Youth Sailing Classes

Youth Coaching takes place at B&SYC on most Saturday mornings throughout the season. Young sailors start off in the singlehanded Optimist Dinghy.  Once they reach their early teens most juniors progress to the International 420 class or the singlehanded Laser. 

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International Optimist

The International Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. Nowadays boats are usually made of fiber reinforced plastic, although wooden boats are still built.
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Pacer

We use Pacers as our main coaching dinghy and the Club has access to 6 and recent sailing school graduates are encouraged to rack up some post course hours in Pacer... hopefully during racing on a Saturday afternoon.
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International 420

The 420 is an established worldwide performance two person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy. At BSYC youth sailors graduate to a 420, having probably kicked off their sailing career in an Optimist.
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International Optimist

The International Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy sailed by children up to the age of 15. Nowadays boats are usually made of fiber reinforced plastic, although wooden boats are still built.

The Optimist class is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, sailed in over 100 countries by over 160,000 skippers. It is the only yacht approved by the International Sailing Federation exclusively for sailors under 16 and at the Beijing Olympics, 85% of medal winning skippers were former Optimist dinghy sailors. 

Optis cost around $3,500 new and maintain their value quite well.  They have only recently been introduced in SA and BSYC has the largest fleet of Optis in SA with currently 32 registered sailors.

If you are interested in sailing an Optimist at BSYC ... Please contact Brett Yardley on 0438 800 501 or email sailing@bsyc.com.au

Pacer

The Pacer is a 3.8m one design sloop rigged family dinghy. The Pacer is the ideal performance family yacht... it has a lightweight hull capable of high planing speed.  Its wide beam and moderate sail size makes it a safe and stable craft, ideal for all age groups. The Pacer is light enough for two people to lift and may be car-topped for transportation.

The club has access to 6 Pacer dinghies which are used for the popular Adult Sail Training Weekends and for school groups. Recent sailing school graduates are encouraged to rack up some post course hours in the Pacer...hopefully during racing on a Saturday afternoon.

If you are interested in sailing a Pacer at BSYC ... Please contact the BSYC Office on 8296 7935

International 420

The 420 is an established worldwide performance two person trapeze and spinnaker racing dinghy. There are 56,000 worldwide and they are sailed at school, club, open, national and international levels. 

Built in buoyancy tanks make the boat very safe even when inverted. The 420 is the youth development boat in 43 countries around the world and is the ISAF Youth World Championship boat. Despite the emergence of newer commercial driven classes and asymmetrics, the 420 is still the world's top youth training boat. 

The ideal competitive combined crew weight is 17 to 23 stone (110-145Kg).  At BSYC youth sailors graduate to a 420, having probably kicked off their sailing career in an Optimist.

If you are interested in sailing a 420 at BSYC ... Please contact Sandy Higgins on 8294 6211

Get Kids in Boats

"Get Kids In Boats" is an initiative by Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club to increase participation in sailing and aquatics. Our aim is to maximise the number of school age kids regularly involved in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or other aquatics pursuits. Of course, we'd like that regular participation to take place at BSYC!

The recent increase in youth membership has put pressure on our resources, especially at weekends and so we aim to raise $100,000 over the next few years to maintain and enhance youth paticipation at the club well into the future. Money can be accessed through government grants, donations and sponsorships.

The Australian Sports Foundation allows for tax deductions to be claimed on donations to ASF on behalf of the B&SYC "Get Kids In Boats" project.

Download an ASF donation form here

If you would like to know more about our sponsorship and fundraising, please click here.

For further information please contact the BSYC Office on 8296 7935

Youth Coaching - Saturdays

On Saturday Mornings the Optimist Dinghies are split into a number of fleets. The The Bronze Fleet is aimed at kids that have completed a learn to sail class and now need to build on their skills. The Green Fleet will be for sailors that can sail around a course, tack, gybe and recover from a capsize. The aim is to introduce these kids to racing. The Silver and Gold Fleet sailors will be working on improving their skills, tactics and racing in readyness for State and interclub competition,

Bronze fleet sailors will be assisted on water by a more experienced junior between 9 and 10am. The briefing for all other fleets including 420's will take place at 10am. All coaching will be finished by midday enabling all juniors to have lunch and prepare for the afternoon race.

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Youth Sailing - Head Coaches

BSYC is recognised locally and nationally as a leader in youth sail training and development. Junior coaching is headed up by the expert eye of one of Australia’s top sailors, Sandy Higgins.  Sandy has won 4 505 national championships and finished 3rd in the world titles held at BSYC in 2007.  Sandy works with BSYC’s Sailing Professional, Brett Yardley, and a fleet of experienced and qualified instructors, assistants and volunteers to ensure all junior sailors achieve their goals in a safe, positive and enjoyable on water environment.

Optimist Green Fleet - Peter Higgins and Dave Higgins

Optimist Silver/Gold Fleet - Malcom Higgins and Sam Sanderson 

420 Class - Sandy Higgins and Matt Magarey

Coaching Coordinator - Peter Higgins    0457 537 607

Sailing Professional - Brett Yardley   0438 800 0501

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Child Safe Environment

Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club is committed to ensuring the safety of all children and young people at the Club.  To this end we have developed the following documents:

Member Protection Policy including reporting forms (PDF)

Code of Conduct for Children and Young People (PDF)

Code of Conduct for Staff, Volunteers and Parents (PDF)

Child Safe Policy (PDF)

Child Safe Procedure (PDF)

Following the Mulligan Enquiry into the abuse of children in State care, the South Australian Government passes an amendment to the Children's Protection Act of 1993.  As required, BSYC has lodged a Child Safe Environment Compliance Statement with the Department for Families and Communities and has developed a policy to assess all paid and voluntary positions in the Club and to 'prescribe' which positions require suitability for working with children screening check which must include police records check.

Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club has appointed DOUG NAIRN as CHILD SAFE OFFICER.  His TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 0417 002 521

Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club thanks our sponsors

Contact - BSYC
(08) 8296 7935

246 Esplanade Seacliff South Australia 5049
Email: bsyc@bsyc.com.au Fax: (08) 8377 2705
Full Contact Details and Office Hours
Location Details

Contact BSYC for any general enquiries by filling out the form below.

Secretary Office Hours 

Sailing Season (October - April):
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3.00 pm
Saturday: 11.00 am - 2.00 pm
Off Season (May - September):
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3.00 pm

Functions Enquiries 

Andrew Hirschausen manager@bsyc.com.au
8296 7935 / 0434 313 540

Membership 

Kylie Thomas bsyc@bsyc.com.au
8296 7935

Sailing Professional 

Brett Yardley sailing@bsyc.com.au
8296 7935

Boat Storage 

Bruce Noble bsyc@bsyc.com.au
8296 7935

All other enquiries 

Kylie Thomas bsyc@bsyc.com.au
8296 7935

 
 
 
 
 

BSYC is located at the southern end of the Esplanade at Seacliff, approximately 30 minutes south of Adelaide’s CBD. Looking over the Gulf of St Vincent , BSYC is relatively sheltered at the foot of Marino Rocks and we are directly beside Kingston Caravan Park and serviced by both train and bus.

Getting here from Adelaide CBD

Take Anzac Highway and turn left onto Brighton Road. Turn right onto Jetty Road at Brighton and then left onto The Esplanade and keep going until you reach the public car park.

Getting here from Eastern Suburbs

Take Goodwood Road and then Main South Road. Turn right onto Seacombe Rd. Turn left onto Brighton Road and then immediately right onto Wheatland Street. At The Esplanade turn left until you reach the car park

Getting here from the south

From Hallett Cove go north on Ocean Boulevard and turn left onto Wheatland Street. At the Esplanade turn left until you reach the car park. Otherwise go north on the Expressway or Main South Road and turn left onto Seacombe then Brighton Road and Wheatland Road.