Learn to Sail


The beginning of a great experience of  harnessing the wind and potentially embarking on a life time of a wonderful sport or recreation in an exciting 420 sailing dinghy that can be the pathway to the Olympic Class 470 or cruising the world. If you are at College  year 9-13 students this is your opportunity.


Safety in and around boats and the sea, Personal safety, Finding the wind direction, what to wear, Safety gear in a boat, Names of the parts on the yacht. Yacht rigging, Some knots, Capsize and recover, Launching and retrieval, Teamwork, Steering a yacht, Points of sailing, Boat handling, Rules of sailing.  Sail adjustments. Weather and tides.


After school, Learn to Sail

After School, each week day during the summer terms, Learn to Sail (LTS) program is under way.  There are potentially 10 weeks of sailing, however a few may be lost due to bad weather.  Some theory and other sailing related activity is planned for some bad weather days.

The program is based on the Yachting New Zealand (YNZ) Level I and Level II LTS and is taught by YNZ qualified instructors during the term.

You may wish to advance to the teams racing program if you gain confidence in your ability to sail.  You may also be satisfied with just sailing. Wonderful.

TRIYA’s standard program operates every week day after school,   4-7 pm during the school term. The general pattern for the week is as follows, however we can be flexible for you to join a different day if need be, or accommodate different programming needs.

MONDAY Mainly Wellington College Learn to sail and sailing development
TUESDAY Girls Colleges Learn to sail and Sailing Development
WEDNESDAY ALL Colleges TEAMS RACING development (No learn to sail)
THURSDAY Other Colleges Learn to Sail and Sailing Development
FRIDAY Scots College Learn to sail and Sailing Development

The cost of the Term 1 2020 after school term program is $170 payable before the second day of the course.

Check below about what you need to bring and be able to do,

Click on the “Enrol now” button below.

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EOTC in school time, Wind-Water experience Sailing.

TRIYA runs successful EOTC Sailing Experience opportunities for a number of colleges.  If your school wishes to have a school program sailing with TRIYA please contact the Triyamanager@gmail.com for more info.

We’re always interested to know if we need to arrange more courses so please email us subject LTS at Triyamanager@gmail.com if you would be interested in future courses outside those already scheduled.

EOTC School Programs: Cost will be arranged with the school

What do you need?

Parent Consent:

I understand that reasonable safety measures are in place at the Sailing Club/TRIYA, but there is some risk involved and my teenager will need to exercise common sense and self-discipline, and take heed of the instructions of the coach.  A “life jacket” (buoyancy aid) will be worn at all times while on the water. Sailors are expected to assist until all gear has be washed and put away.  Sailors need to speak to the Coach/Manager before they leave.

All participants must be able to swim 50m confidently,  Enroll and pay the fees before the first day of the course.


For sailing in

Warm layers (more than one) wool or poly-prop under togs or wet suit.  A wet suit would be great, but not essential. DO NOT WEAR COTTON

Old sneakers or wet suit booties.

Sun hat or warm hat depending on weather (tied on is good)

We provide a windbreaker and a buoyancy aid.

After Sailing

Towel, change of  warm dry clothes, including a jacket.  It gets cold in the late afternoon !

A drink bottle

Food for before and after sailing.


We have 2 coaching safety boats for our coaches that keep a watchful eye on you while you’re on the water. Buoyancy aids must be worn by everyone at all times, TRIYA supplies these if you don’t have one. 20 knots is the cut off for cancellation of LTS as judged by our experienced coaches.

View the 2019 –TRIYA Risk Management Plan


We expect sailors to be careful with the sailboats to keep them in good condition. Sailors will be briefed and learn safe sailing practice while using TRIYA boats. Should there be an incident, resulting in damage due to negligence or undue care; there will be a report. The skipper and crew are liable for up to $500 in costs to repair any damage.

 What Next ?

Teams racing:   Is a highlight of 420 Inter-secondary Schools Sailing and is a main focus of TRIYA.  You will be able to get into this very soon after LTS with an experienced skipper.  Teams racing training happens on weekdays , Wednesdays, after school too. Local regattas with college teams are held annually before a National Championship near the end of April.  See Teams Racing tab.

Fleet racing:  Competent sailors can join a fleet racing program that runs through the winter. The aim is to ready the sailors for competition in a National level.   See Fleet racing tab.

However, once you have done LTS you can go sail at any club around the area. Ask a coach about what club you can join and how.

Cost and payment

Payment must be made in full before your course begins. No refunds will be given unless the course doesn’t go ahead.