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Experienced yachtsmen and beginners can benefit from sailing tuition and take an RYA course in a relaxed but professional environment.
New Horizon Sailing is an Accredited RYA Training Centre offering a full range of courses, in the best Sailing Areas on quality yachts with experienced and mature Instructors.
Combine learning new skills, gaining an RYA Training Certificate and completing RYA Qualifying Passages with a great holiday.

 


Marijke - Beginner (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads) You do not have to take a formal course.

Whether or not the week is classified as training, everybody can participate in the running of the boat from the essential basics of sound boat management and deck work through to full passage planning and watch leadership. In particular, we want you to feel comfortable and relaxed regardless of your previous sailing experience.
You will learn in a wide range of situations including close quarter berthing; anchoring; picking up buoys, and; sail trimming as well as navigation in tidal waters, passage planning and night sailing.
Although we encourage guests to stretch themselves, complete beginners should chat with us before joining a "milebuilder" programme or one of the longer cruises.
There is an emphasis on relaxation and fun because most of us learn more quickly when having a good time.

“Fantastic Experience. This was indeed a wonderful experience. Richard, our skipper, took time to explain the basics and bring us to a standard of the Start Yachting Practical. I am now excited about sailing and will be back to take the Competent Crew course.”
Duncan (Beginner)



RYA Training CentreWhat does RYA recognition mean?

Pam – Comp Crew (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)It means that you can expect to be taught by an experienced skipper or instructor aboard a seaworthy, safe, well maintained and suitable craft, on courses within the RYA’s proven training schemes.
Qualifications earned on RYA courses are recognised and valued in most parts of the world.
Each RYA practical centre is inspected regularly to ensure that training craft and instructors meet the standards of the RYA, and where relevant, also the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
The RYA may also carry out spot inspections during courses to ensure the level of tuition and the condition of the equipment remains consistently high over time.

 
What RYA courses do we teach?

The Start Yachting Practical Course
This two-day course provides a short introduction to sail cruising for novices. By the end of the course you will have experienced steering a yacht, sail handling, ropework and be aware of safety on board.

Click here for a link to details of the pre-course requirements and syllabus.

The Competent Crew Course
This course is for beginners and those who would like to become active crew members rather than just passengers. By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day routines on board. The minimum course duration is five days, but at New Horizon Sailing it will more commonly be over six days. If you have previously completed the Start Yachting course, the Competent Crew course can be completed in three or four days.

Click here for a link to details of the pre-course requirements and syllabus.

Helen - Day Skipper (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)The Day Skipper Practical Sail Cruising Course
This course gives you the chance to take charge on short passages under instruction. You will concentrate on pilotage, boat handling, seamanship and navigation. The course can be taken in tidal or non-tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly. New Horizon Sailing offers Tidal courses only and normally over six days.

Click here for a link to details of the pre-course requirements and syllabus.

The Coastal Skipper Practical Sail Cruising Course
This is an advanced skippering course for those who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation, wanting to undertake coastal passages by day and night. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations. The course can be taken in tidal or non-tidal waters and your certificate will be endorsed accordingly. New Horizon Sailing offers Tidal courses only and normally over six days.

Click here for a link to details of the pre-course requirements and syllabus.

Preparation for the Yachtmaster® Coastal & Yachtmaster® Offshore exams
The Yachtmaster® license leads to a commercial qualification obtainable only by exam. We can help you prepare for the practical exam with a week of practice aboard our yacht or by placing an experienced instructor aboard your own boat.
Our Milebuilder or Explorer weeks are ideal opportunities to gain experience before taking the exam.

Own Boat Tuition
We are able to place an experienced Instructor aboard your boat for bespoke tuition, which can include close quarter manouevring, yachtmaster preparation, any of the RYA Practical Courses, sail trimming or sometimes just practicing as a husband and wife team.

“A lovely atmosphere on board and training well matched to our different sailing experience. Many thanks for a really excellent week.”
Chris (Day Skipper)

 
Why choose New Horizon Sailing for your RYA course?

Bill - Beginner (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)We know that there are many other RYA Training Centres both within and outside the UK and that you must have good reason to choose us.

  • Courses are conducted on yachts which offer a level of comfort, quality, character and equipment which is substantially higher than can be found in almost all other Training Centres.
  • Courses are run in the Firth of Clyde, Northern Ireland, the Scottish West Coast, Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland i.e. in areas considered amongst the most rewarding and scenic sailing areas in the world.
  • Courses are delivered by experienced and mature Instructors who know their yachts and the area and want you to not only succeed but also to have a great time aboard.
  • Courses are normally over six, rather than the standard five, days. This gives you time not only to repeat and practice, but also to enjoy the area and the yacht.
  • Certain dates in the Programme are dedicated to RYA Practical training which allows for individuals and small groups to come along with similar interests and enjoy good company, good food and great sailing.
  • But you don’t have to leave friends and family at home when you take your course. Many participants are part of a group or family chartering the whole boat. With quality boats in these sailing areas and with experienced Instructors and hosts aboard, it means that everybody can enjoy a wonderful holiday even if only one or two of the group are receiving formal RYA tuition.

Please go to the Programme page to find RYA Practical Training Course and dates and locations:

“Far exceeded my expectations”
Julian A, Day Skipper, Skipton UK

“We had a really brilliant time and would like to thank you for being such a patient and helpful teacher.”
Alex R, Beginner, Leeds UK

“This is an excellent Training Centre”
Jenny, Day Skipper, Norfolk, UK

“First Class Course”
Duncan, Competent Crew,Aberdeen, UK

“Didn’t feel like a Training Course. Really enjoyable and learnt more than I expected to. Steve taught us to teach ourselves.”
Catherine


 
What are the New Horizon Sailing Milebuilder Programmes?

Nine Knots (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads)Milebuilder programmes are designed for people who want to learn new skills, enjoy covering long distances and/or want to build their logbook miles and “qualifying passages” working towards their RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster® qualification.
The RYA requires that candidates for Yachtmaster® Coastal and Yachtmaster® Offshore have accumulated an appropriate level of sea time. For Coastal this is thirty days, of which two as skipper, 800 miles and twelve night hours.
For Offshore it is 50 days, of which five as skipper, 2500 miles, five passages over 60 miles including two overnight and two as skipper.
Our Sailing Areas are ideal for both long passage making and for practising good boat handling.
Depending on your current experience, you will be given the opportunity to prepare passage plans aswell as skipper the yacht, including on overnight passages.
On a milebuilder programme it will be the tides and the weather which dictate the daily routine and this may limit time ashore.
On the Wind (click on the image for a larger version - please be patient while the image loads) Stormdancer provides an ideal platform for long passage making. In 2013 we feature delivery passages to and from Arctic Norway.

Please go to the Programme page for Milebuilder and Explorer dates

“Excellent boat and skipper. The amount of sailing was just right, with time to relax as well.”
Tim (Coastal Skipper)

“I have to say I thought it was pretty spot on, also considering the fact that all of us hadn't sailed together before and didn't know each other”
Andrew (Milebuilder)

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