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Venue: Cowes

Price from: £899 per person

Duration: 10 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

Take the step and become your own skipper in only 10 days!! We will coach you in our calm manner so you are confident and happy taking your friends and family out on the water.. And being in charge! Our complete Day Skipper is an intensive course which enables you to complete the Day Skipper Practical and theory courses with just over ten days to include two weekends - cutting down your time off work - awesome planning! 

What the Girls Had to Say

''The most perfect 5 days of teamwork – 6 strangers coming together to with one goal in mind – to sail the Solent and to sail it together!'Sharon, RYA UK 2014

Starts: 10am @ the GFS office, Cowes

Finishes: 4pm, Cowes


About The Event

This is a great chance to get out there and become the skipper!

Get that qualification that you've been telling yourself to do for years now.   This course includes 5 days of practical sailing the Solent and exploring the ports and 5 days in the classroom coving the RYA Day Skipper Theory covering  the syllabus, which gives you all the theory you need to prepare for your practical course. Not only do you spend the days sailing you get the chance to do a night sail, what better way to really appreciate sailing but in the peace and quiet with clear skies...

The Day Skipper practical course includes everything you could possibly need to be in charge of a boat, and most charter companies will require a Day Skipper certificate to be able to charter a boat.

SANDWICH theory to practical. The course is ran over one weekend and one FULL week 

Weekend 1* - SHOREBASED - Covering the RYA Day Skipper Theory syllabus. During the classroom based part of the course you will sleep ashore.  

Monday to Friday*  - PRACTICAL SAILING COURSE. As a normal RYA course format Starts 10 am Monday ends 4pm Friday

Saturday to Sunday* - SHOREBASED - Covering the RYA Day Skipper Theory syllabus. During the classroom based part of the course you will sleep ashore. You will take the exam on the last Sunday


Take advantage of your RYA qualified instructor who loves being able to teach. She is there to help you as much as possible and loves watching everyone progress and achieve their Day Skipper, she will take you through the Day Skipper Syllabus and ensure that you are confident with every aspect of it.  Your theory knowledge learnt in the first three days will be put into practice now.

The RYA Day Skipper course teaches the basic practical skippering skills to enable you to be a confident and happy day skipper of a yacht on short passages by day. During the week each person has the chance to act as skipper. This will include planning on where to go, when to get there and obstacles that may be in the way. You will practice mooring in many different ways and go through things in as many difficult ways in case you ever feel you may be caught out. Your instructor will always advise you on the safest way to do things, and to remind you, you aren't in a rush.

Your instructor will advise and coach you on general day to day running of the boat such as preparing the boat for sea, engine checks, checking weather forecasts and being able to present a safety brief to your crew. Whilst out sailing your instructor will run through various practices such as reefing, how to trim the sails, rules of the road and general deck work and any other areas you may not be confident or be confused with. Take advantage of her knowledge and better yours in any way possible, she will explain it to you in a way that make sense for you!

By the end of this course you should be a successful RYA Day Skipper and be able to undertake short passages by day in tidal and non-tidal waters.

During this part of the course you will sleep onboard the boat.

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

Pre-Course Experience

Before taking the Day Skipper practical course the RYA require you to have done a minimum of 5 days sailing, 100 miles and preferably with some night sailing experience (although not necessary).  GFS strongly reccomends that you have at least 10 days of sailing experience before attempting the Day Skipper Intense 10 day course. Don't have enough experience?  When you book this course you will be sent two RYA course books which you are expected to read beforehand.  Please ensure you provide us with your postal address.

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 5 days afloat you get the chance to spend nights at anchor and in marinas really experiencing life on board. One one of the nights we usually 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

  • RYA Day Skipper theory and Day Skipper practical course books 
  • Exclusive use of yacht
  • Professional RYA qualified Skipper
  • 3 evening meals as well as breakfast and lunches during the practical
  • Accommodation onboard during the practical
  • Certificate on completion
  • 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 for the shorebased part of your course*

*Ask us for recommendations

Fancy something a bit different? Why not check out our other events happening throughout the year?

Antigua Sailing Week 2015
Fastnet Race 2015



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 it's 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.


RYA Day Skipper Combined Sample Itinerary UK

Day 1 - Arrive at 10.00am at our Cowes classroom. Start your RYA Day Skipper Theory course.

Day 2 - Continue your classroom based theory course.

Day 3/4 - Classroom based theory.

Day 5 - Complete classroom based theory.

Day 6 - 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, refresh your knowledge of sail hoists and drops, and head out into the Solent to start learning about how the sails work. Tonight we will pick up a mooring buoy outside Yarmouth.

Day 7 - First thing we will practice picking up mooring buoys, as Yarmouth gives us the best playground. 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. The short distance to Lymington 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! It's also time to refresh your knots and help the competent crew members learn theirs!

Day 8 - A longer trip lined up today, after a hearty breakfast we will set off out to the Western Solent, saying goodbye to the needles, and head back to the central Solent using Osborne bay as a practice area, see if you can spot the lovely house up on the hill! , learning more about running a slick crew. We will anchor up for dinner and while the "mother" whips up a feast, you Day Skip navigators will plan our passage because tonight is the night for sailing! We will end up in Haslar Marina, famous for being the best showers on the Solent... not to mention they're on a ship!

Day 9 - After eggs for brekkie, we will head out of busy Portsmouth harbour heading back to the comparable peace of the East Solent, you will navigate us around the Forts planned originally to protect from Napoleonic invasion, but sadly completed too late! More training today, no rest for the wicked.. Ending our day at East Cowes marina (more great showers!). This evening will be your chance to teach your instructor a thing of two... presentations!! These will be on anything from how to send a MAYDAY to where to find a forecast.

Last Day! - More parking this morning! For the rest of the day we will spend time polishing up anything that you wish to cover again. Before heading back to Cowes, to debrief, and clean up. You will depart the yacht at 4pm and head home (not before getting your new friends' contact details!)

Additional Info

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