Day 1 - Meet at the office at 10am and receive introduction to your yacht - victuall and general get settled onbaord. You then deliver a full safety brief onboard - you need to get used to doing this, as the skipper. After the safety brief, you will work out how to leave the dock and practise. We will spend the first few hours practicing parking up the river Medina. One candidate will be called upon to deliver a brief on safely hoisting the main sail, taking into account the weather conditions. Our skipper of the day will plan our passage to Portsmouth Harbour. On route we will practice recovering MOBs under power. We will end our day in Beaulieu River or somewhere equally pleasant.
Day 2 - Waking early this morning more mooring practice onto and from pontoons. Then your instructor will demonstrate sailing onto a mooring buoy, and each candidate will take turns and be comfortable with the drill. Instructor will explain the procedures for handling navigation in restricted visibility followed by a simulated exercise to find a buoy in fog. This afternoon today's navigator will take us down to Chichester Harbour - we will practice pilotage plans in Chichester harbour - working out tidal calculations, clearing bearings for entry to this tight and shallow harbour. On route, MOB under sail!
Day 3 - This morning will be spent learning to prepare the yacht and crew to anchor, including the procedure for deciding a good anchorage and working out the required heights of tide. This afternoon, weather permitting we will undertake a longer coastal passage, e.g. to Poole. The navigation for this passage will be split between 2 candidates. You will be taught proper uses for electronic navigation equipment, as well as practice taking conventional fixes. Whilst we are making way we will discuss the action of a skipper in different distress situations. And practise some slightly advanced sail trim techniques and rudderless sailing. Don't be caught off guard by careless BOB going overboard on route!
Day 4 - After breakfast, clean up and getting the weather, our Skipper today will come up with the passage plan back to the Solent. On route discussions of different meteorological trends, how and why do they occur, and how can we predict them? Along with what affects the stability of a yacht. Before stopping for dinner on a mooring buoy in Yarmouth we will practice our approach to buoy's under sail. Slipping the buoy after dinner we will make our way up to the central Solent to practice finding an unlit buoy at night, departure and entry in to a harbour. Ending up in the River Hamble.
Day 5- After the usual morning routine, we will head back to Cowes, practicing all aspects of the course we've learnt. If there is anything particular you would like to practice again, let your instructor know! Arriving back in Cowes at 1430 for clean-up and final de-brief before departing the yacht at 1600.
*subject to wind and tide. Itinerary for guideline only
Extra 2 day exam optional - see other version fo £699.00