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Seamanship navigation and meteorology.  Use of the equipment on board the yacht, rules of the road and meteorology.  This course is on a yacht larger than 15m.

Notes: RYA Watch Leader courses can be taken in either sail or motor yachts, and in tidal or non-tidal waters.  Due to our location all our courses are tidal, and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly.

This is very much a hands-on course with little time to teach navigation or other theoretical subjects.  It is therefore recommended that you take the RYA Day Skipper Theory course prior to your practical course so you can put those skills into practice on the water.  If you wish you can join us for a two week Combined course which covers both the theoretical of Day Skipper and practical aspects of the Watch Leader course.

You will be spending the complete week on board the yacht visiting the beautiful areas of the Canaries away from the beaten track.

Pre-course experience

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5 days, 100 miles, 4 night hours on board a sailing yacht.

Assumed knowledge

Basic navigation and helmsmanship. It is recommended that you attend the Day Skipper shorebased course before taking this practical course.

Ability after course

Can take charge of a sail training vessel.


Instructors
All our courses are run by one of our experienced instructors.

Suggested itinerary

On the Friday evening you join your Instructor for a welcome drink, before spending the rest of the week visiting ports such as San Sebastian de la Gomera - giving you a chance to see the unspoiled areas of the Canary Islands.

On Saturday morning the course proper starts at about 10:00 with a comprehensive safety briefing and familiarisation with the boat and its equipment.  After lunch you will prepare the boat for sea and set sail for a gentle introduction to the boat including man over board techniques, points of sail etc.  You will often return to the base marina on the Saturday night.  If you are on a more advanced course, or crewing on one, then you will often sail for another harbour.

On the Sunday morning you sail west around Tenerife, perhaps stopping for the night in the beautiful fishing harbour of San Juan - anchoring for a peaceful night amongst the fishing boats.  If you like fish we can suggest a wonderful Spanish fish restaurant that is hidden away in the back streets.  Other options for the night is anchoring in El Pris and also mooring on the pontoons in the harbour of Los Gigantes.  Further north can be found Masca bay – a perfect anchorage, ideal for a swim or lunch stop.

We then cross from Tenerife, on a beam reach through the wind acceleration zone, to San Sebastian de La Gomera for a night in a marina.  This is the town that Christopher Columbus departed from on three of his four trips across to America.  In this picturesque Canarian town you can find a steak restaurant to rival the best, and a fish restaurant (known to those who have sailed with us before as Thomas’) where, if you are lucky, the locals join together for a sing song after the food has finished cooking.

We usually then depart for Santa Cruz de La Palma.  The locals call La Palma “Isla Bonita” (beautiful island) - it is the greenest of the Canary Islands – as well as being the home to the world’s largest volcanic crater! After a morning maybe exploring the town, you then sail over to La Gomera mooring in Valle Gran Rey.

You moor in the old fishing harbour - either anchor stern to in the harbour (Mediterranean style), or tie onto the harbour wall.  Puerto de Vueltas, the other name for Valle Gran Rey (the valley of the King), is a delightful town surrounded by red cliffs, with narrow back streets.  This wonderful setting is one of the best in the Canary Islands - a world apart from the resorts of Las Americas!  Once you have watched the sun go down over the ocean from a little bar you can enjoy a delightful Lebanese restaurant or if you fancy Spanish food you will not be disappointed.  The only problem with the town is it is so hard to leave its peaceful environment.

From Valle Gran Rey we either make our way back to San Sebastian.  On the Wednesday afternoon we wend our way back to Las Galletas – just in time for the Thursday regatta and the chance to race the other yachts.

On the evening of Thursday we have our end of course drinks in our classroom, with the certificate presentation.  A great chance to chat over the highlights of the week – and commiserate with the losers of the race!

Notes: This course takes place on one of our larger yachts – and thus we often combine this course with milebuilding.  As this course is on a >15m yacht you will not get much opportunity to boat handle in confined spaces. 


Starts

We ask our clients to arrive on Friday. We clean our boats and do any maintenance between 10:00 and 17:00 so if you arrive earlier we will look after your bags for you. At 17:00 we invite you to get on the yachts and meet your Instructor, and at 18:30 we hold a welcome drink in our classroom to introduce you to the crew on the other boats, and all our Instructors.

Notes: Because of our location you have the advantage that you normally arrive in our marina within 15 minutes of collecting your bags.
 
Ends

On the Friday we ask you to get off the yacht at 10:00 so we can clean her ready for the next week.  If you have a later flight we can look after your bags for you – and why not think of our one day courses: Diesel Engine; VHF; First Aid; RADAR and Sea Survival.


Minimum Duration
6 days tuition / 7 nights on board. Download information on PDF Download Itinerary on PDF

Boats
Bavaria 36
Hanse 400e
Sun Odyssey 39i
Sun Odyssey 40
Seaquest Prima 38

Notes: All our boats are commercially registered and are therefore fully insured according to Spanish law. They also meet both Spanish, and the RYA’s safety standards.


As usual with Club Yachting the following is included:

  • All our clients get their own cabin – no need to share with strangers;
  • A client instructor ratio of 4:1;
  • Your course takes you away from our base marina, giving you the chance to explore the beautiful and unspoilt areas of La Gomera and sometimes La Palma or Gran Canaria;
  • Tuition from an experienced Instructor – we do not use instructors who have just qualified;
  • 6 full days of tuition, and 7 nights accommodation – we understand that you are on holiday and give you time to relax as well as learn;
  • Freshly laundered sheets, duvets and towels – no sleeping bags with liners or any need to bring your own;
  • Light weight waterproofs – just in case;
  • Food and drink on board – no need to go shopping when you arrive, and including a glass of wine or a beer after a day sailing;
  • Two evening meals on board the yacht;
  • All mooring fees, diesel and gas – no hidden extras.

Notes: We do not include: flights, travel insurance or evening meals ashore.


Must bring your own:

Sun protection – Sun glasses, sun hat and non oily sun cream (without carotene) are a definite must!

Music / DVD – there is a CD on the boat (and a DVD player on Club Class boats), so please bring with you a CD / DVD or 2.

Mobile phone charging – There is a 12v “cigarette” style socket on board the yacht which is live even when sailing, and a 240v socket (Spanish type) for when connected to shore power.

Medication – If you are taking any medication please advise your Instructor on commencement of the course.

Health care – Health care in the Canary Islands is good, but it is a good idea to collect the EHIC form from your local post office or online at www.ehic.org.uk.

Seasickness - It is advisable to bring with you a seasickness remedy if you have suffered in the past.  There is a local chemist in the town of Las Galletas – ask your Instructor where it is at the Friday night drink.

Notes: All bedding, bed linen (sheet, duvet cover and pillow) and a towel are provided.  Please make sure that you let us know if you suffer from allergies as we provide feather pillows as standard.


Recommended clothes

The climate in the Canaries is temperate.  You are recommended to bring with you shorts and t-shirts, a jumper/cardigan, long jeans/trousers and jumper for the odd cooler evening in the winter months, shoes with non-marking bottoms for use on the boat, swimwear and something for dinners ashore.  As the boat has limited storage space a sailing bag / holdall is the most suitable luggage.

Notes: We lend you a shower / wind proof jacket (normally only needed for the sea spray).  Please give it back to us on the Thursday evening.

Which boat?

Following extensive feedback from our clients we have introduced some other options on our larger Club Class yachts according to which option you book:

Classic: Bavaria 36

675 €

Club class: Hanse 400e, Sun Odyssey 39i & 45DS, Prima 38

760 €

Credit crunch special: Saloon

500 €

or Single cabin on our Prima 38

675 €

Notes: Whichever cabin you choose you won’t have to share unless you ask to, and also there is never more than 4 clients on board (unless you book the complete yacht for sole use) If two persons share a cabin there is a 10% discount.  We can also offer a discount if clients book two or more weeks – contact us for more details.

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