“Just Go Sailing” Helpers Course, 28 April & 5 May

An informal course is being offered both to existing helpers and anyone else who might like to help Oriel and her team in our “Just Go Sailing” sessions.  New supporters are always very welcome!

This is a completely informal course for anyone wanting to help with what used to be called Social Sailing on Saturday mornings, and is now called “Just Go Sailing”. A full RYA Instructors course takes 5 days and allows you to teach anywhere. This is a very short version, giving you the basics to enable you to feel confident about taking out beginners in double-handers at Waldringfield.

Sat 28 April (ashore, 0930 till 1130) and

Sat 5 May (afloat 0930 till 1200 latest)

Please note that if you can’t attend both days, you will still find attending just the first day is helpful.

How do I book my place?

Please email Oriel (o.laws@btopenworld.com) by Monday 23rd April at the latest.

Course Details

On Sat 28 April 0930 till 1130 we will cover topics including the following, about half in the dinghy park and half in the clubhouse. On Saturday May 5, also 0930 till 1130 we will put the skills into practice with those turning up on the first session of Go Sailing


Rigging and Reefing a Wayfarer and a Hartley 15
Tacking and gybing land drills in the dinghy park.
Sitting position of instructor and students and why
Getting students to look at the tide and wind and make decisions
Familiarity with river and what to watch for


Who do we get choosing the “Go Sailing” option
Crewing up considerations
Communication skills needed
Brief overview of RYA method
Figure of eight to practice tacking
When and how to hand over the helm
Launching and recovery with beginners and improvers – sufficient preparation
Stopping and starting skills – use mooring boys
How to teach the no go zone and points of sailing
How to cope with too little or too much wind with beginners.
Confidence building skills