During this trip we want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. We will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction!
There is a whole new language to learn and by the end of the week you won’t be fazed by terms like sheet, fender, windlass or ‘bear away’ and all the things that make going on board a sailing vessel a bit bewildering and intimidating.
None. You can be a complete beginner that has never stepped on a boat before.
It is also good for those who have done a bit of yacht, keelboat or dinghy sailing and want to be sure they have the basics to sail bigger boats where you can go cruising and live on board.
Skills that you will cherish:
Knowledge of sea terms and parts of the boat, her rigging and sails.
Sufficient knowledge to understand orders concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.
Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails. Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches.
Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards. Handling warps. Ability to tie the following knots and know their correct use: figure of eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot.
Helmsmanship and Sailing.
Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing. Can steer a compass course, under sail and motor.