RYA Competent Crew Course

About this course...

Competent Crew Course.

Practical courses are run from Neptune Marina Ipswich Suffolk, just 1 hour from Liverpool Street. (Comp crew courses are run with all day skipper practical dates) Over 5 consec days (incorps a weekend) or 2 x weekend (one being a long weekend ) or 3 weekends in summer (see below for dates) A small deposit secures your place, so book asap to get the place and date you want

This course teaches you the basics of sailing and all the skills you need to be an effective member of a yacht crew. It is suitable for complete beginners or those with limited experience who want to ensure a sound foundation before the next level.

You will learn how to steer the boat on a compass heading, how to set and trim sails, operate winches, how to prepare a boat to enter and leave harbour and lock, how to pick up moorings and anchor, and ropework and knots.

You will live aboard the boat with the instructor & other Comp crew and Day skipper students (you will be allocated a cabin/bunk on the first day) Each day will involve a mixture of short passages from port to port and intensive exercises. We will be in harbour or anchorage every night but on one evening you will get a few hours experience of night sailing.

The courses are always great fun. All meals are provided aboard but there will be opportunities to go ashore during some evenings.

Achievement: RYA Competent Crew. You will be welcome as crew aboard any yacht. Many owners and skippers are looking for crew and this certificate could be your passport to lots more sailing.

Some recent feedback

Fantastic experience and a fantastic instructor. Mark (Hamilton) takes you through each syllabus clearly, channeling his vast sailing knowledge into easy to follow language & direction. I have trained with Mark and have seen his care and attention to detail first hand. He instills a level of confidence in his students that allows them to push on to the next level of training or sailing capabilities with real belief and a sense of accomplishment. I just completed my first course with Hamilton Sailing, and was impressed enough to book a further two straight after ! You’ll be hard pushed to find a better or more experienced instructor as far as i’m concerned. Very friendly, approachable; he brings a calm sociable to the table. I was really REALLY surprised at how much we had covered when our group recapped our 5 days onboard. It didn’t feel like a rigid stuffy course, but areas of the coursework just soaked in. The boat too is beautiful and so easy to handle. I'm gonna have a hard time sailing with an ordinary tiller after being spoilt rotten onboard Sirius. Again, fantastic course and fantastic instructor ! .... Steve

Really enjoyed the course -
Chris was a great instructor - always relaxed and knowledgeable as well as being good company so I think we all learnt a lot from him
The boat was perfect - comfortable and with everything we needed.
Can’t fault the food on board either . . Dickon


Oil skin waterproofs are supplied free of charge

All courses held at Neptune Quay Ipswich IP4 1QJ

Maximum student:instructor ratio 5:1

Available dates for this course...

COURSE FULL 23rd 24th Oct & 29th 30th 31st Oct 2021 Two weekends £625 Book Now
COURSE FULL 6th 7th Nov & 12th 13th 14th Nov Two weekends at Ipswich £625 Book Now
COURSE FULL 17th to 21st Nov 2021 incorps a weekend £625 Book Now
COURSE FULL 22nd Nov to 26th Nov @ Ipswich £625 Book Now
COURSE FULL 27th 28th Nov & 3rd 4th 5th Dec 2021 £625 Book Now
19th 20th Feb & 25th 26th 27th Feb two weekends @ Ipswich £699 Book Now
5th 6th March & 11th 12th 13th March 2022 Two weekends @ Ipswich £699 Book Now
19th 20th March & 25th 26th 27th March 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £699 Book Now
28th March to 1st April @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
2nd 3rd April & 8th 9th 10th April 2022 two weekends £699 Book Now
15th - 19th April Easter 2 x BH and weekend @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
COURSE FULL 23rd 24th April & 30th April 1st May 2nd May £720 Book Now
9th - 13th May 2022 @ Ipswich (two places left!) £720 Book Now
16th - 20th May 2022@ Ipswich £720 Book Now
21st 22nd May & 28th 29th 30th May two weekends and BH @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
3rd 4th 5th June & 11th 12th June 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
6th - 10th June 2022 @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
13th - 17th June 2022 @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
18th 19th June & 24th 25th 26th June 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
2nd 3rd July & 8th 9th 10th July 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
11th - 15th July @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
30th 31st July & 5th 6th 7th Aug 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
8th - 12th August 2022 @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
13th 14th Aug & 19th 20th 21st Au 2022 two weekends @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
22nd - 26th August @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
27th 28th 29th Aug & 3rd 4th Sept two weekends & BH £720 Book Now
5th - 9th Sept @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
10th 11th Sept & 16th 17th 18th Sept 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
19th - 23rd Sept @ Ipswich £720 Book Now
24th 25th Sept & 30th Sept 1st 2nd October 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
8th 9th Oct & 14th 15th 16th Oct 2022 Two weekend course £720 Book Now
22nd 23rd Oct & 28th 29th 30th Oct 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
5th 6th Nov & 11th 12th 13th Nov 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
19th 20th Nov & 25th 26th 27th Nov 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now
3rd 4th Dec & 9th 10th 11th Dec 2022 two weekends £720 Book Now

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