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Sunsail Start Yachting

Trip Details

Creator Rob CoxView
Type Start Yachting
Start date 24th May 2019
Finish date 25th May 2019
Destination - A Spinnaker House, Lock Approach, Portsmouth PO6 4UY, UK
Destination - B Spinnaker House, Lock Approach, Portsmouth PO6 4UY, UK

Sunsail’s two-day RYA Start Yachting course provides a short beginners' introduction to sail cruising and requires no previous sailing experience. This practical course is a great way to get a feel for sailing, and will teach you the fundamentals of how to steer a yacht under power, raise the sails and handle ropes. It also imparts awareness of safety on board and instructs students in the man overboard manoeuvre.

On completion, the RYA Start Yachting course awards a qualification counting towards Competent Crew qualification for those who wish to take their sailing further.

Course syllabus

The yacht

  • Basic knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, her rigging and sails.


  • Understand the bowline
  • Can tie the following: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches


  • Has experienced sailing a yacht on all points of sail. Can steer a yacht under sail or power.

Rules of the road

  • Can keep an efficient look out at sea.


  • Knows where to obtain a weather forecast.

Man overboard recovery

  • Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard, and the effect of cold-water shock on a casualty.

Clothing and equipment

  • Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids.

Emergency equipment and precautions

  • Is aware of hazards on board a yacht.
  • Knows the action to be taken in the event of an emergency.
Training School Sunsail

Crew Wanted


2 of 2 berths available



Apply for berth

Introduce yourself to the skipper to let them know about your sailing background.

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Trip Boat

Name Sunsail Match F40
Total Berths 8
Home Port Spinnaker House, Lock Approach, Portsmouth PO6 4UY, UK
Model Match First 40
Coded Yes
Area Category 2