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Learn to sail on this weekend introduction to keelboat sailing.

Most of the course will be spent on the water but some basic aspects of theory are included to give you an all-round understanding to ensure so that you will be safe and enjoy your time afloat.

Over the weekend we aim to cover the following;

RYA Start Sailing (Level 1) Keelboat: How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering 

Key learning points: 

  • Rigging a keelboat;
  • Sailing techniques such as tacking;
  • Parts of the sail and sail control;
  • Reaching, tacking and gybing;
  • Basic rope work i.e. knots;
  • How to use an inboard engine on the boat;
  • How to launch and recover your boat.

Our friendly instructors will be with you every step of the way, offering clear instruction, guidance and encouragement.  The weekend will begin with an instructor sailing in the boat with you, but it is hoped by the end of the weekend you will be sailing on your own, with the instructor overseeing your development from a powerboat.

The Next Steps: This weekend is a perfect introduction to sailing. To progress your sailing further we recommend joining your local sailing club to help consolidate what you have learnt and then consider RYA Basic Skills (L2) - Keelboat weekend.

To find out where your nearest sailing club is please visit the RYA.

Recommended Reading 

RYA Dinghy Sailing Beginners Handbook (G3)

RYA National Sailing Scheme Logbook (G4)


Course Information

Duration: 2 Days

Time: 0915-1700

Certificate: RYA Start Sailing (L1)

Minimum Standard: None

Minimum Age: 16 yrs.

Anyone under the age of 18 years must have a Parental Consent form completed and signed by a parent/guardian - this must be handed in to reception on arrival during registration, without this form participants will not be permitted to take part.

Accommodation: If you want to stay at the Centre during your course, please add the accommodation package to your booking 

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