RYA Day Skipper Sail Syllabus



Used to moor a ship to the sea bottom, typically having a metal shank with a pair of curved, barbed flukes at one end.

Basic Sailing skills

First timer course to help you get familiar with boats. Come away knowing, not just how to perform all the tasks required on boat, but why as well. Great for confidence onboard.



A friendly, relaxed and easy learning environment to train with whilst being a stickler for safety and detail.

Deck Work

Can reef, shake out reefs and change sails to suit prevailing conditions.

Can prepare an anchor, mooring warps and take charge on deck when mooring alongside, coming to a buoy, anchoring, weighing anchor and slipping from a buoy or alongside berth.



Knows how to change fuel and water. filters, pump impeller and to bleed the fuel system.

Emergency situations

Is able to take correct action as skipper for recovery of man overboard.
Understands distress flares and how to use a liferaft.
Can operate a radiotelephone in an emergency and send a distress message.
Understands how to secure a tow.
Understands rescue procedures including helicopter rescue.


Gain miles

Have the trip of your life in the Caribbean while you expand your off shore experience and get many more miles in your logbook.

Helmsmanship and sailing

Understands the basic principles of sailing and can steer and trim sails on all points of sailing.
Can steer a compass course, under sail and power.



A jib is a triangular staysail that sets ahead of the foremast of a sailing vessel. Its tack is fixed to the bowsprit, to the bow, or to the deck between the bowsprit and the foremost mast. Jibs and spinnakers are the two main types of headsails on a modern boat..



A lateen or latin-rig is a triangular sail set on a long yard mounted at an angle on the mast, and running in a fore-and-aft direction.


Maintenance and repair work

Understands and is able to carry out maintenance tasks.
Knows the properties and uses of common synthetic fibre ropes.


Knows sources of forecast information.
Can interpret shipping forecasts and use a barometer as a forecasting aid.


Is proficient in chartwork and routine navigational duties on passage including:
Taking and plotting visual fixes.
Use of electronic navigation equipment for position fixing.
Use of waypoints Working up to DR and EP.
Estimating tidal heights and tidal streams.
Working out course to steer to allow for tidal stream, leeway and drift.
Knowledge of IALA buoyage.
Maintenance of navigational records.
Use of echo sounder and lead line.

Night cruising

Has experienced sail cruising at night, including leaving and entering harbour.
Understands the special consideration for pilotage plans, keeping a lookout and identifying marks by night.


Passage making

Can plan and make a coastal passage, taking account of relevant navigational hazards and limitations imposed by the type of boat and the strength of the crew.


Can prepare and execute a pilotage plan for entry into, or departure from, harbour.
Understands the use of leading and clearing lines.
Use of transits and surroundings as aids to pilotage.

Preparation for sea

Is able to prepare a yacht for sea, including engine checks, selection of sails, securing and stowage of all gear on deck and below.


Rule of the road

Has a working knowledge of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

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Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness.


Working efficiency is unaffected/partially affected/severely affected by seasickness.


Yacht handling under power

Can bring a boat safely to and from an alongside berth, mooring buoy and anchor under various conditions of wind and tide.
Can steer and trim sails effectively on all points of sailing.


Understands how to victual a yacht.