RYA Competent Crew – Venture Sailing

RYA Competent Crew


Our Competent Crew course will introduce the complete beginner to cruising under sail, equipping novice sailors with the skills required to be an active and useful crew member onboard a yacht.

The course is completed over the course of five days, with 100 miles at sea and a minimum of four hours of night sailing. if you have already taken one of our start yachting course this can be reduced, or carried out over weekends.

The course gives students a sound knowledge and understanding of the yacht and all the basic sailing techniques including rope work, mooring up and casting off.


  • RYA Competent Crew 
  • 5 Days Practical Training 
  • No expereance necessary 
  • RYA Instructor 
  • Free use of wet weather gear 
  •  Discover the Solent from a new viewpoint
  • Visit the Isle of Wight 
  • All yachts MCA coded for your safety 
  • Morden fleet of yachts 
  • RYA recognised training school
  • All morning fees included 
  • All food eaten onboard 
You will meet your crew and instructor for the 5-day practical course 0900 on Monday morning. Then you will spend the morning preparing to set sail. You will spend the next 5 days exploring the Solent and South Coast. The route you take and the ports you visit will be weather dependent – as part of the course you will be involved in planning the route for the week and places to drop anchor.
You will return about 4.30pm on the final Friday.
There are no experience needed to join our Competent Crew course as we start from the beginning.

By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board. 

Holders of the Start Yachting certificate can go on to complete the Competence Crew course in a reduced time of three days or two weekends.

Unless otherwise agreed we will meet the the at 09.00 on the day of the course at 
East Cowes marina 

Britannia Way 
East Cowes 
Isle of Wight 
PO32 6UB
United Kingdom

By prior arraignment we can also meet at Southampton Town Quay and also Portsmouth Harbour 

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