SAFE ENJOYABLE LEARNING AFLOAT AND ASHORE SINCE 1974

Helming Skills - Youth

  • Course ID: Y230
  • Discipline: Yachting
  • Level: Competent Crew

This course is for young people aged 12-18 with some sailing experience and skills to the level of Competent Crew.

Length of Course 2 days, usually a weekend.
Objective Be capable helming a yacht efficiently under power and sail. Be able to optimise sail trim and balance to promote faster sailing for both cruising and racing.
Location Cork Harbour or West Cork, South Coast of Ireland.
Equipment Included The Boat has full safety equipment, all nav. aids and powerful engines. The safety equipment includes lifejackets and harnesses for each crew member. Waterproofs are available on request.
What to bring Soft bag with change of warm clothes, toiletries, sleeping bag. Your own sailing waterproofs if you have them.
Meals Most meals are pre-prepared by our qualified Galley Cook. Nothing better than sitting at the table in the saloon for a meal with fellow crewmembers after a hard day's sailing!
Syllabus

Knowledge of sea terms, parts of boat, rigging and sails. Sail handling. Ropework. Fire precautions and fire fighting. Personal safety equipment. Man overboard. Distress signals. Manners and Customs. Rules of the road. Dinghies. Meteorology. Seasickness. Helmsmanship and sailing. General duties.

Course Brands Wild Atlantic Way. ISA. RYA
Tags Yacht Sailing. Yachtmaster. West Cork. Cork Harbour. Navigation. Holy Grounder.

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We are in the process of buying a yacht so we, as a family, decided to do the right thing and take lessons on how to sail it correctly. We are all novices in the sailing department so five of us went out today with Peter Scallan and we had a great day. He asked us up front what we wanted from the day and at this stage I feel we have been given a good base to build from when we decide to take further tuition. Peter is a great instructor and seems to have an intuitive feel for what each person is capable of and adapts accordingly. On top of that he's just a really nice guy and we got on very well with him. The family were discussing the day over a few pints (as you do), and I think we all agreed we left the berth in the morning as a family, but we returned the boat in the evening as a crew and that was all down to the tuition from Peter. In addition to all the sailing, we anchored up and had a delicious lunch cooked from scratch by Jo and as the main cook and bottle washer in my own house I have to say bravo chef. I highly recommend the professional but relaxed setup at Sailcork.

 

Brian F

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