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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.

The week will be broken into short passages and skills and drills.

You will learn essential boat handling skills, how to steer and trim the sails and how to manage safety and seamanship issues on board. 

By the end of the week you will be a confident crew member ready to join a crew on a short passage.

Course content

  • Knowledge of sea terms, parts of the boat etc
  • Sail handling (bend on, set, reef, trim, flake)
  • The use of winches, clutches and halyards 
  • Ropework (coiling, stowing, use of cleats, knots)
  • The points of sailing, upwind and tacking, downwind and gybing.
  • The five essentials of sailing.
  • Helming and sail trim on all points
  • Steering to a compass under power and sail. 
  • Crew duties during mooring, berthing, and anchoring. 
  • Personal safety, man overboard and other emergency situations
  • Rules of the road, basic meteorology and chartwork.
  • Cooking and living on board

Location and sailing conditions 

The sailing area in the Whitsunday islands is world class. The scenery and anchorages are magnificent and the weather is generally excellent for sailing. You can expect to see dolphins, whales and of course Flying Fish!

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run on board our luxury yacht Calypso by an accredited RYA Instructor. You live on board with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat. 

Private charter

If you book this course as a private charter for a crew of five you pay for only four places.

  • Jul
    27
    27 Jul - 31 Jul
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • $2,995.00 incl. GST
    • Whitsunday Islands
  • Aug
    3
    3 Aug - 7 Aug
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    • $2,995.00 incl. GST
    • Whitsunday Islands

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 is provided. There are 3 bathrooms on board.

Book a private cabin  

Enjoy the privacy of a private cabin for a surcharge of $2000. 

Catering 

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

Crew take it in turns to cook.

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

You should expect to eat, at your own cost ashore, for one night.  

Qualifications

  • 150 sea miles logged
  • RYA Competent Crew

Before you start

No experience is needed. This course is designed for beginners.

What next?

Join Day Skipper Shore-based Theory, then go on to Day Skipper Practical.

Day Skipper is the minimum level needed to charter a yacht.

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