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Learn to sail

Competent Crew Weekend

Learn to sail in style on Sydney Harbour. This is a fully catered live aboard sailing weekend on board one of our fast, comfortable 40 foot training yachts.

Learn to sail

An RYA Competent Crew course provides a comprehensive introduction to yachting and leads to an internationally recognised certificate. 

You can complete your course over 3 weekends or 5 days straight. 

If you are booking weekends you should first book a Start Yachting Weekend and then follow with 2 x Competent Crew Weekends. You can book your weekends at any time of your choosing. 

If you are not worried about certification you can book this as a stand alone training adventure. 

Course content

  • Understanding sea terms, parts of the boat.
  • Sail handling (bend on, set, reef, trim, flake)
  • The use of winches, clutches and halyards 
  • Ropework (coiling, stowing, use of cleats, knots)
  • Helming and sail trimming on all points
  • Steering to a compass under power and sail. 
  • Crew duties during mooring, berthing, and anchoring. 
  • Personal safety, safety on board
  • Man overboard. and emergency situations
  • Rules of the road
  • Basic meteorology
  • Night sailing 

Expert instruction, quality yachts

Our experienced instructor will guide you and fellow crew members through the course in a friendly and relaxed manner.

You live on board one of our Beneteau 40.7 cruiser racer yachts with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat. The group is limited to five students to ensure you get maximum hands on experience. 

Location and sailing conditions 

We sail from our base at Middle Harbour Yacht Club and explore beautiful Sydney Harbour. Subject to weather conditions we sometimes head north and overnight in Pittwater. 

Private group

Arrange your own group of up to five, and pay for four places.

  • Aug
    31
    31 Aug - 1 Sep
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
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  • Sep
    7
    7 Sep - 8 Sep
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register1 place remaining
  • Sep
    21
    21 Sep - 22 Sep
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Event is fullJoin waiting list
  • Sep
    28
    28 Sep - 29 Sep
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register1 place remaining
  • Oct
    12
    12 Oct - 13 Oct
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Oct
    19
    19 Oct - 20 Oct
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register1 place remaining
  • Nov
    2
    2 Nov - 3 Nov
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Nov
    9
    9 Nov - 10 Nov
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
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  • Nov
    23
    23 Nov - 24 Nov
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Nov
    30
    30 Nov - 1 Dec
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
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  • Dec
    14
    14 Dec - 15 Dec
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Dec
    21
    21 Dec - 22 Dec
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Jan
    4
    4 Jan - 5 Jan
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Jan
    11
    11 Jan - 12 Jan
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Jan
    25
    25 Jan - 26 Jan
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Feb
    1
    1 Feb - 2 Feb
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Feb
    15
    15 Feb - 16 Feb
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
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  • Feb
    22
    22 Feb - 23 Feb
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Mar
    7
    7 Mar - 8 Mar
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register2 places remaining
  • Mar
    14
    14 Mar - 15 Mar
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Mar
    28
    28 Mar - 29 Mar
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining
  • Apr
    4
    4 Apr - 5 Apr
    2 days
    10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $695.00 incl. GST
    Register3 places remaining

What's included

Tuition, certification and logbook (if required). 

Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided. We can loan you wet weather clothing if required. 

Accommodation 

Single sex shared cabin accommodation for 1 night.

All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.

Catering 

We provide all meals on board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. 

We do our best to cater for both vegetarians and meat eaters.  

Qualifications

RYA Competent Crew once you have completed a Start Yachting Weekend and two Competent Crew Weekends. 

Save money

If you book a package of 3 weekends on a single order you will receive a 10% package discount. 

 

Before you start

No previous experience is required to book this weekend.

If you are new to sailing and want to achieve your RYA Competent Crew certificate you should first book a Start Yachting Weekend 

What next?

Once you have completed your RYA Competent Crew certificate you will be ready to go on to Day Skipper Theory and Day Skipper Practical.

Day Skipper is the minimum qualification you need to charter a yacht.

    See also

    • Start Yachting Weekend

      Book a Start Yachting Weekend for a structured learn to sail course. Add two live-aboard Competent Crew Weekends for a comprehensive introduction to yachting, leading to the RYA Competent Crew certificate.
    • Competent Crew - 5 days

      This live-aboard course provides a comprehensive introduction to yachting and leads to a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) certificate. The course is designed for novice sailors who would like to become useful and active crew members.
    • Essential Navigation and Seamanship - Online

      This self paced online course provides a beginner's introduction to the navigation theory and safety knowledge required to go boating safely at sea.
    • Competent Crew Week - Luxury Yacht

      Learn to sail in comfort and style on a stunning yacht in a spectacular location. The course is designed for novice sailors who would like to become useful and active crew members.