RYA Competent Crew Course - Falmouth Cornwall.

File 1099The RYA Competent Crew Course introduces the compete beginner to cruising under sail and teaches to the level required to be a useful member of crew onboard a yacht. 

  • 5 days
  • No min or max age limit
  • Learn the principles of sailing
  • Learn to steer a yacht
  • Learn the ropes and tie knots
  • Learn to work the sails
  • Take part in daily routines
  • Become aware of safety onboard
  • Professional Instructors        
  • Relaxed Tuition
  • Quality Food
  • Great Fun
  • £545 
    Price includes all accommodation, tuition, meals onboard, use of wet gear and pick up from local station.

For more information please read on...
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RYA Competent Crew

The course is usually taken over 5 days but can be taken as a 2 and 3 day weekend. There is no minimum or maximum age requirement, although it is commonly accepted that the candidates should be fit enough to handle ropes, helm and contribute towards the daily routines.

At Trysail Sailing School we have had clients from the ages of 10-85 take our Competent Crew Courses, and we aim to tailor each course to suit the clients we have on board.

It is run from the historic Port of Falmouth, normally starting at 1600hrs Sunday and finishing around 1300hrs on the following Friday. It is also possible to complete the course over a two day and a 3 day weekend or over 3 two day weekends. We can also organise courses around your specific dates if you wish to book an exclusive course.

Accommodation is provided on board the yacht during the week and all meals are included in the cost. Most of our instructors are experienced cooks and enjoy entertaining at the end of a hard day. We cater for all tastes and we are also more than happy to cater for Vegetarians and Vegans with exciting, local, home-cooked meals.

The course will commence with a full safety brief that our instructors will make fun and interesting. Depending on the time of year and weather conditions, you will then experience a gentle voyage to the first overnight anchorage, mooring buoy or pontoon. Your instructor will cook you a lovely meal, assess any previous experience you may have and make a rough plan for the week. We do not set a fixed itinerary for our 5 day courses as the weather plays such a large part and changes daily.

Our aim is to help and encourage each of our candidates to complete the syllabus, set by the RYA, during the course and to award a Certificate of Competency. Each candidate is kept informed of their progress as they learn about the boat, its handling and the routines onboard.

We also make at least one 4 hour night passage during the week. It provides the unique sensation of sailing by night and the experience is generally regarded as one of the ‘highlights’ of the week.

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Course notes

Accommodation & meals are provided on board throughout the week as well as use of wet weather gear if necessary. You will need to bring a sleeping bag & suitable flat soled non-slip and non-marking footwear.

Warm clothing also will be needed even in the height of summer, as on the water the evenings can get cooler than inland.

Hopefully you now fancy the chance to get on the water a see what its all about, so give us a call or email us today!

If you have a wonderful time and want to do more sailing, the combined Day Skipper Theroy and Practical course could be your next challange!



Shiny New Trysail Van 2014
Jay and the crew - August 2014
Bass Point
Louise at anchor in the Helford
Louise berthed in Falmouth Yachthaven
Swan and Cygnets at the Yachthaven Falmouth
RYA Start Yachting Weekend with Ben Instructing
RYA Day Skipper/Comp Crew with Jay Instructing
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2018 Course Dates:


Both Theory and Practical Elements combined
 -Live aboard for 1o days-

21st Sept - 1st October

Other dates available on request..

RYA Start Yachting

All 2018 Weekends 

Dates available on request..

RYA Competent Crew 

10th June
8th July
29th July
5th Aug
19th Aug
9th Sept

2018 Every Sunday from 18th Feb
Other dates available on request..

Online - RYA Day Skipper Theroy

365 days per year!
£295 per course or £490 combined

(5% DISCOUNT when booked with ANY practical course)

RYA Day Skipper

10th June
8th July
29th July
5th Aug
19th Aug
9th Sept

2018 Every Sunday from 18th Feb
Other dates available on request..

Online RYA YM Shorebased Theory

5% DISCOUNT when booked with any practical course

RYA Coastal Skipper

15th June (7 days) - 2 places

Other dates available on request..

Yacht Master Prep / Exam

Available on Request

More dates and BESPOKE bookings can be added on request!
Just give us a call to discuss options on 01326 212320 or email info@trysail.net