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Learn to Sail on Sydney Harbour with a Yachting Australia Accredited Sailing School.  Learn to sail in small groups (max 4 adults) on all sailing courses.  Sailing Lessons all year round 7 days a week.
Introductory Sailing Course; Competent Crew Sailing Course;
Private Sailing Lessons
 sailing lessons with Sydney Private Sailing School are on a luxury Catalina 320. 
Learn to Sail on Sydney Harbour with Sydney Private Sailing, a YA accredited sailing school based on Sydney Harbour at Clontarf Marina (between The Spit and Manly).  Sailing Lessons are a nice way to meet new people, or learn to sail as a couple, or get four friends together and fill the sailing course.  A maximum of 4 students on sailing courses means you get plenty of individual attention and lots of practice at sail trim and steering the yacht.  If you'd prefer sailing lessons on your own or with your partner, another way to learn to sail is to book Private Sailing Lessons

Sailing School operates 7 days except Christmas Day.  All sailing lessons are on a luxury Catalina 320, a perfect yacht for teaching sailing and typical of the type of yacht used for yacht charter holidays.  We follow the Yachting Australia (formerly Australian Yachting Federation) syllabus designed to take the beginner sailor through a series of sailing lessons, building up knowledge until at the end of your sailing courses you will have gained the confidence and experience to charter a yacht with friends in Sydney or the Whitsundays or crew on a yacht race.

Sailing Lessons are on a new Catalina 32 yacht, see Catalina 32.  The yacht is very comfortable and typical of the type of yacht you would charter for a Whitsundays Yacht Charter holiday.  Having a toilet on board means we can stay out on the boat all day.

Annie Bennett, an experienced Yachting Australia accredited sailing instructor, combines a relaxed friendly approach with clear, thorough teaching.  Personal attention is guaranteed through small classes (1- 4 people) and the same instructor for all sailing lessons.  Sailing school students take equal turns with each task - steering, ropework etc - to ensure they learn every job on the boat.  Course notes are issued at the beginning of sailing courses.

Sailing Course dates are not advertised as Annie is very flexible and prefers to fit in with sailing school students' requirements.  Just call on 0413 217 114 to discuss when you would like to start.  Once you have booked and paid your deposit, you must give at least 14 days notice to reschedule a trip.

The 12 hours (10am - 4pm) on the water for each sailing course usually take place either on two consecutive Saturdays or Sundays or over a weekend.   Weekday lessons are arranged to fit your schedule.

You won't just learn to sail, the sailing courses also cover basic essentials you would need if you are planning a sailing charter holiday like starting and stopping the engine, operating the VHF radio, anchoring and using the stove.  We always put the kettle on for a cup of coffee at lunchtime.

If you donít have time to do a full sailing course, come for a one day sailing lesson at a pro rata cost.  Students who have completed a course can redo any course for revision and to gain experience for just $100 for the day.

What to bring -   bring a sandwich and a soft drink for lunch.  You will need a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.  Please wear shoes with white or light coloured soles,  definitely no black soled shoes as they will mark the decking.

Gift Vouchers are available and make an ideal birthday or Christmas present.

Sailing Courses:

Introductory for beginners with little or no previous experience

Competent Crew for people who done Introductory or who have some sailing experience

Pre-Charter for people who have done Competent Crew and want a little more practice before booking their first bareboat yacht charter

Private Sailing Lessons For singles or couples who want to guarantee the boat to themselves.

Not sure which is the right sailing course for you?  Just call or email us for advice.

The above sailing courses are for adults 16yrs and above.  If you have kids who want to learn to sail, we recommend you send them to Northside Sailing School at The Spit.


Yacht Charters Sydney & Sailing Lessons on Catalina 32 depart from Clontarf Marina.  (between the Spit Bridge and Manly) ,
Larger yachts depart from various CBD plocations.