RYA Start Yachting Practical

Would you like to give sailing a try?  Then this 2 day, 1 night course is ideal to see if it’s something you would like to take further.  It’s a short introduction to sailing for complete beginners given by an instructor who understands you may be apprehensive.  The aim is to have fun, learn the basic sailing skills and how to sail safely.  By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework, be aware of safety on board and have experienced living on-board a yacht.

Pre-course Practical Requirements:None.
Pre-course Theory Requirements:None.
Course duration:2 days and 1 night sleeping on-board (no exceptions permitted).
Minimum age:12 years old.
What’s Included:Mooring fees, accommodation on-board, all meals and snacks from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. All drinks including water and soft drinks.
Maximum Students:Maximum of 5 students.
Optional Cost:None
Award:RYA Start Yachting Course Completion Certificate.

The itinerary is dependant on weather but below is a typical 2 day course:

Day 1. Arrive RHKYC Causeway Bay at 0930hrs.  Crew briefing and sail to the Hebe Haven.  Evening either at anchor and dinner onboard or moor at the RHKYC Shelter Cove with dinner in the clubhouse.

Day 2. Sail back to RHKYC Causeway Bay.  Course ends approximately 1600hrs.

Students require to bring the following (see FAQs for more detials):

  • Lightweight sleeping bag or equivalent and pillow.
  • Clothes suitable for 2 days sailing.
  • Kit backed into a soft bag (no hard suitcase).
  • Photo ID.
  • Weather proof clothing suitable for the time of year.
  • Footwear such as deck shoes or trainers with good grip.

This course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices.  By the end of the course, students will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

The Yacht

  • Basic Knowledge of sea terms, parts of a boat, her rigging and sails


  • Ability to tie the following knots: figure of eight, round turn and two half hitches, bowline
  • Securing a rope to a cleat
  • Use of winches and jamming cleats


  • Has experienced sailing a yacht on all points of sail
  • Can steer a yacht under sail or power

Rules of the road

  • Can keep an efficient look out at sea


  • Knows where to obtain a weather forecast

Man overboard recovery

  • Understands the action to be taken to recover a man overboard

Clothing and equipment

  • Understands and complies with the rules for the wearing of safety harnesses’, lifejackets and personal buoyancy aids

Emergency equipment and precautions

  • Is aware of hazards on board a yacht
  • Knows the action to be taken in the event of an emergency

The RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship Theory Course to get a basic understanding of navigation followed by the RYA Competent Crew practical course.  Also consider joining a course under the Experience & Mile Building programme to gain valuable experience before your next formal course.


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