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Competent crew sailing course

Port of departure: Gibraltar
650€ Per personFull boat
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Coordinator: Catherine, 46 years old
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Starting locally in the bay, you will get a great introduction to sailing sheltered by the Rock of Gibraltar with dolphins in your wake. You return to Gibraltar after the first days sailing for a well earned drink at one of the local bars while your Instructor prepares dinner on the yacht. Half the fun is living on board the yacht and the adventure of going to new places by sea. During the week we like to cross the Straits to Africa which is always exciting and often forms part of the night sail (4 hours starting at sunset). We always overnight in marinas, which could include one of many cosmopolitan marinas on the Spanish Mediterranean coast, or in contrast the natural Costa de la Luz and soft sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast. We run Competent crew courses alongside the Skipper courses so there is an opportunity to practice towards the Day Skipper if you wish to do so. The emphasis is on enjoying yourself as well as learning and we find everyone mucks in as a team. By the end of the course you will be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout and assist in all the day-to-day routines. Of course there is no pressure to do a course at all so if at any time you want to just treat the week as an adventure that’s fine too.

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  • RYA Competent Crew course
Plan
No previous experience required. This is a fun course. You live onboard the yacht (modern Bavaria 37) sharing with others or on a private charter basis.

A typical itinerary would be:
Sunday meet and greet 6pm - You could arrive early and go for a Gibraltar Rock tour to see the cave and monkeys.
Monday - Safety brief and sailing in the Bay of Gibraltar with dolphins.
Tuesday - Sail to Africa crossing the Straits of Gibraltar.
Wednesday - Sail to Spain leaving the Riff mountains behind and sail towards the Costa del Sol.
Thursday - Sail to another Spanish port.
Friday back to Gibraltar.

You will learn to be a good crew member with:
Sail handling
Learning knots and their correct use: figure of eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot
Helmsmanship and Sailing
Rules of the Road
Safety and Man overboard practice
Anchoring and much more....
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Included in the price
  • Costs of mooring and anchoring
  • Meals on board
  • Professional skipper
  • Bed linens
  • Gas
  • Moorings
  • Snacks
Not included in the price
  • Food and drink on land
  • Flights
Additional information
The advantages of doing your course with us:
• We have been running for 23 years and we have been sailing this area for 33 years - oldest RYA school in Gibraltar!
• The weather is warm and sunny so we can offer courses all year round.
• Interesting destinations to visit with a variety of cultures from British Gibraltar to Morocco in Africa and the best of Spain.
• If it is your first time sailing you will appreciate a safe modern yacht with an easy going experienced Instructor.
• Cheap short flights (see below) and a 10 min walk from Gibraltar airport to your yacht .

There are direct flights to Gibraltar from these U.K. airports:
• BA flies from Heathrow and Gatwick.
• Easyjet also flies from Gatwick, Manchester and Bristol.

What to bring:
Please note that stowage space on a boat is always limited. Use a soft sports type bag, which can fold flat, not hard suit cases.
Passport (European ID cards are not valid).
Euros for drinks ashore in Spain.
Cap, Sun Glasses, Sun Block factor 50, Swim suit.
Deck shoes (white soled trainers or crocs are fine too).
Good quality warm fleece. Comfortable clothes, sweat / T shirts etc
Wash Towel , the small quick drying type found in camping shops are best.
Toiletries and wash bag for visits to shower rooms
RYA logbook, you can buy online direct from the RYA or when you arrive for £10.
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Itinerary
Gibraltar
Andalusian Mediterranean
Crew members
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Meet Catherine, the coordinator
46 years old · From Gibraltar
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  • 5-day practical Day Skipper course
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    April 2018
    We've enjoyed our Day skipper course very much and learned a lot from our instructor John who allowed us to make mistakes and learn from them. The straits of Gibraltar are an excellent area to test your skills and experience sailing in close proximity of large vessels. We recommend this sailing school to anyone who is seriously interested in sailing.
  • 5-day practical Day Skipper course
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    March 2018
    Staff highly responsive & professional. Training prepared in every aspect, starting from registration and on-boarding to yacht preparation and training on the water itself. Lots of useful, practical tips on handling the yacht & manoeuvres. I did the Day Skipper course there and can recommend the school for beginners and/or people who wish to further enhance sailing skills.
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