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.
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.
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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