Keelboat Taster

Learn and have fun with the Experts

Keelboats are a step up in size from dinghies – more like a small yacht, but generally not as big as a cruising yacht. They can bridge the gap between dinghies and cruisers, offering many benefits of both, to the adult beginner.
We have a Hawk 20 called Sprite which we use for tasters, courses and racing at the Yacht Club.
She can comfortably accommodate four adults and your instructor.
A two-hour taster session will start with a shore-based introduction to boat basics and some theory (weather, tides etc.). You will then head out onto the water to have a go at crewing and helming, or just sitting and enjoying the day if you prefer! Ideal for a family trip (and the dolphins love the boat).

keelboat crew

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the minimum age for this activity?

    Minimum age 8.

  • Do I need to be a good swimmer?

    You need a basic level of water confidence.

  • Can I use my own boat?

    Please note we use our own boats and cannot use yours.

  • Will I get a certification at the end of the activity?

    This session does not carry certification.

  • How large is the group in each session?

    We can take a max of four students to one instructor on Sprite.

  • Do you need a minimum number of people to run this course?

    Minimum two students.

  • Are activities at a set time every day?

    We may have to adjust preferred timings to allow for the tide.

  • What else is there to do in New Quay?

    Please see our main FAQs page for information on Where to stay, park, eat etc.