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Jun
24
Sun
2018
Scotland-Solent Mile Builder @ Scotland Mile Builder
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm
The Equinox Scotland-Solent mile builder is great opportunity for sailors of all levels to gain more experience.  Sail at night and out of sight of land, experience living and eating on board all under the watchful eye of your skipper/instructor.  En route to our home marina in Hamble we will sail along the West coast of Scotland and the Irish Sea, then South to Lands End and along the South coast of England.
The trip will be an opportunity for RYA Day Skippers to gain experience and work towards their  RYA Coastal Skipper or their RYA Yachtmaster Qualifications. There will be the two opportunities to skipper a 200 + mile passage under instruction, or shorter passages between stopping ports.
Rho will be competing in the Three Peaks Yacht race 2018, this trip is the delivery of the boat to Hamble after the race. For more information on the Three peaks Yacht race please follow the link.
This is a one-way trip but there are good transport links in to Oban, by plane, bus or train.
Your skipper will be an RYA Qualified Instructor so you will have the opportunity to learn as you cruise over 600 nm and we expect the trip to take 7 days.

Scotland

Equinox Scotland-Solent Mile Builder Itinerary

We plan to stop on route, the stopping points will be decided by the skipper and based on weather but may include Jura, the North coast of Ulster, Holyhead and Falmouth.

Total mileage – 600 nm

All meals while sailing are included.

Mooring fees, fuel and boat costs are included. Travel to and from Oban and Hamble is not included.

Cost £450

Contact us to express your interest in joining the boat, or if you have any questions.  If you don’t have the time for such a long mile builder, we recommend our weekend mile builders.

Jul
6
Fri
2018
Round The Island Race @ Round The Island Race
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 8 @ 4:00 pm

The Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight.

We have put together a three day package to include a training day, the 2015 Round the Island race and cruise back after the race.

The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world.

Competitors come from all over the UK, to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight.
Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races west about, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Experience Round the Island race on Rho
Round the Island is great day on the water. As well as competing against Olympic, world-class and weekend sailors, there will be the opportunity to race against other Sigma 38’s in this one design class  – and the Sigma skippers are a competitive bunch.

We have set aside a training day, to meet the crew, build the team and allow time to practice all important maneuvers, before heading over to Cowes.

Berthing in Cowes will allow you the opportunity to celebrate a successful days racing and swap stories with other sailors over  drinks in the infamous Cowes Beer tent. And if you have any energy left, there will be many other activities and entertainment taking place in Cowes throughout the weekend.

Read last years Round the Island race report here

Booking Form

 

What’s included?
1 day race training
The Round the Island race
Return Cruise
Skipper and mate
Accommodation on board
Food whilst racing and training
Entry to the race regatta
All the extras: mooring fees, diesel, water
 

If you would like to join us, but would like to get some more experience or brush up on some racing skills before coming along, have a look at our courses page.
If you are unsure which sailing course may be right for you, we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.

If you are interested in joining us for the 2015 Round the Island Race please contact us

Jul
14
Sat
2018
July Competent Crew Plus
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm

Have you recently completed your RYA Competent Crew course, and would like to gain some more experience before attending your RYA Day Skipper practical?

Perhaps you attended your RYA Competent Crew course a few years ago and need to refresh your skill?

The Equinox Competent Crew Plus course could just be what your looking for.

Equinox Competent Crew Plus Course Content

Spend a weekend refreshing your RYA Competent Crew skills with a qualified RYA Instructor.
Iif your are looking to bridge the gap between RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper the learn some new skills:-
Piloting in and out of harbours
Anchoring under engine
Picking up a mooring buoy under engine
Basic berthing and un-berthing.
Join the boat on Friday evening meet your instructor and crew, ready to leave on Saturday morning to get a full weekend on the water.

Useful literature
The RYA Day Skipper course notes, is a useful book both during the course and as an aid memoir after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

We now have RYA Competent Crew Course Material and RYA Day Skipper Course Material that you may find useful.

After your course
You will will have refreshed your basic sailing skills and practised some new skills that will help you complete your RYA Day Skipper practical course.

Previous experience required RYA Competent Crew
Duration 2 days
Cost £235
Meals ashore and mooring fees, which are split between the students, are not included.

Available dates

Booking Form

Included on course
RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day.

To enable you to fully enjoy the course, you will require wet weather gear; a sleeping bag and pillow will also be required. Refer to our comprehensive kit list

Wondering what to do next?
Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.
Already completed the Day Skipper Theory, have a look at our dates for the Day Skipper Practical course.
Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?
Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?
Learn more about the other foundation courses we offer, of perhaps learn how to become a skipper.

RYA One Day Courses
RYA VHF Course
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the One Day Courses we offer.

If you have any other question please contact us or check out our FAQ page

Earn Equinox Sea Miles for the nautical miles you sail with us and redeem them against further Equinox events.
Or perhaps purchase Equinox Sea Miles as a gift for a fellow sailor.

Who are the RYA?

July Day Skipper Plus
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm
Have you recently completed your RYA Day Skipper course, and would like to gain some more experience before attending your RYA Coastal practical?

Perhaps you attended your RYA Day Skipper course a few years ago and need to refresh your skill?

The Equinox Day Skipper plus course could just be what your looking for.

Equinox Day Skipper Plus Course Content

Spend a weekend refreshing your RYA Day Skipper skills with a qualified RYA Instructor.
If your are looking to bridge the gap between RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper then learn some new skills:-
Refreshing Day Skipper skills
Advanced pilotage techniques
Advanced boat handling under sail and engine
Seamanship
Navigation
Join the boat on Friday evening meet your instructor and crew, ready to leave on Saturday morning to get a full weekend on the water.

Useful literature
The RYA Day Skipper course notes, is a useful book both during the course and as an aid memoir after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and RYA Day Skipper worksheets to accompany our courses

After your course
You will will have refreshed your RYA Day Skipper skills and practiced some new skills that will help you complete your RYA Coastal Skipper practical course.

Previous experience required RYA Day Skipper
Duration 2 days
Cost £235
Meals ashore and mooring fees, which are split between the students, are not included.

Booking Form

Included on course
RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day.

To enable you to fully enjoy the course, you will require wet weather gear; a sleeping bag and pillow will also be required. Refer to our comprehensive kit list

Wondering what to do next?
Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course.
Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.
Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?
Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?
Learn more about the skipper and crew development courses we offer.

RYA One Day Courses
RYA VHF Course
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the One Day Courses we offer.

If you have any other question please contact us or check out our FAQ page

Earn Equinox Sea Miles for the nautical miles you sail with us and redeem them against further Equinox events.
Or perhaps purchase Equinox Sea Miles as a gift for a fellow sailor.

Who are the RYA?

July RYA Start Yachting @ RYA Start Yachting
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm

A Weekend Course

This course is aimed at someone who has never sailed before and would like to spend a weekend learning the ropes.  The weekend is designed to give you a taste of yachting, and can reduce the length of the RYA Competent Crew course.

RYA Start Yachting Course Content
Experience living on a yacht and visit different ports each night. Learn the fundamentals of handling a boat under sail and under engine. Learn to handle sails, tie knots, and become a useful member of crew.

Join the boat on Friday evening meet your instructor and crew, start your course on Saturday morning, returning Sunday afternoon.

Useful literature
The RYA Competent Crew course notes, is a useful book both during the course and as an aid memoir after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

After your course
You will have gained practical skills to help you become a useful crew member, gaining a recognised certificate.

Previous experience required None
Duration 2 days
Max instructor ratio 5:1
Cost £235
Meals ashore and mooring fees, which are split between the students, are not included.

Booking Form

Included on course
RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, an RYA Log book.

To enable you to fully enjoy the course, you will require wet weather gear; a sleeping bag and pillow will also be required. Refer to our comprehensive kit list

 

Wondering what to do next?
Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course or  RYA Competent Crew course.
Just want to get out on the water then why not join us for a weekend cruise.
Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?
Learn more about the other foundation courses we offer.

RYA One Day Courses
RYA VHF Course
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the One Day Courses we offer

If you have any other question please contact us or check out our FAQ page

Earn Equinox Sea Miles for the nautical miles you sail with us and redeem them against further Equinox events.
Or perhaps purchase Equinox Sea Miles as a gift for a fellow sailor.

Who are the RYA?

July RYA Weekend Competent Crew @ RYA Competent Crew
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm

New to sailing, spent some time on a yacht and don’t know your bow line from your bowline? Then this could be the course for you.

If you would like a more detailed look at the RYA Competent Crew syllabus then please have a look at Is the RYA Competent Crew course right for me?

RYA Competent Crew Course Content

Experience living on a yacht and visit different ports each night. Learn the fundamentals of handling a boat under sail and under engine. Learn to handle sails, tie knots, and become a useful member of crew.

Join the boat on Monday morning meet your instructor and crew, after a safety briefing set off returning Friday afternoon.

Useful literature

The RYA Competent Crew course notes, is a useful book both during the course and as an aid memoir after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

Book your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course for £50 instead of £99

After your course

You will have an understanding of sailing and how to be a useful member or crew, gaining a recognised certificate.

Previous experience required None

Duration 5 days over 2 weekends
Max instructor ratio 5:1
Cost £575

Booking Form

Included on course

RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, and RYA log book.

To enable you to fully enjoy the course, you will require wet weather gear; a sleeping bag and pillow will also be required. Refer to our comprehensive kit list

Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.
Already completed the Day Skipper Theory, have a look at our dates for the Day Skipper Practical course.
Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?
Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?
Learn more about the other foundation courses we offer, of perhaps learn how to become a skipper.

RYA One Day Courses

RYA VHF Course
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the One Day Courses we offer.

If you have any other question please contact us or check out our FAQ page

Earn Equinox Sea Miles for the nautical miles you sail with us and redeem them against further Equinox events.

Or perhaps purchase Equinox Sea Miles as a gift for a fellow sailor.

Who are the RYA?

July RYA Weekend Day Skipper @ RYA Day Skipper
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – Jul 15 @ 4:00 pm

Learn to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day.  For a more detailed look at the course please have a look at Is the RYA Day Skipper course right for me?

RYA Day Skipper Course Content
Put your theory into practice and learn to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day. Learn to leave and return from your berth safely, anchoring, picking up a mooring buoy, recover a man over board, navigation, and safety on board a yacht. Hone your sailing skills, experience sailing at night and enjoy sailing to a different port each evening.

Join the boat on Monday morning meet your instructor and crew, after a safety briefing set off returning Friday afternoon.

Useful literature
The RYA Day Skipper course notes, is a useful book both during the course and as an aid memoir after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  Please have a look at some other sailing booksyou might find useful.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

After your course
You will be able to skipper a small yacht by day in familiar waters, gaining a recognised qualification allowing you to charter your own boat.


Previous experience required Basic sailing and theory knowledge to RYA Day Skipper Theory standard
Duration 5 days over 2 weekends
Max instructor ratio 5:1
Cost £575
Meals ashore and mooring fees, which are split between the students, are not included.

Booking Form

Included on course
RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, an RYA log book

To enable you to fully enjoy the course, you will require wet weather gear; a sleeping bag and pillow will also be required. Refer to our comprehensive kit list

Short on time why not try our Intensive RYA Day Skipper course that combines RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical into one course.

Wondering what to do next?
Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course.
Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.
Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?
Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?
Learn more about the skipper and crew development courses we offer.

RYA One Day Courses
RYA VHF Course
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the One Day Courses we offer.

Earn Equinox Sea Miles for the nautical miles you sail with us and redeem them against further Equinox events.
Or perhaps purchase Equinox Sea Miles as a gift for a fellow sailor.

Who are the RYA?

Jul
16
Mon
2018
Channel Islands and Brittany Rose Granite Coast cruise @ RYA Competent Crew
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm

Join us to put your new founds skills into practice and complete the RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper course over 7 days. The 7-days will provide the opportunity to explore new sea areas and get some proper sailing experience.

The course will start in Hamble, cross the Channel to the Islands and along the spectacular granite coastline of Brittany, before ending in St Malo.

Heavy weather options would explore west along the coast to Devon and possibly across the Channel during the weekThe trip is also available to those who wish to cruise, and not complete the RYA course.

The cost includes meals while sailing and mooring fees. It does not include meals ashore or return travel from St Malo.

If you would like a more detailed look at the RYA Competent Crew syllabus then please have a look at Is the RYA Competent Crew course right for me?

RYA Competent Crew Course Content

Experience living on a yacht and visit different ports each night. Learn the fundamentals of handling a boat under sail and under engine. Learn to handle sails, tie knots, and become a useful member of crew.

Join the boat on Monday morning meet your instructor and crew, after a safety briefing set off returning Friday afternoon.

Useful literature

The RYA Competent Crew course notes, is a useful book both during the course and as an aid memoir after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

Book your RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course for £50 instead of £99

After your course

You will have an understanding of sailing and how to be a useful member or crew, gaining a recognised certificate.

Previous experience required None

Duration 7 days
Max instructor ratio 5:1
Cost £700

Booking Form

Included on course

RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, and RYA log book.

To enable you to fully enjoy the course, you will require wet weather gear; a sleeping bag and pillow will also be required. Refer to our comprehensive kit list

Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Day Skipper Theory course.
Already completed the Day Skipper Theory, have a look at our dates for the Day Skipper Practical course.
Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?
Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?
Learn more about the other foundation courses we offer, of perhaps learn how to become a skipper.

RYA One Day Courses

RYA VHF Course
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the One Day Courses we offer.

If you have any other question please contact us or check out our FAQ page

Earn Equinox Sea Miles for the nautical miles you sail with us and redeem them against further Equinox events.

Or perhaps purchase Equinox Sea Miles as a gift for a fellow sailor.

Who are the RYA?

Channel Islands and Brittany Rose Granite Coast cruise @ RYA Day Skipper
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm

Join us to put your new founds skills into practice and complete the RYA Competent Crew or Day Skipper course over 7 days.

The 7-days will provide the opportunity to explore new sea areas and get some proper sailing experience. The course will start in Hamble, cross the Channel to the Islands and along the spectacular granite coastline of Brittany, before ending in St Malo.

Heavy weather options would explore west along the coast to Devon and possibly across the Channel during the week. The trip is also available to those who wish to cruise, and not complete the RYA course.

The cost includes meals while sailing and mooring fees. It does not include meals ashore or return travel from St Malo.

Learn to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day.  For a more detailed look at the course please have a look at Is the RYA Day Skipper course right for me?

RYA Day Skipper Course Content
Put your theory into practice and learn to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day. Learn to leave and return from your berth safely, anchoring, picking up a mooring buoy, recover a man over board, navigation, and safety on board a yacht. Hone your sailing skills, experience sailing at night and enjoy sailing to a different port each evening.

Join the boat on Monday morning meet your instructor and crew, after a safety briefing set off returning Friday afternoon.

Useful literature
The RYA Day Skipper course notes, is a useful book both during the course and as an aid memoir after your course, and can be purchased for £10 please let us know when you are booking.  Please have a look at some other sailing books you might find useful.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

After your course
You will be able to skipper a small yacht by day in familiar waters, gaining a recognised qualification allowing you to charter your own boat.


Previous experience required Basic sailing and theory knowledge to RYA Day Skipper Theory standard
Duration 7 days
Max instructor ratio 5:1

Cost £700 

Meals ashore and mooring fees, which are split between the students, are not included.

Booking Form

Included on course
RYA accredited instructor, accommodation on board, gas, diesel, breakfast and lunch each day, 1 evening meal, an RYA log book

To enable you to fully enjoy the course, you will require wet weather gear; a sleeping bag and pillow will also be required. Refer to our comprehensive kit list

Short on time why not try our Intensive RYA Day Skipper course that combines RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical into one course.

Wondering what to do next?
Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Yachtmaster Theory course.
Want to experience night sailing and watch systems? Why not join us on one of our mile builders.
Have a taste for sailing and would like some more experience? Why not come out cruising with us?
Fancy something a little faster? Why not come out racing or on a race training course?
Learn more about the skipper and crew development courses we offer.

RYA One Day Courses
RYA VHF Course
RYA First Aid
RYA Diesel Engine Maintenance
RYA Sea Survival Course
Learn more about the One Day Courses we offer.

Earn Equinox Sea Miles for the nautical miles you sail with us and redeem them against further Equinox events.
Or perhaps purchase Equinox Sea Miles as a gift for a fellow sailor.

Who are the RYA?

Jul
18
Wed
2018
RYA VHF Exam @ Equinox Sailing
Jul 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Before booking your RYA VHF Exam students should have completed an online RYA course and passed the pre exam course knowledge check or have attended a classroom course and obtained a signature from your course instructor.

Candidates may be of any Nationality or residency, although the exam will be conducted in English. The minimum age for examination is 16 years old on the day of the exam.

You will need to bring your original application form either signed by your course instructor or your orginal online course certificate with a passport photograph and payment of £60.  Payment can be made by cheque, debit or credit card, cheques should be made payable to the RYA.  You will not be able to sit your exam unless payment is made.  A partial resit can be taken for up to 6 weeks at an additional cost of £15, after this time you would have to rebook your whole exam.

The RYA VHF Exam will include a practical and theory exam.  Students will be given 20-30 minutes to familiarise themselves with the radio simulators.

Practical Exam
The practical exam will be based on scenarios given to you by your assessor and should take around 30 minutes, these will include.

Distress Situations
Be able to identify a distress situation.
Be able to initiate a DSC distress alert, with position and time input manually or automatically.
Send a distress call and message by voice.
Respond to a distress alert, call and message, including relay of a distress message.
Know the procedure for cancelling a DSC distress alert sent in error.

Urgency Situations
Be able to identify a urgency situation
Be able to initiate a DSC urgency alert
Send and urgency message by voice.
Respond to an urgency message.

Safety Situations
Be able to identify a situation in which a safety message is appropriate
Be able to initiate a DSC safety alert

Routine Communications
Be able to initiate a routine call using DSC, and select an appropriate working channel
Establish communications and exchange messages with other stations by voice.
Enter a group or individual MMSI number
Use the international Phonetic Alphabet.

In addition students should be aware of the following
How to deploy and EPIRB and SART
Know how to test a VHF radio by use of a radio check
How to maintain an appropriate watch on DSC and working channels

Theory Paper
The theory paper is a 30 minute closed book exam, if it has been sometime since you completed your course, it is advised that you spend sometime refreshing your memory.

Available dates

Booking form

Unsure which course is right for you? We will attempt to explain the broad, and sometimes confusing, range of sailing courses available.

If you are new to sailing have a look at what other practical and theory courses we offer, or if your interested in brushing up you sailing skills why not have a look at what refresher courses we offer.