Learning to sail with Crawley Mariners Yacht Club

RYA Dinghy Sailing Courses - Adult

A RYA qualification is known and respected the world over and at CMYC we are proud to be delivering your training to these high standards. The RYA approved sailing courses for Adults are run throughout the year and details for the adults can be found below and are also published in the monthly newsletter which is emailed regularly to all members.


RYA Dinghy Sailing Courses - Juniors

From the age of 10 youngsters can take the RYA Junior Courses Stages 1 and 2 and then progress on to Stages 3 and 4. The more advanced RYA syllabus opens up then as well: Sailing with Spinnakers, Seamanship Skills and Performance Sailing. Under the guidance of the RYA we have structured our Junior Race Training for young sailors and we are proud to be one of the selected Brtish Youth Sailing Recognised Clubs. In recent years we have also had visiting RYA coaches running extra coaching sessions for Toppers, Laser and RS Fevas sailors.


RYA POWER BOAT Level 2 Course:

We usually run two RYA Power boat Level 2 courses during the sailing season. These are two day courses, run only for club members. The club has a selection of tiller and wheel steered boats which you will use during the course. These courses are run by our Power Boat Instructor Team at a very reasonable cost, as we expect members to use their new found skills to perform their club duties.


RYA SAFETY BOAT Course with tidal endorsement:

Once a year, alongside one of our sailing weekends at Cobnor Activity Centre, our Power Boat Instructors run a two day RYA Safety Boat Course. To be eligible you must hold the RYA Power boat Level 2 qualification and have at least a year's experience. An RYA Small Boat First Aid qualification is also strongly advised (the club holds one of these around February time most years).

It is a very interesting course and enables drivers to practice rescue scenarios which might occur whilst covering club racing, cruising or Seamanship courses. This course is more expensive, but still very reasonably priced compared with those run at commercial centres. You can either come down very early each day, or most participants pay a supplement for accommodation and food from either Friday evening or Saturday morning. Preference will be given to Instructors; sea racing support helms, parent helpers at Cobnor or those supporting Chichester Harbour club cruises.


Informal Training -Adult and Juniors

Once a month, from late March to November, informal training sessions called 'Saturday Clubs' (no prizes for guessing when we run these) are the heartbeat of the informal club training. Saturday Clubs are split into two groups: Adults and Juniors. Our instructors will be out in force, going sailing with the adult participants and addressing any sailing related question/need; within reason obviously :)  In parallel, our juniors and youths from 6 to 19 years of age will be having fun in boats and learning skills in a safe and controlled environment. A great opportunity for the whole family to have a day out on the water, including the grandparents who can watch from the shore!


Improvers Sessions:

TBD 2019.Booking will be via webcollect.

For those with Level 2 or equivalent, These sessions can provide a refresher for the skills and techniques that they covered in Level 2, also for those who are looking to move on to Level 3 or Seamanship. These sessions are intended to meet your needs so do let us know what you want to cover.

'Ladies that Launch'

2nd June 2019 - afternooon. Booking will be via webcollect so keep an eye on 'Upcoming Events'

Ideal for those with Level 2, Improvers, and those attending previous Ladies days or who just need a little more practice and, of course, a chat and a laugh with like-minded ladies.
An opportunity to practice your sailing techniques with sailing exercises, do some 'low pressure' race starts and laps - subject to the wind not being 'too much'. Possibly try a different boat, just let us know what you want to do so we can organise it for you.

There is racing in the morning prior to this session, you are welcome join in as always.

Other Informal Training:

The 'Start Racing Series' offers informal training, more details can be found at Race Coaching

If you are interested in improving your Dinghy Cruising skills it is often possible to team up with one of our more experienced cruisers, contact the cruising co-ordinator, also check Cruising for more details of our Cruises. One of the best ways to improve your skills is to race, our races are open to anyone with Level 2 or equivalent. Our experienced racers are usually willing to provide advice before and after a race. The Racing pages provide more details of our racing opportunities.

Thursday sailing

This provides a friendly daytime sailing opportunity for those members who enjoy sailing in company. The aim is to be on the water from around 10:30 to finish no later than mid-afternoon.  At times there may also be powerboat support subject to an appropriately qualified person being available to helm it, but this will not always be the case.

This is an informal event for anyone who is available during the day on Thursdays. Experiment with your rigging, perhaps pick up tips from others and have an enjoyable sail around Hedgecourt. Thursday Sailing is above all an opportunity to enjoy Hedgecourt in company when it is not being used for organised racing. 

Dave Clark 01342 714599
Gil Cumming 01825 767484
Andrew Keynes 01737 557513
Ian Parris 020 8395 3575