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Course Overview

Duration: Typically run over 1 weekend or 2 consecutive days

Previous experience required: None

Content: To experience being at the helm, helping with the sails, dealing with ropes and learning about being safe on the water. This introductory course is ideal for anyone new to sailing. Topics covered include:
  • Yachting terms - Understand what everyone is talking about from ‘you’re in irons’ to ‘tack’ to ‘mind the boom’.
  • Rope work - How to tie the yacht up securely to safely handling ropes.
  • Steering - Experience helming the yacht under different sail settings, including under power.
  • Highway code - Just helping the more experienced know what to be aware of.
  • The weather - Where to obtain the weather
  • Man overboard - No volunteers necessary just learn to help out.
  • Personal safety - Learning to make use of the safety aids to keep the sport a fun safe pleasure experience.
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the RYA Start Yachting Course completion certificate.

Course Summary

This course is for you if you…
  • Are becoming involved in sailing
  • Are totally new to the sport
  • Are inexperienced
  • Want to see if sailing is for you
  • Want a taster session
The course
  • The aim of this course is to give you a basic introduction to sail cruising for novices
  • There is no assessment for this course just student participation and a certificate awarded for completion
Topics covered
  • The Yacht / Rope Work / Underway / Rules of the Road / Meteorology / Man Overboard Recovery / Clothing and Equipment / Emergency Equipment and Precautions
Course duration
  • Over two days
  • Usually over one weekend
Minimum requirements
  • None - no experience necessary
Course cost includes
  • Full board - on the yacht
  • Gas - for cooking
  • Fuel - hopefully you will be doing more sailing than motoring
  • Mooring fees - all covered
  • Certificate

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