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Junior and Youth Development Squad

Sandringham Yacht Club invites junior and youth members to participate in the Off the Beach (OTB) Junior and Youth Development Squad for the 2023-2024 Season.

This program is generously subsidised by the Yacht Club and is offered to all members at a very reasonable cost. Participation in Club racing is extremely important and as a squad member it is hoped that you will participate in Club racing once you reach an appropriate level of skill.  Racing will assist greatly in progressing your sailing.

We would like to encourage all SYC junior sailors to take up this terrific opportunity, which is open to all supported SYC OTB classes.

If you aren’t an SYC Member – Youth membership (up to 24) is only $110 a year so get in touch if you would like to join our program! Boat storage is very affordable also once you are a member.

Squad sessions:

Coaching sessions are run in class groups (Optimist, International Cadets, Lasers and 29ers) and then Optimists are split into Green Fleet, Intermediate and Open Fleet skill level groups.

The sessions for Term 4 2023 are on Sundays from 9:30am to 12:30pm for all 4 classes. Plans for the 2024 season are being made at present. If you are interested please email [email protected] to be kept up to date.

OTB Racing is open to all classes and is Sunday afternoons and Friday nights in summer, all JDS sailors are encourage to join racing as well. Racing during daylight savings starts at 2pm and at 1pm during non daylight saving periods. 

First years skippers will be encouraged to join the Green Fleet program. Green Fleet is the entry level OTB club coaching and introductory race program for young sailors who have successfully completed the Tackers Squad course or have been deemed as sufficiently competent, and who wish to further advance their sailing to competition level. Any sailors who would prefer not to sail by themselves are welcome to join the Cadet class, please email [email protected] to register your interest.

Sailors will be expected to be changed and rigged ready to start at their session start time.


  • SYC membership
  • Completed enrolment form and payment of fees

  • A seaworthy boat, appropriate clothing & safety gear. Including sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, sailing shoes or boots and lifejacket.

  • A notebook & pen for onshore coaching, rules discussions etc.

  • A real desire to improve your sailing skills and have fun doing it!

  • IMPORTANT: Be rigged and ready by commencement time of each session.


Junior and youth development squad classes