This event is ideal for any ladies who would like to go on charter without an Instructor or on a flotilla holiday! It can be daunting going away with husbands/boyfriends/the family - especially if Dad is the only one who knows what to do! Have no fear - GFS is here! We will coach you to be happy hoisting and setting the sails, mooring up stern too and alongside, reefing and the general terms/actions on the yacht so you are comfortable, confident and ultimately enjoy your holiday! A wonderful 5 day event in the UK in preparation for the holiday charter. Educational and always great FUN!
Thank you Girls! My highlights were seeing Olivia gain confidence and pick everything up so quickly - what a natural. Donna calmly skippering and piloting up the Beaulieu River at night (and sweating the main halyard up)... with handy sailing tips in rhyme (a flappy sail is not a happy sail, pull it in to make it grin!) & for being there for us as a crew. Thanks from us all for being a wonderful and friendly skip' Jane - August 2016
Starts: 10am Day 1
Finishes: Ends 4pm day 5
This is a great fun event filled with top tips about how you can make the most of your charter boat or flotilla holiday if you are going as either a crew member or the skipper. Our RYA qualified skipper will coach you on the most popular techniques used whilst on a charter holiday so that you build your knowledge, gain experience first hand and feel happy & excited to go!
We cover on our syllabus:
-Hoisting, dropping, flaking, reefing mainsail
-Main and genoa trim - the basics
-Mooring practise - use of lazy lines, mooring positions, top tips for stern too mooring, stepping off safely
-Anchoring - best practise, communication tips
-Mooring Buoy collection, knots, communication techniques
-Crew duties refresher ; fender use, popular knots, use of dinghy
The techniques learnt on the event will enable you to feel confident supporting the flotilla skipper/group that you plan to sail with in advance so there is no stress on board and definetely no shouting! The calm but challenging solent is an excellent place to undertake these skills and drills because if you do it here, the Mediterranean will seem like a piece of cake (and we do have cake by the way!)
We focus on giving you the confidence you need to really maximise your forthcoming holiday and help you be comfortable to go and explore the oceans with your friends and family, without the need for an Instructor.
As a busy lady we realise that life is time precious so we cover the syllabus & vary the depth of each topic dependant on how much time you can spare. The ideal length of time for the prep is 5 days but if you can only spare a weekend then we will endeavour to leave you technically competent in each of the areas on our syllabus.
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.
Why choose Girls for Sail?
Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!
Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachtties' 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 shore side 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
In the evening there is usually a chance to go ashore to explore some of the beautiful villages and towns around the South Coast and Isle of Wight.
We might spend the night discovering how the small town of Cowes reinvents itself after dark to become a hive of activity. The pubs and restaurants are excellent!