Spinnaker & Downwind Sailing

Price: from £250

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

Duration: 2 days

The Spinnaker & Downwind Sailing Weekend is a great introduction to flying the “big kite”, especially for budding racing sailors wanting a taster of the skills required. An essential for those wanting to do the iconic RORC Fastnet race!

Take a look at our live course calendar for dates for the Spinnaker & Downwind Sailing Weekend!

Course Information

Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

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

Who is the course for:

This introduction to Spinnaker and downwind sailing is an essential course for anyone thinking of getting into more adventurous sailing or flying that “big kite” safely and skillfully.

We recommend this course for established sailors who already know the basics and can handle a vessel under sail and manage crew efficiently.

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What we cover on the course:

Over the two days you’ll learn about the extra rigging involved, including operation, maintenance and emergency procedures. You’ll learn effective and safe launching and recovery techniques and crew management.

You’ll learn all about effectively sail handling and how to fly an “invisible” spinnaker before we let you loose with the big kite!

We’ll cover theory and various scenarios to give you confidence and abilities which will serve you well for general cruising and racing.

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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a single format:

  • One weekend: (Saturday to Sunday)

During your weekend you’ll learn effective Spinnaker handling. Overnight stay location will depend on weather conditions.

Our Principal says this about the Spinnaker & Downwind Sailing Weekend:

Sailing a yacht with a Spinnaker flying is one of the coolest looking thing you can do on the water.

The amazing colours of the sail floating out in front of the yacht, powering her throught the water is an experience in itself.

Over the two days you will learn how to safely rig, fly and recover a spinnaker on a one of our 44′ or 38′ fleet yachts.

You’ll learn all about effectively sail handling and how to fly an “invisible” spinnaker before we let you loose with the big kite!

We’ll cover theory and various scenarios to give you confidence and abilities which will serve you well for general cruising and racing.

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