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Start Yachting Syllabus

This course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course, students will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

  • 1. The Yacht
  • Basic Knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, her rigging and sails
  • 2. Ropework
  • Ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, bowline
  • 3. Underway
  • Has experienced sailing a yacht on all points of sail
  • Can steer a yacht under sail or power
  • 4. Rules of the road
  • Can keep an efficient look out at sea
  • 5. Meteorology
  • Knows where to obtain a weather forecast
  • 6. Man overboard recovery
  • Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard
  • 7. Clothing and equipment
  • Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses’, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids
  • 8. Emergency equipment and precautions
  • Is aware of hazards on board a yacht
  • Knows the action to be taken in the event of an emergency

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