Throughout 2014 Equinox Sailing will be running a number of different courses and events for sailors of all abilities, from refresher courses to expert tuition. Private and group tuition is available – we also provide skipper charter and bare boat charter on our Sigma 38, Rho.
Pre-season refresher sailing course
After a couple of months off the water during the winter or for sailors considering stepping back on a boat after a longer period away, a refresher course with a RYA Instructor on board can be a valuable opportunity for recapping skills and boosting confidence. The Equinox pre-season refresher course will cover essential sailing and boat handling skills. This course is ideal if you are planning to charter a boat in 2014.
Dates – 15th – 16th March 2014 – Costs – £250 per person
RYA Competent Crew
The RYA’s introduction to yacht cruising. This 5-day course will cover all the essentials needed to become a useful member of crew on board a modern yacht. Suitable for all ages a fun and informative 5 days on the water.
RYA Day Skipper
This course will teach you all the skills needed to skipper a boat by day. Essential for anyone wishing to charter a boat in the UK or further afield. Completion of the RYA Day Skipper Theory course is highly recommended prior to attending this course. If you do not have your RYA Day Skipper Theory we run intensive RYA Day Skipper Courses which incorporate both the Theory and Practical courses in May and September.
12th – 16th May- £475 per person
14th – 18th July- £475 per person
11th – 15th August- £475 per person
15th – 19th September- £475 per person
13th – 17th October- £450 per person
RYA Coastal Skipper
For more experienced sailors and those who have completed the RYA Day Skipper practical course. Building on previous experience, you will learn to prepare and plan coastal passages, and how to navigate at night and in restricted visibility. Develop your boat handling skills under sail and engine with more challenging situations. Learn to handle a boat in adverse weather and how to recover a man over board under sail. Successful completion of the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course is highly recommended before attending this course.
13th – 17th October- £475 per person
RYA courses cover the skills required to be an active crew member or skipper, but skills can become routine in familiar waters. Mile builders are a great way for sailors of all experiences to gain valuable experience in unfamiliar waters while sailing longer distances, being in a watch system and sailing at night- building on previous skills and learning new ones.
All our mile builders will be run by an experienced RYA Instructor/skipper, so you will have the opportunity to learn while you sail, as well as the opportunity to skipper passages of over 60 miles. We have a number of extended and weekend mile builders planned for 2014.
Wales Mile Builder
This is a non-stop passage from Hamble to Pwllheli and is a good opportunity to gain experience sailing for extended periods of time. The trip will take approximately 4 days so previous experience of sailing at night and in a watch system is an advantage but not necessary. This is a one-way trip but there are good transport links in Pwllheli, by bus or train.
Dates – 29th May – 1st June 2014 – Costs – £200 per person
Scotland Mile Builder
This is a passage from Oban to Hamble with a stop-over in Holyhead and is a good opportunity to gain experience sailing for extended periods of time. The trip will take approximately 7 days so previous experience of sailing at night and in a watch system is an advantage but not necessary. This is a one-way trip but there are good transport links to Oban, by plane, bus or train.
Dates – 21st June – 27th June 2014 – Costs – £300 per person
Ireland Mile Builder
We enjoyed sailing to the Fastnet Lighthouse so much this year we have decided to do it again.
The Fastnet Race is a 620 mile non-stop race starting in Cowes and finishing in Plymouth. Our Mile Builder will follow the same route as the Fastnet Race but at a more leisurely pace. With stopovers in Plymouth, Kinsale, Schull, Cork and Falmouth you will experience overnight passages with the opportunity to catch up on some sleep and enjoy the local cuisine and hospitality.
You can join the boat for the whole trip or just half as there is a changeover possible in Schull which is just a short bus ride from Cork with daily flights to London.
Dates – 11th August – 24th August 2014
Costs – 7 day cruise £650 14 day cruise £1100 per person
Weekend Mile Builder
A weekend mile builder is great opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience Weekend mile building will allow you to experience the South Coast of England, Northern France and Channel Islands.
Our mile builder events are an ideal opportunity for RYA Day Skippers to gain experience and work towards their RYA Coastal Skipper or their RYA Yachtmaster.
Our weekend mile building will start and finish at our home port in Hamble. Destination will be dependent on weather and tide, but you should expect to complete 100-200 mile throughout your trip.
Dates – 3rd – 5th May 2014 & 23rd-25th August 2014 – Costs – £300 per person
If you are interested in any of our courses or events please email us [email protected] 0r call 020 7002 7676