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Tue, 08 Mar


Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Women Embrace Sailing 3 Week 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. It's easy to learn in this safe, supportive and fun environment.

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Women Embrace Sailing 3 Week Course
Women Embrace Sailing 3 Week Course

Time & Location

08 Mar 2022, 5:15 pm – 21 Mar 2022, 8:15 pm

Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, 95 Hannell St, Wickham NSW 2293, Australia

About The Adventure

Whether you're a complete beginner wanting to learn to sail or looking to brush up on your skills our highly qualified sailing instructors from the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club Sailing Academy provide everything you need to have really have a good time out on the water. 

This three-week course is taught at a beginner level but will be enjoyable for all levels. Each session goes for 2 - 2.5 hours and 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.  We'll learn the sailing basics, how to rig the boats, and so much more.

Your Women Embrace Adventure Host 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 are provided. On the last night, we'll have a fab 'Sailibration' Dinner at the yacht club's Nor East Bistro.

Join us for a Sailing Adventure to remember: 

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


Lesson 1: Tuesday, March 8th, 5:15 pm

Lesson 2: Tuesday, March 15th, 5:15 pm

Lesson 3 and Sailabration Dinner: Monday, March 21, 5:15 pm

What's included: 

  • Qualified Sailing Instructors (1:4 instructor to student ratio)
  • Women Embrace Adventure (WEA) Host
  • All Sailing equipment, Force 24 Keel Boats, PFD's (life jackets), gloves
  • Sailing safety briefing and all instruction 
  • After sail cool drink in the Yacht Club
  • Women Embrace Adventure Buff
  • Dinner & Drink 'Sailabration' on the last night, at Nautica, NCYC
  • Photos of your adventure will be uploaded after each week to the Facebook event page 
  • Australian Sailing Number

Cost:  $385 per person



What do I need to bring?

  • Activewear suitable for outdoor activity (shorts or workout tights, sun-safe tee-shirt)
  • Hat: preferably with 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, jacket, sunscreen, hat, towel and a spare set of clothes in case 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 level of fitness and agility in order to comfortably get onto the boat, carry sails, pull ropes and move from side to side. However this is not an adventure that needs a super high level of fitness, 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?

Not usually! We will be learning on Force 24 Keelboats, 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 we go outside the heads into the open ocean?  

We sail within the Newcastle Harbour Basin on mainly flat water.  Safety is our big priority always, we don't go into the 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 adventure friends. 

Do I need experience? 

Definitely not. Our instructors will give a comprehensive briefing before hitting the water covering 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. Generally, you'll sail with 3 other adventurers and one sailing instructor per boat (4 total).  


Will bad weather conditions affect my adventure? 

It could. Wet weather will generally not cause a cancellation but high wind may be. We will have the opportunity for classroom tuition/theory 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?

Nerves happen but we're here to provide a supportive environment for you to just give it a go. Our sailing instructors and WEA host are very adept at calming nerves and helping you to see exactly what you are capable of accomplishing. No judgement!

We hope you can join us!!

WEA is a registered Covid Safe Business and follows all current regulations.  

*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. No refund will be given once the course has commenced, in case of inclement weather every effort will be made for a makeup date but this is not guaranteed. The booking is transferable, this is a women's only adventure and can only be transferred to a female over 18 years of age, and can only be transferred in full for all three progressive lessons. Women Embrace Adventure reserves the right to cancel this adventure if undersubscribed with a full refund to participants, to refuse participation at any time. See full T&C on our website. 


We'll notify you of any changes or cancellations via email and text. Should you be unsure about the weather conditions or have any other questions text Sharon on 0467504879.


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