Tackers is an introductory, fun, games-based sailing program designed for kids aged 7 to 12. Kids don’t need to have any sailing experience and they don’t have to be a member of a club to participate. All the equipment, including the boats, is provided. Kids play loads of games and go on adventures together to learn how to sail. There isn’t a court, a pitch or an oval like other sports, instead you have a beach and bay to explore.
Tackers One – Having Fun
In the first course of Tackers kids sail in pairs in small boats. It’s a great way to meet new friends and kids have the chance to sail with others in their group. Classes will run in either a series of Sunday mornings or as a 1 week school holiday programme in the September, Christmas and Easter holidays. Register your interest with the club. ($300)
Tackers Two – Tricks and Techniques
Once kids are feeling confident, they can sail a boat on their own with lots of support, supervision and encouragement from the Instructor and Assistant Instructors. This series of classes builds on the fundamentals learnt in Tackers 1.
Tackers Three – Sailing Fast
This is a chance for the kids to sail boats on their own, learning how to make the boat go faster and playing more games.
As part of our activities we offer Tackers Fleet on a Sunday morning to help keep kids who have done a Tackers class on the water. Kids will practice in OziOpti Tacker Optimists (the plastic ones) and the activities will be game based as in the classes. (Most Sundays throughout the season, on the water by 9am and finished by 10:30)
An extension after Tackers Fleet for those on the Humpybong Optimist Team. This will involve introductory racing to get the kids used to the concepts of sailing in a group. This will also give the kids an introduction to the non-plastic Optimist dinghies. (on Sundays following Tackers Fleet finishing around 11:30)
Calendar of upcoming classes
To book a class select “Read More” for a class from the calendar above and then select the “Tickets” button. Places are limited for these courses so please book early.
As part of the Queensland Government’s Get In The Game initiative Humpybong Yacht Club accepts Get Started Vouchers to assist children and young people how may be unable to afford the full cost of joining a sport or recreation. For more information see the fact sheet here.