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RYA Competent Crew Solent Adventure – DofE Gold Residential

START DATE: 10/08/2019

END DATE: 15/08/2019

Voyage code: CAT 204

Vessel: Tall Ships Cat

Nights: 5

Age: 16 to 25

Start Port: Portsmouth

End Port: Portsmouth


Ideal starter voyage Work towards RYA Competent Crew qualification Meals are included Build sailing knowledge, make friends and have fun! Explore the South Coast, learn to sail and work towards your RYA Competent Crew qualification on this 5 night voyage.

This 5 night voyage qualifies for DofE Gold Residential Section.

You will learn the fundamental aspects of sailing whilst working towards your RYA Competent Crew qualification. This is a great introduction to cruising and will teach you about personal safety, seamanship and helmsmanship to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht.

The syllabus includes:

Sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails Sail handling Ropework Fire precautions and fighting Personal safety equipment Man overboard Emergency equipment Man overboard Emergency equipment Manners and customs Rules of the road Dinghies You may have the opportunity to sail along the coast to Poole or Lymington or across the Solent to Cowes or Yarmouth. This route will be planned at the beginning of the week and reviewed each day depending on the weather conditions and time available.

The first day will include meet and greet followed by a safety briefing before heading out into the Solent. You will then begin to learn basic sailing techniques and experience man overboard practice. The evening will be spent alongside where you will have the traditional Tall Ships’ fajitas dinner.

Over the following days you will build your sailing knowledge whilst having fun and making friends. You will be involved with all aspects of sailing the yacht from looking after the boat to cooking and cleaning. After a day at sea most evenings will be spent covering theory, relaxing and socialising or you may have the chance to go ashore.

There is a possibility you could be recommended to the Trust by the Skipper to come back and volunteer as a Watch Assistant or Watch Leader for future Tall Ships voyages.

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