Team sailing is a specialised and highly tactical form of sailing. Extensive use of the racing rules and use of tactics and team cooperation make it an ideal sport for middle and senior school students.
The teams use Pacer sailing boats and two opposing teams of 3 boats compete over a short course. Each boat contains a skipper and a crew. A team consists of 6 students plus 1 or 2 reserves.
The winner of any race is decided by the combined finishing position of all three boats in a team, rather than the first individual boat. A series of races are conducted between all teams to decide the final placing.
Students in Years 6 to 11 are invited to join Walford Sailing in Term 4. Students entering Year 12 continue to sail in Term 1 of their final year.
Learn to Sail
No experience is necessary in order to join, however, it is a requirement that new sailors complete a Learn to Sail course, independent of the school. This can be arranged through Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club. Girls who have some experience or who have completed a Learn to Sail course may be offered direct entry to a team commensurate with their experience.
Joining Walford Sailing
Following this introduction, at the start of Term 4, students are invited to make a commitment to sailing as a school sport over Term 4, 2017 and Term 1, 2018.
Training Venues and Times
Training sessions are held after school on Fridays (3.40pm – 7pm) in Terms 1 and 4.
All training sessions are held at:
Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club
246 Esplanade, Seacliff
Phone: 08 8296 7935 (Brett Yardley, Walford Coach)
Dates and location of 2017/18 season regattas and the 2018 State Sailing Championships are below:
12 November 2017
18 February 2018
18 March 2018 - Metro Regatta
8 April 2018 - Metro Regatta
18-21 April 2018 - State Championship Regatta at Goolwa
15 May 2018 - Open Regatta
The team will be transported by bus between Walford and the Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club (BSYC) on each Friday training day, leaving immediately after school. Parents are asked to collect their daughters from the BSYC at the conclusion of training at 7pm. Parents also need to transport their girls to and from the venue on Sunday regatta days.
A term fee is charged to the school account. This includes transport, coaching and boat hire for all events with the exception of the April State Championships. This event will be charged separately.
Walford is fortunate to have profesional sailor and instructor, Brett Yardley from BSYC coaching the Walford team for both training sessions and regattas.
All girls must wear PFD and must be competent swimmers. New girls who are trying sailing and have not yet made a commitment can borrow PFDs. All girls must wear bathers, board shorts, a rash-top and a hat. School-owned or personal spray-jackets should be worn. In cold weather, wetsuits or old leggings are recommended. Waterproof boots, deckshoes or old sneakers should be worn to protect the feet.
We have been well served by parent support in previous years and it is hoped that this will continue. It is a condition of entry to the YSA regattas that each participating school provides two parents on the day for supervision and assistance.