RMYC Keelboat Crew Course

Assumed Knowledge: None      Minimum age: 18

Based on the RYA Competent Crew syllabus, this course is suitable both for beginners and for sailors with some experience on dinghies who would like to try keelboat racing. 

Instruction will be on keelboats designed for a crew of between two and four, and there will normally be only one trainee on board at a time. The level of training can therefore be tailored to the needs of the individual trainee.

Course Content

Basic knots; preparing the boat for sailing; raising the sails; Crew operations needed for control of the jib and (depending on the boat) mainsail; Trimming the sails; tacking and gybing; Preparing, raising, trimming, gybing and lowering the spinnaker; Picking up a mooring; stowing the sails and leaving the boat in a safe and tidy condition.

The format for the course will be a series of evening classes, following which each trainee will join the crew in each of the club’s three classes of keelboat: Mylnes, Etchells and Squibs; and the course will consist of at least two outings in each class. One of the boat owners will be assigned to act as mentor and coach during this period. There is some flexibility in that these outings can be arranged at mutually convenient times for the trainee and the boat owner, but of course racing on the Mersey is governed by the tides, so dates have to fit in with the Club’s racing programme.

Course Fees

Members:       Free of Charge (Competent Crew booklet at cost)

Non-members:  £100 (including RYA Competent Crew booklet)

New members are, of course, always welcome.

If you are interested in this course, please contact:

Upcoming Course Dates:   March 2022