Moosk - Gaff Yawl
Moosk 1906 Gaff Yawl
Moosk was built in 1906 as a classic gentleman’s cruiser and she is beautiful and fast. Her distinctive yawl rig and long bowsprit stretch her 39ft decks up to an impressive 58ft overall yet she can be sailed safely by a small crew with the option of flying between 2 and 7 sails. Moosk races competitively in the annual Sail Training International Tall Ships’ Races and often achieves a very high ranking. A strong construction of oak frames and teak planking strapped with iron floors and knees makes Moosk a very sea worthy vessel as she has raced across Biscay with young crews.
What Moosk does Best
Rigged as a gaff yawl, Moosk is simple and handy to sail with a fine and deep hull that makes her light through the water.
In 2017 she is extending her teaching from young people to adult courses – offering the full range of RYA Competent Crew, Watch Leader, Day Skipper and a Yachtmaster Prep Course and exam for RYA Coastal Yachtmaster or Offshore Yachtmaster Qualification. For these 6 day courses she will only take up to 5 students and you have the luxury and attention of two RYA instructors - her regular skipper and a mate.
Many commercial skippers working on traditional boats today have started their careers on Moosk. Now she is offering the more advanced 'learn to skipper' courses she is likely to become the ‘go to’ vessel for those who want to take their Yachtmaster exam on long keeled boats with blocks and tackles.
Her main mission in the school holidays and half terms will be to continue her youth work at sea. In the summer she sets off on big adventures and often some ambitious passage legs to several different countries, participating in International Tall Ships Races with crews from all over the world. In 2017 she is participating in the Tall Ships Race series in the Baltic.
Favourite Destinations - The West Country for RYA Courses
You have a choice of two great sailing grounds - with courses starting from Plymouth or Falmouth
Devon Courses offer some of the most varied coastal scenery in the UK with a typical weekly cruising ground from Coverack in Cornwall through to Dartmouth and Torbay. An awesome teaching ground on Moosk's home patch, with delights for you practice your pilotage on like Newton Ferrers, Salcombe, or gliding up the River Dart. Bring Moosk into shore under sail and anchor off Cawsand, Hallsand, Polkerris, or perhaps Charlestown where you could go stalking BBC Poldark stars if they are filming. Night sailing options range from the myriad of sector lights and anchored naval ships in Plymouth Sound to the 'darker' challenges of Falmouth Carrick Roads or Helford River.
Cornwall Courses start from Falmouth but cover a slightly wilder playground at the Atlantic Ocean is that bit nearer. There are still with deep river estuaries to shelter in and keep busy exploring, if the weather gets gnarly. On a course you might venture around the Lizard into Mounts Bay, or even the Scillies, but there is also plenty to do between Cadgwith and St Anthony lighthouse. Coves and caves, dramatic headlands and drowned river valleys with wooded banks and secret smugglers quays are all part of the charm of learning to sail or navigate here.
Sail Training International Tall Ships Race in the Baltic 2017
A unique opportunity for young people aged 15 to 25 to be involved in a world class sailing event, pitting your wits at sea with thousands of equally competitive young people on tall ships and brave smaller vessels like Moosk from around the world. Sunburn, sea spray, night watches, sail changes, tacking and gybing....and then in some great European ports - the chance to party, and meet other sailors of your age from Russia, Finland, France, Mexico and almost every nation with a tall ship.
The route is into the Baltic visiting Sweden and deep into the Baltic Sea to Finland and Lithuania, before heading out again via Poland - all proud seafaring nations.
Moosk Baltic Tall Ships Race 2017 - leg dates, descriptions, dates and prices
Accommodation and Below Decks
Moosk has 8 guest crew berths in the saloon and two aft bunks for the skipper and mate. The bottom beds are solid bunks with a mattress and the top berths are a pipe cot type bunk, which is very secure in rough weather. For RYA courses Moosk will only take 5 students with a RYA instructor and a mate/cook, so you have plenty of room and two staff to learn from and quiz for advice.
For youth sail training voyages and non RYA courses Moosk can take upto 8 people plus skipper and mate. That is still a ratio of one instructor to 4 guest crew, so you will learn loads.
- Sailing Instruction
- Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses)
- Waterproof jacket and trousers if required.
- All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments throughout the day.
What's Not Included
- Travel to and from the start and end port.
- You need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow (for tall ships race abroad, pillows will be supplied)
- Optional trips or tours taken ashore
- Meals ashore
- Alcoholic Beverages
Suggested Kit List
- A sleeping bag and pillow
- A big soft bag, no suitcases please!
- 2 pairs of warm trousers
- 2 long sleeve t-shirts
- 2 light sweatshirts or similar
- A fleece jacket
- Plenty of underwear and socks
- Warm hat and ordinary gloves
- Wellies or waterproof boots
- A pair of trainers
- Swimming kit (if appropriate)
- Glasses or contact lenses
- Anti seasickness tablets
- Wash kit and towel
- RYA logbook if you have one
- Suncream and Sunglasses
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