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May
4
Sat
2019
RORC Cervantes Cup @ Equinox Sailing
May 4 – May 6 all-day

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.  We have a set of yacht racing worksheets available for download, please click here to download.

Contact Us

If you are unsure if this race is right for you, contact us and we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.

May
15
Wed
2019
RYA VHF Exam @ Equinox Sailing
May 15 @ 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 original 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 the following.

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 some time since you completed your course, it is advised that you spend some time refreshing your memory.

Course Details

Available Dates

Available dates

To Book

Booking Form

Which course is right for me?

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 you're interested in brushing up your sailing skills why not have a look at what refresher courses we offer.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

May
18
Sat
2019
May Competent Crew Plus @ RYA Start Yachting
May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 19 @ 5:00 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 you're looking for.

Equinox Competent Crew Plus Course Content

Spend a weekend refreshing your RYA Competent Crew skills with a qualified RYA Instructor. If you are looking to bridge the gap between RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper then 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 and meet your instructor and crew, start your course on Saturday morning, returning Sunday afternoon.

Useful literature

The RYA Competent Crew Skills is a useful book both during the course and as an aide memoire 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 have refreshed your basic sailing skills and practised some new skills that will help you complete your RYA Day Skipper practical course.

Course Details

Previous experience required RYA Competent Crew

Duration 3 days

Cost £250

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

Available Dates

Available dates

To Book

Booking Form

Included on course

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

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.

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 other foundation courses we offer.

Or perhaps learn how to become a skipper.

RYA Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

Contact Us

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

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

May Day Skipper Plus @ RYA Start Yachting
May 18 @ 9:00 am – May 19 @ 5:00 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 you're looking for.

Equinox Day Skipper Plus Course Content

Spend a weekend refreshing your RYA Day Skipper skills with a qualified RYA Instructor. If you are looking to bridge the gap between RYA Day Skipper and RYA Coastal Skipper then learn some new skills.

New Skills

  • Refreshing Day Skipper skills
  • Advanced pilotage techniques
  • Advanced boat handling under sail and engine
  • Seamanship
  • Navigation

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

Useful literature

The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes is a useful book both during the course and as an aide memoire after your course, and can be purchased for £10 – please let us know if you would like to order a copy when you are booking your course.  We also have a section on sail handling that contains some worksheets you might find useful.

RYA Theory Course Videos

We now have a set of RYA Theory Course tuition videos and Equinox Sailing Manual to accompany all our theory courses.

After your course

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

Course Details

Previous experience required RYA Day Skipper

Duration 2 days

Cost £250

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

To Book

Booking Form

Included on course

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

Wondering what to do next?

Why not continue the RYA qualifications and complete the RYA Coastal/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 Specialist Courses

Learn more about the Specialist Courses we offer.

Further Information

Contact Us

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

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

May
25
Sat
2019
RORC Myth of Malham @ Equinox Sailing
May 25 – May 27 all-day

The trophy and race are named after the yacht Myth of Malham which was a 37’6″ sloop built in 1947 by Hugh McClean & Co at Greenock and designed by John Laurent Giles for John Illingworth. Myth of Malham won the 1947 and 1949 Fastnet Races and in 1957 was part of the winning team for the first Admiral’s Cup.
The course can be a described as a long windward leeward, starting from Cowes with the top mark as the Eddystone Lighthouse, approximately 12 miles SSW of Plymouth Sound, and finishing in the Solent. The lighthouse was built between 1878 and 1892 and is mentioned in Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby-Dick. At 49 metres (161ft) high, Eddystone’s light is visible from 22 miles and, along with Bishop Rock, it is the tallest lighthouse managed by Trinity House.
May is typically a time of changeable weather in the UK and the south coast of England has complex and significant tidal flows, measuring as much as five metres at the Eddystone Lighthouse, making the RORC Myth of Malham a very challenging and popular race.
For many boats that are competing in the RORC Fastnet race the RORC Myth of Malham is an important qualifier, not only does it cover 230 of the 300nm needed to qualify for the RORC Fastnet, but also follows the same course until the Eddystone Light house.
Why not join us on our race prepared Sigma 38 and race in the largest one-design fleets on the South Coast.
Date 25-27th May
Start Cowes
Finish Cowes
Distance 230NM
Approx No Days 2

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.  We have a set of yacht racing worksheets available for download, please click here to download.

Contact Us

If you are unsure if this race is right for you, contact us and we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.

Jun
1
Sat
2019
Wales Mile Builder; Hamble to Pwllheli @ Equinox Hamble
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – Jun 7 @ 6:00 pm

An early summer 5-7 day mile building cruise starting from Hamble on the Solent to Pwllheli in North Wales.  Sailing along the Jurassic Coast, Devon and Cornwall to Land’s End then north to Cardigan Bay.

Areas of interest and potential places to stop include: Dartmouth, Falmouth/Helford River, Milford Haven, New Quay and Barmouth.

The cost includes meals while sailing and mooring fees, it does not include meals ashore.

Cost £550

Pwllheli Marina is a half mile walk from the train station.

Please complete and return a booking form and health declaration form if you would like to join us.

To Book

Booking Form

Jun
19
Wed
2019
RYA VHF Exam @ Equinox Sailing
Jun 19 @ 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 original 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 the following.

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 some time since you completed your course, it is advised that you spend some time refreshing your memory.

Course Details

Available Dates

Available dates

To Book

Booking Form

Which course is right for me?

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 you're interested in brushing up your sailing skills why not have a look at what refresher courses we offer.

Who are the RYA?

Find out more about the Royal Yachting Association (RYA): Who are the RYA?

Jun
28
Fri
2019
Round The Island Race @ Round The Island Race
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – Jun 30 @ 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 2019 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 a 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 38s 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 practise all important manoeuvres, 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

To Book

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 2017 Round the Island Race please contact us

Jul
6
Sat
2019
March Race Training weekend I @ Equinox Hamble
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 5:00 pm

The mid-summer weekend courses brushing up your skills in sail drills, sail trimming, tactical and strategic navigation before Cowes week or other inshore or offshore races.

Jul
12
Fri
2019
RORC St Malo @ Equinox Sailing
Jul 12 – Jul 15 all-day

The RORC St Malo race is one of the most popular RORC races on the calendar and the walled port city of St Malo, Brittany, France welcome racers with its seafood and fine wines.  The 170-mile race pre-dates the Royal Ocean Racing Club by almost 20 years, with the overall winner taking the impressive gold-plated King Edward VII Cup, presented by the British Monarch to the Club Nautique de la Rance at Dinard in 1906. The Cowes Dinard St Malo Race is the ninth race of the 13 race series for the RORC Season’s Points Championship and except the Rolex Fastnet Race, is likely to have the largest entry of the RORC season.
The timing of the race coincides with the celebration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation. Bastille Day is one of the biggest celebrations throughout France and the fortress village of St Malo will be a hive of festivities and cultural celebrations culminating in an impressive firework display.
Start Cowes
Finish St Malo
Distance 175NM
Approx No Days 2

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.  We have a set of yacht racing worksheets available for download, please click here to download.

Contact Us

If you are unsure if this race is right for you, contact us and we will be happy to discuss your experience and your sailing goals to help you choose the best option for you.