It’s the ideal course for those who want to improve their maneuvering skills on a sailing yacht. Covers the techniques to participate as a crew or helmsman, including maneuvers inside the marina and personal safety.
After you have done this course ou should have the basic knowledge to sail as a crew member including the being a helmsman on favorable conditions and under the supervision of the skipper
If you have done the RYA Start Sailing and also this course, this previous experience can replace the two first days of the RYA Competent Crew, remaining only just 3 days to achieve this level.
Prepare the yacht accordingly to the expected meteorology conditions;
:: Techniques and Handling
Leaving, coming alongside and berthing on a pontoon;
Sailing near by other boats and approaching;
Awareness of the danger of sailing with the shore on the leeward side;
The 4 essentials;
Know how to tack without loosing progress;
Know how to gybe in control;
Is able to keep a good communication while handling;
Is aware of the others on the water plan;
Is able to sail round a small course at all points of sailing as a crew member or helmsman.
Knows the starting procedures on a regatta (theoretical knowledge).
Knows what means engine checks. Knows how to start, turn off, gear ahead or astern;
Knows how to berth on a finger pontoon and pick up a mooring buoy.
:: Handling and Techniques
Sailing using transit lines.
::: Safety Equipment and Precautions
Is aware of the importance of the first aid kit and pyrotechnics signals including and also the precautions with stowage on board;
Knows how to lunch and enter in a life raft.
:: Clothing and Gear
Is aware of the importance of personal safety on board;
Understands and follows the rules of the inflatable lifejackets and harnesses on board;
Understands the actions to be taken, as a crew member, leaving, coming alongside and berthing on a pontoon.
Basic knowledge of the rules to avoid collisions: avoid a collision at all cost, motor vs sail, port tack vs starboard tack, windward vs leeward, overtaken vs overtaking.
:: Has knowledge about
Points of sailing and the No Go Zone;
How sails work;
Basic theoretical sailing navigation knowledge;
Visual methods to attract attention.
Sources of information and weather forecast;
Knows when to reef;
Understands a basic synoptic chart.
:: Coastal Waters
How to apply the weather forecast in coastal waters;
Tide tables, tide sequences, neaps and springs, high and low water;
SOG with and against tide;
Wind effects on tides and conditions to sail;
The importance to inform someone ashore before going out to sea;
Knows how to get local information and advises before going how to sea.
:: Recommended books...
|(Free with your first course
with West Coast)