Competent Crew- Suggested itinerary
On the first day of arrival at Hamble Point Marina, check in at our office (adjacent to The Ketch) You will be provided with wet weather gear and shown to your yacht. Fuel yourself up with breakfast onboard, after which you will receive a full safety briefing.
In the morning you will familiarise yourself with the yacht, including deck gear, the ropes, and rigging, engine start controls, mooring line, and fenders. You will learn how to prepare the yacht for sea, safe procedures for leaving and entering the marina, and basic sailing skills. Everyone will be given the opportunity to steer the yacht under power.
You will drop anchor for some lunch around 13.00 pm
The afternoon will be spent practicing more sailing skills and drills including reefing, tacking, and gybing. Exercises usually finish with the man overboard drill.
Evening accommodation is provided onboard where you will take part in preparing a meal at sea and eating with your crew.
Freshen up at the Marina showers and have a bite for breakfast onboard. Prepare for a sailing passage this morning, checking weather conditions before you set sail. Each participant will be given the opportunity to helm the yacht at various points of sail.
Anchor up for lunch around 13.00 pm.
Set sail in the afternoon for a new destination and harbour in the Solent to prepare for Supper.
This evening will be your first-night sail exercise departing at approximately 19.00 pm. You will familiarise yourselves with safety procedures at night, learning how to identify ships and structures by their lights. Arrive at your destination around 23.00 pm.
DAY 3 & 4
These two days will follow a similar structure to day 2 with overnight stops at other ports within The Solent. Each day will focus on consolidating your knowledge and skills and operating the yacht safely and effectively as part of a crew. Learning to work as a team and juggle tasks with confidence.
Today you will be sailing back to Hamble and fine-tuning aspects of the course you have been practicing. A break for lunch will usually be taken at a mooring buoy with a return to Hamble by approximately 3.00 pm. Time will be spent clearing the yacht and returning your wet weather gear followed by the appropriate certification given.
All your catering is provided for the duration of the course, and you will have the opportunity to prepare food on board. There may be times when we are able to step ashore for refreshments and a visit to a local pub/eatery.