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​Cost £605

  • 5 day course in Gibraltar or Lanzarote
  • For aspiring skippers with some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing skills
  • Price per person (flights not included)
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This is a perfect course for aspiring skippers with some yachting experience, basic navigation and sailing skills. 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. This course teaches the skills required to skipper a yacht as well as giving you the opportunity to take charge on a short passage under instruction. A basic knowledge of lights is also included as to introduce the candidate to night sailing.

To book the course candidates should have a basic navigation and helmsmanship knowledge it is recommended that you attend the RYA Day Skipper Sailing Theory Course first, see RYA shore based training.

Course Content:

  • Passage planning and preparation for sea
  • Navigation
  • Basic Seamanship
  • Tides
  • Chart work
  • Position fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
  • Weather forecasting and metrology
  • Yacht handling under power and sail
  • Rules of the road
  • Pilotage- plan of entry and departure from the harbour
  • Emergency situations

Pre requisites

  • 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours spent on board a sailing vessel
  • Ideally competent crew

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