Dinghy (Centreboard) sailing is one of the more popular activities here at East Fremantle Yacht Club, especially with juniors.
The Centreboard Division is an active family-based community with an opportunity for the whole family to spend time on the water. Parents and kids can race alongside one another while other family members may enjoy spending time on the water by volunteering. There’s something for everyone!
Regular racing and training are run in a highly professional manner without losing the family fun of a volunteer-based system.
The facilities and knowledge within the club allow sailors to take their sailing to whatever level they desire and there is the opportunity to compete in inter-club, state and national-level events.
It’s not all about medals, glory and international recognition at this stage. The emphasis is more about having fun in a supportive and safe environment and enabling kids, youth and adult sailors to meet and become a community.
Dinghy racing at the club takes place most Saturdays throughout summer and every three or four weeks through winter.
By following the Australian Sailing Youth Pathway, young sailors are afforded the best opportunity to progress their skills and challenge themselves.
The natural progression from class to class that exists at the club allows for a seamless transition into dinghy and keelboat sailing in later life. The club’s training offerings ensure that a child can start sailing at the age of seven and continue a lifetime’s enjoyment of the sport.
You can see all the following classes of dinghy sailing at East Fremantle Yacht Club on Saturdays throughout the summer. Below are links to more information on each design so you can discover more about which might be the perfect boat for you:
Open Skiff – Two-person intermediate sailing dinghy offering racing for boys and girls aged 8-15 years.
National 125 – Two-person intermediate dinghy racing for teens and upwards.
(14ft) Skate – High performance two-person skiff sailing for teens and upwards.
Sharpie – Distinctive design and three-person crew offering tight racing with your mates.
Pelican – Premier training dinghy for junior sailors in Western Australia offering sailing for juniors aged 8-16 years.
Sabre – Arguably the largest single-handed non-Olympic class in Australia, offering sailing for everyone from teens to early 90s.
If you are interested in starting your sailing journey, give the club a call on (08) 9339 8111, or pop down on a Saturday afternoon in summer. We also have a range of training courses at the club to help you get started!