Leg 7/2019

15 – 22 June Lymington to Lymington. RYA Coastal Skipper Course to the Channel Islands, 200 nm

Regina Laska in St Peter Port, Guernsey, The Channel Islands

 

This leg will take us to one of the most tidal waters in the world with tidal streams up to 1o knots and a tidal range of up to 12 meter! The Channel Islands Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and others are charming and really worth a visit. Sail training and pleasant places will be combined in a very interesting way.

It is going to be an adventurous leg for sailors, who wish to extend their horizon of normal coastal sailing, visiting places with extreme tidal range and currents. We will cross the English channel twice with all the traffic there is and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere in France. There will be an emphasis on tidal calculations and weather theory, making the most out of the RYA coastal skipper/Yachtmaster theory knowledge understanding how to take advantage of the same. You will gain two of the  necessary five legs over 60 miles for the Yachtmaster Offshore exam, would you ever opt to reach for this.

Planning the crossing of the English Channel, praparing the passage plan.

 

If you plan for any future certificates, it is very worth while to go the Theory Course in Malta before you join. Here, we will prepare all the necessities of our passage and go through everything from safety to navigation, weather and ColRegs.

Weymouth on the south coast of England can be part of the itinerary, depending on the weather.

 

Weymouth by night.

Arrived in France!

 

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Looking out from Guernsey with the islands Herm and Jethou in the background.

 

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Berthed in St Peter Port

Eating out well is a great opportunity in these waters!

 

 

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The crossing can get rough, but we will not take any risks. If weather prevents us from crossing the English Channel, we will sail along the English south coast so everyone will feel safe and comfortable onboard.

 

It’s the next step up after the Day Skipper and you will gain some 200 miles for your future Yachtmaster at the same time.

In order to take the RYA Coastal Skipper, you should at least have the following pre-course experience:
– 15 days on a boat
– 2 days as skipper
– sailed 300 miles
– 8 night hours
– it is assumed that you have a good knowledge in boat handling to the standards of a Day Skipper and navigational knowledge to the standards of the Coastal Skipper theory level, which is very similar to the Yachtmaster level. See here.

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For more information on the Coastal Skipper Practical see here.

Price: EUR 2,120 per person including all food consumed onboard, harbour fees, diesel etc

 


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