Sailing

Learn and have fun with the experts

In 2016 our oldest student got in a dinghy for the first time aged 70.  You don't need to be super fit or a great swimmer, just confident in the water.  

Taster sessions are to give it a go so you can see if you like it.  Then when you do ...........

Children's RYA courses start at Stage 1 up to 4. 

Adult RYA courses are Levels 1 to 3.

Once you have the basics you may want to gain some more Seamanship skills, Racing, Spinnakers. 

The following dinghies are used for training or to hire.....

Oppie     Topper      Pico      Feva      Laser     Laser 2000   Laser 3000   Laser Bahia       Wayfarer      Dart 16

We have wet suits, bouyancy aids, spray tops.  All you need to bring is something for your feet (old trainers will do), swimwear and a towel.

So what are you waiting for ?  Go on do it, do it now.

Courses

Sailing - taster session (2 hours) adult

Not sure whether sailing is for you?

Find out with our taster session, a shore based introduction followed by the opportunity to try your hand at the basics afloat under close supervision, either in a single handed boat on your own or in a double handed boat with one of our instructors.

You don't need to be a great swimmer just confident in the water.  Bring your own wet suit or use one of ours, a pair of wetboots or old trainers, swimwear and a towel, then your are all set to give it a go.

Get in touch and we can book your session. 01545 561257

Duration: 2 hours Price: £ 48 View Dates
Catamaran - taster session (2 hours) adult

Want to have a go with a high performance boat ?  Fancy some high speed action ?

Catamarans are fast, wet and exciting!  Watch our video clip filmed in New Quay.

Book a session with our instructor on board.  Expect to get wet because this type of boat puts up a lot of high speed spray!

You don't need to be a great swimmer just confident in the water.  Bring your own wet suit or use one of ours, a pair of wetboots or old trainers, swimwear and a towel, then your are all set to give it a go.

Get in touch and we can book your session. 01545 561257

Duration: 2 hours Price: £ 48 View Dates
Sailing RYA level 1

This will be your introducing to sailing to get afloat under supervision.

Assumed knowledge - none

By the end of the course you should be able to...........

Sail in all directions, including an awareness of launching and recovering.

Sail in light winds under supervision.

Minimum age - 16

Cost of course includes your RYA Start Sailing - Beginners Handbook

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Sailing RYA level 2

Setting out the foundations of sailing for you.

Assumed knowledge - Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1

By the end of the course you should be able to.......

Rig, launch and sail in all directions.

Capsize and recover.

Have essential safety knowledge.

Able to sail and make decisions in good conditions

Minimum age - 16

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Sailing RYA level 3

Enhance your skills and develop techniques with a range of tasters from the advanced modules.  

More confident in sailing skills and techniques, and ready to progress onto the advanced modules

Assumed knowledge - Sailing skills to the standard of Level 2

Minimum age - 16

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Sailing - with spinnakers

Your introduction to sailing with asymmetric spinnakers.

The boats we have available to use are      Feva      Laser 2000   Laser 3000   Laser Bahia

Assumed knowledge - You may have done your RYA level 2 or you have been sailing for a while and now thinking time to get the "kite" up.  

The boats we use are double handed like the Laser 2000 shown above, so we will start off by making sure you are comfortable with your upwind and downwind sailing. 

Then some land-drills to start with to practice hoisting and dropping the spinnaker, then back on the water. 

Check this video clip.

Expect to take turns at crewing and helming.  Both the Laser 3000 and Bahia are fitted with trapeze wires so you might want to give trapezing a try.

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Sailing - start racing

We will cover the fundamentals of getting off the start line and around the course.

Assumed knowledge - Your sailing and knowledge will probably be to the standard of the Level 2 course (Stage 3 for under 16s).  It doesn't have to be but the sailing will test your boat handling as you "get up close and personal" with other boats.

Work on the skills required to start club racing, including how to maximise boat speed and outwit your opponents.

Please note that to make this course effective we need at least 3 students.

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Bespoke sailing

Whatever it is you want to work on.  It might be strong wind sailing, tacking technique, racing skills, spinaker work or sail setting.

We will need a conversation with you prior to you coming to us so we can agree a programme to suit you.  We can use your boat or ours.

The session/s will most likely be one on one with your instructor who will either get in a boat with you or motor alongside.  The instructor may well use a video camera so you can review your progress back on the land.

Assumed knowledge - You have done the basics but now want to get better.

Duration: 2 hours Price: £ 55 View Dates
Multi-hull Sailing RYA Level 1

Catamarans are fast, stable and fun to sail. We use a Dart 16 catamaran to teach you how to sail a multi-hull boat.

Assumed knowledge - none.

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Multi-hull Sailing RYA Level 2

Setting out the foundations of sailing for you.

Rigging, launching, sailing in all directions. Capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge.

Assumed knowledge - Sailing skills to the standard of Level 1

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Seamanship skills

You have learned to sail now you want to develop and apply some new skills on the sea.

This course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to be more self sufficient and how to deal with different conditions and challenges.

Launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, anchoring.

Assumed knowledge - Generally, you will be ready for these courses if you have completed Level 2 or 3 of the National Sailing Scheme, or Stage 3 or 4 of the Youth Sailing Scheme, and have had some practice too.

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Day Sailing

You have learned to sail now you want to develop and apply some new skills on the sea.

This course is to take you away from beach and off on a passage to a new place.

The course will require passage planning, therefore use of charts, tides and weather forecasting.

Assumed knowledge - Generally, you will be ready for these courses if you have completed Level 2 or 3 of the National Sailing Scheme, or Stage 3 or 4 of the Youth Sailing Scheme, and have had some practice too.

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 205 View Dates
Saturday Sailing

Regular Saturday morning sailing 10am - 12pm from April to the end of October.

Regular sessions to develop your sailing or working towards your next goal. 

Juniors can work through their RYA stages 1-4.

Adults can practice their skills or work towards their RYA level 1-2. . 

This is hands on so once you have been a few times you will know where the kit is and can get on with only the minimum of supervision. You will be expected to get involved from the start by rigging and preparing the boats.  We don't launch until everyone is ready so don't wait to be asked to help newbies.  Beware at the end of the session washing down the boats with the hose might get you too !

We maintain a personal record of what you have done with us so we can help you towards your next level.  We try to split everybody into the group appropriate to their skill to get the maximum benefit from the time on or off the water. 

Do let us know you are coming by booking online as numbers are limited, so if you haven't booked you may find we are full.

If we have to cancel because the conditions are inapproriate we will either reimburse you or use the payment for another Saturday.

Arrive by 09:45 at least ready for a 10am start. 

Duration: 2 hours Price: £ 22 under 16's £12 View Dates
Celebrity race training ~ Georgina Povall

British Olympic Podium Potential sailor Georgina Povall has agreed to come to Cardigan Bay Watersports to give you some race training. 

"George" will be leading the two day session held in New Quay, Wales on 27th and 28th July 2017.

Her boat is the Laser Radial but the skills and tactics which got her where she is are just as relevant to double handed boats.

You are probably a competent sailor already but now feel you could benefit from some advice and coaching from a fellow sailor at the top of her game.

There are only 12 places so reserve your place by booking book online.

If you don't have your own boat we do have a range of Toppers and Lasers set up with race kit to hire, just let us know so we can make sure there is one available.     info@cardiganbaywatersports.org.uk

If all the places are sold, don't despair we can put you on the reserve list, and if there is enough people we may be able to get George's sailing buddy to come along too. 

Just email your interest     info@cardiganbaywatersports.org.uk

Duration: 2 days Price: £ 95 View Dates