HBYC - Junior Fleet

Junior Fleet News

The Junior Fleet has just rounded up for another season. Over the last couple of seasons we have seen a few changes in the program with the introduction of the YATC (Yachting Australia Training Centre) at HBYC. This means the Juniors now have a choice to 'muck around in boats' or get some Nationally recognised sailing qualifications. For more info.

The club has a fleet of Pacers which are the ideal training boat. The Juniors have had great fun on these little boats so far. The pacers with Spinnakers have been a hit with those who have a need for speed! The club has also secured the use of 2 12 foot Cadets for the older kids to develop their skills and gaining valuable experience competing in inter club events like the Stonehaven Cup.

Junior fleet sailing will start again on Mid October 2012 and will run through to April 2013. Any members who have a Power Boat Handling qualification will always be welcome to help with our rescue boat requirements.

For further information contact:

  • Jonathan Fryer - 0432 384211

  • Club Manager - 9397-6111
  • Photo's.

    Junior Fleet Awards Day 2011

    Sail Day to Port Melb


    Junior fleet is open to children and family of existing club members, if positions are still available after this , new Cadet Members can also participate. Note : Juniors need to be at least 8 years old to participate. Currently we have a full allocation of positions, this will be reviewed early September 2012 so contact one of the Instructors if you want to go on the waiting list.


    Each Sunday - 9am start BBQ Lunch

    Dates to confirmed for 2012-13 season


    The costs are:

    • Cadet Membership to Hobson's Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) $32.00
    • Yachting Australia Membership ( inc. Y.A. Insurance cover) $25.00
    • Optional Registration for Yachting Australia Courses $15.00

    All of the above payments can be made through the Office to Club Manager.

    A one off charge of $106.00 per sailor is payable for the season, which goes towards equipment wear and tear, prizes and a BBQ after each sailing day for the participant -Parents pay extra for BBQ!


    You will need to fill out a Cadet Membership Registration Form, Medical Information & Authority Form. All forms are available from the Club Manager and to be returned to the Office.


    EMail Junior Fleet

    Coordinator and Instructor
    Jonathan Fryer

    Second Instructor
    Robert Chittenden

    What to bring

    Clothing that protects the body from sun, eg hat, sunglasses, long sleeved shirt with collar and clothing to protect your legs. Wetsuits great for colder weather, lycra suits good in warmer weather
    Water resistant sunscreen & keep reapplying it
    Shoes to protect feet
    Bring a water bottle and drink plenty of water if you are in the sun
    Have breakfast before you get to the club!
    We will provide lifejackets if you don't already have one
    Parents are encouraged to help the kids rig and de rig the boats
    Parents are more than welcome to also assist with BBQ and rescue boat duties etc.


    What courses can be run at HYBC's YATC?

    HBYC is a Yachting Australia Training Centre for:

    Click the underlined text above to link to view the definitions from Yachting Australia.

    The small boat training scheme includes the following courses.

    This summer HBYC Junior Fleet will be aiming to complete Basic Skills 1 & 2 and Better Sailing. Click the underlined text above to link to the syllabus of each course.

    How does it benefit HBYC as a whole?

    The benefits of being a YATC are:

    • HBYC is assured of the professional standards in the delivery of courses including a sound approach to the complex issues of Risk Management.
    • Appropriate insurance and advice for HBYC, the instructors and the students.
    • YV will promote training at HBYC via the YV website, at Boat Shows and other promotions; also there are many incoming phone enquiries at YV offices.
    • YV can support funding applications for government grants.
    • HBYC will have access to nationally accredited courses together with proper syllabuses. This includes access to resources and materials.
    • Supply of professionally presented Logbooks and course materials.
    • Use of the YA MyCentre system, which eliminates much of the paperwork and enables HBYC automatically produce attendance sheets as well as advising YA to issue certificates.
    • Gives HBYC's instructors to participate in the network of qualified instructors and clubs who are delivering training, and benefit from training themselves.
    • Ability to participate in and contribute to the improvement of courses and training via the YA Training Committee.

    National Small Boat Sailing Scheme

    Sailing a dinghy can be fun and exhilarating and this scheme has been developed to provide a safe introduction to dinghy sailing. If you would like to learn to take control of your own small boat, this is the place to start. By the end of the program you will have been taught the skills and knowledge required to start racing at your local club or just enjoy being out on the water.

    National Powerboat Scheme

    Do you want to learn to drive a small powerboat? Would you like to man a rescue boat to support your local sailing club? This scheme will provide you with the necessary skills for the safe use of small powerboats including the equipment to be carried, knowledge of seamanship, navigation and weather. As part of the Scheme you will have the opportunity to achieve the Powerboat Operator's Certificate which satisfies licensing requirements in all states of Australia. If you wish to assist in club events or desire to be an instructor, coach or official, then the Safety Boat Handling course is particularly beneficial. The skills and knowledge gained in this scheme can be applied in most of the other Schemes and it is highly recommended for all. Note: There are no qualified instructors at HBYC as yet for this course, but HBYC are permitted to run the course by hiring instructors.

    National Yacht Cruising Scheme

    Learning to sail a yacht opens doors to coastal cruising, charter yacht holidays or ocean passages. The skills required to do so may be learnt by progressing through the National Yacht Cruising Scheme. These include boat handling, navigation, seamanship and emergency management, tailored for each level. With progressive levels, this scheme caters for beginners right through to advanced, including those who are aiming to achieve their Yachting Australia Offshore Yachtmaster and Ocean Yachtmaster Certificates of Competence. Note: There are no qualified instructors at HBYC as yet for this course, but HBYC are permitted to run the course by hiring instructors.

    Basic Skills 1

    1. Prepare and Plan

    • Select clothing and safety equipment suitable to the conditions
    • Group and individual safety practices demonstrated
    • Sailing Stretches

    2. Rigging

    • Correct positioning of the boat relative to wind direction
    • Identify parts of the boat, rigging and sails
    • Rig boat with assistance

    3. Ropework

    • Figure of eight
    • Round turn and two half hitches

    4. Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvers

    • Steering and crewing in light winds under supervision
    • Sail a reaching course in light winds
    • Primary boat controls and basic heave-to

    5. Rescue Procedures and Drills

    • Capsize Recovery Drill
    • Towing

    6. Launching and Recovery

    • Leaving and returning to a beach / launching facility
    • Demonstrate care of boats when launching

    7. Sailing Theory and Background

    • Observation of basic rules incl:
    • Avoid Collisions
    • Power and sail meeting
    • Exceptions - commercial vessels

    8. Winds, tides and currents

    • Wind direction and relative strength
    • Environmental wind indicators

    Basic Skills 2

    1. Rigging

    • Boat rigged independently

    2. Ropework

    • Learn to tie the following:
    • Reef knot
    • Bowline

    3. Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres

    • Basic crewing and helming methods for a triangle course
    • Basic crewing and helming methods for tacking
    • Basic crewing and helming methods for gybing

    4. Rescue Procedures and Drills

    • Capsize Recovery Drill
    • Crew Recovery Drill

    5. Launching and Recovery

    • Care of equipment on and off the water
    • Bring a boat alongside a moored or anchored structure with minimal assistance

    6. Sailing Background and Theory

    • Observations of right-way-rules incl:
    • Port / Starboard
    • Windward / leeward
    • Overtaking Vessels
    • Keep to the right in channels

    7. Meteorology

    • Identify building storm clouds

    8. Winds, tides and currents

    • Identify gusts and lulls
    • Use a tide table
    • Identify time between tides
    • Identify local tidal flow

    Better Sailing

    1. Plan and prepare

    • Identify qualities of a suitable trapeze harness

    2. Rigging

    • Complete rigging without assistance
    • Rig trapeze and spinnaker

    3. Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres

    • Roll tack, Roll gybe, spinnaker handling and trapeze on a triangle course in light to moderate conditions
    • Controlling boat speed by sailing backwards, stopping and starting

    4. Launching and Recovery

    • Care of equipment including spinnaker and trapeze
    • Bring boat alongside a fixed / moored / anchored structure with minimum assistance

    5. Sailing Theory and Background

    • Observation of Local Bouyage requirements
    • Common buoyage methods and meanings
    • Identify sailing risks due to environmental hazards
    • Methods of injury prevention

    6. Meteorology

    • Identify sources of weather information
    • Read weather reports and maps

    7. Winds, Tides and Currents

    • Lifts and knocks
    • The "Twelfths Rule" and its relationship to tidal flow
    • Sea breeze and land breeze formation patterns

    Logbooks This log book supplies information on the scheme and its operation and will help you track your progress as you learn to sail and race. The book is presented in a way the appeals to children, encouraging them to get involved with the sailing movement.