Dinghy Division

Dinghy Sailing at Royal Perth Yacht Club

The Dinghy Division at RPYC is full of life, activity, families and fun. So whether you are joining solo or looking for an all-inclusive family activity, read on for some of the exciting activities on offer.

A year-round training program

Expert coaches are engaged to cater for all levels of training. From sailors newly out of learn to sail courses, to those competing at a world level, there is a training group to suit. Please see the information on development opportunities post-sailing courses click here for more details. Training takes place on a weekly basis, mainly on Sunday mornings during the summer season (October to April) and less regularly (approximately twice a month) during the winter.

Weekly racing (October to April)

Dinghy Division racing is held on Sunday afternoons during the summer season, facilitated by a dedicated and professional volunteer team. In some seasons, Sunday racing moves to the Fremantle Annexe pre-Christmas, so that sailors can build their competencies sailing on the ocean. Dinghy classes racing at RPYC include Optimists (children), Lasers (teenagers and adults of all ages), Tasars (double handed, adult/child or adult/adult combination) and Sabres (teenagers and adults of all ages). Other classes are welcome, please speak to Chris Goldacre to see how you will fit in with your own boat.

Support at winter regattas and major local events during the season

A number of major regattas are held at Clubs around the state during the year. RPYC sailors are encouraged to and assisted in travelling to these events. When a number of sailors are competing, the Club will provide coaching and support to RPYC sailors.

Adventure sailing days

Sailing is not always about racing, it is also about getting out on the water, exploring and having fun with friends. Adventure sailing days on the weekend or during the school holidays are always incredibly popular. In a mix of sailor’s own boats and Club boats and with plenty of support, a group will venture off for the day for a picnic lunch and lots of fun.

Volunteering opportunities

We understand that dinghy sailing is not for everyone, which is why there are so many opportunities to be involved without having to sail! Options include driving Club support powerboats or helping start and finish races, to assisting in the canteen or processing results onshore. In the case of most roles, we will event train you at no cost, for example through the Club boat accreditation course.

Stand-up Paddleboarding

The Club has a fleet of six SUPs available for members’ use. Simply complete a consent form, undergo a quick induction from a member of staff and you will be on your way. Please click here to access the form.

Windsurfing Program

An exciting windsurfing program for all ages has now commenced at RPYC! Please see the Windsurfing page here for how to get involved.

Kids in Keelboats/Youth Squad

Utilising the Club’s fleet of training keelboats, opportunities are provided for youth sailors of all ages to engage in all different kinds of sailing. Kids in Keelboat days are run during the school holidays and involve a day’s adventure sail with an instructor on-board. For more information on what the Youth Squad involves, check out the page here.

How to Get Involved

Added to this broad range of activities is a vibrant social scene and family friendly atmosphere. From lunches on the lawn to end-of season BBQs, the Dinghy Division knows how to have fun.

Keeping up-to-date with all that is happening at Dinghy Division is easy, simply join the RPYC Dinghy Division Facebook group or subscribe to ‘Dinghy Updates’, the weekly email newsletter.

Please speak to Chris Goldacre on 9389 1555 or email sailtraining@rpyc.com.au for more information on any of these activities the Dinghy Division has to offer and to subscribe to the weekly news.