Frequently Asked Questions

I have small children and would love to get them out on the water. What facilities does ASC have for teaching children to sail?

We have been training young people to sail for many years now and have a team of young instructors plus dedicated people supported by enthusiastic parents in place at all times. In addition we employ qualified coaches and run structured training programs. There are three divisions in Junior sailing at ASC: Blue, Red and Gold Divisions. Blue is for absolute beginners, Red is intermediate and Gold is when these juniors start to race in club series and inter club regattas.

Do I need special clothing or equipment for the training?

A life jacket, hat, shorts and long sleeve shirt is good. A wet suit even better. Plenty of sun screen and lots of enthusiasm. As you become more enthusiastic there are special items you might like to buy such as sailing gloves, boots etc but initially it's not wise to invest too much. 

What can you tell me about your learn to sail camp?

These are run on an ad-hoc basis, usually during school holidays over summer and this is another way to introduce your child to sailing. The camp is both exciting and fun. The training itself is mindful that the students are novices and they are gently led towards becoming competent sailors. 

What class centreboards does the Club race?

The Club races Manly Juniors, Open BIC's, Flying 11s, Spirals and Waszps. We also have as training boats Puffin Pacers and a fleet of Nippa's kindly donated by our patron Iain Murray. 

Does the Club have dinghy storage facilities?


What social events does the Club hold?

These are many and varied. The fact is that the Club is as much about social activity as is about on water activities. 

I have noticed your duty roster. What is a duty?

ASC is run by its membership. We do not have any paid staff apart from our rescue Crew. As a result it is club members who operate the canteen, start the races, run the rescue boats and in general make the Club buzz. This is all done on a roster system and each member is asked to do "duty" once a year at least. 

How do I apply for membership?

Go to the membership tab/Register. Once successfully registered, confirmation will be sent in a Welcome email.

Any problems, please contact chris.zonca@gmail.com

Do I need Insurance for my Child's Boat ?

3rd party insurance is advisable and compulsory if you wish to participate in Sailing Club activities and/or regattas. It is also very inexpensive and provides cover for liability.

How can I insure my child's boat ?

Australian Sailing provides quick, low cost insurance options online: Australian Sailing Insurance Programs

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