Sail Training

This is the RYA dinghy scheme.  At Weir Wood, we offer all the courses, but not necessarily every year.   If there are no dates for a course you’re interested in, or you would like any other information, please contact us below;

Contacts: Dinghy Sailing

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Chief Sailing Instructor
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Start Sailing (Level 1)

Pre-course experience None
Assumed knowledge None
Course content Introduction to the sport of sailing. Covers all you need to know to get afloat under supervision.
Ability after course Able to sail under supervision in light winds
Duration 2 days

Basic Skills (Level 2)

Pre-course experience Start Sailing (Level 1) or a little experience
Assumed knowledge Know what to wear and have sailed under supervision
Course content Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety background
Ability after course Able to sail safely and make sensible decisions in light winds
Duration 2 days

Details of Coastal endorsement for Basic Skills can be found here

Better Sailing (Level 3)

Pre-course experience Basic Skills (Level 2) or skills to that level
Assumed knowledge Basic Skills (Level 2) or knowledge to that level
Course content Coaching of level 1 and 2 skills and taster sessions from the advanced modules
Ability after course More confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules
Duration 2 days

Details of Coastal endorsement for Better Sailing can be found here

Start Racing

Pre-course experience At least one season’s sailing
Assumed knowledge Basic Skills (Level 2) or knowledge to that level
Course content All the skills required to enjoy club racing including how to maximise boat speed and how to outwit your opponents.  Particularly recommended for anyone who would like to become an INSTRUCTOR.
Ability after course Able to take part in club racing in good conditions (depending on experience)
Duration 2 days

Seamanship Skills

Pre-course experience At least one season’s sailing
Assumed knowledge Basic Skills (Level 2) or knowledge to that level
Course content Training includes: launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail ashore and afloat, recovering a man overboard, anchoring.  Particularly recommended for anyone who would like to become an INSTRUCTOR.
Ability after course Able to handle a wide range of situations afloat in moderate winds
Duration 2 days

Performance Sailing

Pre-course experience At least one season’s sailing after Level 2
Assumed knowledge Basic Skills (Level 2) or knowledge to that level
Course content Coaching to improve your sailing, primarily in high-performance two person boats with spinnakers
Ability after course Able to sail faster and more efficiently in all conditions
Duration 2 days

Sailing with Spinnakers

Pre-course experience At least one season’s sailing after Level 2
Assumed knowledge Basic Skills (Level 2) or knowledge to that level
Course content How to rig the boat, gybe and recover one type of spinnaker, either conventional or asymmetric. How to sail the best possible course downwind
Ability after course Able to use one type of spinnaker, conventional or asymmetric
Duration 2 days