Our own 6-hour course demonstrating how to sail a boat upwind and downwind. There will be plenty of opportunity to take the helm with an instructor onboard at all times. All theory is on-the-water. At the end of the course you can use this module as a key part of a formal course from the VDWS or RYA, paying the difference in costs.
ESS Introduction to keelboats
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- Wind awareness, rigging, parts of the boat
- Sailing across the wind, stopping (lying-to), speed control
- Basic tacking (turning the front of the boat through the wind)
- Basic gybing (turning the back of the boat through the wind)
- Sailing upwind and downwind
- Launching and landing
- Awareness of other water users and basic knowledge of the rules of the road
- Safety, personal buoyancy and weather conditions
Courses start daily upon request
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Please ensure that you read and understand our COVID-19 procedures and the terms and conditions of your course contract with us. Copies of these will be emailed with your course confirmation and are available, laminated, at the beach. You will be asked to sign to confirm that you have read and understood them.