Youth classes

Better NS14 Racing for Youth (12-17 yrs)

  • Improve your performance and learn how to compete at a higher level.
  • Open to youth (12-17 yrs) who are competent sailors from other classes (such as laser 4.7) looking for a new challange in a performance 2-person boat.
  • Gives you a greater understanding of racing tactics, wind patterns and boat tuning techniques .
  • Instruction from current and former NS14 SBSC Club Champions with many years of experience in sailing NS14s, and have competed in State and National Championships.
  • The club’s program is an official Australian Sailing Start Sailing course. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive an Australian Sailing accredited certificate.

Optional Brisbane, State and National Championships

Participants will be supported to also attend optional Brisbane Sailing Championships the 2023 NS14 Queensland State Titles and the 2024 National Championships


The program runs for 5 non-consecutive Saturdays.

  • In weeks 1 and 2 you will learn the basics of NS14 rigging and sailing and practice mark rounding and capsize recovery.  
  • In weeks 3 to 5 you will practice and apply skills refined tacking and gybing, weight placement and racing .

By the completion of the course, you will be able to rig an NS14 independently, and able to safely sail at all points of sailing in light conditions.   


  • Please refer to our Whats On page for full details on upcoming classes.

Class Times

Learn to Sail classes are held on Saturdays at these times:

  • Session C: 1:30pm - 4:30pm


  • The course is $195.00, minus any applicable discounts.
  • This course fee also covers the cost of your SBSC annual membership. 


  • 33% discount for second and successive family members OR
  • 33% discount for Concessional members


Because dinghy sailing can be physically demanding, you do need to be fit and agile. This includes:

  • ability to swim 50m
  • sufficient upper body strength to pull yourself out of a swimming pool without assistance
  • good balance and agility.

Refund Policy

  • Full refund for any full course if seven (7) days notice is provided.
  • Full refund or make-up classes provided if a block of classes or any individual class is cancelled by SBSC due to weather etc.
  • Full refund after you complete your Discover Sailing Experience if you decide that river sailing is not for you!

Type of boat

  • You will be sailing an NS14. The NS14 is a two person performance dinghy sailed in all states of Australia.  
  • The NS14 provides an ongoing challenge for experienced sailors who are seeking to optimise performance.

How to enrol