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Cruising Corner Informal Training

These training sessions are conducted by members for members. The goal is to help existing members improve their skills and to introduce new members to good practices of seamanship. This is a new initiative and two courses are being developed and will be piloted over the coming season, starting on May 7th and continuing on each following Sunday.

Here is an outline of the courses:

Training

Crew Fundamentals

Prerequisites

None

Trainer

PYBC Skipper who can demonstrate PYBC standard Methods

Purpose

To enable potential or new crew to carry out simple tasks in a PYBC standard way, under the direction of the Skipper. It is assumed that the student has no previous experience.

Content

Session 1: Personal and Boat safety and Seamanship

  • Appropriate clothing
  • How to inspect a lifejacket
  • How to use a tether with a jackstay
  • How to board a boat safely
  • How to move safely around the boat while underway
  • How to use safety equipment
  • How to send a Mayday
  • Parts of a rope
  • How to coil a rope
  • How to throw a rope
  • How to use a boat hook
  • How to make fast a warp to a mooring cleat
  • Basic knots: Bowline, Clove hitch, Reef knot
  • Basic vocabulary

Session 2: Boat Operations

  • How to deploy fenders securely
  • How to prepare mooring warps for departure
  • How to prepare mooring warps for mooring up in a marina
  • How to prepare white sails for hoisting
  • How to pack lowered sails
  • How to use a winch safely and effectively
  • How to safely step ashore, holding a mooring warp
  • How to assist in tying up a boat on a marina

Instruction Method

Hands on demonstration by the skipper and practice by student

Training Outcome

Crew can routinely perform the tasks safely and efficiently


Skippers who have some experience

Training

Skipper Fundamentals

Prerequisites

Trainer

PYBC Skipper who can demonstrate PYBC standard Methods

Purpose

To enable potential or new crew to carry out simple tasks in a PYBC standard way, under the direction of the Skipper. It is assumed that the student has no previous experience.

Content

Session 1: Departure and Tying up

  • Pre-departure checks
  • In varying wind and tide conditions
    • Leaving a marina berth
    • Leaving a mooring buoy
    • Leaving a quay wall
    • Single-handed departure
  • In varying wind and tide conditions
    • Mooring at a marina berth
    • Mooring up to a mooring buoy
    • Mooring up to a quay wall
    • Single-handed arrival
    • Manoeuvring astern
    • Anchoring
  • Communicating with crew
  • Assigning duties to crew

Session 2: Operations underway

  • Man overboard under sail
  • Efficient tacking and gybing
  • How to rig a boom preventer
  • When to tack to track to a mark
  • How to put in and take out a reef
  • When to reef
  • Basic sail trimming
  • Helming in moderate swells

Instruction Method

Hands on demonstration by the skipper and practice by student

Training Outcome

Crew can routinely perform the tasks safely and efficiently


Last updated 14:19 on 2 May 2017

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