Keelboat Spinnaker Training

What to Bring

  • According to the conditions, wet weather gear
  • Long sleeve sun protection or thermal top
  • Footwear (non-marking deck shoes such as Dunlop Volleys)
  • Sunhat or beanie
  • Water bottle

What to Wear

  • Smart casual

Appropriate For

  • Advanced Level

Keelboat Spinnaker Training

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Normally conducted as 3 x four hour sessions on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • Sunday, 26 July to 09 August 2015, 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Sunday, 23 August to 30 August 2015, 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Saturday, 05 September to 12 September 2015, 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM

What You Will Learn

  • Preparation: Checking the spinnaker, rigging sheets, tack line, halyards and control lines
  • Hoisting: Procedures including setting up the pole
  • Trimming techniques: Use of sheets/control lines on all relevant points of sail. Setting the pole and height for symmetric spinnaker

What You Get

  • Course notes
  • YA Keelboat Scheme logbook
  • YA completion certificate
  • $6 Yachting Australia Student Training course insurance

Description

The Keelboat Spinnaker Handling course is a more advanced course for crew wanting to learn Symmetric and Asymmetric spinnakerusage for racing or cruising yachts. This medium skill level course is suitable for persons who have crewed a racing yacht and now want to go further - even the foredeck!

This 12 hour course, conducted over 2 training days, is part of the nationally recognised Yachting Australia National Keelboat Training Scheme and is delivered by accredited sailing instructors. Previous sailing experience, including some helming time is necessary.

Course topics include for both Symmetric & Asymmetric spinnakers include:

  • Preparation: Checking the spinnaker, rigging sheets, tack line, halyards and control lines
  • Hoisting: Procedures including setting up the pole
  • Trimming techniques: Use of sheets/control lines on all relevant points of sail. Setting the pole and height for symmetric spinnaker
  • Gybing. Dip-pole gybing and end-for-end. Inside and outside gybing.
  • Dropping: Different drop techniques Symmetric e.g. hatch, letterbox, float gybe, windward etc.
  • Packing and stowing: How to stow gear efficiently after drop. Packing the spinnaker to reduce launch issues.
  • Helming: How to helm effectively under spinnaker on all relevant points of sail including gybing. Understand optimum downwind angles for differing wind speeds/types of spinnaker.
  • Knowledge: Roles and tasks, communication, preparation, teamwork and coordination when using spinnakers

Training is conducted onboard modern 7 or 8 metre racing yachts fitted with spinnakers, located at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St. Kilda.

All sailing is conducted on Port Phillip bay in the vicinity of St. Kilda.

All safety gear is provided.

Note that each course includes one subsequent training day spaced one week apart.

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