RYA Course - Start Yachting

File 1104Perfect for the complete novice who would like to learn to sail, but wants a ‘taster’ before committing to a longer sailing course. Price includes all accommodation, tuition, meals onboard, use of wet gear and pick up from local station.

  • 2 Days 
  • Introduction to Sail Cruising
  • Learn to steer a Yacht
  • Learn to handle the ropes
  • Learn to work the sails
  • Professional Instructors
  • Relaxed Tuition
  • Quality Food
  • Great Fun
  • from £210

For more information please read on........
Call 01326 212320 or email us at info@trysail.net to make a booking.

RYA Start Yachting

Start Yachting is the entry level RYA cruising course. It provides a short introduction to sail cruising and gives the participant the chance to experience steering a yacht, sail handling, rope work, and to be aware of safety onboard.

Day one - The course is run from the historic Port of Falmouth and is usually taken over a weekend. You will join the boat at around 5pm on Friday afternoon with the course finishing around 2pm on Sunday. The course will commence with a full safety brief that our instructors will make fun and interesting. Depending on the time and weather conditions you will then experience a gentle voyage to the first overnight anchorage, mooring buoy or pontoon.

Day Two - We usually plan to start the sailing early so you can expect the skipper to kick things off with a large mug of steaming tea or coffee, a hearty breakfast whilst listening to the weather forecast. After breakfast your instructor will explain the basics of sailing & how the sails are put up and down. You will then spend a some time taking turns on the helm and handling the ropes through various basic manoeuvres. The instructor will also take the time to demonstrate why the boat will not capsize so before you know it you shall be confidently slipping along with the boat healing (leaning) over, as they are designed to do. After lunch you will practice some ’man overboard’ drills before making a short coastal passage to either Fowey or the Helford River if the weather permits. To finish a rewarding first day you will have the opportunity to go ashore to a local waterside pub before retiring to the boat for dinner to learn some knots and relax.

Day Three- starts as before and will recap on what you have learned the previous day. During the passage home everyone will have the chance to steer the boat and handle the sails before you dock. We usually plan to get alongside around an hour before we finish so everyone can clean the boat together, an essential part of being able crew!

File 1114File 25File 1119

Course Notes

Accommodation & meals are provided on board throughout the weekend 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 Start Yachting course completion certificate can be up-graded to a Competent Crew certificate upon completion of a further 3 day weekend course.


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
                       Follow us socially..  



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