RYA Start Yachting

Price: from £250

Location: Starts from our base at Premier Gosport Marina, and visits different ports around the Solent and adjacent waters.

Duration: 2 days

The RYA Start Yachting practical sailing Course is a gentle yet exciting and informative two day introduction in learning to sail for complete beginners with no prior experience to the world of sailing.

Take a look at our live course calendar for dates for the RYA Start Yachting course!


Course Information

Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

What is included in the course cost:

  • Yacht hire
  • RYA Qualified Instructor
  • RYA course materials and certificates
  • Breakfast, lunches, snacks and one evening meal
  • Tea, coffee & soft drinks
  • Accommodation on board
  • Marina berths & moorings
  • Harbour dues & fees
  • Diesel
  • Cooking gas
  • Electric in marinas
  • Wet weather kit hire (not footwear)
  • Hire of a Baltic automatic life jacket

Recommended Reading: Sailing magazines and newspapers, but this is not essential 

Course Prerequisites: No assumed knowledge

Minimum Age: No minimum but Under 16’s must be accompanied by adult. Persons aged 16+ can be unaccompanied subject to other pre-requisites having been met

Holiday Insurance: We would advise ALL our customers to ensure they have suitable holiday insurance in-place. Yachtsman’s insurance is available from a variety of souces like Topsail Insurance and can cover things like cancellations and personal effects cover.

Who is the course for:

This is a brilliant course if you want a taste of sailing to see if the sport is for you.

It’s also a wonderful gift for any budding sailors you know who want to take their first tentative steps into the world of sailing! 

Running over two days the course will give you a taste of what the sailing world has to offer. You’ll learn to sail in the vibrant and exciting waters of the Solent, experiencing the tranquillity and fun of being on a sailing yacht!

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What we cover on the course:

The course covers knowledge of general sailing terminology and the parts of a yacht, including her rigging and sails, sail handling and setting the sails, ropework and knots, fire precautions and emergency actions, personal safety equipment, man overboard actions, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs plus some rules of the road. A great start to learning to sail.

Our Start Yachting courses have 4 to 5 students. All students will get their own bed on board. In some instances sharing a cabin may be required.

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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a choice of two formats:

  • 2 consecutive days: (Saturday to Sunday)
  • Also available mid-week

During your RYA Start Yachting course you will cover practical navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and watch skippering techniques as well as the skills mentioned previously.

The course includes  free accommodation aboard our immaculate, well-maintained yachts with breakfast, lunch and snacks plus an evening meal onboard. We also include all fuel, mooring fees and safety kit such as lifejackets and waterproofs. All Students are able to live and stay on board the yacht for the duration of the course. 

Fancy going VIP and having your own exclusive private course for you and your friends or family? You can book the whole yacht just for your own exclusive course from only £249 per person. Enjoy the course in style, with up to five persons on the boat being taught by one of our friendly, experienced Yachtmaster Instructors! What a way to start your sailing adventure!

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the RYA Start Yachting Course:

This is a fantastic introduction to the world of sailing to see if it’s something you might like and want to take further. You’ll learn to sail in the vibrant and varied waters of the Solent, the heart of sailing in the UK, you’ll get to experience yacht sailing at its best. Use these two days to really throw yourself into it! You’ll get to have a go on the helm, work a winch, hoist the sails and experience a vibrant sport! You’ll be in safe hands throughout the course with one of our Yachtmaster Instructors on hand to ensure you get the best out of your two days with us. So what are you waiting for? 

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