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This Course teaches the basic racing rules and manoeuvres and gain an understanding of what is expected of a racing crew on a small boat.

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12 hours.


You will have the skills and knowledge to be a competent member of a crew on a small racing boat.


Better Sailing.

Who should do this course?

Anyone wishing to get a spot crewing on a small racing boat.


1. Personal Safety Equipment and Clothing

  • Knows the appropriate clothing to be worn and safety equipment to be taken when racing inshore and offshore / overnight.
  • Understands the importance of minimizing the weight of personal gear.

2. Deck Equipment

  • Knows the correct techniques for the efficient and safe use of all deck hardware- e.g. winches, jamming cleats, traveller, jib track, spinnaker poles / bowsprits and their associated fittings etc .

3. Manoeuvres

  • Understands and is competent in each crew position during the following maneuvers: pre-start, tacking (including roll tacking), gybing, windward and leeward mark roundings.
  • Can work as part of a team during all manoeuvres.

4. Sail Trim

  • Understands the theory of sail shape, including draft position and twist.
  • Can operate sail controls to achieve optimum sail shape in light, medium and heavy airs.
  • Can work as a team with other trimmers and the helm.

5. Balance and trim

  • Understands the importance of correct crew weight placement in all conditions and points of sail.
  • Can hike effectively when required.

6. Race Structure

  • Understands Start and Finish procedures including flags and sound signals.
  • Understands different course types including windward/leeward, Olympic Triangle, laid /passage course.
  • Can plan for expected manoeuvres for a given course.

7. Racing rules

  • Knows the basic Rules of Racing.

8. Communication

  • As crew can communicate effectively within a team.
  • Knows what information to transmit to the afterguard – and how often and when to transmit it.

9. Self

  • Understands the importance of physical fitness and preparation.
  • Understands the importance of contributing as a crew i.e. helping with boat preparation and packing up, attending briefings and debriefings.