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PO3 5LY

Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Eastern Road

Portsmouth

PO3 5LY

United Kingdom

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Our welcoming instructors are on hand to ease you into the world of sailing, whether you are a beginner or a well seasoned sailor, we have a course for you. We provide all of the equipment and clothing needed including; buoyancy aids, wetsuits, boats and instructors. All you need to bring with you is a change of clothes, a towel, and shoes you don’t mind getting wet. We don't have the facilities to offer food on site, however we do have vending machines.

Assumed knowledge: None

Minimum duration: 2 days (or equivalent sessions)

Minimum age: 16
Course content: How to sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering
Ability after course: Able to sail in light winds under supervision
Section A
Practical Skills
  • Rigging – has wind awareness, knowledge of spars and rigging, parts of the sail, controls and foils.
Ropework – can tie the following knots:
  • Figure of eight
  • Round turn and two half hitches
  • Secure a rope to a cleat
Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres
  • Has wind awareness
  • Has a practical understanding of the following manoeuvres
  • Reaching – sailing across the wind
  • Stopping – lying to
  • Controlling speed
  • Tacking – turning the front of the boat through the wind
  • Getting out of irons
  • Sailing upwind
  • Sailing downwind
  • Gybing – turning the back of the boat through the wind
Launching and Recovery
  • Can secure a boat on a trolley
  • Understand the principals of:
  • Wheeling a trolley clear of other boats and overhead cables
  • Launching and leaving the shore
  • Coming ashore and recovery of boat
  • Wind awareness ashore
Section B
Sailing Background
Sailing theory and background:
  • Has awareness of other water users
Has basic knowledge of the rules of the road:
  • Power vs sail
  • Port vs starboard
  • Overtaking boat
  • Windward boat
Clothing and Equipment
  • Knows importance of personal buoyancy
Meteorology
  • Has awareness of onshore and offshore winds
  • Knows source of weather information and relevance of information
Capsize Recovery
  • Understands basic theory (dry land or waist deep water capsize)
  • Understands importance of staying with boat
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Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Eastern Road

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PO3 5LY

United Kingdom

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