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Skills Development and Mile Builders


This will be a week of distance sailing combining several longer passages with a few skills and drills in the Solent and/or at our destinations.

It will be suitable for anyone with a Competent Crew certificate or higher.

If the weather allows, we will cross over to France and/or the Channel Islands.

This is always a good rite of passage for those who haven't experienced a channel crossing before. As well as ports 'on the other side' possible destinations for the longer passages are Weymouth, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Fowey, Newhaven, Brighton and many others.

There will be an opportunity for those holding a Day Skipper certificate or higher to skipper a yacht outside of the confines of the Solent on a longer trip and those holding Competent Crew to hone their crewing skills on extended passages.

We will also spend a little time doing some skills and drills in the Solent/elsewhere which will comprise a selection of the below.

The exact makeup will be determined by crew experience and the time available outside of the longer passages.

Cost: Mile Builders will be priced according to the event. Details can be noted against the individual calendar events. (approx £820 for a 7day mile builder)

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 £395 per weekend. Instruction, provisions and fuel included. Moorings will be shared amongst crew.

Max 5 students. A final call confirming all courses will go ahead will be made around the 6 week mark. A min of 4 crew members will be necessary. In the unlikely event of LCSC needing to cancel the weekend, LCSC will provide a full refund on fees already paid.

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 these trainings, you are confirming you meet the prerequisites and you have read, understood and accepted the LCSC's Standard T & C's for Offshore Practical Course - please find a copy below.


Last updated 10:35 on 18 February 2024

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