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Non RYA Courses

Boat Mooring Course

A weekend course to learn and practice boat mooring.

Mooring up is something every skipper has to do and it's something you often don't get a chance to practice. Over the weekend we cover as many different techniques and scenarios as possible:

  • Handling characteristics of different types of boat
  • Prop walk - shaft drives. sail drives
  • Preparation and use of mooring lines and fenders
  • Coming alongside a pontoon in different tide and wind combinations
  • Use of tide - ferry-gliding
  • Springing off
  • Sailing on to mooring buoys

And more.

We are based at Hamble and we will spend a good proportion of the time on the river where there are several handy pontoons for practising.

The course starts on the Friday evening, but you may join on the Saturday morning if it's more convenient. Breakfast and lunch is included but we usually eat ashore in the evening

Please email for further details.

Skipper Development Course

This is in essence a weekend of practising being a Skipper; ideal for anyone contemplating doing the Day Skipper Practical Course but also for a qualified Day Skipper who wants a bit of a refresher.

The syllabus is loosely based on the Day Skipper Practical but obviously we can't cover all of it in a weekend.

We particularly try to cover:

Pontoon/marina mooring as in the Boat Mooring Course

Man Overboard

Taking Command - role and responsibilities of the Skipper

- crew well-being and involvement

- victualling

Choice of Destination

Sail selection

Practical Navigation exercises.

Please email for further details.

Spinnaker Handling Course

The Spinnaker is a fantastic sail – good fun and a real speed-enhancer; but it's sometimes difficult to control and a lot of people are reluctant to use it. This course de-mystifies the whole thing and gives everyone a chance to do all the different jobs involved in working the spinnaker. The topics covered include:

  • What is a spinnaker and when to use it
  • Different types of spinnaker
  • Use of sheets and guys
  • Use of spinnaker pole – different types
  • Preparation and hoisting
  • Gybing – dip pole and end-for-end (if possible)
  • Dropping – inc different options
  • Packing
  • Peeling

Please email for further details.

Last updated 16:53 on 21 August 2019

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