There are 4 main groups as detailed below. Sailors will be asked to join the group that most closely reflects their experience and expertise. On occasion sailors may be asked to join different groups depending on weather conditions and experience levels to ensure safety of all sailors.
Hartley Hares. Sailors who wish to progress into racing and sailing with spinnakers. Sailing Hartley 12.2s
Team Feva. Sailors who have shown the skills in Hartley Hares over a year or more will be invited to join Team Feva. Sailing RS Feva high performance dinghies with asymmetric spinnakers. This is usually split into two groups according to experience.
Laser Squad. Sailed in Laser 4.7’s. Coaching in the morning with top coach John Burford. Minimum sailor weight of 35kg.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the course held?
All courses are held at St Mawes Sailing Club Quay off Tredenham Road (not the town quay or the club house), TR2 5AW. As you approach St Mawes on the A3078, pass the Fire Station on the left, travel a further 0.75km, as the road bears right there is a lane on the left with a small yellow sign. There is no parking at the quay, for safety please do not park on yellow lines at the top of the lane. There is a large car park in St Mawes and limited street parking.
What should I wear?
We strongly recommend a wetsuit, waterproof top, hat, sun-cream and footwear (wetsuit boots, sandals or old trainers). We provide buoyancy aids but if you have your own you are welcome to use it. Wetsuits are available to hire from Bob Warren at Roseland Paddle & Sail (07970 926409). Sailors who aren't properly dressed won't be allowed on the water.
What should I bring with me?
In a bag, you may wish to bring a bottle of water and a small snack, a towel and change of clothes (there is a very small changing area and shower), please bring your RYA log book if you have one. If you are attending a full day course bring a packed lunch.
Will I get an RYA certificate?
If you have completed all the necessary syllabus points listed in the logbook and your instructor judges you competent enough for that certificate, you will be presented with the relevant RYA certificate. Attending a course is no guarantee of certification as your progress will depend on how well you have kept up your skills and how hard you work during your course. Adverse weather conditions may prevent enough practical sessions being run to cover all syllabus points.
Who teaches the courses?
A team of RYA Dinghy Instructors supervised by a RYA Senior Instructor and helped by Assistant Instructors. All instructors are trained in first-aid, rescue boat handling and teaching techniques to RYA standards. The centre Principal is Bob Hindmarsh.
What time should I arrive?
Please arrive between 09.50 and 10.00.
The sessions end at 12.30.
Please drive between 13.20 and 13.30
The sessions end at 16.00.
What experience is required to join Spring Coaching?
The sailor should have RYA stage 4 and have recent sailing experience.
Who decides which group the sailors joins?
The relevant coaches together with Bob Hindmarsh, our Head Instructor and RYA Centre Principal, will decide which group the sailor will join. Sailors may move between groups.
What are the course dates?
10th April to 3rd July
Can parents stay and watch?
We would discourage you from remaining at the quay once the course has started as there is limited space. However you are always welcome to watch proceedings. Dependant on weather conditions sailing will take place around St Mawes harbour or up towards Percuil, if you are afloat, please keep well away from the coaching area and leave any rescue processes to the designated safety boats and crew.
Please be aware that in the past, we have found that parents in close proximity to a group (either on a beach or on the water) can have an adverse effect on the group which is unfair on the other members of the group so please give the group sufficient space.