Practical Sailing Courses in Gibraltar and Spain with ROCK
Improve your sailing skills with an RYA Day Skipper sailing course at ROCK. Day Skipper teaches navigation and pilotage in addition to hands on sailing lessons. You will experience warm water, tidal sailing in Gibraltar Bay and have the opportunity to visit three different ports in Morocco and Spain as well.
You will learn to sail by night, with one evening being spent on the water practicing pilotage by buoys and beacons and spotting the many lights in the busy shipping lanes of the Straits of Gibraltar.
If you have still to book your RYA Day Skipper Theory course and want to do theory and practical together, we’d recommend our Express Day Skipper course.
|PRICE:||£749 per person
£895 single occupancy private cabin
If you choose not to guarantee your own cabin, you may be allocated one of the two saloon berths. Couples, friends or family can guarantee a double occupancy private cabin which can be set up as a twin, or double.
|Experience||5 days sea time. 100 miles. 4 night hours. Theory to the level of Day Skipper. It is recommended you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course beforehand.|
|Course Outline||This 5 day practical sailing course is about learning to take charge of a yacht. We teach pilotage, navigation and seamanship so, by the end of the week, you should be confident to skipper a yacht in familiar waters by day.|
|Duration||Course schedule – 5pm on Sunday until 10am on Saturday. Includes accommodation on Sunday night and Friday night.|
Breakfasts, lunches, refreshments and two evening meals
Loan of quality wet weather gear, lifejacket and harness line
|Numbers||Max 5 students per yacht|
Course Itinerary Day Skipper
Meet and greet:
Upon arrival at Ocean Village marina at around 5pm on Sunday evening, your Instructor for the week will introduce you to the yacht you will be sailing and your home for the duration of the course. You will be given a basic safety brief and then everyone is free to settle in and get to know your fellow crew members. Decide among yourself what time you want to have dinner and we will book you in to a local restaurant.
Wake up to the sunshine and, after a continental breakfast onboard, we begin at around 0930 with a full safety brief. We leave the berth later in the morning with one of our Day Skipper students taking the yacht out under the watchful eye of the Instructor. Hoist the mainsail, unfurl the headsail and practice some sailing manoeuvres in the Bay of Gibraltar. You will change crew positions so everyone has a chance to helm, as well as act as a crewmember. After a busy morning lunch will be on board, usually at anchor.
After lunch, more sailing exercises like tacking, gybing and heaving to. Learn the RYA Man Overboard procedure with the help of a fender and a bucket and practice this under power and sail. Finish is usually around 1800 on day one.
The evening is spent back in Ocean Village marina where you will have some free time to explore Gibraltar, soak up the sun and enjoy the local culture. We have many recommendations for dinner in the old town or around the marina.
After breakfast today, someone will act as “Skipper of the Day” and will plan a passage to another port in ether in Spain or Morocco. Usually everyone watches the passage plan taking shape and might help with calculating the tides and preparing a pilotage into the next port under the guidance of your Instructor. Morning will be spent on mooring up practice and some more exercises before setting off on the passage in the afternoon. The finishing time may be later than day one depending upon the destination. Upon arrival in the evening you will have time to explore the local area and, in summer, go for a swim. Every marina we visit has a beach or pool close by.
Day 3 and 4
These two days are much the same as day 2 with overnight stops at other ports. You may find yourself in Morocco or anywhere along the Costa del Sol. Every Day Skipper will have the chance to act as skipper for a passage and there will be time in the morning or afternoon to do some mooring up practice. The focus during the Day Skipper course is on safely taking your yacht and crew from one place to another and to enjoy the voyage. We believe that you learn best when you are having fun so that is our promise to you. One evening you will do a night sail which will allow you to discover the many navigational lights on ships and on land.
Today you will be returning to our home port of Ocean Village, Gibraltar. Depending on where the third passage took us, we will spend the day either on passage or in the Bay putting the final touches to your new skills. Once back in the berth, everyone gets involved in securing the yacht, switching the instruments off, tidying the chart table and hosing the deck down. Your Instructor will sign logbooks and award certificates as appropriate. The course will be finished by 1700 hrs.
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