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This course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

The 5 day course is held either out of either Gibraltar or Lanzarote as a residential sailing trip, giving the candidate the opportunity to gain experience living on board and really getting to know the boat.

Course content

  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations

Prerequisites

  • 17 years old
  • 15 days, 2 days as skipper,
  • 300 miles, 8 night hours.
  • Navigation to Coastal Skipper shorebased standard.
  • Sailing to Day Skipper standard

What to bring

  • Sailing log book
  • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear, for 5 days away at sea
  • Note pad and pen
  • Day skipper RYA hand book

Where to go

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
Wimbledon
SW19 7HX

We recommend using public transport to get here.

Driving

Sat nav post code SW18 5NW takes you to McCluskey's newsagents, on the corner of Revelstoke Road and Elsenham Street, just outside the park.

There is a small pay-and-display car park by Revelstoke Road, but it is often full.

Free car parking is also available at the Wimbledon Park Road entrance (sat nav SW19 6PE). It is a slightly longer walk across the grass to the Watersports Centre.

For more details email wimbledonpark@merton.gov.uk

During the Wimbledon Tennis Championships there is no vehicle access to Wimbledon Park for dropping off and collecting. These parking restrictions may be enforced before the start and after the end date of the championships. Please check the All England Lawn Tennis website for specific traffic restrictions.