RYA Start Yachting

This 2 day course is a short introduction to sailing for those who have never sailed before and would like to try it for the first time. During the two days you will be introduced to many aspects of sailing including putting up the sails, helming, mooring the boat and safety on board. The RYA Start Yachting Course Completion certificate can be carried forward to your next course, Competent Crew. It can normally mean you reduce the 5 day Competent Crew course to 3 days or 2 weekends.

 


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What you will learn

  • Basic Knowledge of sea terms
  • Ropework
  • Underway – experience sailing a yacht
  • Meteorology
  • MOB
  • Clothing and equipment
  • Emergency equipment and precautions

Syllabus

The Yacht

Knowledge of

  • Sea terms; parts of a boat; her rigging and sails
Ropework

Understanding

The bowline

Can

  • Tie the following knots: figure of eight:round turn and two half hitches
  • Secure a rope to a cleat
  • Use winches and jamming cleats
Under Way

Knowledge of

  • Sailing a yacht on all points of sail

Can

  • Steer a yacht under sail or power
Rules of the road

Can

  • Keep an efficient look out at sea
Meteorology

Understands

  • Where to obtain a weather forecast

 

Man overboard recovery

Understands

  • The action to be taken as crew to recover a man overboard
  • The effects of cold-water shock on a casult
Clothing and equipment

Understands

  • Good practise for the wearing of safety harnesses, life jackets and personal buoyancy aids.
Emergency equipment and precautions

Understands

  • Hazards on board a yacht.

Can

  • Carry out actions to be taken in the event of an emergency.

Itinireary

Day 1

Meet your instructor, be shown around the yacht and guided through all the safety procedures on board. Slip the mooring, hoist the sails and practice helming the yacht to the nearby island of Meganisi. Once you arrive you can practice using the anchor and mooring the yacht. Row the dinghy ashore for lunch on the beach. In the afternoon, practice hoisting the sails whilst at anchor and learn what rope does what! Set sail and practice. Stop for a brief swim & snack before enjoying a sunset sail to practicing a man overboard situation. Enter the harbour at night and moor anchored under the stars.

Day 2

Breakfast on board, followed by a brief chat about weather forecasting, a recap of safety procedures and preparing your yacht for sea. Leave the mooring and try your hand at mooring the yacht on the quay. Practice rigging and slipping of mooring lines and even try helming yourself! After another sail, stop off and enjoy lunch on board. On the way learn how to steer a compass course under power and sail and help with using GPS and hand bearing compass to navigate in between the reefs! Talk about collision regulations and how to spot boats on a collision course. Once arrived, relax and enjoy a swim and lunch on board. In the afternoon enjoy a sail back to Vliho, talking through names of parts of the yacht and collision regulations. Moor the yacht with all your new knowledge at Vliho!

Course Details

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This course is for families.

REQUIREMENTS

No minimum age!

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