Merricks Yacht Club & Westernport Yacht Club Tackers Program 

For the past few years, Westernport & Merricks Yacht Clubs have run a combined tackers program. This summer’s “Tackers” learn-to-sail programs will be offered at Westernport Yacht Club over the first 3 weeks of January.  The courses are for kids aged 7-12, and combine fun on-land instruction and games with on-water practical sessions in Optimist dinghies.  Each course runs over 5 half-days, and is run by accredited kids’ trainers.

The courses are a great introduction to sailing for younger kids in the sheltered waters off Balnarring Beach, and a terrific holiday activity (for kids and parents alike!).

The tackers course is designed to progressively teach children how to sail dinghies. Courses are conducted by highly skilled instructors and include instruction on: rigging, rope work, sailing techniques, safety procedures, launching and recovery, sailing theory, winds and tides.

Lifejackets are provided, but participants are encourage to be prepared with a warm jumper, shorts, spray jacket, old sand shoes, and sunscreen. Showers are available so a warm change of clothes and towel would be advisable. If you have a wetsuit to wear that would be great. The children will be given a t-shirt, cap and water bottle at the commencement of the course.

Each course consists of around 20 hours of tuition. We encourage all juniors interested in sailing to participate.

Please direct all enquiries to wyctackers@live.com by Friday, 1st December, or call Marg Douglas 5983 5982 / 0457 793 711