Experience the sport of sailing at Abbotsford 12ft Sailing Club. The club offers opportunities to Experience Sailing and to receive continued training in sailing for young and old.

Our Experience Sailing program is kindly supported by Club Five Dock and Canada Bay Club via CDSE category II funding

Club training Optimists kindly provided by the Boating Industry Association and Yachting NSW

The club provides several programs to Experience sailing

  1. Experience sailing at Abbotsford youth from 9 - 14 year old
  2. Youth with some sailing experience can become a member and join our Junior Fleet racing
  3. A further program for older juniors and adults to learn more about sailing is through the Discover Sailing Day and our Adult Start Sailing program

Experience Sailing 9 - 14 yr old

Basic Requirements

  • Children need to be prepared to get wet! Board shorts and rash shirts are ideal, light spray jackets for colder days, or wear thermals. Sunscreen and a hat (preferably with a toggle or a string to prevent it blowing away) are required. Some sort of footwear that can get wet such as low-cost wet shoes (available from places like K-Mart) or soft soled joggers are advisable as the river bottom near the beach is very rocky.
  • Children need to be able to swim and must be confident in deep water however PFDs (Life-jackets) will be provided by the club.
  • This course is limited to 8 participants to make sure each child is given sufficient training. The course involves coaching by a Qualified Yachting Australia sailing instructor both on and off the water. Participants will receive a certificate and logbook at the completion of the course. Parents are required to stay while the children do the sailing course and are encouraged to participate in the training by helping to rig boats (parents get to learn too!) and by helping to get boats and children in and out of the water. Parents can watch their children sail and sit back with a coffee on the clubhouse verandah.

Details of the program

Dates This course will run from 30 January to mid April in 2021
Time 10:00 am - 1 pm
Boat Provided by the club (BIA optimists).
Costs TBA, but adjusted for the half season program. Prices can change every year
  • Participants should be able to swim 25 - 50m confidently
  • Participants should be between 9 and 14 years of age
  • Limited to 8 participants

Please register your interest for Experience Sailing. The Club will contact you by phone as soon as possible to discuss the program.

Junior Racing Squad

Children from 9 - 14 yr old who have already got basic sailing skills can opt to join the Junior Fleet, which is our progression program. For the Junior Fleet, participants will race on a short course under supervision and with some additional coaching provided. Participants are expected to either own a boat (such as a Sabot or an Optimist) or can lease one of the club Sabots.


Full Season September - April
Time 1 pm to about 5 pm
Boat Bring your own, or lease a club Sabot ($400 + $100 bond)
Costs See Membership page for costs including an additional coaching fee.

Participants should have some sailing experience, such as having completed a learn to sail course at another club and interested in learning about racing.

Participants should preferably be between 9 and 14 years of age


Please email the club

Adult Start Sailing

Adult Start Sailing is for people (from about 15 to any age) who want learn, practice and expand their sailing skills with the aim of starting to race with the club. the Adult Start Sailing program will run in 4 week blocks during the season. However this is dependent on the number of interested people, the breeze, the equipment availability and on volunteers to help out.  The Pacers will be available for new learners to sail, or members can use their own boats.

  • For members using their own boats to sail with guests there is no cost.
  • Adult Learn to Sail 4 weeks blocks cost $120 to cover equipment and fuel for support boats

Willem Vervoort (email) will be coordinating Adult Start sailing, please contact Willem if you are interested in learning to sail.

Discover Sailing Day and Family Fun Days

If you would like to just "try out" sailing than our Family Fun days, or the Discover Sailing Day in late October is your best option. Watch the website for more options or e-mail the club.

Cost None
Dates penultimate Sunday in October (Discover Sailing Day) and Family Fun Days on the last Sunday of November, February and March
Duration A one off session. 11 am to 1 pm
Boats Provided
Requirements You will be given the opportunity to try your hand at various boats under instruction from club sailing members. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18.
Contact Club contact: email Or visit the Discover Sailing Website