RYA Course Material

The Equinox Sailing Manual contains RYA course material to accompany the RYA Theory and RYA Practical Courses- the material can also be used as a reference point for yacht racers and cruisers. Our manual has been written to be enjoyed by sailors of all levels.

Learning to sail can be overwhelming- not only do you need to learn to the practice skills to sail a yacht but you have a completely new language to learn as well. Our manual is completely free to download and can be circulated with your fellow sailors.
We will be updating and adding new material to the manual so if there is a subject matter you would like to see in it please let us know and we will look to add it.

Please click here to download the the Equinox Sailing Manual that contains the following worksheets.

Sailing Terminology

  • The boat
  • The sails
  • Ropes
  • Fixtures and fittings
  • Sailing terms
  • Essential knots all sailors should know


  • Safety brief
  • Mayday
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)
  • Man over board
  • Distress flares
  • Helicopter rescue
  • Life jackets
  • Life raft

Passage Planning

  • Passage Planning – a simple guide
  • Pilotage
  • Buoyage
  • Victualing a boat
  • How the Beaufort Scale effects your sail plan
  • How to read a synoptic chart
  • Tidal heights
  • Secondary ports
  • Tidal streams


  • Day shapes
  • Lights
  • Rules of the road
  • Sound signals

Boat Handling

  • Yacht handling under engine
  • Leaving a pontoon berth
  • Turning a yacht in a confined space
  • Anchoring under sail
  • Mooring under sail

Sailing Guides

  • Points of sail
  • Tacking a boat
  • Gybing a boat
  • How to trim a jib/genoa
  • How to trim a mainsail
  • True and apparent wind
  • Head sail changes
  • Asymmetric spinnaker, cruising chutes and gennaker
  • Symmetric spinnaker
  • Chartering for the first time


What do you want to get out of sailing? 

We appreciate that everyone has different reasons for sailing, from beginners testing their sea legs through to experienced, dedicated cruisers and racers. Have you got limited time? If so challenge us to see how we can help!

How do you learn best? We understand that some people want intense tuition, others need less teaching and more time to reason and others need lots of practice.

We will attempt to explain the broad and sometimes confusing range of sailing courses available.

Which sailing course is right for me?

So whether you’re a novice or a YachtMaster contact us to talk through your sailing aspirations and experience and see how we can hiply achieve your sailing goals.