RYA Competent Crew - St Lucia

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05 Jan 2018 - 09 Jan 2018 £625.00
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RYA Competent Crew - St Lucia

Venue: St Lucia

Price from: £625 per person

Duration: 5 Days

Girls for Sail Verdict

A great opportunity to get out on the water and learn a new sport. This 5 day course is designed for beginners or anyone who has sampled sailing and now wants to get more involved. It gives you the opportunity to learn the ropes - literally! so at the end you will crew with confidence and are proud to have worked hard to achieve a certificate of confidence!

What the girls had to say...

''There were many things to recommend the course including our amazing, knowledgable, calm and lovely skipper Nikki, whose compassion, dedication, professionalism and patience were exceptional. With very little fuss she managed the boat and a group of smart and assertive women with a maturity that did her great credit.'' Val, RYA St. Lucia 2014

Starts: 10am Day 1  Rodney Bay Marina


Finishes: 4pm Day 5. Rodney Bay Marina


The RYA Competent Crew is run from a fantastic location in St Lucia in the beatiful Caribbean.  Our courses are run from January through to April. 

So you get the opportunity to learn to sail, achieve your Competent Crew Certificate and then just spend your last day cruising your yacht around the Caribbean with your instructor there to help.

About the course

This is 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! 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 could 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 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?



About St Lucia

St Lucia is Located within the caribbean Islands off the south east of the United States of America. Famous for its white and Black sand beaches, rum punch and culture. You're in for a treat here! 
We'll take time to sail around each island before we head to the cultured towns, sampling the music, food and even getting to know the locals! 

Girls for Sail will ensure they do everything to give you the best sailing experience! 




Sample Itinerary in St. Lucia

Day 1

 You'll be given a very warm welcome at around 10am by your Girls for Sail skipper on arrival at your lovely yacht in Rodney Bay Marina, on the North West side of St Lucia. After your bags have been stowed below deck, sit back and relax with a welcome drink whilst your skipper takes you through 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 of Rodney Bay to start learning about how the sails work. For the 'Want to be Skippers' amongst us, cementing the procedures involved, ready to take command throughout the week. We will end the day back at Marigot Bay, it is a sheltered, mangrove-lined bay. From inside, it affords a perfect backdrop for that sunset photo and rum punch, as you look across the beach spit with all of its palms.

Day 2

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. We will practice anchoring today and brushing up and learning our knots! From Marigot bay we will find a great spot to anchor up and have a dip, before heading off to the Pitons! These primeval twin peaks, topping 2,000 feet, are St. Lucia's most famous landmark.

Day 3

Today we will venture around towards the southern point of St Lucia - out of the shelter of the island you will experience a different kind of sailing, and on route you will be meeting our very careless mate Bob. That's right, a bit of man overboard recovery!

Day 4

You thought sailing was just from A-B? Well today your'll learn why sailing in a triangle helps you to understand the physics behind sailing! The potential skippers amongst you will be knee deep in charts planning our route for tomorrowl!

Last day! 

Don't be Sad!  But it's your last day on the water going over any last manouvers and skills, before returning to Rodney Bay Marina where you can enjoy a well deserved cocktail before swaping contact details, saying your goodbyes and departing the yacht at 4pm.
At least you'll have spent this week, making excellent friends and experiencing something totally unique! 

What's included in the course?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Shared bunk on board
  • RYA Courses - half board food (+ dinner on 1 night)
  • Shower facilities on site in marina
  • 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 ashore

Other Activities:

During the 5 days you get the chance to spend nights at anchor and in marinas. You can explore onland and experience the local Caribbean culture and food on this beautiful island.

Extra information:


Flights are not included in the course cost but we will help you find the best deals wherever possible! The standard flights which fly in and out of St Lucia are from London Gatwick:

BA Flights – Arr St Lucia (UVF) 1455 Sunday/Dep 2040 Saturday
Virgin Flights – Arr St Lucia (UVF) 1435 Sunday/ Dep 2005 Saturday

Call Stuart at Dial A Flight on 01732 592166 for the best deals or follow this link to go directly to the webiste.


Please note that we often find day 1 is a bit of a struggle if you have jetted in from USA or UK. Please be aware that this may cause Day 1 to be a tad difficult if you have been awake at 4am. We recommend you come a day early and acclimatise! 

Will you tell me what I need to bring?

Of course! we will send you all the information you need to know about getting here, the course, meeting times etc and if ou have any burning questions let us know! we want to make sure you're at ease when coming away to sail with us! 


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*All itineraries are subject to change due to weather and skipper's discretion
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