Learn to sail in two days: Universal Yachting RYA Start Yachting course

Whether you are completely new to sailing, want a refresher or would like to do the Competent Crew or the Day Skipper courses, the RYA Start Yachting course is the first step towards starting your sailing adventure.

The RYA Start Yachting weekend is an introductory course to sailing for complete beginners.

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The course takes place over a weekend and teaches the basics of sailing. From learning the names of the various boat parts, rope work, learning the points of sail, steering a boat under sail or power, meteorology, rules of the road and man overboard recovery, to clothing and emergency equipment and precautions, all the basics are covered.

Pack the right gear

Set off to Universal Marina in Hamble on a Friday afternoon, armed with compact sailing bag, packed full with all the gear would be needing on the boat. It’s important to have the right kit and be prepared for all kinds of weather.
Take with faithful Musto Br1 Channel Jacket which is always brilliant at protecting from water and strong winds, a Musto Extreme Thermal Fleece for warmth and Musto Women’s Evolution Performance UV trousers, which keep you dry and are also very comfortable to wear on a boat.  Protection from the sun is hugely important too, so SPF30 sun screen, a hat and  Sunglasses are essential given that the weather forecast predicts a hot weekend on the Solent. Last but definitely not least, take a sleeping bag to keep warm for next two nights.

Meet your boat and crew

The first to arrive for the next two days: Splash, a Beneteau Oceanis 37.

Beneteau Oceanis 37 available for Bareboat and Skippered Yacht Charter in the Solent from Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble

Beneteau Oceanis 37

Immediately inspect the cabin, which will be sharing with one of sailing companions. It’s cosy, but Isn’t here to sleep and it’ll do very well for the weekend.

The Oceanis 37 cabin and the Gill bag packed with all the sailing essentials.

She comes fully equipped and complies with the MCA’s charter regulations for a Cat 2 vessel for up to 8 people. In addition she has been equipped with many other extra’s such as heating that offer our clients that bit more than you might ordinarily expect from a typical charter yacht.

One feature of our yachts is that they do not carry any permanent company branding, from the feedback we have received all our clients really appreciate not being easily identifiable as a charterer.

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How families can move up from dinghies to yacht sailing.

For many families involved with dinghy sailing it is a natural aspiration to do some yacht sailing, such as a flotilla holiday.

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Skippering and managing a yacht is a step up that can present its challenges as well as its joys, so making the transition needs to be considered within the dynamics of each individual family.

Sailing can, and will, expose both the weaknesses and the strengths of any group or family unit. So, it is important to recognize how your family interacts at home, and not expect them to be any different on the water.

The right learning style.

If one person has a good level of sailing experience and the natural dynamics of the family support that person as the leader, it normally works well for that person to get additional training to feel comfortable in range of confident skipper.

Some families lead by manual consensus, talking things through first to work out what they are doing. In this instance, learning as a family group has its advantages. It allows everyone to work out what each person is good at and establish the group dynamics with an instructor’s guidance.

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It helps to feel confident in their role and have trust in each other when the instructor is not there. Starting at the same level means everyone learns together, builds up experience and grows in confidence together, creating a more harmonious unit.

Some people are happier to learn separately, so that they feel less intimidated by others who may have more experience. However separate teaching can lead to scenarios under stress where one person says:

“Well I was taught to do it like this!” It is important to understand how the family works, and also be honest with yourself about your ability levels. Problems can arise when one person professes to know how to sail and everyone else follows along blindly.

The so-called expert can be exposed if things to do not go according to plan, leading to breakdown and loss of confidence in the skipper. It is a tough position to come back from as others start to chip in with their own opinions and undermine further decisions.

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Learn to Sail in 2 Days RYA Start Yachting Course with Universal Yachting & YBW

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RYA Start Yachting Course – Universal Yachting

The RYA Start Yachting weekend is an introductory course to sailing for complete beginners.

Whether you are completely new to sailing, want a refresher or would like to do the Competent Crew or the Day Skipper courses, the RYA Start Yachting course is the first step towards starting your sailing adventure.

The course takes place over a weekend and teaches the basics of sailing. From learning the names of the various boat parts, rope work, learning the points of sail, steering a boat under sail or power, meteorology, rules of the road and man overboard recovery, to clothing and emergency equipment and precautions, all the basics are covered.

£350 pp or £245 pp if you are happy to share an accommodation space.

It is run over 2 days with accommodation provided onboard the yacht. Our sailing school is based in Mercury Yacht Harbour on the River Hamble and sailing takes places in and around the Solent.

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Mercury Yacht Harbour

We offer the option for you to book your own sleeping area for that extra privacy and comfort but if you are happy to share then we offer a 30% discount off the course price.

By the end of the course participants will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work and be aware of safety onboard.

If you wish to continue further into the RYA Sail Cruising Scheme then you can join the 3 day element of our 2 + 3 Day RYA Competent Crew course to receive your competent crew certificate.

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Mile Building Weekends – Universal Yachting

Our activity sailing weekends are a great way to build up your sailing experience. Setting off early Saturday morning, sailing east around the Isle.

enjoy a fantastic Mild Building weekends on the water.We organize a number of Mile Building days & weekends throughout the year for individuals, come down on your own or with friends and enjoy a fantastic weekend on the water.

No matter what your level of experience we offer a range of additional sailing courses to complement the more structured RYA Sailing Courses that we provide through our Sailing School.

Our Try Yachting and Mile Building Weekends are great ways to get out on the water either on your own or with a friend and like all our sailing courses you can book your own cabin if you prefer.

If you are planning an overseas sailing holiday, then our Flotilla Training Course will teach you all you need to know and help your whole family prepare.
Or if you already your own boat and just want a little expert guidance with one of our instructors then we can run a bespoke course on your own boat.

 

Gain experience and build up your sea milesOur Individual Weekend Packages Include:

• Yacht & Skipper
• Full safety equipment
• Food & Drink whilst sailing (Saturday evening meal excl)
• Berthing
• Fuel
So whether you are looking to build miles to gain experience or simply enjoy some time on the water we have a great range of experiences on offer.
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Dufour 460 Review | Universal Yachting

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The Dufour 460

The Dufour 460 Grand Large offers a perfect balance between functionality and elegance.

Defined by her sleek and beautiful lines the Dufour 460 certainly stands out from the crowd and is much admired on any dock.

Equally important was achieving the right balance between the practical aspects of sailing and how owners and their families imagine to live onboard.

It is this greater degree of comfort and luxury along with the clever use of space and innovative design that really sets the Dufour 460 aside from her competitors.

A wider hull shape, more than you would normally expect on a boat of this size, has been designed both for performance in a wide range of wind conditions and to offer the maximum space around the cockpit area, bathing platform and aft cabins.

First seen at the Cannes Boat Show in September 2015 the Dufour 460 is the successor of the exceptional Dufour 445 and 450 GL. Designed by the Italian designer Umberto Felci this yacht holds the same core values that can be found throughout the whole of the Grand Large Range.

Cockpit

As you would expect there are the now common twin helms that allow both unrestricted movement around the cockpit as well as providing excellent visibility forward whilst sailing.

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Cockpit

Both helms have dedicated locations for a range of instruments and plotters for easy navigation and lifting foot rests which create a solid platform to brace your feet when sailing at an angle but then fold down when not in use to leave a smooth cockpit floor.

You will find plentiful seating around the back of the cockpit both for the helmsman as well as for your guests who may wish to simply relax.

 

Hull

The hull features Dufour’s now characteristic hull chines, these are there for both extra performance and as a way of controlling the amount of heel when sailing upwind.

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Hull

The 3 large distinctive hull windows allow in plenty of natural light to the interior of the boat.

A near vertical bow and clean lines creates an impressive and striking profile.

An electric motor operates the full width bathing platform that lowers to provided easy access onto the boat and a large comfortable place to relax.

Deck …

The side decks are noticeably wider than you might expect on a boat of this size and with the shrouds mounted outboard this allows easy and unrestricted movement around the boat.

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Deck

There are good hand holds around the coachroof and a deep wooden toe rail for extra support.

A deep and easily accessed deck locker forward offers plenty of storage for ropes, fenders and any extra sails.

Good height stanchions and guard rails around the boat offers excellent security and a double gate midships creates options for boarding through an opening gate.

Sailing ….

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Cruising

This is a yacht perfect for distance cruising or simply for anyone that simply enjoys a yacht that handles and performs well. Whatever your requirements the Dufour 460 is easy to handle and designed to sail shorthanded if you wish.

Controlling winches for the main and genoa sheets are positioned aft next to the helm positions for easy handling. There are 2 large coach roof winches at the companionway entrance for the halyards and reefing lines, electric options are available for all the winches.

 

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Sail

A full width main sheet traveler provides direct control of the mainsail shape and the low positioning of the goose neck creating an inclined boom offers easy handling of the mainsail when stowing or reefing and alleviates the need to use mast steps to reach the head of the sail.

Options and Specifications …..

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Interior

The available options for the Dufour 460 are divided into 3 defined packages

The Comfort Version defines the standard boat then you can add on the Liberty Version and the Adventure Version.

If you are looking for additional performance the Grand Prix pack allows for high spec sails, 108% overlapping headsail, additional winches, Asymetric Gear and an adjustable backstay.

Then you can choose from a wide range of extra’s to create the boat exactly how you want it.

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Dufour 412 Grand Large

The Dufour 412 Grand Large is a development of the previous Dufour 410 model, with improvements that have come about as the result of owner feedback. Some of the changes are at the back of the boat, where there’s a re-designed stern area which includes provision for an optional barbecue and sink on deck. The Dufour 412 Grand Large  has a spacious cockpit, wide side decks and a full width bathing platform allow for comfortable living on deck. At the bow there’s also a standard sprit for the ground tackle and from which you can fly a code zero and other asymmetric spinnakers. They’ve moved the gooseneck down, which means that handling the mainsail is much easier because you don’t have to stretch miles up the rig to do so..

There’s lots of natural light below decks, with big overhead windows, an opening hatch for ventilation and two pairs of side windows. On the starboard side of the saloon they’ve changed the arrangement so you have a chart table, which folds away when it’s not needed to give a full-length settee. This would also work well as a full-length sea berth and gives more space for lounging in port.

Whilst sailing, the common features of the whole Dufour range are also found on the 412. Modern hull with chines, low height gooseneck, high aspect sails, self tacking jibs all make for simple sailing with great performance.

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Dusseldorf Boat Show 2017

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Dufour 56

Once again Dufour Yachts will be exhibiting at the 2017 Dusseldorf Boat Show with their whole range on show, 310, 350, 382, 412, 460, 512 and the new Dufour 56 Exclusive.

We are also excited to announce the world premier of the new Dufour 63 Exclusive.

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Dufour 63 Exclusive

Hosted every January at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition centre, Boot Düsseldorf is one of the largest boat shows in Europe.

Universal Yachting, UK Agents for Dufour Yachts will be on hand throughout the show to discuss all your sailing requirements. But please call us to book an appointment.

Enjoy watersports in a new dimension! In 17 halls and 13 perfectly develope themed worlds you can experience the full range of maritime life. Now, dive in even deeper: Scan the QR code on the left under the PLAY NOW icon and the respective watersports image becomes a film experience!
PLAY NOW is something you will see more and more often. Take a trip into the digital age with the boot Düsseldorf trade fair.

Opening times:

21st – 29th January 2017
Daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Location:
Messe Düsseldorf exhibition ground Stockumer Kirchstrasse 61, D-40474 Duesseldorf, Germany.

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