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RYA Sailing with Spinnakers Course in Lancashire

RYA Sailing with Spinnakers Course in Lancashire

£ 150

Chorley, Lancashire

Intermediate
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 16
Chorley, Lancashire
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Flexible
Start time(s): 08:30
£ 150

Activity Highlights:

This course is designed for those who wish to add a new dimension to their sailing skills by learning how to efficiently use asymmetric or symmetric spinnakers. Ideal for sailors who have already honed their basic sailing skills, this course will elevate your sailing experience, allowing you to harness the wind more effectively and enjoy the thrill of downwind sailing.

Key Details

  • Price: £150 per person
  • Duration: 2 consecutive days (usually Saturday and Sunday)
  • Timings: 8.30am – 4.30pm
  • Catering: Breakfast and cooked lunch provided

Key Skills

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to rig both asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers.
  • Techniques for hoisting, flying, and controlling spinnakers.
  • Strategies for downwind sailing using spinnakers.
  • Understanding of wind dynamics and sail trim for effective spinnaker use.

Course Breakdown

The course includes both theoretical and practical sessions. You’ll spend time in the classroom understanding the fundamentals of spinnakers and then apply these skills on the water. The course emphasises hands-on experience, ensuring you gain confidence and competence in spinnaker handling.

Prerequisites

  • Ages 16+.
  • Must hold the RYA Level 2 Basic Skills certificate or have the experience to sail a dinghy efficiently around a course without instructions.

Why Choose Us?

At our centre, we provide an immersive and comprehensive spinnaker sailing experience. Our expert instructors, coupled with top-notch facilities and equipment, make learning both fun and effective. Whether you’re looking to compete in racing or simply want to enjoy the exhilarating experience of downwind sailing, our course is tailored to meet your needs. Join us to expand your sailing horizons and discover the thrilling world of spinnaker sailing!

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What's Included:

  • Expert instruction from RYA-certified instructors.
  • Use of sailing dinghies equipped with spinnakers.
  • All necessary safety equipment.
  • Breakfast and a cooked lunch each day of the course.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal sailing gear (such as waterproof clothing, gloves, etc.).
  • Accommodation and travel expenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

In this course, you will learn comprehensive skills for sailing with spinnakers, including how to rig asymmetric and symmetric spinnakers, hoist and lower them effectively, and control them under various wind conditions. You’ll also understand the principles of downwind sailing dynamics, such as sail trim and wind awareness, to maximise performance and enjoyment.

This course is ideal for sailors who have already achieved RYA Level 2 Basic Skills or have equivalent sailing experience. It’s suited for those aged 16 and above who are looking to expand their sailing knowledge and skills, particularly in using spinnakers to enhance their downwind sailing capability.

While we provide all the necessary sailing equipment, including boats equipped with spinnakers, it’s advisable for participants to bring their own personal sailing gear. This includes waterproof clothing, gloves, and suitable footwear for water activities. Personal comfort and safety are important for an effective learning experience.

Yes, the course fee includes breakfast and a cooked lunch on both days of the training. However, accommodation is not included in the course fee. If you require accommodation, it needs to be requested separately and is subject to availability.

Our recommended kit list is:

  • Full set of spare clothing including dry shoes
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Anorak or waterproof jacket
  • Fleece
  • Trainers
  • Old shoes (to get wet)
  • Towel
  • Bag(s) for dirty/wet clothes
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle
  • Hats, gloves and scarf for winter months
  • Any personal medication (please make centre staff aware of this)

Yes, we cater for all types of food allergies and religious food requirements. We ask that you inform our reception team at least 2 weeks prior to your visit to allow our catering team to source the necessary ingredients and produce a suitable menu.

Accommodation is not included in this course. However, it can be arranged upon request and subject to availablity. The majority of our bedrooms sleep between 3 to 4 in bunk beds in each room. Sheets, duvets and pillows are provided. All rooms are en-suite.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts