Easter RYA Competent Crew Week

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31 Mar 2018 - 04 Apr 2018 £569.00
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Easter RYA Competent Crew Week

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £569 per person

Duration: 5 Days

Take just 1/2 days off work by joining us on our Easter 5 day RYA Competent Crew course!


What the Girls Had to Say

"What a great week it was! I really enjoyed it. Thank you all for everything - the warm welcome, the friendly, relaxed atmosphere, the patience of the instructors - and the female touch which put us all more in our comfort zone!!"


Starts: 10am  GFS Office at Shepards Wharf Marina 

Finishes: Ends 4pm day 5

About The Event

The RYA Competent Crew course is ideal for you if you know you like the idea of sailing and you're interested in learning the basic skills, or maybe your friends or your partner has a boat and you want to be able to make a positive and helpful contribution whilst you're onboard.

Or maybe you've just said to yourself... "I've always wanted to do that!!"

This course is designed to make sure that you feel happy onboard the boat and understand your responsibilities in a number of roles whilst sailing.  This leads to you feeling confident as part of crew and helps you to develop your knowledge and skills further.

What to expect

  • Girls for Sail will give you the best experience of living on board and let you really get to know the boat like the back of your hand! Virtually all the course is hands-on. You are the crew - without you the sails can't go up and the boat won't set sail! 
  • By the end of this course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and assist in all the day to day duties on board. You could also visit many interesting places and by the end hopefully will have had a throughly enjoyable holiday with us! Feeling the wind on your face and the warmth of the sun on your skin, you're bound to have a lovely time, become qualified and feel much more useful onboard too!

What does the Competent Crew course cover?

  • Knowledge of sea terms & parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
  • Sail handling
  • Ropework
  • Fire precautions & fighting
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Man overboard
  • Emergency equipment
  • Manners & customs
  • Rules of the Road                                                                                
  • Dinghies
  • Meteorology
  • Helmsmanship & sailing
  • General duties around the boat that will help you to become more confident and enjoy your time on the water!!
  • And of course you will receive an RYA Competent Crew Certificate of Competence!

The boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 

About Cowes 

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling its resident population multifold!

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.

Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board*
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!!

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Any clothing
  • *Accommodation upgrades where available

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book?

Click on the link below to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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