Sail Trimming & Spinnaker Weekend

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Sail Trimming & Spinnaker Weekend

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £249 per person

Duration: 2 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

Having the spinnaker up is totally wicked! It feels incredible to be ‘surfing' in a 37 foot boat, there's nothing quite like it! If you've never done it before this is a weekend not to be missed.

What the Girls Said

Our skipper Lucinda was inspirational on so many levels, so skilled at passing on her incredible knowledge and experience and I learnt so much - not just about spinnakers, but about sailing generally and had such a great time! Katie, June 2016

Starts: 7.30pm Friday

Finishes: 4pm on Sunday @ Cowes


About The Event

We have specially designed a training weekend that will teach you all you need to know about racing with spinnakers.

Spinnakers not only look colourful and majestic on the water, but they significantly increase the speed of your yacht on a downwind leg. Many race regattas simply don't offer non-spinnaker classes and many a seasoned sailor will proclaim that if you're not flying a spinnaker, you're not racing! So, if you want to progress in racing you need to learn how to sail with spinnakers.

Spinnakers can seem a bit daunting at first but your experienced race trainer aims to teach you all the skills you need to successfully ‘fly the kite'. In a calm coordinated environment you will get a chance to learn different roles involved from foredeck to pit to spinnaker trim. You will learn how to pack a spinnaker and great tips to successfully launch it, as well as how to gybe the spinnaker and how to co-ordinate the move to ensure the safety of your foredeck crew.

Additionally we'll also spend some time looking at upwind sail trim and how to squeeze that extra knot of speed out of your boat!

Over the course of the weekend we will cover:

  • Introduction to racing rules
  • Starting techniques and race navigation
  • Effective use of race navigation instruments
  • Upwind boat handling - effective tacking, hiking for speed and sail trim
  • Downwind boat handling - Spinnaker sets, drops, gybes and trim.

We'll work you hard but we play hard too! You'll have plenty of time on the evenings to relax and get to know your fellow crew.

What's included?

  • RYA qualified skipper
  • 2 days race training
  • Exclusive use of yacht
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Safety briefing

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Clothing*
  • Sleeping bag/pillow

*Wet weather gear can be hired in advance, please advise us if required on your booking form.


Additional Info

Booked onto one of our other racing events? The price for the weekend will be discounted!

Not Booked yet? Check out these events coming up later in the year - you're bound to find something that will suit you! 

Round the Island Race

Cowes Week

Dartmouth Regatta 

Hamble Winter Series


RORC Offshore Races (such as the RORC Cowes to Dinard St Malo)

Fastnet Race

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)

RORC Caribbean 600

The boats

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 


About Cowes 

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling it's resident population multifold.

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • You will be learning from our handpicked RYA Qualified Skippers
  • We strive to provide a teaching environment that instils confidence
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition 
  • There's no such thing as a 'silly' question
  • No shouting onboard
  • We believe sailing is supposed to be fun

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect

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