RYA Competent Crew Course

About this course...

Competent Crew Course.

Practical courses are run from Beacon Marina St Peters Dock Rd, New cut East IP3 0EA, 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 (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 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.

We will send you a link to Joining instructions and booking conditions please read them.

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 Beacon marina Ipswich St Peters Dock Rd, New cut East IP3 0EA

Maximum student:instructor ratio 5:1

Available dates for this course...

COURSE FULL 17th 18th Aug + 24th 25th 26th Aug £750 Book Now
31st Aug 1st Sept + 6th 7th 8th Sept (One place left!)@ Ipswich 2 weekends £750 Book Now
9th to 13th Sept 2024 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
21st 22nd Sept + 27th 28th 29th Sept @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
5th 6th Oct + 11th 12th 13th Oct @ Ipswich 2 x weekend £750 Book Now
14th to 18th October 2024 @ Ipswich £750 Book Now
19th 20th + 25th 26th 27th Oct @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
2nd 3rd Nov + 8th 9th 10th Nov @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
16th 17th Nov + 22nd 23rd 24th Nov @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now
30th Nov 1st Dec + 6th 7th 8th Dec @ Ipswich 2 x weekends £750 Book Now

How to book...

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    or phone us for a no obligation chat on 07990 777 129.
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