Basic Sail Training
Adult training is available at various times during the year covering RYA National Sailing Scheme's Level 1 (Start Sailing) and Level 2 (Basic Skills) courses. Two courses are run each year, each over two full Saturdays, one in Spring and one in early Autumn. At the end of the course, you will have a clear understanding of the basics of sailing and be able to sail and make appropriate decisions in good conditions and without supervision. Please only book onto a course if you can attend both sessions.
Novice adults are generally taught in the Club's double-handed Club RS Quest's, with one RYA qualified instructor allocated to two candidates, subject to availability. More experienced sailors may be taught in other boats, depending on ability and availability.
Further information on the Adult Sailing course syllabii is available from the RYA's Sail Training Page.
Progressive SkillsOnce you have mastered the Basic Skills, the next step is to gain confidence and control. This Level 3 (Better Sailing) course aims to accelerate this, building on current knowledge and confidence through practice on the water and exercises to develop your sailing skills at a variety of levels. The course takes place on Wednesday evenings, over 8 weeks. Candidates should already hold an RYA National Sailing Scheme qualification, or equivalent, to take the course or Stage 3 of the Youth Sailing Scheme for under 16's.
Further information on the Level 3 Adult Sailing course syllabii is available from the RYA's Sail Training Page.
Advanced Sail Training
Once you have a degree of confidence with the Basic Skills, the next steps are to improve your skills to enhance your opportunities for sailing in a variety of circumstances and environments. The RYA Advanced modules focus provide the option to develop particular areas of sailing interest and the Club generally offers two courses, Start Racing and Seamanship skills, although Sailing with Spinnakers can also be provided. Generally, to take an RYA Advanced module you should be a competent sailor who has the sailing skills at least equivalent to an RYA National Sailing Scheme Level 2 certificate, or RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 3 certificate, (you need not have taken an RYA course).
The course aims to build confidence and skill encouraging members to participate in Club racing. Adults will generally race in the Club GP14's, Juniors will use their own boat or a Club Topper. Training consists of both theory sessions and practical exercises on the water. The RYA National Sailing Scheme 'Start Racing' certificate may be awarded if candidates have met the required standard.
The Seamansip Skills course builds on a sailors growing confidence and experience and enables them to confidently handle a boat in a range of more challenging conditions and solve problems afloat; including launching and recovering a boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering man overboard and coping with mechanical failure (eg of rudder and centrboard/daggerboard).
Sailing with Spinnakers
Sailing with Spinnakers builds on competent sailing abilities, adding everything you need to know about sailing with conventional or asymmetric spinnakers. On successful completion of the course you will be able to rig a boat with a spinnaker, set and trim both the spinnaker and the boat, and know how to sail the best possible course downwind.
This half-day session takes the form of an informal briefing by one of the Club's most experienced Officer of the Day (OD) for all ODs, aspiring ODs, and Assistant Officers of the Day (AOD) who wish to do a better job. This is an invaluable introduction and refresher on what to expect as OD and how to manage a day's racing stress-free and effectively.