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Course offered by Iván

5 days
Available in Spanish, French, English, Portuguese
muy chula (3)
Competent Crew is the introductory yacht sailing course from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). It is suitable both for complete beginners and those with some dinghy sailing experience who would like to move on to sail yachts.
Competent Crew is very practical and hands-on. The theory is kept to a minimum. You will live on the yacht for the duration of the course, and be out sailing every day. You will receive expert tuition in all the essential crewing skills such as steering, hoisting and trimming sails, essential sailing knots and life onboard.
It is fun, supportive and light-hearted. It is the perfect introduction to yacht sailing.
Non previous experience required
A fun, safe introductory yacht sailing course that earns you the all important first RYA qualification: Competent Crew
You spend the full course living on the yacht, with all meals provided. One of the expert Julio Verne Nautica instructors will work through the full syllabus with you, covering everything you need to know to be a competent and useful crew member on any future yachts you sail on.
A training holiday
Each day, you will sail to somewhere new, visiting the wonderful harbours and anchorages of the Rias Baixas. You will finish each day both on the mainland and on beatiful anchorages, and there’s usually the chance to head into one of the local pubs for a well earned beer and chat about the day’s training.
In one of the best places to learn to sail
The Rias are easily one of the best sailing grounds in the world, with its huge variety of locations, sheltered water, smooth tides, and lots of fishing ships moving by. As we describe in our Rias Baixas overview, this really is the only place to learn to sail.
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  • Plan
    The RYA Competent Crew course introduces the complete beginner to cruising and teaches personal safety, seamanship and helming skills to the level required to be a useful member of the crew of a cruising yacht.

    General Knowledge

    Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
    Sufficient knowledge to understand orders given concerning the sailing and day to day running of the boat.
    Sail Handling

    Bending on, setting, reefing and handling of sails
    Use of sheets and halyards and their associated winches

    Handling ropes, including coiling, stowing, securing to cleats and single and double bollards
    Handling warps
    Ability to tie the following knots and to know their correct use: figure-of-eight, clove hitch, rolling hitch, bowline, round turn and two half hitches, single and double sheet bend, reef knot
    Fire precautions and fighting

    Awareness of the hazards of fire and the precautions necessary to prevent fire. Knowledge of the action to be taken in the event of a fire.
    Personal safety equipment

    Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids
    Casualty overboard

    Understands the action to be taken to recover a casualty who has fallen overboard
    Emergency equipment

    Can operate distress flares and knows when they should be used
    Understands how to launch and board a liferaft
    Manners and customs

    Understands accepted practise with regard to use of burgees and ensigns, prevention of unnecessary noise or disturbance in the harbour including courtesies to other craft berthed.
    Aware of the responsibility of yacht skippers to protect the environment
    Rules of the road

    Is able to keep an efficient lookout at sea

    Understands and complies with the loading rules.
    Is able to handle a dinghy under oars

    Awareness of forecasting services and knowledge of the Beaufort scale

    Understands to what degree their working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness
    Helming and sailing

    Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing
    Can steer a compass course, under sail and power
    General duties

    Has carried out general duties satisfactorily on deck and below decks in connection with the daily routine of the vessel

    Schedule: Monday 9:00h - Friday 9:00h
    Duration: 5 days (Monday to Friday)
    Mínimum of 2 and maximum of 5 people on board
    Periodicity: all year
    Boat: Grand Soleil 43
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Other information
- Perfect for beginners – no previous experience required.
- Fun course, with RYA certification at the end.
- Visit beautiful harbours and anchorages.
- Expert tuition to give you the best start.
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5 reviews At Sailwiz since 2020
We are a nautical company with training and charter services. We provide all Spanish qualifications, RYA traning center and non-regulated nautical training.
We have the most modern and equipped fleet in the Spanish Atlantic in a paradise for navigation that is only beginning to be known.
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Boat details

Our Grand Soleil 43 is one of the most renowned designs of the Cantiere del Pardo shipyard. A magnificent fast cruiser: fast, noble and solid ocean cruiser.

A classic that we keep in perfect condition and unmatched when it comes to enjoying sailing.

Complete equipment, air conditioning, heating, greater roller in hydranet,... B&G electronics renewed in 2023, etc...

With a capacity for 10 people, the boat is equipped with 3 double cabins, and 2 bathrooms.
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  • Model: Canteria del Pardo - Grand Soleil 43
  • Capacity: 10 spots
  • Length: 13.39 m
  • Cabins: 3
  • Year: 1998
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • GPS
  • Life jackets
  • VHF
  • Sounding line
  • Autopilot
  • Wind equipment
  • Tender
  • Shower

Additional Information

  • Insurance
  • Final cleaning
  • Costs of mooring and anchoring
  • Meals on board
  • Professional skipper
  • Gas
Not included
  • Food and drink on land
  • Travel to the boat
  • Certificates
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  • Wire transfer

5 · 5 reviews

  • Editor de fotos_Mhkjy0
    February of 2023
    Iván is at all times explaining to you and telling you to do the maneuvers, all the teachings are very didactic and useful and one absorbs all day, the course is very useful
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    July of 2022
    It wasn't really Mar who taught the course but rather Anna. Very nice person with a lot of experience in navigation. The course is very good since it is different from others, focusing on maneuvers in port, preparation of the boat before leaving, maneuvers in water, trimming the sails,...
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    June of 2022
    Both Mar and Ivan, who gave the course, were charming on a personal level.
    The activity was positive and very practical, emphasizing the aspects that were less clear
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    Javier P
    November of 2021
    Course for Patterns.
    <br> A fully recommended experience for anyone who wants to see how the theory of sailing can become a reality, even despite the weather conditions. Very practical course that gives you a lot of confidence.
    <br> An instructor who achieves this deserves an outstanding grade.
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    francisco m
    October of 2021
    Really the best Charter by far that I have rented. Mar gave us all kinds of facilities, recommended places to go, the boat is impeccable and it shows that they are very good people. I rented it for two days and I was able to visit the Cies Islands and anchor in a dream site that he recommended. It is true that time accompanied us but I think it is an area to discover, but above all the quality of treatment. thank you sea
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  • Start: 1 Apr. MTWSaSu from 09:00 to 09:00
    4 places available
    775 € /person
  • Start: 29 Apr. MTWSaSu from 09:00 to 09:00
    4 places available
    775 € /person
  • Start: 3 Jun. MTWSaSu from 09:00 to 09:00
    4 places available
    850 € /person
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