Keelboat Learn to Sail

Sail training postponed due to Stage 3 COVID – 19 Health Restrictions in Greater Melbourne area from 8 th July 2020.
New courses for Spring 2020 added

The Victorian Government announcement on 7 th July, 2020 of renewed Stage 3 COVID -19 Health Restrictions for the Greater Melbourne Area have resulted in our sail training and other courses being postponed until these restrictions are eased.

These latest Stage 3 health restrictions are advertised for a six – week period and potentially may ease from August 19 th 2020, subject to notification from the Victorian Government. Our sailing and boating courses will continue to be planned and advertised for the period beyond 1 st September 2020 on the basis of approval by the Victorian Government  in recreational activities & gatherings and further approval by Australian Sailing (the peak body of sailing in Australia) advising us that we can resume training.

Please feel free to register your interest in courses or send in a booking form. For your peace of mind payment will not be requested for any course until a week prior to the commencement date.

If you see a course you are interested in, or need some advice about learning to sail, please contact us via email at training@rmys.com.au or Leigh Brennan-Smith on 0412 196301.

Prior to 8 th July, 2020 restrictions we had just commenced several new courses and we have had a lot of interest in joining our sail training and boating courses. We look forward to your continued interest and support heading towards Spring, 2020.

Leigh Brennan-Smith, Chief Instructor, 10 July 2020.

For more information of Covid 19 health guidelines for sport in Victoria please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/sport-and-exercise-restrictions-covid-19


Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy (RMSTA) is Melbourne’s leading inner city sailing school based at RMYS, St.Kilda. We love to teach sailing! Our very experienced and friendly instructors are waiting to teach you and open up this fantastic sport for your lifelong enjoyment.

Our Keelboat courses are endorsed by Australian Sailing, and are an ideal way to learn to crew or helm a yacht. Many Academy graduates have taken up regular crew positions in the RMYS racing fleets or discovered the delights of cruising. Other students have enjoyed yacht charter holidays with greater skill and confidence. The boats used for training are fun to sail and easy to operate. RMSTA provides the  Australian Sailing Start CrewingStart Helming and Spinnaker Handling courses.

Our Special 3 Months Sailing membership offer is back! Enrol in our Start Crewing keelboat course and enjoy 3 months temporary sailing membership at RMYS for free. Sail as much as you want in Squadron races, social sailing or enjoy the view from our balcony and bar with your friends. 
For more information, contact Leigh at the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy on 9534 0059 or 0412 196 301, or email: training@rmys.com.au

Start Crewing 

An introduction to the basics of sailing on a day sailing yacht, including boat handling, safety and sailing theory. This course is aimed at the first time sailor, dinghy sailor (converting to keelboats) or prospective holiday yacht charterer. You’ll be taught by a qualified instructor onboard a day sailing yacht up to 8 metres with up to five other students. The instructor will swap you through all of the roles to ensure you come away confident to undertake more sailing courses or crewing. At RMYS we can also organise for you to be part of a yacht crew.

Our 3 months Temporary Sailing Membership promotion is back! All Start Crewing courses now come with 3 months sailing membership to RMYS. Enjoy a friendly social sail, a race and be part of Squadron social events with this fantastic membership offer. We’d love you to join our Club but understand you’d like to “see the cut of our jib” first.Come and join in the fun with this great offer.

Duration: 12 hour. Most courses are 3 x 4 hour sessions on weekends, however we do offer 4 x 3 hour Twilight evening sessions or 2 x 6 hour day sessions at busier times of the year.

Cost: New lower price of $398 per person.This course can also be give as a GIFT VOUCHER – contact our office by email or phone.

For more information, see the course overview. A new What to Wear guide for Keelboat Sailing Courses has now been added. 

Click buttons below for our booking forms or call Leigh in the RMYS Training Office on 9534 0059, mobile: 0412 196 301 or via email: training@rmys.com.au  

Start Helming 

This course is aimed at participants with some previous keelboat experience such as our “Start Crewing” course or prospective yacht owners, who want to work on their helming skills. The course includes more advanced helming techniques such as docking under sail, picking up a mooring under sail, anchoring, man overboard practice where you’re the HELM person, reefing (sail reduction whilst underway), marine knots and more.
Duration: 12 hours (3 x 4 hour sessions)

Cost: New lower price of $398 per personThis course can also be give as a GIFT VOUCHER – just contact our office by email or phone.

For more information, see the course overview. A new What to Wear guide for Keelboat Sailing Courses has now been added. 

To enrol in a course or to find out upcoming course dates, please download a booking form below:

Spinnaker Handling Course

New Spinnaker course! – See below! 
This course includes all aspects of handling and trimming (adjustment) of symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers and uses our J24 and J80 training keelboats. The Spinnaker Handling course is aimed at yacht crew members, a new foredeck person seeking further training or a skipper seeking greater understanding of sailing with modern spinnakers. This course is taught by accredited sailing instructors  who will answer your questions about setting up, launching, flying and safely retrieving these exciting downwind sails. Some previous crewing experience is necessary. Call or email Leigh if you need to ask questions. 

See pictures here from our previous Spinnaker Courses or check in on Facebook -‘Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy’

“I really enjoyed the Spinnaker course. Leigh was very knowledgeable and patient, and had a lot of practical tips about handling both the symmetric and asymmetric spinnakers.  It gave us the confidence to start using the spinnaker on our boat.” Paul.
March 2019.

Duration: 12 hours (3 x 4 hour sessions) 

Cost: $450 per person

For more information, see the course overview. A new What to Wear guide for Keelboat Sailing Courses has now been added.

For more information contact Leigh at the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy

Phone:  03 9534 0059
Mobile:  0412 196 301 
Email: training@rmys.com.au