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Boat Handling Course

Option 1

It’s the bit that causes the most anxiety (for crew and skipper alike) - approaching the marina at the end of a day’s sailing to find it crowded with boats and plenty of spectators looking for some entertainment from your best efforts.

Having an appreciation of the main factors influencing how a boat behaves in various conditions of wind and tide, how to prepare your crew, and the different approaches that can be made to any particular berth, will improve your chances of arriving alongside almost silently, with no shouting, no panic and a happy crew.

This one day course is designed to build confidence with your close quarter manoeuvring. With a maximum of 4 participants, you will cover various aspects of berthing and unberthing, including the use of springs, shorthanded mooring, Mediterranean mooring, effective use and preparation of your crew. 

Option 2

Spend the day under sail in the close confines of the upper harbour at Portsmouth. This one day course will look at short tacking and gybing, short course triangular courses,MOB drills and ferry gliding under sail if conditions allow. Spend time picking up mooring buoys under sail, deciding which sail to use depending on tide and wind. How to effectively de-power the main including scandalising and how to potentially sail backwards under main sail.

We recommend that you take a look at the RYA Boat Handling under Sail and Power book.  This has got some great advice and clear illustrations of some of the techniques that you will practice during our day on the water. It will serve as a good reminder and allow you to review all that we have learnt before you next go out.

Picture of front of RYA book Boat Handling for Sail and Power

Course Information

We include everything you will need with your course fee:
  • Personal safety equipment
  • 6 hours tuition and practice
  • Lunch and refreshments (Covid dependant)
  • Fuel
We include everything you will need with your course fee:
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • 6 hours tuition and practice
  • Lunch and refreshments (Covid dependant)
  • Fuel
Topics for this course include the following 
  •     Boat preparation
  •     Unberthing
  •     Use of springs
  •     Handling characteristics-turning, headway, sternway,leeway, prop walk
  •     Berthing - alongside, stern to, bow in
  •     Mediterranean mooring
  •     Emergency situations
  •     Short-handed berthing
Topics for this course include the following:
  • Boat preparation
  • Effectively short tacking
  • Effectively short gybing
  • Manoeuvering the boat more confined spaces under sail
  • Man Over Board drills under sail
  • Effective sail trim
  • Picking up mooring buoys under sail
  • How to scandalise the main sail
  • How to sail backwards under main sail

The course will start and end at Gosport Marina - PO12 1AH

 

None - although this course is aimed at the sailor who has done some basic boat handling under power and sail (Competent Crew and above)

How do I Book?

Check out the available course dates and then contact us or book online. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Lou or Jim for more information.

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