School holiday sailing fun is in store with Sunshine Sailing Australia.
School holiday sailing fun is in store with Sunshine Sailing Australia. Colin Burgess

Sail through school holidays with programs on the water

TWO of the Coast's sailing schools are offering experiences for the young and young-at-heart these summer school holidays.

Colin Burgess, of Sunshine Sailing Australia, based at the Mooloolaba Marina, said the youth courses, for ages seven to 17, would have all the elements of fun on the water.

"We have two three-day programs scheduled,” he said.

"It will fun both on and off the water.

"By the end of the course, the kids will be competent in rigging, launching, capsizing, tacking and gybing.

"So they will be able to sail a dinghy under supervision.”

The first course is from December 12 to 14, from 9.30am to 3pm each day, and on the 14-foot Vagabond dinghies. The second course is from January 9 to 11.

Burgess said his school could supply a small or big boat for the adults to sail at the same time as the kids during the Christmas holidays.

"The easiest way to get on the water and have fun this Christmas is to give us a call about our dinghies and keel boats,” Burgess said.

Call 5478 2299.

At the northern end of the Coast is Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club, which sailing manager Paul Blundell said had the largest sailing program of its type in Australia.

He works with a team of young instructors, many of whom are still at school, who help deliver Noosa's Youthsail program.

"On December 12, we have a five-day school-age program where a kid can come on one or all five days,” he said.

"It's just from 10am to 2pm each day.

"We also have a Tackers program running at the same time. This is for six to 12-year-olds.

"Then on January 9, we start again with a two-week dinghy program, Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4pm each day.”

The children learn a life skill and have fun in safe, picturesque, calm waters.

The accompanying parents can sit back in comfort on the club balcony, where coffee, drinks and food are on offer, to view all the youth sailing action which is within easy reach of the clubhouse.

Call 5440 7407.

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