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1st Mates Skill Week - FULL

20th - 25 June

This will be a Solent based week for those in the 1st Mates group.

It will be a skills and drills week with plenty of opportunity to practice power and sail handling as well as doing some smaller navigational hops and honing day/night pilotage techniques.

Below is an example of what will be covered though the exact make up of the week will be (as always in sailing) to some extent determined by conditions and experience of crew.

This week is for those 1st mates candidates who are at Day skipper level or higher.

  • Sail
  • Efficient tacking/gybing
  • Putting in /shaking out reefs under sail
  • Sail trim refresh
  • Sailing in confined areas (possibly short tacking up a river or sailing into a harbour)
  • Sailing on/off anchor
  • Sailing back to MOB (simulated engine failure)
  • Sailing on/off mooring buoys
  • Sailing on/off pontoons
  • Rudderless sailing (steering a yacht using crew weight and sail trim)
  • Power
  • Bringing the boat alongside in a variety of wind and tide scenarios
  • Assessing the conditions
  • Forward and reverse mooring
  • Stern to mooring (med style)
  • Identifying and dealing with prop walk
  • Utilising prop wash
  • Turning a yacht round on the spot
  • Arriving at a 'wind off' pontoon and leaving a 'wind on' pontoon
  • Single line (shorthanded) mooring techniques
  • Picking up mooring buoys under power
  • Anchoring under power
  • MOB (man over board) under power
  • Pilotage
  • Working up and following forward/back bearings
  • Identifying and following transits, both charted and natural
  • Using clearing bearings to avoid dangers
  • Anchoring on predetermined spot
  • Tacking safely between unseen shallows or dangers
  • Night pilotage
  • Latticing (quick position plots when tacking up wind at night)
  • Following depth contours
  • Blind Navigation (simulated fog navigation)

By signing up to this weekend you are accepting LCSC's Standard T & C's for Offshore Practical Courses - please find a copy here

Cost: £550. A deposit of £200 secures your place. The balance will be due not later than 6 weeks prior to the start of the event

MEMBERS - please login and follow normal booking procedures.

For any queries, please contact the admin office


Any available tickets are member only.

Last updated 10:30am on 11 May 2021

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