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Our Beginners' course takes place once a year. In 2024, the BC will take place on the weekend of 22-23 June.


The course is based on 3 modules: 

  • basic theory courses (evening sessions)
  • sailing on a cruiser yacht (1 day)
  • sailing on a dinghy (1 day)​

The aim of the Beginners' Course is to give you a taste of sailing: you will be experiencing two days of sailing on two different types of boats, providing very different sensations, completed with a comprehensive introduction to the main chapters of the sailing bible.


Cruiser sailing

You will sail on a chartered Hanse 315 or Hanse 34, or on BlueOne, the yacht owned by the Club, a Beneteau First 36.7 (11 meters), fully equipped for safe and comfortable cruising and racing with 3 cabins, 1 bathroom/toilet, 1 galley (kitchen), full electronics and safety equipment (IAS, GPS, chart plotters, autopilot…). 
During each session onboard BlueOne you will be part of a crew of five or six sailors: 3 or 4 beginners (depending on the yacht) and 2 skippers.
Dinghy sailing
You will sail on valk boats that are perfectly fitted for learning how to sail as they are stable and, just as cruisers, equipped with a keel, a main sail and a headsail.
You will be sailing with 4 sailors on each boat: 3 beginners and 1 coach per boat.

Sailing dates

Saturday, 22 June
& Sunday, 23 June

Theory course sessions

4 modules will be delivered, with the aim of complementing the practical part with an introduction to the sailing fundamentals.
  • Session 1: Rules of the Road will give you a basic understanding of the rules for boats on the water, navigation marks (types of buoys, marks, etc.)
  • Session 2: Basic Boat Handling / Basic Boathandling in a nutshell: the goal is to give you the basic notions of sailing: how to master the power of the wind, how to gybe and tack, understand how the keel works...
  • Session 3: Safety & weather will make you aware of possible risks and how to avoid them, and will introduce you to the basics of weather forecasts.
  • Session 4: Seamanship: the goal is to give you the basic nautical skills, introduce the key nautical terminology, practice knots, etc.



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