The fabulous Isles of Scilly is the destination for this extended one week cruise. The cruise starts with a 140 mile passage to New Grimsby Sound, giving you an opportunity to be part of crewing a yacht offshore over a 24 hour cycle, getting experience of watch systems. Once in Scilly, you spend four days cruising the islands, practicing close quarters pilotage, experiencing fabulous Atlantic sailing and of course the obligitory social runs ashore. The cruise is completed with a return overnight cruise to Cork harbour.
|Length of Course||Six Days|
|Objective||Fine tune your skills and add miles to your log book in preparation for further qualification (Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore). The course includes two 'qualifying passages', to meet Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore logbook requirements. Experience the rhythm of long distance sailing and the challenge of island pilotage in shallow water.|
|Location||Cork Harbour to Scilly and back, including visits to St Mary's, Tresco, St. Martin's, St. Agnes and Gugh, Bryher.|
|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 equipment if you have them - waterproofs, torch, sailing knife, books: Personal Logbook, Comp Crew Book. Kitty, pocket money|
|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!|
You can avail of your SailCork Commercial Yachtmaster Offshore Skipper to brush up on any part of the practical yachting syllabus including Compentent Crew, Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore. You will get an opportunity to handle the boat, set sails, navigate etc.
|Pre Course||Have completed at least one of the following: Competent Crew, Day Skipper Practical, Day Skipper Navigation, Coastal Skipper Practical, Yachtmaster Navigation.|
|Pre Course Advice||Study weather and tides (click here). Study area on relevant charts (click here - Navionics). Eat before joining on evening course. Bag packed as advised - soft bag. Google Isles of Scilly and study Scilly on Google Earth.|
|Tags||Yacht Sailing. Yachtmaster. West Cork. Cork Harbour. Navigation. Holy Grounder.|
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.
If you wanna learn to sail or improve your techniques this has got to be the best way to do it. I signed up for the competent crew course and it was a blast. Can't recommend sailcork high enough. An easy 5 stars J Kennedy