RYA Seamanship Skills

Rudderless sailing

This 2-day Seamanship Skills course introduces you to more advanced sailing techniques in tidal waters. Good dinghy sailors learn how to sail without a rudder and how to sail backwards. But these skills are not usually practised on the cruising courses such as Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper practical.

Yacht sailors need to sail backwards to dig the anchor in under sail. It's also one of the practical tasks required for the Yachtmaster practical exam. It's much easier to learn how to do it on a small yacht first. That's one of the advantages of keelboat courses for yacht sailors; you can progress your sailing skills quite quickly. If you're reading this you're one of the lucky few to discover this hidden gem within all the RYA sail training schemes!

Sailing on Morecambe Bay presents great opportunities for developing your tidal awareness & sailing skills. Sailing on & off a tidal mooring demands skill. The tides here are perfect for learning how to do this. Using transits forward & sideways you can 'box the buoy' under sail or power. It's one of the games we can play here in the strong tides.

Tidal sailing experiences like these will make you a much better sailor and more confident at close quarter sailing when it comes to larger cruising yachts later.

Get yourself ready for a successful Yachtmaster practical exam!

Contact us to arrange your Seamanship Skills course.

Start Time Finish Places
21/8/2019 11 am 22/8/2019 3
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