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RYA Seamanship skills and spinnaker training

Aim of course:

The aim of the Seamanship Skills Courseis is to develop the skills learned in RYS NSS Levels 1, 2 and 3 and introduce further exercises and techniques such as use of spinnakers (symmetric and asymmetric) to create sailors capable of handling a boat in a seamanlike manner and making seamanlike decisions in a broad range of situations and conditions. Although many techniques apply to single-handed dinghies this course is more suited to double-handed dinghies.

We utilise a variety of club training dinghies for this course as it provides a wider range of experience for both helming and crewing, useful when learning new techniques.


Instructor ratios:

The course will operate on a DI:Student ratio of 1:2 with a maximum of 8 students.


SI:

The SI will have an overview of the course, monitoring any safety issues, ensuring the standard of course delivery and timely progress through the sessions by the DI's. The SI we brief and debrief DI's as required.


Course delivery:

Delivery of Classroom, Onshore and Onwater sessions will be by DI's in accordance with the relevant method.


Day 1:

Heaving to, Man Overboard

Anchoring, Sailing backwards

Knots and ropework

Rudderless sailing

Beach landing, Windward/Leeward landings

Tides


Day 2:

Rudderless sailing

Reefing afloat

Sailing without a centreboard

Racing tasters

Points of sailing, Rules of the ROad

Spinnaker training

Meteorology


See Detailed lesson plan below

Equipment:

Fleet: Various

Safety boat: Highfield RIB

Classroom: Clubroom / Training Loft

SI: Highfield RIB


Sailing area:

The courses will operate in all areas of the lake dependent upon wind direction:



LESSON PLAN

DAY 1:

9:00 - 9:30 ASHORE:

    • Introductions, course outline, facilities and safety briefing (slip ways, booms, ropes etc)
    • Paring up
    • Allocation of boats


9:30 - 10:00 ASHORE:

    • Theory of Heaving to
    • Revision of Man Overboard
    • Rig & launch boats


10:00 - 11:00 ON WATER:

    • Heaving to
    • Man Overboard


11:00 - 11:15 CLASSROOM:

    • Break


11:15 - 11:30 CLASSROOM:

    • Theory of achoring
    • Theory of sailing backwards


11:30 - 12:30 ON WATER

    • Anchoring
    • Sailing backwards


12:30 - 13:15 LUNCH / DEBRIEF


13:15 - 13:45 CLASSROOM:

    • Ropework (Whipping, heat sealing)
    • Knots (Fisherman's bend, sheet bend)


13:45 - 14:15 CLASSROOM:

    • Theory of rudderless sailing
    • Theory of beach landings Windward/Leeward


14:30 - 15:30 ON WATER:

    • Rudderless sailing
    • Beach landings Windward/Leeward


15:30 - 16:00 ASHORE

    • De-rig


16:00 - 16:45 CLASSROOM:

    • Introduction to tides
    • Debrief


DAY 2:

9:00 - 9:30 ASHORE:

    • Meet
    • Pair up
    • Allocation of boats
    • Rig boats


9:30 - 10:30 ON WATER:

    • Ruddderless sailing


10:30 - 11:00 CLASSROOM:

    • Theory of sailing without a centreboard
    • Theory of reefing afloat


11:00 - 11:15 CLASSROOM:

    • Break


11:15 - 12:00 ON WATER:

    • Sailing without a centreboard
    • Reefing afloat


11:30 - 12:30 CLASSROOM:

    • Revision Points of Sailng
    • Revision Rules of the ROAD


12:30 - 13:15 LUNCH / DEBRIEF


13:15 - 13:45 CLASSROOM:

    • Theory of spinnaker flying
    • Theory of inversion recovery


13:45 - 15:00 ON WATER:

    • Spinnaker training
    • Inverted Capsize recovery


15:00 - 15:15 CLASSROOM:

    • Break


15:15 - 15:45 ASHORE:

    • De-Rig


15:45 - 16:30 CLASSROOM:

    • Introduction to meterology
    • Debrief and questions
    • End of course procedures: log books and next steps

Last updated 12:52 on 28 January 2024

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