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RYA SYLLABUS - SEAMANSHIP SKILLS (Keelboat Sections only)

On completion of this course, the successful sailor will be capable of manoeuvring a keelboat in a seamanlike manner and making seamanship decisions in moderate conditions. It will be assumed that every student starting this course has already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required for Basic Skills Level 2. Tuition will be given by trained instructors, using appropriate supervision ratios with regard to the location and competence of the students. Some of the work afloat will be done without an instructor aboard. The emphasis is on increasing the self reliance and decision making of the sailor. Students will be informed of their individual progress throughout the course.

Section A - Practical

Ropework
Can tie a fisherman's bend and sheet bend. Can do heat sealing and whipping

Departure and Arrival
Can leave and return to jetty or mooring including windward and leeward shore

Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres
Is able to:
     Heave to
     Reef afloat
     Recover man overboard
     Be towed by a power vessel
     Anchor, including principles and techniques for different circumstances.
     Sail backwards
     Sail in adverse circumstances (no rudder) - Optional

Section B - Onshore teaching

Sailing Theory and Background

Understands the following terminology: windward, leeward, abeam, forward, aft, ahead, astern, to weather, downwind, amidships, quarter, pinching, sailing by the lee, luff, bear away, planing, sternway, broaching.

Knows and can apply the following International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (IRPCS):

meeting other sailing vessels, meeting power driven vessels, following or crossing narrow channels, action by stand-on vessel

Meteorology
Knows sources of information on weather patterns for the day. Can interpret forecasts and understand local effects. Aware of Beaufort Wind Scale and changing weather conditions, including fog

Launching and Recovery
Knows how to prepare road trailer and secure trailer ashore (if appropriate)
Desirable but not essential items

Understands the importance of:
     Inspection of slipway and overhead clearance
     Use of rope between trailer and vehicle
     Recovery: use of guide poles
     Use of crane/derrick including slings and weight distribution