RYA Day Sailing with Spinnakers
On completion of this course the successful sailor will understand how to sail a dinghy rigged with an asymmetric or symmetric spinnaker. It is assumed that every cadet 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 an Advanced Instructor, or by an Instructor with appropriate experience approved by the National Boating Manager, using appropriate supervision ratios with regard to the location and competence of the cadets.
SECTION A: PRACTICAL
Launching and recovery:
- Can rig boats including spinnaker, and trapeze where fitted.
Sailing techniques and manoeuvres:
- Understands how to launch boats with open transoms and/or racks.
- Can sail using crew and equipment to good advantage.
- Can perform spinnaker hoist, gybe and drop.
- Understands and can sail best course downwind.
SECTION B: SAILING BACKGROUND
- Can perform capsize recovery including spinnaker.
- Knows how to recover from total inversion.
Sailing theory and background:
- Has knowledge of courses for types of boats.
Experienced sailors direct assessment:
- Understands the concept of apparent wind sailing.
- Understands the effect of hull shape on performance.
- Can access sources of information and apply rig set-up for different conditions.
- The candidate will complete all of Section A, demonstrating a competent, purposeful and confident approach to an Advanced Instructor. He will satisfactorily answer questions on Section B afloat and ashore.