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RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper Practical Course

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
GV300618 Golden Vanity Brixham Brixham
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 6 Nights
30/06/2018 - 14:00 to 06/07/2018 - 12:00
30/06/2018 - 14:00 to 06/07/2018 - 12:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Available - Book Now GBP £695.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

Golden Vanity RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper Practical Course -starting from Brixham 2018


Introduction to the principle of the voyage

These courses are combined on 6 day voyages giving longer sea time and less pressure than those schools which offer a 5 day course. The joint course offers advantages to every one. Those studying for Competent Crew can if they have the ability complete sections of the Day Skipper practical syllabus and see what they need to do for the next step up the ladder. Whilst those doing the Day Skipper practical have an enthusiastic crew to work with and gain command experience.
A four hour night passage is a compulsory part of the course but it is very often also the highlight of the voyage. It’s a great team effort with pilotage, communication, lookout duty and command skills.

RYA Competent Crew

We want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew. On the RYA Competent crew course, we will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction ! The course is about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences:- anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons, night sailing. The skills you learn will be relevant for modern yachts, but after the rya competent crew course you should also feel at home on traditional boats and tall ships with blocks and tackles. ( 6 day course. Maximum 5 students to one instructor on any RYA course, fully inclusive prices)

Full Syllabus for RYA Competent Crew

RYA Day Skipper

Skippering a boat is fun, and this RYA day skipper course is about taking your first steps towards taking charge, with the safety net of an instructor on board. Everyone will be given a chance to navigate and take control of "Golden Vanity" on short coastal passages. You will also have plenty of practice at coordinating manoeuvres under sail and power, and learning how to cope with emergencies. Learn big boat watch leader skills on deck, and navigational techniques below with GPS and radar and a large chart table. Successful completion of the RYA day skipper course means you should feel confident enough to tackle short day passages as skipper in tidal waters. 

Full Syllabus for Day Skipper

Read why our RYA sailing courses on classic boats with bowsprits might just make you a better all round sailor - whether you plan to sail modern yachts, bigger classics, super yachts or tall ships.

We can now offer you an RYA Long Distance Day Skipper Course, which gives you the option of when, where and for how long you study.

Voyage Itinerary and Ports - Devon & Cornwall Coast

You can do a RYA Course in the UK or abroad, but the Devon and Cornwall coast takes some beating for variety, scenery and challenge. Off the coast of South Devon and Cornwall, the water is deep with a few rocky hazards, but none of the complexity of the Solent's sand bars and busy shipping.  Day Skippers can can dip into more challenging pilotage when you enter the ports and estuaries.

Whether you are at beginner level or learning to be the skipper or navigator, this coastline will give you a broad education. The courses are about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences:- anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons, night sailing. 

Headlands, Rias and Secret Coves

Both Devon and Cornwall have some great hideaways and secluded anchorages. Wherever you stop there is the SW Coast Path, which was originally created for the revenue men on horseback to patrol isolated peninsulas and bays to catch smugglers landing their contraband.

Devon as a Sailing Ground

West of Brixham is the impressive Berry Head, its high limestone cliff's home to Peregrine falcons. The other side of the Bay is equally popular with rock climbers and you can sail past the distinctive Thatchers Rock.  It is rare to go East from here as the port choices are limited without covering big distances.

Dartmouth & River Dart

Only a short evening sail away is the almost hidden entrance to Dartmouth and Kingswear. The river is gorge like with a bend in the river which hides the historic ports until you are almost off Town Quay.  The new harbour-master here in 2017 is actively encouraging the charter vessels to sail up the River Dart, creating a timeless scene for tourists and lots of sail handling for you.

Start Point & Hallsands

The iconic white lighthouse on this famous headland features in many maritime paintings, and marks the tide ripped Skerries sand bank. If you take the inside passage you might stop at the abandoned village of Hallsand, where buildings were claimed by the sea in a great storm.

Salcombe - Golden Beaches & Yachting Mecca

Not many harbours have such perfect golden sands revealled at low tide. Salcombe is a holiday heaven for those who love messing about in boats, but very busy peak season. If you are lucky enough to get a mooring off the town you can admire you classic boat from the waterside inns.

Newton Ferrers, Plymouth & Cawsand

You could spend 6 days on a RYA course here and not get bored. Plan your pilotage up the Tamar or the River Lyhner. Anchor at Barn Pool for a BBQ or the village of Cawsand for a seafood meal in the pub that sits on the county boundary.  Behind the Breakwater you will find Navy ships, yacht races, ferries to dodge and dozens of navigational marks at night.

Cornwall as a Sailing Ground

On a 6 day voyage or RYA course from Brixham you will be pretty busy in and out of Devon ports, but if the wind is right you might venture over the border into Cornwall. 

Polperro & Looe

Just about big enough for Vanity to moor in the outer harbour but not Leader or Provident, Polperro is your picture postcard Cornish fishing village. Looe is a narrow drying river port with a vast number of day fishing boats, so heading onto Fowey is often a more reliable option....unless you want to buy fresh fish.

Fowey & Polruan

A working harbour for the China Clay mines, but also a favourite sailors holiday destination.  The two towns of Fowey and lesser known Polruan sit on opposite banks. Both have narrow streets, quaint pubs with great river views, and plenty to see on the water.

Traditional sailing in Fowey

Not an Itinerary

Due to the vagaries of weather, tides, safety considerations, ships and crew abilities (amongst other things) or mechanical problems Classic Sailing Ltd can make no guarantee of the itinerary of the voyage, including, joining ports, destinations to visit and leaving ports. Every effort is made to fulfil the itinerary for the voyage but the Captain’s or Skipper’s decision is final. Joining and end ports are hardly ever changed but where they are as much notice as possible will be given and ways sought to alleviate connection problems.


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