RYA Competent Crew (2 days + 3 days)

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RYA Competent Crew (2 days + 3 days)

Girls For Sail Verdict

The first weekend of two, join us for the perfect introduction to sailing! This course is run over two consecutive weekends (5 days) at the end of which you will gain your RYA Competent Crew certificate...your first step towards becoming a sailor!

What the Girls Had to Say

'Although I was initially nervous, I left feeling exhilarated by the whole experience.  Gaining friends and knowledge.  Highly recommend anyone to rise to the challenge.' - Suzanne RYA July 2014

Starts: Friday 7:30pm @ the GFS office, Cowes

Consecutive weekends: Weekend 1 is on Saturday and Sunday. Weekend 2 is Saturday & Sunday plus EITHER Friday OR Monday - the calendar dates reflect the specific extra day

Finishes: 4pm @ Shepards Wharf Marina, Cowes


About the event

This is the first 2-day weekend of a fantastic 5 day course where you can get on board a yacht and learn as much as you can in 5 days. You will work towards the RYA Competent Crew Certificate.

This course is aimed to encourage you out on the water and have fun doing it! During the course, you spend 5 nights on board the boat, really seeing how sailing life suits you. Get involved! - From cooking to tying the boat up in the marina, everything becomes a fun team effort.

The RYA Competent Crew Syllabus covers all the basics of being on a boat. We coach you so you are able to steer the boat under sail and motor power, understand all terms used onbaord, mooring techniques and  even help you to row a dinghy!!

You will meet great like minded people that become your friends (and family for 5 days) as you have some unforgettable experiences that will leave you wanting more! It's an opportunity to meet some more girls that you can go out sailing with and feel confident.

Each night you will end up in a new port to explore, where you will sit down with your skipper and fellow crew mates to go through the events and learnings of the day. By the end of the 5 days you should have sufficient knowledge to be able to be a 'competent' part of the crew on any sailing yacht.

Your RYA instructor will be there to help you through anything you are unsure of and will coach you all the way, including handy tips to remembering things. She is there to help you, so make  you can get as much information that time allows! She loves to teach and loves watching new people learn the sport that she loves so much.

It's a great fun, a course split over 5 days that will make you leave wanting to come back again, with new found friends and a new found love, what is there to not like?


Sample Itinerary

Weekend 1 (2 days)

Friday - Meet on the boat at 7.30pm at Shepherds Wharf Marina, Cowes. Your skipper will be onboard with the kettle on! Tonight you will cover a few safety briefings to get you settled onboard before retiring to the pub to get to know your new crew mates!

Saturday - Wake up to bacon butties, before your full safety brief on the boat. A lot of information this morning, but don't worry, it will all sink in. After the safety brief, we will learn how to hoist the sails, and head out into the Solent to start learning about how the sails work. Tonight we will pick up a mooring buoy outside Yarmouth.

Sunday - After digesting a lot of information yesterday, today will put it into practice, repeating the lessons of the day before and incorporating more tacking and gybing. You will practice steering a compass course on route back toward Cowes optimises the time honing our new found skills, and learning more - its time for MAN OVERBOARD!! You will be meeting our very careless mate Bob! Its also time to learn some knots! Before heading back to Shepherd's Wharf, to debrief, and clean up. You will depart the yacht at 4pm.

Weekend 2 (3 days)

Join us on the Friday evening for three more days of fun and learning - prepare to not only put everything you will hopefully have learned during your first week into practice, but also cover lots of new areas too! By the time you leave the boat at 4pm on the Monday you'll be a fully-fledged competent member of crew, hurrah!


Additional Info

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. 

Other Activities

During the 2 weekends you get the chance to spend nights at anchor and in marinas really experiencing life on board. We try and make an allowance for one night to take a trip to one of the local pubs for a meal with all of your crew mates to relax and reflect on the previous days work.

What's included?

  • 5 days' expert tuition
  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Professional RYA qualified skipper
  • Accommodation on board*
  • Shower facilities in marina
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • 3 evening meals over the 2 weekends as well as breakfast and lunches
  • Certificate on completion
  • Fun*Fun*Fun!

What isn't included?

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

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.

We're based at Shepards Wharf Marina. It's a friendly marina which hosts a lot of different boats from just about everywhere! 



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

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