Learning to Sail - RYA Day Skipper and Competent Crew (Moonfleet Sailing Poole)

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"A 5 day sail around the Solent with Moonfleet Sailing who are based in Poole, Dorset.

Four students joined Noel Smith, the owner and a Yachtmaster Instructor with over 40 years sailing experience, to complete various parts of the RYA syllabus on board SV Ultra, a 36"" Bavaria.

The Competent Crew course is an introduction to sailing where you learn skills such as safety, knots, nautical terms, sail handling and helming. At the end of the course successful students are awarded the RYA Competent Crew Certificate.

The Day Skipper Practical Course covers Navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and skippering techniques. Students who successfully complete the Day Skipper course are awarded the Day Skipper completion certificate and are then qualified to charter yachts and may obtain an ICC.

The sail left from Cobbs Quay in Poole Harbour on a Monday morning. First task after leaving the harbour were some important man overboard drills, also a key skill for those completing the Day Skipper course. These took place successfully in Studland Bay, although there was a moment of concern when the 'man overboard' (actually a bucket tied to a fender!) got caught around the rudder. Luckily it quickly made its way loose and the day could continue.

The sail took the team along the Bournemouth and Christchurch coastline before passing Hurst Castle and into the Solent where they practiced picking up some mooring buoys just outside of Yarmouth on the Isle Of Wight. After a half hour rest the team then made their way across the water to Lymington where they moored alongside another yacht at the town quay for the night. Those completing the Day Skipper starting planning the passage for the next day and those completing Competent Crew practiced their knot work.

Day two started with some practice on mooring before the crew departed Lymington and headed across the Solent to an anchorage at Newtown Creek for a spot of lunch. After some refreshments Ultra enjoyed a nice spot of downwind sailing before heading across to the busy port of Portsmouth where they picked up a mooring buoy and enjoyed some dinner. As night came the crew set off for a four hour night sail to Port Hamble Marina on the River Hamble, arriving at midnight.

A beautiful sunrise greeted the crew on day three and after breakfast the sails were hoisted for a brisk four hour sail across to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. Here they moored up at Yarmouth Harbour where they had the rest of the day to enjoy as they wished followed by a tasty pub dinner.

Day four was to see the crew heading back to Poole however the forecast was not looking good. A miserable, wet and windy day was in order with a force 7 predicted. It was decided to set up the storm sail whilst still in the marina and once everyone was in their full weather gear the mooring was slipped.

As it turned out the weather was not as bad as anticipated. In fact the storm sail had to be taken down whilst at sea so that the head sail could be used. Even the sun made an appearance! After a 6/7 hour sail they picked up a mooring buoy just outside of Brownsea Island in Poole harbour for afternoon tea whilst waiting for the tide to rise so that they could make their way to the evening's anchorage.

Goatshorn Point in Poole Harbour was the setting for the final night onboard. A tasty dinner, a stunning sunset and a well earned glass of wine before the crew retired for the evening at the late hour of 8.30pm!!!

On Friday morning Ultra motored her way through the harbour, enjoying a beautiful rainbow across the quayside, before arriving back at her home berth in Cobbs Quay. After a good clean the crew were awarded their certificates and said their goodbyes.

This video captures some of their moments onboardand if you wish to find out more about the sailing courses offered by Moonfleet Sailing please visit http://moonfleet.net/

Enjoy! x

Filmed using a Go Pro Hero 4

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