These courses are usually 5 days in duration, although some do vary. They involve living and sleeping on board the yacht and are also known as live-aboard courses. Living and sleeping on board the yacht is a fantastic experience that brings the whole crew together so don’t be surprised if, by the end of the week, you have made new “friends for life”. Everyone is expected to pitch-in and help with cooking and cleaning and making a brew or knocking up some sandwiches and you’ll soon realise that being a good skipper or crew member is as much about looking after each other as navigation and pilotage.
Practical courses are about learning and implementing new skills in a real environment. They are about hoisting sails and learning the ropes. When to reef and when to shake a reef out. These are the courses where you will put all of your classroom theory into practice in the real world and hone essential skills like navigation, pilotage and crew management.
But it’s not all hard work and no play. Each night we visit a different marina and once the boat’s been put to bed there’s nothing quite like finding a nice bar and swapping stories of daring do on the high seas over an ice cold beer.