What can we expect on a practical sailing course?
After introductions and a basic safety brief, the first evening will be spent getting to know the rest of the crew with time ashore to have a meal or a drink.
Following breakfast the next day there will be a full safety briefing. You'll be shown the sails, rig, and engine procedures. We will then learn how to handle the boat under power in the marina, Following lunch of fresh bread various salads cold meats, cheese, fruit etc. We will then set the sails and continue training in the afternoon breeze, getting to port about 17:00 in time for showers and a glass of wine.
The rest of the course will be conducted as we cruise the Costa do Sol, visiting ports like Oeiras, Cascais, anchorages such as Seixal and Montigo. This is a great coast for cruising with mainly light to moderate offshore winds, becoming often fresh in the afternoons, giving good sailing and a smooth sea. There are pleasant ports, every few hours sailing along the coast, and good reasonably priced restaurants.
Ashore you can soak up the atmosphere. You can decide to stay for a bit longer booking into some of the wide range of accommodation available to take advantage of the other things available on the area of Cascais, Estoril, Sintra, and Lisbon. We'll be pleased to give you information on these.
The aim of this RYA Coastal Skipper practical course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely
For the experienced skippers who want to achieve this coveted accreditation and the stepping stone for those going into the industry.