RYA Start Yachting – Venture Sailing

RYA Start Yachting

Start Yachting – A short introduction to sailing for complete beginners.

We run our Start Yachting courses over two days, mostly weekends, We will meet the yacht on Saturday morning, for a full day sailing around the solent, then will aim to moor up in Cowes or Portsmouth to sample some local food and enjoy a leisurely evening. Sunday morning we will have another full day learning and practicing all of your new found skills. We will aim to be back at your drop off point by 1600 

Your instructor will guide you through the safety procedures and make sure you are comfortable and at ease aboard your yacht before you set sail. He or she will show you all the basics and will be there to support you at every stage, but by the end of your first weekend aboard you will have accomplished so much. You will be able to steer a yacht, handle rope work, sail a basic course and be aware of safety onboard. You may find you’re a natural and hooked for life.

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. understand you may be apprehensive. The emphasis is on fun and enjoyment and we are sure you will not want to leave at the end of the course.


  • RYA Start Yachting 
  • 2 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
Day 1 
0900 – Meet the Yacht at your chosen pick up point. 
10:00 – After a softy briefing we set sail for a morning learning the ropes. 
1200 – Learn about anchoring before dropping the anchor for a spot of lunch 
1400 – Set sail for an afternoon of sailing back across the solent learning about helming and different points of sail and how to helm.. 
1700 – We will aim to be moored up in cowes for the evening with time to explore the town and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants. 
Day 2 
0900 – After breakfast we will set sail for another day exploring the solent, perhaps set sail across to visit the River Hamble. 
1300 – We will be stoping somewhere for a well deserved break 
1400 – We will have a look at the charts and plan a little sail around the forts before making our way back to our meeting point 
1600 – We will aim to be back at your drop off point with a camera fill of photos and a head full of memories 
There are no experience needed to join our start yachting 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 0900 on day one 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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