There are as
yet no formal qualifications issued by the RYA for the racing crew.
Cowes Sailing School can offer two levels of race training to both
the competent crew and the cruising skipper in the basic requirements
of competing and participating fully in competitive races.
take place aboard our Sigma 38 that is fully equipped for offshore
racing and can offer experience in class as well as handicap racing.
The racing crew
when offering their services to a race boat will be asked which
position they play, we aim to rotate novice crew in the different
positions giving everyone a chance to decide which role they enjoy
most or can give of their best. The more experienced crew can hone
their skills to the position in which they wish to excel.
put aside to the preparation prior to a race, paperwork, documentation,
rules and tactics. All of which gives a better understanding of
what is required by the individuals.
A fully crewed
Sigma 38 has nine positions, from aft they are:
- Tactics /
- Sheet trimmer
- Sheet grinder
training there will be two experienced instructors aboard to facilitate
learning. Our aim is to demonstrate then talk through each maneuver
allowing crew members to practice, move positions then practice
Topics to be
covered will include sail trim, choice of sails, management of crew
and best course sailed.
advanced race training the crew will need to be in possession of
a Sea Survival Certificate as well as an in-date First Aid Certificate.
At the end of the course the candidate will be ready for offshore
There are several
races scheduled where skills can be put into practice in a realistic
situation competing against yachts in the same class.
Prior to each
race there will be a briefing on the expected conditions, starting
area, course if it is known, competition and expectations of the
crew. On return to berth at the end of the day there will be a debriefing
on the outcome of the race, tactics, where improvements could be
made and time for general discussion.