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RYA Competent Crew - A comprehensive 'hands on' course for beginners

 RYA Competent Crew Course on a Classic Wooden Boat

The RYA Competent Crew Course is very much a  hands on course for complete beginners or for those with some experience of yachts and now wish to have a solid foundation of seamanship. If you are a dinghy sailor and wish to cross over to larger vessels the Competent Crew Course will provide that stepping stone. 

We want you to develop a love of sailing, and the best way to make a start on any boat is to feel you are a vital and competent part of the crew.  As you would expect from Classic Sailing, the teaching yachts we use are classic wooden boats that turn heads wherever they go! On the RYA Competent crew course, we will teach you the seamanship skills of steering, setting sails, reefing, and tying knots with conviction! The course is about going places, so you can experience a wide range of sailing experiences:- anchoring in remote bays, mooring in sheltered rivers, coming alongside harbour walls or pontoons and night sailing. The skills you learn will be relevant for modern yachts, but after the RYA competent crew course you should also feel at home on traditional boats and tall ships with blocks and tackles.

There is a whole new language to learn and by the end of the week you won't be fazed by terms like sheet, fender, windlass or 'bear away' and all the things that make going on board a yacht a bit bewildering and intimidating.

Previous experience for the Competent Crew Course: -

None. You can be a complete beginner that has never stepped on a boat before.  

It is also good for those who have done a bit of yacht, keel boat or dinghy sailing and want to be sure they have the basics to sail bigger boats where you can go cruising and live on board.

Learn More about the actual course and some of the things you will be learning.  the RYA Competent Crew Course Syllabus.

 

Competent Crew Course Syllabus 

 

​  RYA Practical Competent Crew  ​
​ RYA Practical Competent Crew ​

 

Moosk has Competent Crew Courses from Falmouth and Plymouth. Golden Vanity is ideally placed in Brixham to explore South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From Lands End to Berry Head, Cornwall and Devon offers fantastic sailing waters, friendly ports and secluded locations to explore. 

If you want to learn to sail a yacht, but like the look of our vessels, the following the Competent Crew Course would be the best all round option for a newcomer to sailing. The instructor to student ratio is officially 1 to 5 and on  Moosk and Golden Vanity there is a RYA instructor as skipper and usually another experienced sailor as a cook/mate to learn from.

 

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Moosk

RYA Practical Competent Crew Courses on Moosk
RYA Practical Competent Crew Courses on Moosk

Moosk is a gaff yawl with 2 masts. She can sail with just a mainsail and staysail or spread her wings and set mizzen, mizzen staysail and a jib out on her long bowsprit. She has a long deep keel so sails well and her engine is mounted on the centre-line so she is well behaved under engine too. In her sail training role under instruction young people take charge of her and bring her alongside pontoons so she is already a proven sea school boat.The charity that operates Moosk is also a full recognised RYA Training Establishment so she issues RYA certificates in her own right (assuming you have completed the syllabus). 

These 6 day courses provide longer sea time and less pressure than those schools which offer a 5 day course. A four hour night passage is a compulsory part of the course but it is very often also the highlight of the voyage. It’s a great team effort with pilotage, communication, lookout duty and command skills.

Those studying for Competent Crew can if they have the ability complete sections of the Day Skipper practical syllabus and see what they need to do for the next step up the ladder to being your own skipper. 

 

Golden Vanity

Golden Vanity RYA Competent Crew Courses
Golden Vanity RYA Competent Crew Courses

Golden Vanity is 53 feet long overall and 20 tonnes. Getting to grips with a yacht this size is not difficult with the expert tuition you will receive. The real bonus is that your confidence will soar and after Golden Vanity modern yachts will feel like mere toys.

Built in 1908 as a yacht for local artist Arthur Briscoe, at A.W.Gibbs' yard at Galmpton on the Dart, she followed almost exactly the same design as the traditional working boats of the day and was fully renovated in the 1980's.

Golden Vanity’s long and exciting history involves a variety of owners who used her for cruising far and wide, including several transatlantic crossings and is now part of the UK National Historic Ships Register of core vessels.

With her wide wooden decks and a characterful interior Golden Vanity makes for a good stable platform when you are beginning to learn about sailing. As she sails with a skipper and a mate/cook you will get plenty of individual attention and excellent food. She takes 5 students for RYA courses and you will leave her decks feeling wiser and more confidant in becoming your own skipper. 
 

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