boating education.

Day Skipper leads on to New Zealand’s most widely recognised boating qualification “Boatmaster” and then to the prestigious “Coastal Skipper” qualification. Day Skipper covers the following topics – boats and equipment, navigation, rules and regulations, emergencies and basic knots.

Our next Day Skipper course is commencing on Tuesday 11 November and runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5.30 to 8.30pm.

VHF Radio Operator

Wellington Ocean Sports next VHF Radio Operator course is running over the evenings of 14 and 16 October from 5.30 to 8.30pm and there are still several places available for booking. This 6-hour, theory-only course including exam, provides the necessary knowledge required to obtain the "Marine VHF Operator Qualification”.

This is the minimum qualification required for anyone to legally operate a fixed or hand-held marine VHF Radio. We recommend adding on the MROC qualification, which is only an extra half hour, allowing you to operate HF SSB long range radio equipment.

Volunteers Required

Want to get involved in racing without paying anything??? Well we have the opportunity for you. The sailing committee is looking for two people this Saturday (20th September) to help run the Opening race of the 132nd season of the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. These two lucky people will be zipping around on our safety boat Caniwi making sure that the fleet and our international guests have a great and safe day. There is no previous race management experience required. Just come along, have some fun and learn more about racing. If you are keen to be involved on the RPNYC Opening Day please email Kat at volunteer@rpnyc.org.nz or phone 021 252 9194

Preparing for an Offshore

Talk held in the RPNYC Wardroom on Monday 22 September 2014 from 6pm. FREE for Members. Dinner ($15) served as a fundraiser for RPNYC and The Crewed Central Triangle Race - 2015. Click here for further information and booking

Activity Properties

Start: 19-Sep-2015 12:00 pm
End: 19-Sep-2015 4:00 pm
Capacity 14
Registered 5
Available places 9
Individual Price $50.00
Location Wellington Ocean Sports Centre
We are no longer accepting registration for this activity




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