RYA Seamanship Course

The Seamanship course at WHSC is for more experienced sailors who have already achieved RYA Level 2 and have sailed for one year and/or been racing during the winter season.

It covers launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard & anchoring.  

Course aim:  Able to handle a wide range of situations afloat

  • rudderless sailing (very helpful if you lose your rudder while racing)
  • reefing afloat
  • anchoring (essential if you intend to do sea sailing)
  • 3-point turns
  • Heave-to
  • Stopping/starting
  • Coming into/leaving leeward shores
  • Being towed
  • Man overboard
  • Centreboardless sailing
  • Picking up a buoy
  • Sailing under jib alone

The course is essentially practical and while we cover the theory, it is all about practising and refining skills which is why there is a gap between dates.

See Course Dates for 2016