Start Yachting Syllabus

This course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course, students will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

1. The Yacht 

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

2. Ropework 

  • Ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, bowline 

3. Underway 

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

4. Rules of the road 

  • Can keep an efficient look out at sea 

5. Meteorology 

  • Knows where to obtain a weather forecast 

6. Man overboard recovery 

  • Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard 

7. Clothing and equipment 

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

8. Emergency equipment and precautions

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