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Published March 1st 2011
What's the point of all work and no play? Allsail has redefined the concept of yachting, by making the great Aussie pastime of sailing more affordable to just about everyone. Imagine the wind at your back, out in the big blue yonder with whales breaching and dolphins swimming alongside.
Sailing is a sport with a major reputation for costing big bucks. But if you've ever wanted to learn how to do it, the Allsail training centre at Church Point on beautiful Pittwater represents great value for money, and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere for people who want to enjoy their sailing all year round. Allsail is accredited by Yachting Australia, so you can be assured that they know their stuff.
Beginners will train on a J24, a 24 foot vessel ideal for learning. You'll learn how to tell your bow from your stern, the difference between gybing and tacking and gain an understanding of crewing, sail trimming, helming, rope work and moving safely around the yacht.
Those who have some previous experience to the point of competent crew, will move on to a 39 or 47 foot Beneteau. This covers in greater depth the areas of navigation, and helmsmanship.
Allsail also teaches the skills and knowledge to be a skipper inshore and up to 15 nautical miles to sea, whether cruising with friends or if you want to charter a yacht in Australia or overseas.
Joining Allsail Sailing Club is the perfect way to get that most important practice needed to improve your new skills. Every weekend, from Friday to Monday, you can sail around beautiful uncrowded Pittwater. You don't have to worry about owning your own boat, paying for maintenance or finding a crew. Just call and book in for a sail. By joining the club you can take part in the regular races and even go cruising or racing offshore in places like Hamilton Island, Port Stephens and even the biggest race of them all – the Sydney to Hobart.
Each course costs $520 (less 10% for Allsail Sailing Club members) and includes course textbook and personal logbook. Training consists of 4 x 3 hour sessions PLUS a complementary 3 hour club sail to practice what you have learned. Courses run every weekend - and you can hop on or off to suit your personal schedule.
And when you become a master at the sport, you can take part in one of Allsail's overseas sail cruising adventures. Previous adventures include the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and New Caledonia.
Perhaps it's time to strap on that lifejacket and feel the freedom and exhilaration of the sea spray in your face as you glide through the waves. It's a great way to meet new people and have a lot of fun on the water or ashore.
Call 02 9979 6266 to make enquiries or book a course.
Allsail is located at:
McCarrs Creek Road
Church Point, NSW 2105