Fremantle Sailing Club offers a structured program from the beginner through to the elite level. Particpants are nurtured through the various levels by highly-skilled coaches. With regular assessments, an individual's progression is based on their personal achievements and ability.
Learn to Sail
Get Into Small Boat Sailing – This Yachting Australia five level program takes students from complete beginner level to achieving competent racing skills. The first 2 levels (Basic Skills 1 and 2) are best taught during our regular lessons. The next level, Better Sailing, can be achieved through practice. The final levels, Racing Skills 1 and 2 are best learnt through further courses and experience participating in races.
This weekend program allows children who have completed some basic sailing lessons to continue practising under the watchful eye of Club coaches or volunteer parents. Sessions are conducted in privately owned or Club leased boats. The majority of children in this program range in age from 8 – 12 years.
The Gold Fleet continues to develop the skills fostered in the Silver Fleet program and supports children to develop their racing skills. Children range in age from 10 – 17 years but inclusion in this fleet is dependent on sailing ability rather than age.
Interclub Teams Racing
This is a team event where sailors, predominantly youth sailors from the Gold Fleet, compete fortnightly against sailors from other metropolitan Clubs. The racing is conducted in Club owned Pacer Dinghies. Sailors gain competence in the Racing Rules as well as team tactics.
State, National and International Competition
Racing at State, National or International level is conducted in many classes of dinghies. At Fremantle Sailing Club we encourage sailors to sail within one of the following classes to open up the scope for competition. The classes sailed are the International Optimist, International Mirror, International 420, Bic Techno 293 Sailboard, International 470, International Laser and Tasar.
The Club maintains a fleet of J24 Keelboats for this purpose. Gold Fleet sailors will be invited to train to join the Club’s Youth Match Racing Team.
Inshore and Offshore Sailing
Once sailors become competent at Gold Fleet level and aged about 15 an alternate path to continuing in dinghies is to join the crew of a “big” boat. Many teenagers sail in the Offshore fleet.
WAIS Elite Program & YWA State Sailing Team
Sailors achieving high level placings at State and National events may be considered for selection by the W.A. Institute of Sport Sailing Development Squad and the YWA State Sailing Team. These squads are designed to train and support sailors into the highest levels of competition including World Championships and the Olympic Games.