We offer sailors at all levels the ability to learn and develop a passion for sailing that will see them enjoying this sport throughout their life. The club programme includes a variety of events during the sailing season designed to improve skills, provide competitive racing and encourage friendships, regardless of age and ability.
Parent participation at all levels of the programme is essential.
The junior and youth classes at Paremata are the Optimist, Open Bic and Starling. Some sailors also sail 2 person dinghies with us in the Topaz or Sunburst class.
The classes at Paremata for the seniors are the Sunburst, Laser, Z Class and the Open class.
For children ages 8 to 15, the Optimist is the ideal boat to introduce and develop sailing skills.
The ‘Rainbow’ fleet is the first division that our young Optimist sailors encounter after completing a Learn to Sail course. Through a high level of coaching and support they are able to learn the basics of fleet racing while under the watchful eye of coaches, their parents, and club members.
Once competent at ‘Rainbow’ fleet level, our sailors are encouraged to move into the ‘Green’ fleet and later into the ‘Open’ fleet where they will compete against some of our more experienced Optimist sailors. The majority of the Open Fleet sailors compete at interclub and national level.
For children aged 11 to 16, the Open Bic offers a sporty and modern boat for young sailors. There is a keen and growing number of Open Bic regatta and most regattas have Open Bic classes now.
Paremata has a fleet of club owned boats. Sailors are given the opportunity to sail in these during coaching sessions from the Green fleet up. Sailors can hire these boats for club sailing.
The Starling is a dinghy intended to cater for teenagers making the transition to the more challenging youth and senior classes. Ideally suited to a sailor of 50 to 70 kg, the Starling has become the boat of choice in recent years for sailors progressing beyond the Optimist sailing dinghy. Paremata has a growing number of Starlings, and offers a warm welcome to all new sailors.
Skippers must be under the age of 19 to compete for the National title, otherwise, there is no age limit.
The club has 2 Topaz dinghies for sailors use. These provide the ability for sailors to experience 2 handed sailing in a modern boat.
Sailors are given the opportunity to sail in these boats during coaching sessions from the Green fleet stage. Sailors can also hire these boats for club sailing.
The club has 2 Sunburst dinghies for sailors use. These are a traditional style 2 person sailing dinghy. Like the Topaz these are a good choice for a parent and child sailing together or for 2 youth sailors.
Sunbursts offer an opportunity for young sailors to experience spinnaker handling in a 2 person boat in preparation for bigger 2 person race boats such as the 420.
The Laser is an Olympic class and one of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world. We have senior and junior sailors in this class.
If you have any question about the Laser class please contact the Laser Class Captain Paul Pettit (PBClubLaser@gmail.com).