Taster Funsail Joining Instructions

The start time is listed by the date on the webpage you booked your Taster Funsail.

What you'll need to bring:

Suitable footwear for on-board the keelboat 
Trainers or wellies with non-marking soles, deck shoes, crocks, grippy beach shoes and dinghy boots are all suitable.  It's likely that you'll get wet feet while stepping from the shore into the small boat that ferries you out to the keelboat.  If you want, you can take a change of suitable dry footwear for use aboard the yacht. 

Waterproof jacket and trousers 
Waterproof trousers are particularly useful against splashes getting out to the yacht in the inflatable dinghy.  We can provide waterproofs in adult sizes from small to extra large if you don't have your own. 

Warm clothing
It feels colder out on the sea than on land.  So wear layers such as base layer, microfeece and warmer fleece depending on the overall temperature.  A hat or buff is good for warmth and necessary for keeping longer hair out of your eyes!  It's advisable to bring a change of clothing and a towel just in case you get very wet.  

Gloves
If you have basic & flexible utility gloves with some grip or cycling gloves, bring them with you for ropework.

High SPF suntan lotion
The sun is more fierce out on the water.

Other Information
If you wear glasses, use something to secure them.  If you're concerned about motion sickness please get something from the chemist.  There are pills and patches available.  You get your sea legs eventually but there's no need for this to spoil your early sailing experiences. 

This activity will be led by a qualified RYA Instructor and great emphasis will be placed on safety.  It is your responsibility to comply with all safety regulations and the Terms and Conditions of booking.  We reserve the right to postpone the activity due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  An alternative date will be mutually arranged.  Unfortunately we cannot cover the loss of a last minute cancellation by you.  If you cancel more than one calendar month before your Taster FunSail you forfeit just the deposit.  If you cancel within one month of the FunSail you forfeit the full fee.

Please provide an emergency contact number when you arrive.   

How to find us:

Garage 11 (just past Morecambe Sailing Club),
Back Calton Street,
Morecambe.
Lancs.
LA4 5AS

Approaching Morecambe from Lancaster, follow the A589 (Broadway) all the way to the promenade.  Turn left and drive down the promenade.  You will see a white building on stilts on the seaward side of the road, turn left immediately before it, towards the Town Hall (free parking on Saturdays & Sundays).  Turn next left onto Back Calton Street. The Sailing Club is halfway down the street on the right hand side and our garage is a little way further down the street.  There is a Pay and Display car park at the far end of the street, next to the boat yard. Click here for a map

If you have any problems, give John a call on 07721 891 615

Joining Instructions for Keelboat Sailing Courses

Your start time is found on the webpage you booked your course. (i.e. Learn to Sail, Improvers, Seamanship Skills).  It's on the same line as the date of your course. 

What you'll need to bring:

Suitable footwear for onboard the keelboat 
Trainers or wellies with non-marking soles, deck shoes, crocks, grippy beach shoes and dinghy boots are all suitable.  It's likely that you'll get wet feet while stepping from the shore into the small boat that ferries you to the keelboat.  If you want, you can change into suitable dry footwear when aboard the yacht.  Neoprene dinghy boots are good because they help keep your feet warm even when wet.

Waterproof jacket and trousers 
Waterproof trousers are useful because you'll sit on the side of the inflatable dinghy while motoring out to the yacht.  If you get splashed they'll keep you dry!  We can provide waterproofs in adult sizes from small to extra large but your own will probably fit you better.

Warm clothing
It feels colder out on the sea than on land.  So wear layers such as base layer, microfeece and warmer fleece depending on the overall temperature.  Quick drying fabrics are better if you have them.  A hat or buff is good for warmth and necessary for keeping longer hair out of your eyes!  It's advisable to bring a change of clothing and a towel just in case you get very wet.  

Gloves
When you 'gybe' the boat, a rope runs quickly through your hands so you'll need some protection. Basic flexible utility gloves with some grip will do or cycling gloves or you can buy sailing gloves. 

Your own packed lunch
Depending on the time of high water and therefore the start time of your course, we'll eat aboard the yacht or just before we go sailing. 

High SPF suntan lotion
The sun is more fierce out on the water.

Other Information
If you wear glasses use something to secure them.  Pen and paper are useful for note taking back ashore.  If you're concerned about motion sickness, please get something from the chemist.  There are pills and patches available.  You get your sea legs eventually but there's no need for this to spoil your early sailing experiences. 

Tea and coffee will be provided ashore before and after sailing.  There's no toilet on the boat. So it's 'bucket & chuck it' if you're desperate.  The best thing is to drink lightly before sailing and then drink lots to re-hydrate when you're back ashore.

Each day starts at the house with a safety session.  If it's an early tide we'll then go straight out sailing.  On a later tide we'll cover more of the theory sessions first.

The evenings are free.  There are numerous hotels and B&Bs along the seafront nearby if you want to stay overnight.  Day two often starts 30 mins to an hour later because of the tides.  Manchester & Liverpool are easy commuting distances with the new Bay Gateway which gets you from junction 34 of the M6 to Morecambe in under 10 minutes.

This activity will be led by a qualified RYA Instructor and great emphasis will be placed on safety.  It is your responsibility to comply with all safety regulations and the Terms and Conditions of booking.  We reserve the right to postpone the activity due to bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances.  An alternative date will be mutually agreed.  Unfortunately we're not in a position to carry the loss of last minute cancellations by you.  You may wish to consider insurance for that eventuality.  If you cancel more than one calendar month before your course you forfeit just the deposit.  If you cancel within one month of the course you forfeit the full fee.

We'll ask you for an emergency contact number and health declaration when you arrive.  

How to find us:
8 Coniston Road,
Morecambe.
Lancs.
LA4 5PS

Approaching Morecambe from Lancaster, follow the A589 (Broadway) all the way to the promenade.  Turn left and drive down the promenade.  Take the second turn left onto Thornton Road.  Turn second left onto Arnside Crescent and left again onto Coniston Road.

If you have any problems, give John a call on 07721 891 615

Yacht Sailing Milebuilder

Some people are lucky enough to own their own yacht or have friends who do. This gives them time on the water to practise all the skills they learn on their RYA courses. But for the majority of people new to sailing there's a stage missing between their RYA course and having enough sailing experience to confidently skipper a yacht themselves on a flotilla holiday or bareboat charter.

People often look for Yacht Sailing Milebuilders. These provide more experience aboard a yacht but don't always provide enough practise at the key practical sailing skills.  These skills are much easier to practise on a smaller boat.

The quick way to develop your practical sailing skills is with a sideways step to the 2-day RYA keelboat courses. They could be just what you're looking for.  Read more

Read about the 2-day RYA Level 3 Keelboat course too. It's a brilliant way to develop your sailing skills.

What you'll need for keelboat sailing:

  • Suitable footwear for the yacht with a change for later in case your feet get wet
  • Waterproof trousers & jacket for splashes while transferring out to the yacht. We can provide them in adult sizes from small to extra large if you don't have your own
  • Food
  • Gloves for handling ropes, particularly when gybing
  • Warm layers 
  • Sunscreen
  • Tie for glasses

We provide all the safety equipment. There's no loo aboard the small yacht. It's bucket & chuck it!  Facilities are available ashore during the 2-day keelboat courses.

Start Time Finish Places
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Learn to sail on the sea in the North West

RYA 2-day Keelboat/Yacht Sailing Courses

Guys and girls on a beginners yacht sailing course on the sea

having fun whilst learning to sail

BEGINNERS to IMPROVERS

IMPROVERS to ADVANCED

 

Sailing Experience & Private Coaching

First taste of sailing on a yacht

Boys on a boat

Photo of people going sailing

TASTER FUNSAIL

OWN BOAT TUITION

YACHT SAILING MILEBUILDER

Stop Dreaming Start Sailing

Q. I've done dinghy level 1 but I'd prefer continuing on a keelboat. What course should I book?

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Q. What happens in bad weather?

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Q. I've done my Competent Crew course. What should I do next?

A.

Q. I want to be a skipper on a flotilla holiday. What qualifications do I need?

A. 

Q. I can't swim!

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Q. Can children come?

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Improver 2

2-day RYA Improver Sailing Courses

Girl sailing a yacht close to the wind

Develop your sailing with these more advanced RYA yacht sailing courses on the sea

So you've got your Level 1 & 2 certificates and you're hooked on sailing. Now, what's next?

The RYA provide 3 more options for you. As a first step we would recommend the Level 3 Better Sailing course. For more details see below.

Other options are Seamanship Skills and Day Sailing.