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RYA Seamanship Skills

2 days£230.00

Following Stage 3 you have a choice of Advanced Modules in the RYA National Sailing Scheme. All of these can be run in 2 days, but can take place over a longer period of time. Each course will introduce you to a different type of sailing.


This course gives you a solid foundation for the future and enables you to become much more confident and self-sufficient afloat.

On completion of this course you will have polished and tested your skills and learned to re-solve problems afloat.

Previous Experience

The candidate must present logged evidence of at least two season's sailing experience. You will complete the practical elements to a satisfactory level and answer questions on the theory sections. Candidates seeking assessment on coastal waters will demonstrate knowledge from coastal section.




21 October '17Places


Course Syllabus

Sailing Background

Sailing theory and background

  • Understands the following terminology:Windward, leeward, abeam, forward, aft, ahead, astern, to weather, downwind, amidships, quarter, pinching, sailing by the lee, luff, bear away, planning, sternway, broaching
  • Knows and can apply the following International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS):Meeting other sailing vessels, meeting power driven vessels, following or crossing narrow channels, action by stand-on vessel

Capsize recovery

Knows how to recover from total inversion (practical session if possible)


  • Knows sources of information on weather patterns for the day
  • Can interpret forecasts and understands local effects
  • Aware of Beaufort Scale and changing weather conditions, including fog



  • Can tie a fisherman's bend and sheet bend
  • Can do heat sealing and whipping

Launching and recovery

Can leave and return to beach, jetty of mooring, including windward and leeward shore

Sailing techniques and manoeuvres

  • Is able to:
    • Heave to
    • Reef afloat
    • Recover man overboard
    • Be towed by a power vessel
    • Anchor, including principles and techniques for different circumstances
    • Sail backwards
    • Sail in adverse circumstances (no rudder, no centreboard)
  • Knows how to prepare road trailer and secure trailer ashore

Coastal Option

Sailing techniques

  • Capable of practical application of Practical section on coastal waters
  • Can use local tide tables
  • Understands rate of rise and fall - Twelfths Rule and is aware of tidal streams
  • Has a basic understanding of charts and important symbols

For keel boat sailors

Desirable but not essential items

Understands the importance of:

  • Inspection of slipway and overhead clearance
  • Use of rope between trailer and vehicle
  • Recovery; use of guide poles
  • Use of crane/derrick including slings and weight distribution



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