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Albany Outdoors

Sailing programme


This eight week programme is approved by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and covers RYA Level 1. It provides structured dinghy sailing from novice to advanced level. Costs are £56 per hour per group (multiples of six) for a minimum of two hours.

Week 1

  • skills taught – rigging, wind awareness, launching and recovery, leaving the shore, coming ashore, reaching, tacking drills  
  • theory – no go zones, clothing, equipment  

Week 2

  • skills taught – re-cap on rigging drill, reaching, stopping sailing upwind, getting out of irons  
  • theory – ropework (knots) points of sailing, capsize recovery

Week 3

  • skills taught – re-cap upwind sailing, sailing downwind, gybing drill, gybing practice  
  • theory – basic dinghy rules, rules of the road, meteorology  

Week 4

  • skills taught – re-cap of all skills learned
  • theory – question and answer

Week 5

  • All skills practised and performed. By this stage if the wind has been sufficient and candidates are performing to a competent standard the RYA Level 1 is complete.

Week 6

  • skills taught – rigging a training dinghy or day boat, the five essentials
  • theory – points of sailing, no go zone, the five essentials

Week 7

  • skills taught – man overboard recovery, five essentials  
  • theory – capsize recovery, aerodynamic theory

Week 8

  • skills taught – coming alongside, reefing, capsize recovery
  • theory – racing, lee shore dangers, ropework.​

Albany Outdoors

For more information contact us:

Albany Outdoors
Albany Mews
Kingston upon Thames

Phone: 020 8549 3066



Albany Outdoors