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Skills Development and Mile Builders


We want to give people the opportunity to get out and do some more miles, 5 to 7 days sailing. The idea is to escape the Solent but still have the comfort of having an instructor on board and brush up on relevant skills.

The events will run out of Hamble Marina.

Where we go will ultimately depend on the weather and tide but the aim is to do some longer passages; taking the boats along the coast East or West and potentially across the Channel to France, all weather & time permitting.

It will be the opportunity to go to ports outside our usual cruising area. There will more than likely be some night hours along the way. We are expecting mixed ability crews; so there should be something for everyone to learn.

Whether that is Day Skippers wanting to put there Navigation theory into practice or Competent Crews who want to spend more time on the helm, we want to offer more variety so these will be events run by a variety of instructors on a variety of boats throughout the season.

Cost: Mile Builders will be priced according to the event. Details can be noted against the individual calendar events.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT WEEKENDS:We will also sometimes offer a weekend focusing on general brushing up of skills or on specific areas e.g. Boat Mooring, Spinnaker Handling or actual Skipper Development.

Additional details on these can be seen below.

Emphasis on Boat Mooring Weekend

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...

Emphasis on Skipper Development Weekend

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.

Emphasis on Spinnaker Handling Weekend

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
Cost: Skills Development weekends are priced at £355 per weekend. Instruction, provisions and fuel included. Moorings will be shared amongst crew.

Please refer to our online calendar for upcoming dates. These can be found by TYPE - Offshore Practical Training.

Should a course be waitlisted, please email the office to be placed on a waitlist if no other dates suit.

All group bookings, please email the office to coordinate dates.

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


Last updated 14:52 on 15 December 2021

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