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Melbourne Sailing School
Our Principal

Gordon ‘Gordo’ Syme

Gordo is as obsessed with sharing his knowledge about sailing as he is with sailing itself.

Having sailed professionally, raced and cruised all his life, Gordo uses his wealth of knowledge to teach and encourage students of all ages.

Since Yachtmaster was established in 1988, Gordo has built a team of professionals who have shared their love of sailing with over 5,000 students. Gordo and his team have trained beginners, charterers, world cruisers, yacht racers, Olympians, World Champions, Ocean Racers, Professional Sailors as well as a Volvo Ocean Racing Team in Portugal. He puts the same dedication into all his students whether beginners or world champions. He has also been employed by Australian Sailing to teach instructor courses all around Australia and New Zealand for SSSC, keel boats and dinghies.

This is not about the training or the teaching, it’s about going sailing. It’s about having fun. If you are having fun, you will learn more with less effort. Therefore the techniques of sailing will imbed into your subconscious and stay there forever.” – Gordon Syme

About Yachtmaster

Welcome to our Melbourne sailing school

Operating year-round since 1988, we are Australia’s first Royal Yachting Association Sailing School and Melbourne’s best, according to our many students.

Our goal is simple: to share our love of sailing with the world. We achieve this by teaching sailing to beginner, experienced and competitive sailors from Melbourne and beyond.

Book a sailing course if you have always wondered what it was like to stand at the wheel of a yacht or if you are looking forward to spending more time on the water as skipper of your own vessel.

At Yachtmaster, we have a highly professional approach and are focused on safety, but our number one aim is for you to always have a great time while learning. Join us and kick-start your own addiction to being out on the water.

There is nothing better than spending a good day on the water to restore your mind, your body, your heart and your soul.” Dr Wallace J Nichols

Book a lesson with Yachtmaster today.

Why choose Yachtmaster

Sail away with the best

Since 1988

We have been Melbourne’s leading sailing school for over 30 years.

Learn From The Best

‘Gordo’ Syme is one of only five Yachtmaster examiners in Australia.

Scratch That Itch

Have you always wanted to learn to sail? It’s never too late to start.

Commercial Qualifications

RYA qualifications are recognised world wide.

Get Qualified

Yachtmaster offers RYA certifications as well as beginner training.

Highly Recommended

Top Melbourne sailors recommend you learn and get qualified from Yachtmaster.

Discover real freedom...


Our vision is to create a world where everyone can access the joy of sailing.

There’s nothing like the thrill of being on the ocean and feeling in control of a beautiful vessel. We invite you to share the fun and joy of sailing with us.

Melbourne Sailing School

Our mission is to provide the best quality, most enjoyable and safest sailing lessons in Melbourne and beyond.

Sailing Lessons Melbourne

At Yachtmaster we believe in SAIL:

Specialised – RYA professionals. So you know you’re in the best hands.

Awareness – So that safety is inherent in all our sailing.

Inspirational – So sailing becomes a way of life.

Laughter – So learning is enjoyable for everyone.