Practical sailtraining | Offshore Yacht Charter
No-nonsense sailing course at sea
For sailors who want to transform their theoretical knowledge into further experience, we will give a few sail training courses during our sailing season. In return we ask your commitment and active participation.
You will get the opportunity to plan the route and navigation, together with the other participants. We will also spend more time on sail trim and boat handling. If you have mastered this you will learn to steer at the waves and wind, the compass will be covered!
Content of our sailtraining
The sailing course consists of the following elements:
1) Routing and tactics based on:
– Weather forecasts
– Expected current and waves
– Examination of the sea charts, pilot and almanac
– Refreshing of the difference between compass and true bearing
– International regulations for preventing collision at sea and ship sounds and signals
– Making waypoints and routes
– Plotting the position in the chart and fix a compass course during sailing
– Fill in the logbooklet
– Using the A.I.S.
– Using the radar (Solas approved type)
– Keeping a sharp look out and taking compass bearing on other ships
– Identifying beacons and lights when we approach a harbor at night
3) Boat handling and sailing
– Extra attention fore(quick) line handling
– Sail trim
– Throwing lines at the dock (or pontoon)
– Explanation of how to make use of springs
4) Sailing with nature and anticipating
Nature really decides how the sailing trip goes, there are factors which are difficult or impossible to estimate in the harbor, such as:
– Windforce and direction
– Wave height and direction
– Current due to wind
Furthermore the weather forecasts are not always right. Therefore we will make a prediction ourselves, using weather charts and with studying the clouds and barometer.
Sea miles and RYA courses
On some of these sailtraining courses we will sail through the night and we will divide the crew and passengers in watches. These sailing courses are ideal for sailors who want to make sea miles for example RYA courses or their Yachtmaster.
Planned sailtraining trips
- sail training/ Mile builder 400 miles
- Pitoresque honfleur
- Category A/E
Heavy weather sailing
“Surprised by heavy weather” does not really exist, because if you are going to sea then you should be prepared. On our sailtraining courses where this component is being treated, we hope to have a little bad weather so we can deal with the following additional components:
– When to reef?
– Staysail reefing (on the foredeck)
– Storm Tactics
– heave to
– Setting the Try-sail *
– Drogue release **
* We ‘d rather put in an extra reef instead of setting the try-sail, why you may find out during the sailtraining. However, this is a nice back-up sail as for the mainsail is torn, or to prevent this.
** The drogue release, and bringing it in, in a lot of wind is very tricky, with large forces acting on the ship and the drogue. That’s why we will practice this only under good conditions, and certainly not on a lee shore.
Unexpectedly no bad weather? No problem because we also make use video footage in the evening.