Junior Sailing Courses

Keep sailing in the family with our introductory sailing programs for children.

Welcome Aboard!

Welcome aboard to Byra!  We have two courses dedicated to helping Juniors learn to sail:-

LTS1Learn To SailIntroduction to Sailing
LTS2Learn To SailRefining Skills


Learn to Sail 1

Your introduction to Learn to Sail 1 (LTS1) Course – The course is focused on having FUN and will be covering sailing principles on why and how a boat sails.

The course is run over a 8 week period and will include things like how to:-

  • Select the right clothing to suit conditions and why
  • Launching and recovering your boat
  • Identifying key components on your boat and be able to rig with assistance
  • Know where the wind is coming from
  • Recover from a capsize
  • Learn to set your sails … fully in when going upwind, fully out when going downwind and halfway in between.
  • Balance your boat as the wind increases.
  • Steer the boat in a basic direction
  • Change directions by tacking.
  • Understand that the boat needs to “zig zag” upwind.
  • Understanding the basic right of way rules.

How to Fast Track the Learning

A great way to fast track learning, is to try to get a crew spot in one of the two handed junior boats participating at BYRA in the Junior racing and learn from a peer.  BYRA Junior racing (Green Fleet) is run immediately after LTS and the juniors have a short race with the instructors following the fleet giving guidance and tuition as the junior’s sail.

After a season or 2, you may be able to jump to skipper or continue crewing in the afternoon races.

BYRA has a good selection of club boats to team up with someone else (from LTS2 or LTR) or you can look at getting your own boat.

The more time spent on the water, the better.  It is about building skills and having FUN.


  • Tacking and gybing,
  • Sailing competently upwind
  • Balancing the boat effectively, rarely capsize up to 8 knots,
  • Tasting 10 knots occasionally with support.
  • Allow at least a season Building Skills

Progression Paths for Juniors

Although all classes of boat are welcome at BYRA, currently BYRA has the following progression paths for junior sailor:

BYRA Training Boats


Pittwater Juniors


Junior Single Handed Boats

Open BICs



Junior Two Handed Boats

Manly Juniors (Combined Crew 50-60kg)

Flying 11s (Combined Crew 70-100kg)


Parents can Help

  • An integral part of children’s success is the parents taking an active part.  Sailing is a lot of fun but generally does require practice and a commitment from you.
  • It takes some effort to achieve success.
  • Prior knowledge helps but is not essential. Talking, learning and helping does.
  • If the parent can be an active part of the organising, it makes a huge difference to everyone (including your children as you “learn the ropes”), some roles do not require any prior experience.

Download your Learn to Sail Handbook Here

Learn to Sail 2

The next stage of progression with BYRA is LTS2.   LTS2 builds upon the knowledge and skills developed on the prior course but its main focus is still to have FUN.  In LTS2 the juniors develop skills, but also undertake adventure type sailing, exploring parts of Pittwater.

In LTS2, which is also run over a 8 week period, the course will include things like how to:

  • Knows the right clothing and safety equipment to suit conditions and why
  • Identifying all components on your boat and be able to rig without assistance
  • Launching and recovering your boat
  • Able to demonstrate correct sail trimming
  • Recover from a capsize
  • Change directions by gybing
  • Successfully sail a triangle course.
  • Centreboard positions for different points of sail
  • Perform heave to manoeuvre and man overboard recovery
  • React and understand gust and lulls.
  • Apply the right of way rules and different points of sail


After completing LTS2 it is actively encouraged to become a member of BYRA after “Learning the ropes” and enjoy the other social, sailing and development activities that the club has to offer.

Join Junior Sailing Course Here

Progress to Learn to Race…..it never stops…..it has no top end


BYRA’s final stage of junior progression, Better Sailing, (LTR 1& 2, LTR – Learn to Race)

It”s about developing boat handling skills and racing tactics.

LTR is worked together with the Junior Racing “Green Fleet”

to develop the confidence to participate and enjoy afternoon racing.

LTR 1 & 2 are run over 8 week periods and will include things like how to:

  • Rig boat for optimum performance and adjust trim controls to suit conditions
  • Boat handling in various winds from 0 to 25 knots and start line control
  • Observing racing rules
  • Adjusting for wind changes to gain advantage
  • Use Spinnakers effectively
  • Come along side another vessel or pontoon
  • Understand starting procedures
  • Show the importance of teamwork

Sailing is a game of knowledge

  • Listen to the instructors/ coaches/ officials and try to do (and remember) what they suggest.
  • Be open minded, many people are held back by failing to take on suggestions.
  • It’s all about helping.  BYRA and its members are here to help each other, including you.
  • Juniors also need to take responsibility for their learning and looking after the boats.
  • If you don’t want to learn, no-one will force you.
  • But having FUN is compulsory!