Thu, 14 Nov | Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Embrace Sailing | 4 Week Learn To Sail Course

Wind in your hair, sun on your face! Ever wanted to get out on the water and learn to sail? Whether you are a seasoned sailor or a complete beginner this adventure is designed to introduce women to the wonderful world of sailing. Its easy to learn in this safe, supportive and fun enviroment.
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Embrace Sailing | 4 Week Learn To Sail Course

Time & Location

14 Nov 2019, 5:15 pm – 05 Dec 2019, 7:15 pm
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, 95 Hannell St, Wickham NSW 2293, Australia

About The Adventure

Never Sailed before? Not a problem, our highly qualified sailing instructors will provide all the instruction you need to get started and have really have a good time doing it. This four week course, held on Thursday nights, is taught at a beginner level but enjoyable for all levels. The Learn to Sail Adventure is a fab way to enjoy the great outdoors, get active out on the water and have some fun with a group of great ladies.

Two Women Embrace Adventure Hosts will be there to provide support, encouragement and help you take a step outside of your comfort zone. They’ll also ensure you have a great time and provide a relaxed and fun experience for everyone. All safety gear, equipment and instruction is provided. This is a women's only, 18 years and above adventure.

Join us for a Sailing Adventure to remember: 

Date:  4 Thursday's evenings, November 14 through December 5th

Time:  Start 5:15 pm - Finish 7:15 pm (Finish approx. 9 pm on December 5th after the 'Sailabration')

Meeting Place: Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, 95 Hannell St, Wickham NSW 2293 (will email specifics)

Cost:  $295 per person

What's included: 

  • Qualified Sailing Instructors (1:4 instructor to student ratio)
  • 2 Women Embrace Adventure (WEA) Hosts
  • All Sailing equipment, Force 24 Keel Boats, PFD's (life jackets), gloves
  • Sailing safety briefing and all instruction
  • Dinner & Drinks 'Sailabration' awards on the last night, at Hooked Restaurant NCYC
  • Photos of your adventure that will be uploaded after the event to the facebook event page or emailed to you if you prefer
  • Women Embrace Adventure Special Sailing Team Tee Shirt
  • Australian Sailing Number

What to bring: 

  • Active wear suitable for outdoor activity (shorts or workout tights, sun safe tee shirt)
  • Hat: preferably a cap with brim or bucket hat with chin cord
  • Wind/spray Jacket
  • Joggers/rubber soled comfortable shoes that can get wet
  • Small bag to carry water bottle, jacket, sunscreen, hat, towel and spare set of clothes incase of the odd splash
  • Reading glasses if needed (we will give you a health history to fill out before we start) 
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen and bug protection
  • Any personal medication that may be needed (e.g. asthma puffer) 


    How fit do I need to be? 

    Sailing requires a moderate of fitness and agility in order to comfortably get onto the boat, pull ropes and move from side to side. However this is not an adventure that needs a super high level of fitness as we will be taking breaks throughout the lesson to catch our breath and take in the beautiful setting. As with any physical activity, always discuss anything new with your GP.

    Do the boats tip over?

    No! We will be learning on Force 24 Keel boats, which are 24 feet (7.31metres) long, have a big lead keel for ballast that prevent the boats from turning turtle. All sailing boats tip to the side with the wind (heal over) but these boats are extremely stable, very safe and designed for teaching beginning sailors.

    Where do we sail, do you go outside the heads into open ocean?

    We sail within the Newcastle Harbour Basin in mainly flat water. Safety is our biggest priority always, we don't go into open ocean or through the heads.

    What if I don’t have anyone to go with? 

    No problem at all, there is always a Women Embrace Adventure host to make sure everyone meets before we set off. By the end of the first day we're sure you will have found some new friends. 

    Do I need experience? 

    Definitely not! Our instructors will give a comprehensive briefing before hitting the water on equipment use, safety and what to expect. They teach in a very gentle manner and will offer tips on how to improve your techniques and make sailing fun and enjoyable for you. 

    I've sailed in the past, is this adventure for me?

    It sure is! Spending time on the water with a highly qualified, patient, softly spoken sailing instructor in a safe supportive environment doesn't always happen in the sailing world. You'll learn how to hone your skills, sail to a course, helm, handle main, gib and get a real feel for the wind. And have a heck of a good time while you're at it...

    How many Women will be on my adventure and on my boat? 

    We like to keep things quite small and intimate at Women Embrace Adventure to offer you a supportive and friendly environment. Generally, there will be no more than 12 women on our adventures. You will sail with 3 other adventurers (4 total) and one sailing instructor per boat.

    Will bad weather conditions affect my adventure? 

    It could. Wet weather will generally not cause the cancellation but high wind may be. We will have the opportunity for classroom tuition/therory if unable to get out on the water for part or all of a lesson. If the weather is inclement enough to be a potential safety risk, we will contact you via email and phone.

    What if I am petrified of water/tipping over/boats and freak out?

    It happens and we are here to provide a supportive environment for you to just give it a go. Our sailing instructors and WEA hosts are very adept at calming nerves and helping you to see exactly what you are capable of accomplishing. No judgement!

    *Booking terms and Conditions: Payment for this Embrace Sailing are final once you receive a confirmation email. No refunds will be given unless the adventure is cancelled by Women Embrace Adventure, in which case full refund will be issued or the participant may elect to credit the booking amount to another tour date available. The booking is transferable, this is a women's only tour and can only be transferred to a female over 18 years of age. Women Embrace Adventure reserves the right to cancel this adventure if undersubscribed with full refund to participant. Women Embrace Adventure the right to refuse participation at any time. See full T&C on our website. 

    We will notify you of any changes or cancellations via email and text. Should you be unsure about the weather conditions or have any other question drop us an email at or ring Sharon on 0467504879.

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