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03-22-2010 12:28 PM

There are a range of games on the RYA website.

On thier HOME screen select "COURSES AND TRAINING" and then under "TEACHING" select "RESOURCES". You will then need to follow the link through "INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES" and then "DINGHY, MULTI HULL AND KEELBOAT INSTRUCTOR". You should then find the a file of games in PDF format.

Any problems let me know.
11-18-2009 08:33 PM
another game..

I'm trying to think of a new game too.

The most popular game with our kids is a bin full of footballs, tennis balls etc - all marked with numbers, higher points for smaller ones. Then the rescuse boat whizzes around chucking them out for everyone to recover.

The boat with the most points wins.
07-27-2009 04:42 PM
Sailing games

Yachting New Zealand have published a book of sailing games. It includes on and off water activities. I bought a copy and am looking forward to summer and the next Learn to Sail rogram to try them out. Go to the Yachting New Zealand Website and search for 'books' or 'YNS Store' - at NZ$17, this is a real bargain!
07-27-2009 10:15 AM
cthomas how much fun would a pirate paintball game be?
07-25-2009 03:04 AM
dinghy games

I have been teaching children in dinghies for 16 years and am always on the look out for games to play. One that is successful with children at least is 'chicken'. You perhaps could adapt it for older students. Basically it is a version of 'stuck in the mud'. You designate an area - 4 buoys- and all your victims sail around. You have a paddle and have to hit their sail on the leeward side. If you are successful they have to heave to and sing 'I'm a pretty little chicken' - your variant here! They have to stay in this position until someone else comes and releases them by touching their boat. It is great once they know the basics since it involves lots of tacking and gybing. They soon learn to gybe onto the opposite tack to avoid you. I do this from a Kayak but you could use another dinghy or teaching boat. Hope this helps and if anyone else knows of something else please let me know. Where are all the websites for this neglected area?
12-15-2008 02:07 PM
Dinghy Games

Here's a game I used for single handed dinghies - Optimists in this case. Each boat has a balloon attached to the back on about 2m of string (a loop in the end of the string dropped over the tiller is the quickest way to attach them). An area sized appropriately for the number of boats is designated by four buoys - a rough square - and every one has to keep within this space. At the signal the participants have to try and pop everyone else's balloon. Last one left with an inflated balloon is the winner! Rules are - you cannot leave the designated area and may not shorten your string by retrieving it. The length of string helps reduce the risk of collisions.
09-04-2008 01:46 PM
duckduckgoose Probably a bit late to be posting this but sure it'll give ideas to someone at some stage.

A game I loved playing while learning to sail is "Pirates". Basically everyone sails around in a designated area (all normal rules of the road apply) and boats try to get a crew member onto another boat to capsize the other boat and get back on their own boat asap. This game really is great because as well as confirming rules like "starboard" and "windward boat", it teaches coming alongside, capsize recovery, what CAUSES a boat to capsize and if done in two person dinghies, teaches people how to sail a 2 sail boat solo, always a useful skill.
07-26-2008 11:05 PM
merttan Boom boom game...
You tack they'll learn by paying attention...
07-25-2008 11:26 PM
paulk They may not be up to a downwind bouy slalom course with jibes, but tacking when you sound a signal might work. Neophytes may have all they can do to just sail the boat around a series of marks. Perhaps set them up in two teams and the first team whose boats each complete a course ( including docking at an instructor's boat???) wins? A lot depends upon the conditions you're sailing in and the skills of the participants.
07-17-2008 08:12 PM
The things we do now include follow-the-leader and doing circles around a hove-to boat. I was just looking for some more creative ideas for games the students could do that would involve sail trim, turning, whatever...
Sounds like it's time to race.
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