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Kookaburra Sailing School

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

The “Kookaburra” name comes from the 1987 defence of the America's Cup in Fremantle Western Australia skippered by Iain Murray. The “Kookas” defeated all of the Australian syndicates including Alan Bond’s “Australia IV” designed by Ben Lexen to go on to defend the Americas Cup against Dennis Conner’s Stars and Strips syndicate. Unfortunately the Cup eluded Iain Murray and his team and returned to San Diego with Dennis Conner.

Following the Cup Iain Murray formed Kookaburra Challenge Pty Ltd to provide the public the chance to sail on and experience the thrills of America's Cup racing on Kookaburra II and III. Kookaburra Challenge is now recognised as Sydney’s leading provider of water based corporate hospitality and team building programs. It is from this that Kookaburra Sailing School has evolved.

Kookaburra’s aim is to provide a fresh, innovative and exciting sailing school, based on its years of experience, to encourage those with the ambition to start sailing to take up the wonderful sport.

The fleet of yachts range from 25ft to the 75ft America’s Cup yacht Spirit. The school gives everyone the chance to sail for the first time, develop existing skills or be apart of the corporate or social sailing programmes.

More information & cost

Kookaburra Sailing School
Suite 110, Lower Deck, Jones Bay Wharf, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, next to Café Morso
Introductory course - 3 sessions $275. Competent Crew course - 5 x 3hr sails $470. Skipper - 2 day course $475. Spinnaker - 2 days sailing (12 hours) $455. Wet weather clothing supplied.
7 days a week, 2 lessons a day, 9.30am–12.30pm 1.30pm–4.30pm.

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