Girl for Sail – RYA DAY SKIPPER 5-9 JANUARY 2015
The RYA Competent Crew and Day Skipper is run from a fantastic location in St Lucia in the beatiful Caribbean.
– Our courses are run from January through to April. These Caribbean courses run for 5 days
“Take the step and become your own skipper!! We will coach you in our calm manner so you are confident and happy taking your friends and family out on the water.. And being in charge!”
What the girls had to say…
”Well organised, motivating, supportive. Girls, this has to be a really good idea!” Lyn, RYA St. Lucia 2014
About the course
This is a great chance to get out there and become the skipper!
This course also gives you a chance to meet other like minded ladies who want to get out there just as much as you do, don’t worry if you are coming on your own, by the end of the week you will feel like you’ve known your fellow crew members forever!! You will meet with these crew members on the first evening and get to know each other over a cup of rum punch (or two!)
You then spend the next 5 days sailing the Caribbean sea and exploring the ports, including Rodney Bay, Marigot Bay and the Pitons. Not only do you spend the days sailing you get the chance to do a night sail, what better way to really appreciate sailing but in the peace and quiet with clear skies…
The course includes everything you could possibly need to understand about how to be in charge of a boat, take advantage of your RYA qualified instructor who loves being able to teach. She is there to help you as much as possible and loves watching everyone progress and ensure that you are confident with every aspect of your course.
She will teach you the basic practical skippering skills to enable you to be a confident and happy being at the helm on short passages by day. During the week each person has the chance to act as skipper. This will include planning where to go, when to get there and obstacles that may be in the way. You will practice mooring in many different ways and go through things in as many difficult ways in case you ever feel you may be caught out. Your instructor will always advise you on the safest way to do things, in a way that makes sense to you and to remind you, you aren’t in any rush..
By the end of this course you should be a confident sailor with sound knowledge in all activities relating to sailing your own boat!
Before taking the course it is advised that you have knowledge up to RYA Day Skipper Theory, 5 days sailing, 100 miles and preferably with some night sailing experience (although not necessary) We offer this course in the UK and St. Lucia, Check out our calender for dates!
We coach on yachts in between 34-40ft, the average is 37ft. They are suitable for ladies to sail comfortably. They generally have 3 cabins which sleep 6 in shared cabins & there is additional room in the saloon for 2/3.
o Exclusive use of yacht
o Professional RYA qualified Skipper
o Mooring fees
o All breakfasts & lunches plus 1 evening meal!
o Certificate on completion
o 5 days sailing and instruction
o 5 nights on board accommodation
o FUN! FUN! FUN!
During the 5 days you get the chance to spend nights at anchor and in marinas. You can explore onland and experience the local Caribbean culture and food on this beautiful island.
Flights are not included in the course cost but we will help you find the best deals wherever possible! The standard flights which fly in and out of St Lucia are from London Gatwick:
BA Flights – Arr St Lucia (UVF) 1455 Sunday/Dep 2040 Saturday
Virgin Flights – Arr St Lucia (UVF) 1435 Sunday/ Dep 2005 Saturday
Call Stuart at Dial A Flight on 01732 592166 for the best deals or follow this link to go directly to the webiste.
JETLAG!! Please note that we often find day 1 is a bit of a struggle if you have jetted in from USA or UK. Please be aware that this may cause Day 1 to be a tad difficult if you have been awake at 4am. We recommend you come a day early and acclimatise!
How will i get to the boat?
Once you land you will need to take a taxi to Rodney Bay Marina, where you will meet your skipper and be taken to the boat to settle in! If you arrive and want to stay at our villa, you will need to inform a local taxi service as the road to our lovely villa is a little bumpy and only certain drivers will go on it!
Will you tell me what i need to bring?
Of course! we will send you all the information you need to know about getting here, the course, meeting times etc and if ou have any burning questions let us know! we want to make sure you’re at ease when coming away to sail with us!
So where will i stay???
Before or after your course you can stay on the island to acclimate yourself to the timezone and the beautiful weather! During your course you ge tto stay onboard, but we’d love for you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings a bit more!
We can recommend hotels….there are some beautiful places to stay in and around Rodney Bay and further afield. You are best to have a look on Trip Advisor where you can see other peoples reviews and lots of lovely pictures!
you can take advantage of the fabulous Summer Breeze Villa GFS has there! priced at £49/pn for shared rooms or £79/pn for your own room, If you want more information on this villa, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone our UK office on +44(0) 1983 282867
Sample Itinerary in St. Lucia
You’ll be given a very warm welcome at around 4.30pm by your girlsforsail skipper on arrival at your lovely yacht in Rodney Bay Marina, on the North West side of St Lucia. After your bags have been stowed below deck, sit back and relax with a welcome drink whilst your skipper takes you through the boat, after which it’s time to cool down before dinner ashore. There are numerous bars restaurants nearby for the first night getting to know each other. Enjoy a great first team meal on the beach perhaps and a few rum punches in restaurant before heading to bed for night number one on your yacht.
Wake up to a good breakfast, before your full safety brief on the boat. A lot of information this morning, but don’t worry, it will all sink in. After the safety brief, we will learn how to hoist the sails, and head out of Rodney Bay to start learning about how the sails work. And for the ‘Want to be Skippers’ amongst us, cementing the procedures involved, ready to take command throughout the week. We will end the day back at Marigot Bay, it is a sheltered, mangrove-lined bay. From inside, it affords a perfect backdrop for that sunset photo and rum punch, as you look across the beach spit with all of its palms.
After digesting a lot of information yesterday, today will put it into practice, repeating the lessons of the day before and incorporating more tacking and gybing. We will practice anchoring today and brushing up and learning our knots! From Marigot bay we will find a great spot to anchor up and have a dip, before heading off to the Pitons! These primeval twin peaks, topping 2,000 feet, are St. Lucia’s most famous landmark.
Today we will venture around towards the southern point of St Lucia – out of the shelter of the island you will experience a different kind of sailing, and on route you will be meeting our very careless mate Bob. That’s right, a bit of man overboard recovery!
You thought sailing was just from A-B? Well today your’ll learn why sailing in a triangle helps you to understand the physics behind sailing! The potential skippers amongst you will be knee deep in charts planning our route for tonights night sail!
Don’t be Sad! But it’s your last day on the water practicing the skills you’ve learnt over this week, before returning to Rodney Bay Marina where you can enjoy a well deserved cocktail before swaping contact details, saying your goodbyes and departing the yacht at 4pm, At least you’ll have spent this week, making excellent friends and experiencing something totally unique!
Of course if you have booked into our villa it’s time for some pool side relaxation and cocktails! otherwise we wish you a pleasant journey home and hope you come back soon!
by admin and girlsforsail.com