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Junior Development Squad

Sandringham Yacht Club invites you to participate in the Junior Development & Coaching Program for the 2018-2019 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, you are expected to participate in Club racing once you reach an appropriate level of skill, in order to ensure your ongoing inclusion in the squad.

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


Times and Dates: Coaching sessions will typically take place on a weekly basis as set out in the schedules. Regular coaching will take place on Sunday mornings, and will include the Friday Twilight racing for all junior sailors enrolled in the JDS Optimist, Cadet and O’pen Bic program.

First years skippers will be encouraged to join the Green Fleet program. Green Fleet is the entry level Off-The-Beach (OTB) club coaching and introductory race program for young sailors who have successfully completed Tackers Squad Sailing Course or have been assessed by the Junior Development Squad Co-ordinator as sufficiently competent, and who wish to further advance their sailing to competition level.

We will also have a coach on Friday night Twilight racing to assist our first-year skippers to progress to racing.

Please note:
All JDS International Optimist, International Cadet and O’pen Bic participants are expected to attend the compulsory pre-season race briefing on Sunday 7th October at 11 am.
The first Club race of the season is on Sunday 7th October 2017 starting at 2:00 pm.

Sailors Will HAVE THE FIRST Half an hour to rig and get changed. Each session will start half an hour after the stated session start time! Please do not be late to your sessions!


  • Completed entry form and payment of fees by 29th September 2017

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


Green Fleet and Tackers squad classes

Green Fleet – Optimist, Open bic or cadet sailors – sunday am (in privately owned boats)

Tackers squad – sunday pm (ozi optis or fibreglass optimist)

Junior development squad classes