Youth Coaching takes place at BSYC on most Saturday mornings throughout the season. Young sailors start off in our extremely popular Tackers classes before moving to Green Fleet in the singlehanded Optimist Dinghy. With time on the water and expert coaching young sailors will progress to Silver and Open fleet plus afternoon racing. Once they reach their early teens most juniors progress to the International 420 or the singlehanded Laser class.
The International Optimist is a small, single-handed sailing dinghy sailed by kids starting as young as 6 and up to about 14. The opti hull is made of fibreglass and is the same shape as a Tackers hull although much lighter, stiffer and therefore faster.
The Optimist class is one of the most popular sailing dinghies in the world, sailed in over 100 countries by over 200,000 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 $5,000 new and maintain their value quite well. Second hand boats can be bought locally from families whos kids have 'aged out'. boats have been known to sell for under $1000 and the average price for second hand is about $1800. Lease boats are avaialble through the club for $550 per season which includes storage and insurance.
The International Laser class is a world class single handed dinghy also sailed at the Olympics. Juniors will start with the 4.7 rig and may move up to the radial size depending on age and body size. Adults sail with the full rig. This is true one design racing and boats are affordable.
The Laser class was re-introduced at BSYC in 2018 and at the start of the 2019/20 season we expect at least a dozen to be sailing here on Saturdays. Juniors and youth can sail in club, state and national championships and each year, later in the season, a weekend clinic is held with a visiting high performance coach.
The Laser hull is 4.2m long, 1.4m wide and weighs 59kg. The full rig is 7sqm, radial rig is 5.8sqm and most importantly the ideal rig for juniors is manageable at 4.7sqm. The club can store 10 private Lasers in our sheds but they are also easy to tow behind even a small car.
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. At BSYC youth sailors graduate to a 420, having probably kicked off their sailing career in an Optimist.
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). The hull is 4.2m long, 1.63m wide and weighs 80kg. The mast is 6.26m long and with the correct cradle both mast and boat can be towed by a normal car.
If you are interested in sailing a 420 at BSYC... Please contact Brett on 0438 800 501
The Australian Sports Foundation allows for tax deductions to be claimed on donations to ASF on behalf of the 'B&SYC Junior and Youth Development Program'. The program was established to raise funds for the maintenance and replacement of boats and equipment for use in the junior and youth sail training programs. In turn this supports the qualification and participation of some elite juniors in State, National and International Regattas.
Our well-attended learn to sail and training programs utilize fleets of Tackers, Pacers and Club 420s which are in constant need of repairs and maintenance. In addition, sails and ancillary equipment (buoys, life jackets, radios) require frequent replacement. Funds raised will ensure the club can continue to provide a high level of junior training using the best facilities and equipment available.
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For further information please contact the BSYC Office on 8296 7935
On Saturday Mornings the Optimist Dinghies are split into a number of fleets. The Green Fleet is 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, interclub and national competitions. Generally the younger kids sail from 9am and are back onshore by 11am. The older kids (Cadets and 420s) will have their briefing at 10am and aim to sail between 1030am and 12noon.
All junior memebrs are entiltled to FREE Saturday morning coaching and regular emails and updates are sent out to the members during the season. Some sessions are missed on weekends when there is a junior or youth regatta and there are also special events like expeditions and fun days. To get involved at the club on a Saturday morning just turn up one week and we'll show you the ropes. Otherwise call the office on 82967935 or our sailing professional, Brett Yardley on 0438 800 501. You can also email Brett at email@example.com
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:
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
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
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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.
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.
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
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.