Sailing Pathways

Fremantle Sailing Club aims to provide a structured Academy program derived from international, national and Australian Sailing schemes. Programs run for beginners through to the elite levels. 

Participants are assisted to work through each levels by highly-skilled instructors and coaches. Regular assessments are key to provide an individual progression path based on their personal achievements and ability.

Fremantle Sailing Club has a commitment to growing our sport and is proud of the role that it plays in introducing current and future generations into the sailing community. 

Our Sailing Academy vision is to be a world best practice training facility and Australian Sailing accredited training organisation providing courses for beginners through to the elite level. 

Fremantle’s Sailing Club’s On-Water Office Head Coach leads a dedicated and highly skilled team of instructors and sailing coaches to deliver a dynamic curriculum ensuring an exemplary program of sailing development activities. Producing champion sailors does not happen by chance, if your child shows an interest in sailing we will have in place a structured pathway to enable them to enjoy the sport to the full. Whether the extent of their ambitions is merely having fun on the water with friends or in becoming the next Olympians like Matt Wearn (Tokyo 2020 Gold Medal) or Nia Jerwood and Monique De Vries.

Try Sailing

Ages: 7-12

Try Sail is the first step in learning how to sail at Fremantle Sailing Club. Participants don't need any prior sailing experience and don't have to be a Member of the Club. All equipment, including the boats are provided.

Blue Fleet

Learn to Sail Ages: 7-12

Designed for sailors who have completed Try Sailing or have established they can sail a boat by themselves. This program aims to develop sailing skills and experience racing, with relaxed training programs, fun races and events to encourage young sailors into the fun and experiences associated with sailing.

Green Fleet

Learn to Race Ages: 7-12
(Formerly Bronze Fleet)

Ideal for sailors who have learned the core values of boat safety in varying conditions. These sailors train with a coach developing their skills and racing. The training program caters for sailor building knowledge to advance into the Intermediate Fleet and Club racing.

Intermediate Fleet

Learn to Race Ages: 7-12
(Formerly Silver Fleet)

A transitional fleet designed to prepare sailors for the move to more advanced Open Fleet. The mission is for sailors to gain self-reliance and acquire the skills needed to become a successful fleet sailor at local regattas. This program allows kids who have completed Bronze fleet to continue practicing their skills under Club coaches. Sessions are conducted privately in owned or Club leased boats.

Open Fleet

Ages: 8-15
(Formerly Gold Fleet)

Sailors in this group focus on developing and refining the critical boat-handling, physical and mental stamina, and boat-turning skills needed to excel in national and international competitions expanding on what was learnt in the Intermediate Fleet program. Longer practices in a wide range of wind and ocean conditions combined with workouts demand high levels of maturity, focus and dedication. Open Fleet sailors will also be developing team racing skills.

State, National and International Competition

Racing at State, National or International level is conducted in many classes of dinghies and windsurfers. 

At Fremantle Sailing Club we encourage sailors to sail within one of the following classes to open up the scope for competition.
Classes sailed are the Optimist29ers and 29erXSILCA4ILCA6 and Standard505 and SB20

Windsurfing with Bic Techno 293 Sailboard and Wind Foiling

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.

Inshore and Offshore Sailing

Keelboat Racing

Once sailors become competent at Open Fleet level and aged about 15 an alternate path to continuing in small boat (dinghies) is to join the crew of a “big” boat keel boat. 

Many teenagers sail in the Offshore fleet.