Tackers at Westernport


Learn to Sail classes for 7 to 12 year olds

About Tackers

Tackers at Westernport is about to enter its 11th Year. Since beginning the courses in December 2007 we have seen well over 300 children pass through the Westernport Tackers Centre. Last season saw 60 children take part in either Tackers 1, 2 or 3 programs. We expect to see many of these children return this coming season. Several children have purchased their own boats and are now competing in Club races and in other regattas around the State and Australia. We have been running this program in conjunction with Merricks Yacht Club who have been active participants and keen promoters of the program. 

“Tackers” learn to sail program is aimed at Primary School aged children. It provides fully accredited Instructors with Yachting Australia. We are one of 16 official Tackers Centres in Victoria.

This year we are offering Tackers 1, 2, & 3.

Tackers One - Having fun
Tackers Two - Tricks & Techniques
Tackers Three - Sailing Fast
All courses run for 20 hours

All children received a cap, water bottle and t-shirt at the commencement of Tackers 1. Other goodies are received for the Tackers 2 & 3 courses.

Do we need our own boat to learn to sail?

The Westernport Tacker Centre has 12 boats which were purchased through the generosity of several local sponsors.  Life jackets are supplied for all participants.

Further information regarding 2017/18 Courses

Tackers 1 course price is $250, Tackers 2 course price is $325 and Tackers 3 course price is $325.  The price for each course includes a 'Holiday Pass' membership of WYC.  

Participants who are members of a yacht club are entitled to a $50 discount (YA number of child must be supplied at time of request).  For an additional $49, a 'Holiday Pass' membership can be upgraded to a full season Junior Membership which covers access to all club facilities, including use of the club Optimist dinghies, for the full season.

If you are claiming the discount for Yacht Club membership you must supply a Yachting Australia number obtainable from the membership Secretary at your Yacht Club.

Places in courses will not be made definite until a form and deposit ($80) are received.

Enrolment for the season for first time WYC Tackers will open on October 1.  Please download the Application Form in PDF or Word format, complete the form and submit as per instructions on the form.


Tackers 1 - 2 courses available

Course Code
Course 1

31/12/17 - 4/1/18

8.45am – 12.45 pm (20 hours) T1A
Course 2 8/1/18 - 12/1/18 8.45am – 12.45 pm (20 hours) T1B

Tackers 2 - 2 courses available (Children must have completed Tackers 1)

Course 1 31/12/17 - 4/1/18 1.00pm - 5.00pm (20 hours) T2A
Course 2 8/1/18 - 12/1/18 1.00pm - 5.00pm (20 hours) T2B

Tackers 3 - 1 course available (Children must have completed Tackers 2)

Course 1 15/1/18 - 19/1/18 1.00pm - 5.00pm (20 hours) T3A

 Enquiries to: wyctackers@live.com or Marg Douglas 59835982 / 0457793711

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