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Fri, 15 Dec


Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Women Embrace Sailing Discovery Day & Lunch Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

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 Discovery Day & Lunch Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club
Women Embrace Sailing Discovery Day & Lunch Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club

Time & Location

15 Dec 2023, 9:15 am – 2:00 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 a really good time out on the water. 

Our Discover 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.  We'll learn the sailing basics, how to rig the boats, and so much more. This lesson is taught at a beginner level but will be enjoyable for all levels. 

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. 

After our sailing lesson, we'll share a yummy lunch and wine (or beverage of your choice).

Join us for a Sailing Adventure to remember: 

Date: Friday, December 15th, 2023

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


What's included: 

  • Qualified Sailing Instructors (1:4 instructor-to-student ratio)
  • Women Embrace Adventure (WEA) Host
  • All Sailing equipment, Force 24 Keel sailboats, PFDs (life jackets), gloves
  • Sailing safety briefing and all instruction 
  • Lunch and a beverage (beer, wine, soft drink, or coffee/tea)
  • Photos of your adventure will be uploaded to the Facebook event page 
  • Australian Sailing Number/full insurance coverage
  • Certificate of Completion for the course from Australian Sailing

Cost:  $220 per person


Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I need to bring/wear?

  • Comfortable clothes, suitable for outdoor activity (shorts or workout tights, sun-safe tee-shirt)
  • Hat: preferably with a cap with a brim or bucket hat with chin cord
  • Wind/spray Jacket 
  • Joggers/rubber-soled comfortable shoes that can get wet 
  • Sunglasses (a leash for them is a good idea!)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • 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 on and move around 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?

It's a very rare occurrence! We will be learning on Force 24 Keelboats, which are 24 feet (7.31metres) long and have a big lead keel for ballast that prevents 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 beginner sailors.  

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

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

I'm coming solo, is that ok? 

No problem at all; there is always a Women Embrace Adventure host to welcome you and introduce everyone before we set off. By the end of the day, we're sure you will have found some new adventure friends. 
Our adventures usually have a 50:50 mix of newbies and return adventurers, so you won't be alone. 

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'll sail with 2-3 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 the cancellation, but high wind may be. 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!

The nitty gritty and bits & bobs:

Stay Safe Procedures: Women Embrace Adventure is taking important measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

*Read our full Covid-19 T&C's for full details 

By making a booking, you agree to and accept our terms and conditions, including these Terms and Conditions.

Your booking is final once your payment is processed and a confirmation email is sent to you.

No refunds will be given but you can ‘Pay it Forward’ (your spot can be transferred to another lady over the age of 18). Please email us at least 24 hours before the adventure and provide her contact details. This is an all-weather event. If cancelled by Women Embrace Adventure, a credit or full refund will be provided.

This is a women's only adventure. Valid for sale until sold out. Advertised prices are per person. Prices are correct as of Sept 13 2023, and are subject to availability, withdrawal and change at any time without notice due to fluctuations in charges and currency.

 If this trip is undersubscribed or in circumstances where external events affect the viability or safety of this trip to go ahead, we'll notify you of any changes or cancellations via email and text. 


  • Embrace Sailing Discovery Day

    Learn-to-sail discovery day with waterfront lunch and a beverage of your choice to follow.

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