RYA training






Keel Boat and Dinghy Courses.

We are now using keelboats to cover RYA Dinghy L/1 courses. The first course on 20th/21st May was cancelled due to gale force winds! That's the first lesson for all sailors- keep an eye on weather forecasts and don't take risks!

The following course was on 26th/27th June when we ran RYA Dinghy L/1 using two keelboats and 2 Laser Stratos. It was a great success and 13 participants gained RYA Dingh L/1.  

The following course was on August 14th/15th for Dinghy L/2. Six participants passed with flying colours and can now be seen sailing dinghies regularly.

Safety Boat Training

A Safety Boat Course ran on four Tuesday evenings - 1730-2030, July 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th.  N.B all 4 evenings required for this course. Six participants passed and are keen to help the dinghy captain with the racing and cruising fleets

11th September was is a keelboat 'taster' day. Four places am and four pm, with a very talented instructor, Penny Gillett. It was a great day with fair winds, no rain and a stable Beneteau keelboat.

The next RYA Dinghy Level 1 wasl held on 30th/31st October. 8 participated on 2  Laser Stratos and one Bosun. The instructors are Joel Williams, Simon Powell and Toby Lomax with Steve Wilson overseeing and driving a safetyboat. Unfortunately Sunday had gusty winds which resulted in the day being spent in the sail loft tieing knots and discussing theory with our very knowlegable instructors. The participants now need a morning on the water to consolidate all that theory and enable us to give them their certificates! Hopefully this will happen next Sunday the morning after our Annual Dinner- so that will blow the headaches away! 

 Power Boat Courses - Level 2

Thames Active are running these courses from GYC, as per contract. These are available for members with a GYC discount. BUT Contact me for a codeword to book. Please note- although the courses looked full for months, there are some drop outs now.

Marine VHF Course

The current rescheduled VHF course was rescheduled again for Sunday 17th October for 6 people -The following VHF course was held on November 7th.

RYA First Aid

The last course was held on 10th October- 10 places. It was brilliant! The instructor Ross was fun, informative and enjoyed  answering all our numerous questions. Hopefully we can sign him up for the next couse which is unscheduled at the moment.

Day Skipper Theory Course.

tRYA Day Skipper course has just finished! It started  on Tuesday September 14th and ran every Tuesday for 8 sessions. Plus the weekend of November 6th/7th.  The Coastal Skipper Yachtmaster course ran simultaneously. 

There will be another Day Skipper course in February- Watch this space!

Children's Summer Holiday Dinghy Course run by AHOY was a great success. 

12 children between the ages of 8 and 16 took part. See photos on Whats App

Christine Webster,