Skills and Experience Week

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29 Oct 2018 - 02 Nov 2018 £549.00
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Skills and Experience Week

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £549 per person

Duration: 5 Days

The perfect opportunity to take your sailing and navigation skills to the next level - this five day skills and experience week is ideal for girls working towards their Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore qualification.

What the Girls Had to Say

"Having completed my Day Skipper practical course a year ago, I've well and truly caught the sailing bug and am now hoping to gain my Yachtmaster qualification by the end of this year. This skills and experience week really helped grow my confidence and my boat handling skills have come on by leaps and bounds!" Francesca, 2015

Starts: 10am  GFS Office at Shepards Wharf Marina 

Finishes: Ends 4pm day 5


About The Event

If you've already completed your Day Skipper Practical and are working towards either the RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore then this five day practical course will help develop your boat handling and navigation skills to the next level.

We spend the week learning and practicing more advanced manouevring techniques under both sail and power and introduce subjects such as blind navigation and finding unlit marks at night. You'll also have plenty of opportunity to develop your sail trim knowledge - dependent on the group ability level and the weather conditions we may even be able to run a session on how to fly a spinnaker.

The aim of the week will be to grow your skills and confidence further - we will cover both practical and theory topics during the course of the five days so although it is not essential for you to have yet completed the Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore theory course, you should have a sound theoretical understanding to Day Skipper level.

This course is the perfect warm up for girls wishing to join our Coastal Skipper Practical week - or for girls who are already at our beyond this level, a great way to build up to the full Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore exam.

The boat

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 its 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.

Additional Info

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board*
  • All breakfasts, lunches and three evening meals
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!!

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and one evening meal during the week
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Any clothing
  • *Accommodation upgrades where available

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

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

How to book?

Click on the link above to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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