S80 Sailor Development Program (SDP)

After completing the training courses (or having equivalent sailing experience) the S80 class provides a free Sailor Development Program, which is a series of training programs to assist people, to further develop their sailing skills to be “race-ready” as crew, and also if desired to go on to skipper a sailing boat.

The programs covers:

Launch, gybe, and recover spinnakers, trimming sheet and brace, as well as helming under spinnaker.

Total 18 hours

October – November 2022

  • Introductory evening 2-hour seminar, Tue Oct 4 @ 1830
  • 4 weekly on-water sessions of 4 hours each on Sun Oct 9; 16, 23 & 30th  @ 0800

Sail and boat trim, racing rules, race tactics, reading wind; teamwork, and personal preparation.

Starting & racing practice in a mini-regatta format

Total 26 hours

November – December 2022

  • 2 evening seminars, 3 hours: Thu Nov 10 & 17th @1830
  • 3 on-water sessions in boat handling 4 hours each.  Sun Nov 13, 20 & 27th  @0800
  • 2 on-water sessions in racing practice with other s80’s 4 hours each:  Sun Dec 4 & 11th @0800

Participants must be a member of South of Perth Yacht Club.  Crew membership can be arranged with the club which currently offers an Introductory Crew membership and Full Crew Membership.

The program is coordinated by the S80 WA Association, which owns the S80 Grand Piano as a training boat.  The coaches are volunteers from the S80 fleet, and other keelboat fleets.  There are no formal course fees, however, donations to the S80 Grand Piano Maintenance Fund are most welcome.

Pls advise your Registration of Interest in either or both of the above courses and/or for more info contact:  Mark Gooding    041 9921095;