RYA Start Yachting

RYA Start Yachting

The RYA Start Yachting course is aimed at anyone who has never sailed before and would like to spend a weekend learning the ropes.  The course is designed to give you a taste of yachting and can reduce the length of time required to complete 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 at our base in Hamble on Friday evening meet your instructor and crew. Your course will start on Saturday morning, returning Sunday afternoon.  Spend a weekend sailing in the sheltered waters of the Solent.

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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.

After your course

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

Course Details

Previous experience required None

Duration 2 days

Max instructor ratio 5:1

Cost £235
Food while sailing and mooring fees are 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, 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 Essential Navigation and Seamanship course or RYA Competent Crew 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.

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?