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RYA Day Skipper Practical

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £325 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!

What the Girls Had to Say

"I learnt more than I thought possible in a way that I can remember and feel confident doing again. The most fun sailing I've had with 5 other ladies!"

Starts: 10am, Day 1, GFS Office, Shepards Wharf Marina, Cowes

Finishes: 4pm Day 5, GFS Office

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About The Event

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 certificate for you to be able to charter a boat.

This 5 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!!

Take advantage of your RYA qualified instructor who loves being able to teach. She is there to help you as much as possible and gets a real kick out of 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. Get the qualification you've been telling yourself to do for years!

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 that you aren't in any rush!

Your instructor will advise and coach you on the 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 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 makes 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.

Who is the Day Skipper course for?

Perhaps you've successfully completed your RYA Competent Crew course and/or learned to sail with some basic knowledge about how to crew a yacht. This probably includes trips with the family/friends or previous dinghy sailing experience but now you want to take on the challenge of becoming a skipper!  It's time to complete your RYA Day Skipper course. This is the next step in feeling even more confident on a boat. You can undertake this 5 day course over 5 consecutive days or across 2 weekends and we coach you through the RYA syllabus which will ultimately leave you able to skipper a boat during the day in familiar waters.

What does the Day Skipper course cover?

The main points you will be covering in the RYA syllabus during these 5 days are;

  • Preparation for sea
  • Deck work
  • Navigation & pilotage
  • Meteorology
  • Rules of the Road
  • Maintenance and repair work
  • Engines
  • Victualling
  • Emergency situations
  • Yacht handling under power and sail
  • Passage making and night cruising
  • Everything you need to be able to skipper a yacht in familiar waters yourself....
  • See the full syllabus here

How exciting does this sound??? Just imagine yourself at the helm of a boat, skippering and feeling confident with everything you're doing....!

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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!) 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.

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet your crew at 1000 at the Girls For Sail office, before your full safety brief on the boat. Go through engine safety checks and plan your first passage to ....

Day 2 - Experience night cruising on a passage from .... to ....

Day 3 - Practice man over board recovery under motor - real-life MOB volunteers not required!

Day 4 - Skipper the yacht to .... picking up a mooring buoy for lunch at .....

Day 5  - Today 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.

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Pre course requirements

  • At least 5 days, 100 miles and 4 night hours of sailing experience
  • Knowledge of basic navigation and helmsmanship
  • It is strongly recommended that you complete the Day Skipper theory course beforehand

Navigation is the most important theoretical element of becoming a skipper. Everything learnt on the theory course will be put into practice during the practical course.  There are several options for gaining the relevant navigation knowledge:

  • RYA Day Skipper Theory online - around 40 hours of interactive home study with support and help available
  • RYA Day Skipper Theory in a classroom - 5 days - we run these periodically throughout the year and can be taken as a combined 10 day course with the practical
  • RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course - 2 days - if you don't have time for the 5 day course this would give you the basics and would definitely help you complete the practical

Ultimately, you need to be comfortable to navigate to a port using the charts/GPS and calculate tidal heights and streams using the almanac.

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Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation onboard
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN
  • Full board food (dinner 3 nights)

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Mooring fees
  • Clothing*
  • Sleepingbag/pllow

*Wet weather gear can be hired in advance, please let us know on your booking form

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!

Call us on:
+44(0)1983 28 28 67

Email us on:
info@girlsforsail.com

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