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Sailors normally start in Blue for a season and progress through to Red the following season. However, if sailors have some prior sailing experience, such as a summer sail camp or two, Red group may be the right place for them to start, and where sailors are progressing more quickly we encourage them to progress to the group that suits their level of skill.


Unlike the Blue (learn to sail) group where sailors use the club's boats and equipment, in Red group sailors must have their own boats and equipment. The club has a fleet of "two handers" in Manly Junoirs (MJs) and Flying 11's, plus "single handers" in O'Pen BICs and Spirals. It is typical for the Skipper to own a "two hander" with crew committing to the boat for the season.


Skills include:

  • Able to sail around a triangular course with limited or no assistance
  • Can set their sails, including spinnaker,  to suit direction and wind
  • Understands and uses communicaton onboard
  • Can "read" the wind and allow for gusts
  • Understands starting sequence to race.
  • Basic rule knowledge (Port & Starboard, windward & leeward)


This group also uses our experienced teenage instructors with overseeing adult mentors. Expect to spend most (part) of a season in Red before moving into our Gold "Novice group". It is not unusual for our Red sailors to be asked to crew for our more experienced skippers.


The more time that sailors can spend on the water ... the faster they will learn.