Sailing is a fantastic and diverse sport, with activities to suit everyone. The RYA National Sailing Scheme has been designed to help you enjoy whichever aspect of the sport that appeals to you. All the courses in the Scheme can be taken in a dinghy, keelboat or multihull so you can have tuition in whatever type of boat you wish.
An introduction to the sport, covering the minimum knowledge required to get afloat under supervision.
Becoming a competent sailor in light winds
Completion of this course is the basis from which to develop your sailing.
How to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve problems afloat.
Passage planning and decision making for small boat cruising
Everything you need to know to sail modern three-sail boats
The start line for enjoying club racing. All you need to know to get round the course
Improve your boat handling and confidence in performance boats.
Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour are widely recognised as the finest sailing waters in the UK. This together with the development of the new purpose built, on-shore facilities have resulted in the Academy being selected as the venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events, should London be chosen to host the Games.
Facilities on shore include a licensed clubhouse, conference/ meeting rooms, slipways, a boat hoist, extensive dinghy and car parks, a permanent crane, and storage for all types of boats.
Whether you wish to run a major championship event, try sailing for the first time or simply enjoy sailing for the fantastic and fun sport that it is, we think you will find our services hard to beat.
Rigging - has wind awareness. Knowledge of spars and rigging, parts of the sail, sail controls and foils.
Ropework - can tie a figure of eight knot, round turn and two half hitches and secure a rope to a cleat.
Sailing Techniques and Manoeuvres - Has wind awareness. Has practical understanding of the following maneuvers: Reaching, Stopping, Controlling speed, Tacking, Getting out of irons, Sailing upwind, Sailing downwind and Gybing.
Launching and Recovery - Can secure a boat to a trolley. Understands the principles of: Wheeling a trolley, Launching and leaving the shore, coming ashore and recovery of boat and Wind awareness ashore.