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I want to do a yachting course next summer but I'm not sure where to do it, or what course to do. I want at least 5 days sailing on a yacht. Does anyone have any advice on yachting courses? Would the RYA competent crew course be best? How basic is it? Can anyone who has done the RYA Competent crew course tell me what it's like?

Does anyone have any recommendations for RYA yachting courses in the Mediterranean? How about this one:
www[dot]jollyparrot [dot]co[dot]uk/RYA_ Competent_Crew ? Is there a better place to do the course?

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EDIT: Seems like I can't post links, but has anyone heard of jolly parrot?
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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

Hi Alasdair,

a lot really depends on what your previous experience is. If you've got none at all then the competent crew course is a good start, if you have some (a little) prior experience, you might want to swat over the cold and dark winter months and do a Day Skipper Theory course and then do the practical course. Can't tell you much about the jollyparrot. To me it makes sense to do a course where you want to be sailing later on, you'll lean valuable local lessons. For example, you're not going to learn much about tides in the mediterranean, but you really need to know about them over here.

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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

I am about to start dinghy sailing again after a few years away from boats, but I don't know how experienced I'll be in a years time. I would like to sail in the med, but also in other areas. I was thinking of possibly doing the competent crew course in the med, then the skipper course in Britain to get experience in both areas. Does that sound like a good idea?
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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

I can now post links! RYA Competent Crew course - 5 days (£449 - £549) : Jolly Parrot Sailing
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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

I used to teach 'Day Skipper' in Scotland. Forget Competent Crew and do Day Skipper in the South West where they have rocks and tides. Doing in the Med just misses out 50% of what you need to know...like only learning to drive an automatic car!

If you are going to do it in UK you need to do the theory course so that you understand tides.
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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

+1 on what Yorksailor said. You already know quite a bit from dinghy sailing. So no need for the competent crew course. Also, if you are anywhere close to the water, put a note on your local marina and ask if you could crew to learn. Doesn't mean a long journey, even just for an afternoon. Where are you based ? Maybe somebody here on sailnet can help you rekindle your skills ?
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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

I am based in Epping, Essex, quite a distance from the sea. I will be moving to Loughborough in a few weeks time, but that is also inland. Other than with the sailing club in Loughborough that meets on a lake, I don't think I'll get much yachting experience during the next year.

Some of the websites talking about the competent crew course say something like 'you might find it useful to have sailed in a dinghy or on a yacht previously'. Does that means that the competent crew course would be better for me?
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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

Alasdair, if you are in Epping, that means you are about 50 miles away from the water ... that's what I commute daily to and from work. I am in Billericay, so just about half way to the Crouch or the River Blackwater. You said you are moving to Loughborough. Check out Rutland Water. It claims to be Europe's largest man made reservoir and is situated in what I personally think one of the most beautiful counties of the UK. I had my first yachting experience there after I bought my current boat which for the first season was based there. There is both a sailing club and also the watersports center. Many boats there are up to 26ish feet. Great to learn, very nice people at the watersports center, btw !!! And most important it is only 29 miles (per AA routeplanner) from Loughborough to Oakham ! They do run courses there as well, or I can recommend you another sailing school, where I've done my VHF course if you like ...
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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

Wow, thanks for the info! The university sailing club meets at Foremark Reservoir which is a bit closer to Loughborough and much smaller, but I'll have to visit Rutland Water some time. It looks great! The only problem is that it's about 3 hours away on my pushbike if I can't get a lift, assuming I don't get lost. 10 hours by bus (according to Google). I failed my driving test so can't drive yet
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Re: Any Advice On Yachting Courses?

... and don't forget : In Loughborough you'll just be 60 or so miles away from "the Wash" for proper tidal experience
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