Better Sailing


This course is designed to consolidate the experience and knowledge gained in ‘Start Sailing’. Skills and knowledge are introduced that will enable the successful participant to safely and competently sail a dinghy in controlled conditions independently.

Sailors Competencies

When I’m on the water I can……

  • Recover my crew in a ‘man over board’ situation
  • Identify dangerous situations in and around the marina
  • Know where to have my sail set for all points of sailing
  • Always use my tiller extension like a microphone when I’m sailing
  • Perform a 360 degree turn
  • Sail without kneeling
  • Come alongside a stationary object and stop
  • Sail a windward / leeward course
  • Get out of the ‘No Go Zone’

And when I’m on shore I can……

  • Name the main ‘points’ of sailing
  • Name the all of the parts of my boat
  • Use aids to determine the wind direction and strength
  • Rig and derig my own boat
  • Tie a ‘bowline’ and a ‘reef’ knot