RYA Day Skipper Practical (2 days + 3 days)

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(19 May 2018 - 20 May 2018) AND (26 May 2018 - 28 May 2018) £569.00
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RYA Day Skipper Practical (2 days + 3 days)

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £569 per person

Duration: 5 Days

Girls for Sail Verdict

"Take the step and become your own skipper!! 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!"

This is a fantastic five day course split over two Consecutive weekends - meaning you only need to lose one day out of the office!

What the girls had to say

"Their calm and clear instruction taught me more in 5 days than I'd learnt in 12 months cruising" Allison 2011

Starts: Friday 7:30pm @ the GFS office, Shepards Wharf Marina in 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 a great chance to get out there and become the skipper, with the added bonus of only having to take one day out of the office on this five day course!

Get that qualification that you've been telling yourself to do for years now. You will meet with your fellow crew members on the first evening and get to know each other over a cup of tea. You then spend the next two weekends sailing the Solent and exploring some of the local ports such as Portsmouth, Yarmouth and Lymington*. 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 course includes everything you could possibly need to be in charge of a boat, and most charter companies will require a Day Skipper to be able to charter a boat.

This five day course gives you a chance to meet other like minded ladies who want to get out there just as much as you do - don't worry if you are coming on your own, by the end of the week you will feel like you've known your fellow crew members forever!!

We run this course over TWO CONSECUTIVE weekends (join Friday night for both):

Weekend 1: Saturday and Sunday

Weekend 2: Saturday, Sunday and Monday

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.

The RYA Day Skipper course teaches the basic practical skippering skills to enable you to be a confident and happy 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 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.

Pre-Course Experience

Before taking the Day Skipper practical course it is advised that you have knowledge up to RYA Day Skipper Theory, 5 days sailing, 100 miles and preferably some night sailing experience (although not necessary). Don't have enough experience?

*Your skipper will choose an itinerary based on the weather and tides for the week.

RYA Day Skipper Sample Itinerary UK

Weekend One

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, 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.

Sunday - 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!

Weekend Two

Saturday, Sunday and Monday - prepare for more of what you learnt last week...and continue to build on those skills and practice new parts of the syllabus. By the end of your three days you should hopefully be starting to feel at ease in your new role as skipper...and gaining a good understanding of how to navigate the boat under sail or power, berth her safely in the marina - and keep your fellow crew safe and happy! Leave us on the Monday at 4pm and start planning your next sailing holiday or event as skipper of your own yacht!

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. 

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.

Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board*
  • 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 upgrades where available

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?

Click on the link below to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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