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for 2012: In the BVI for the Winter Season after the Arc 2010. We have had a great 2010 with our largest yacht Moulin Rouge going on the 25th ARC to St Lucia. After a successful season in the BVI she is now heading back for the summer in the Solent.
We also welcome on Board Colin Ridley as our New Chief Instructor Sail. Colin has been awarded RYA Instructor of the Year and will be a great asset to GB Yachts.
(*with partner RYA Training School in Portland
For the complete novice the 2 day RYA Start
Yachting Course is the right choice, or for someone who just wants
to try sailing for the first time. This course is the great introduction
to sailing and seamanship and will give you a basic knowledge of
watch keeping, rope handling and sailing etiquette.
is essential that before you go to sea that you have a thorough
understand how to practically run your boat so that you avoid any
pitfalls. The course will cover a basic introduction to charts and
associated collateral, so that you can make informed decisions about
where and when to go. You will be taught about buoyage, so that
you can get out and into the harbour competently, along with the
basics of navigation, and of course boating safely. When you are
out sailing, you will want to anchor at some point, so we will teach
you how, and what to consider when you are looking for an anchorage.
The course you will teach you
how to find read what the tide is doing, and how to apply that information
to keep you safe. Modern electronic navigation will also play a
major part in the course, and therefore you we will teach you how
to use and interpret GPS information correctly.
Out at sea you will also need
to know in a collision avoidance situation, and how to take the
appropriate safety steps. At the end of the course we will teach
you about the weather, and how to obtain the relevant forecast,
and what it means to use this at sea in a small boat. The last part
of the course looks at melding all of the elements of the course
together and discusses passage planning. That means at the end of
the course you know how to safely get in and out of nearby harbours
during the day in good weather.
Sailors looking to progress
onto Day Skipper Theory are strongly advised to do this course first.
This course is aimed at anybody who sails a small boat close to
land, for divers, fishermen, inshore racers, power boaters and jet
The RYA Day Skipper Practical course has
a three fold flexible study plan. It can be completed on a 5-day
course, 3 weekends, or a 2 day plus a 3 day weekend. The RYA Day
Skipper Practical course you will get a chance to improve and practice
your practical sailing skills and the man-over-board, sailing onto
mooring buoys, coming along side and anchoring evolutions. You will
be skippering for the first time, putting the navigation skills
you learnt on the Day Skipper Theory course into practice.
When you successfully complete the RYA Day
Skipper Practical Course, you will be able to navigate and skipper
a small yacht in familiar waters by day. This qualification is normally
a must for chartering a yacht as skipper anywhere in the world.
Holders of the RYA Day Skipper Practical qualification can and should
apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).
People who have received special training
are demonstrably more likely to survive an emergency at sea, Sailing
disasters at sea like the Sidney Hobart Race and the Fastnet Race
are harsh reminders that experience is no guarantee against abandoning
ship for even the most experienced yachtsman and you need to know
what to do to help you survival.
The RYA Sea Survival Course covers all the
basics that you need to know, Including preparation for survival,
lifejackets, search and rescue and a practical session in a swimming
Until you have to try and climb into a life
raft yourself, you do not realise how difficult it is. You will
be taught how to launch the life raft, life raft equipment, initial
actions to be taken in a life raft, how to right it, if it inflates
upside down and survive the "Abandon Ship Drill"! There
is no point spending lots of money on a life raft for your yacht
if you do not know how to use it!
Sea Survival is an essential requirement
for the Commercial Endorsement of a Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster
Level 1 syllabus is an appropriate entry-level course for introducing
children 8 years of age and over to Powerboating and is ideal if
your children use a tender or dinghy around the marina. We aim to
teach 90% of this course on the water.
RYA Powerboat Level 2 Course, is a 2 day course and is the most
popular power boat qualification where you will learn how to launch
and recover the boat safely and all about the safety equipment required
before you go to sea. You will also be taught how to take charge
and moor up the boat alongside. Having mastered the basic manoeuvres,
you will go out into open water where you will drive the boat at
high speed performing both S and U turns.
Emergency drills will
be taught early on in the course, and by the end of it you will
be competent in being able to recover a ‘man overboard’.
Those gaining their
Level 2 can then apply to the RYA for their ICC ('International
Certificate of Competence'). This course usually takes place at
a weekend, but can be arranged to suit any requirements.
This course satisfies those who have had
some boat handling experience or have never stepped into a boat
before no matter what their age. The RYA Competent Crew course introduces
the beginner to sailing over either 5 days or 3 weekends. During
the course you will be taught elementary seamanship and become familiar
with safety at sea, sail handling, rope work, steering on all points
The one-day RYA First Aid course is designed
for small boat users who would like a qualified first aider on board.
It covers not only the usual ABC's and Mouth to Mouth procedures
but typical yachting injuries injuries, such as head injuries and
hypothermia are also covered.
If you have not taken a course yet, it is
even more essential that you learn the basics. Even in the inshore
waters like the Solent it can take up to 30 minutes for the helicopter
This course is also a prerequisite for the
Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster exam.
An introduction to chart work, navigation,
meteorology and seamanship, the RYA Day Skipper Theory is the essential
course. You will learn how to calculate tidal heights and streams
and how this impacts on your course.
The RYA Day Skipper Theory course you will
also teach you about how to identify the 'give way vessel’;
when there is a risk of collision; 'dead reckoning' and 'estimated
Before attending the RYA Day Skipper Theory
course it is essential that you have had some previous sailing experience.
9-day Combined Day Skipper Course - The Complete Day Skipper in
For the complete solution why not take the
popular integrated RYA 9-day Combined Day Skipper Course - starting
on Saturday morning when, for 4 days, our RYA Shore based Instructor
covers the RYA Day Skipper Theory syllabus which includes seamanship,
navigation, safety at sea, meteorology, passage planning and ‘Rules
of the Road’. On Wednesday morning, our RYA Practical Instructor
takes over and you spend the next 5 days consolidating what you
have learnt, returning to harbour on the Sunday afternoon. There
will be opportunities to skipper and navigate around interesting
harbours, as well as work on your passage planning, weather forecasting
and keeping watch.
After completing the RYA 9 day Combined course,
and just using at most 5 working days holiday you could be qualified
to Day Skipper level, allowing you to charter a yacht any where
in the world!
This five day course aims to develop the
skills of experienced skippers wishing to undertake more extended
cruising. The course covers advanced yacht handling under sail and
power, crew management, emergency situation management, offshore
passage-making, weather interpretation and tidal streams, pilotage
and passage planning. In short, all the techniques needed to safely
skipper a yacht on coastal and off-shore passages by day or night.
15 days cruising experience required and
sound coastal navigation theory and you need three hundred sea miles
to enter this course and coastal skipper level theory.
This qualification is required by most discerning
yacht charter companies and for those who wish to be more adventurous.
At some point to we all have to use a VHF
radio to contact a Marina for a berth for the night. You may be
surprised to know that it is also a legal requirement to have a
radio licence if you own a VHF set. You can qualify for this licence
by attending a one-day RYA Short Range Certificate (SRC) course.
You will learn about Regulations, Marine
VHF and Digital Selective Calling equipment, Emergency Radio equipment,
Routine, Distress and Urgency procedures. The VHF is an essential
lifeline on the boat it is vital that you know how to use it. The
VHF (SRC) is a prerequisite for the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster
exam. In order to pass it is essential that you learn the phonetic
alphabet before your course.