Our Junior program is a fun, friendly, engaging, and safe introduction to the sport of sailing and the club community. All programs at MMYC are run by Australian Sailing accredited instructors and incorporate games and group activities to develop fundamental skills of sailing.
Juniors begin their sailing journey using club-provided equipment (boats and lifejacket) and progress to being independent sailors over about two sailing seasons, where equipment can be loaned from the club, or juniors transition to using their own boats.
To participate in our junior programs, the participants will need to be a member of the club. For those who are not full club members, we have a temporary membership for each course. See the appropriate link on each event sign-up page.
We have gathered information, frequently asked questions, and resources into our Handbook for New Junior and Youth Families.
For kids 7-11 yrs with no or minimal sailing experience
The juniors in this program progress through two levels, and will learn the fundamental dinghy sailing skills. The juniors will build confidence on-water and confidence in themselves, plus they’ll have lots of fun! The program is deliberately designed to give the juniors time to develop the foundation sailing skills, build friendships and learn lots. The kids learn through games and activities on and off the water.
Join Junior Start Sailing
For juniors who have completed Start Sailing 1 & 2
Better Sailing is the next step for the Juniors once they’ve completed Step 1. It’s a shorter program, a transition step - getting ready to become independent. In this program, more fundamental skills are introduced and what’s been learned is refined. During this course, the focus is still on fun, safety and building confidence on and off the water.
As the juniors build their skills, they’ll seek to have a boat that suits their personality and their size. During this course, it’s a good time to start thinking about when to buy a boat or if you’d like a club boat to loan. The club can help guide you through this when the time comes.
Join Better Sailing
Now it’s time to learn to sail around a course and become a little more independent! Learn new skills and be introduced to sailing around a race course.
Green Fleet is where the juniors move towards being independent on the water. You’ll be amazed at just what they achieve on their own on the water, and you’ll see this transfer into life!
Juniors will gain independence, they’ll become more responsible and resilient. Green Fleet focus is again on fun and creativity too, they’ll learn introductory racing skills and extend the skills already learnt. Their time on the water with friends and having fun in boats, they’ll become active club members.
Green Fleet introduces kids to racing in a fun and game sense delivery, with modified rules, challenges, activities, and even adventure races if the winds are fair! Green Fleet juniors are encouraged to use their own boat. If your family is not ready for boat ownership, the club has a couple of boats available for loan at a reasonable fee.
Join Green Fleet - Whole Season
Join Green Fleet - Summer Intake
Tackers 1 - Having Fun
Kids sail in pairs in the club ‘OziOpti’ boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and kids have the chance to sail with others in their group.
Tackers is a fun introductory, games-based sailing program for kids aged 7-12 yrs, delivered at recognised Tackers Centres. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided.
Junior MMYC members can register directly. Non-members must sign up for a free temporary membership (known as a SailPass) before registering.
Join Tackers 1: 2-5 January
Join Tackers 1: 8-11 January