RYA Sail Cruising Level 2 (Basic Skills)

£235 Booking

This course is great for families or individuals who wish to improve their existing yacht handling skills under sail.


On completion of this course, you will have a basic knowledge of sailing and be capable of sailing a yacht as crew and helm with a skipper on board in light winds. It will be assumed that every student starting this course has already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge required for Level 1 Start Sailing. If both courses are combined they will then count towards two days of a RYA Competent Crew course.


The Sail Cruising Basic Skills Course builds on the skills gained during the Sail Cruising Start Sailing course, with the main focus being on the skills required to sail a cruising yacht.

This course is great for families or individuals who wish to improve their existing yacht handling skills under sail. Although primarily aimed at improving the skills of someone who has completed the Sail Cruising Start Sailing course, if a student has completed a Start Sailing course under the National Sailing scheme (ie in smaller keelboats or dinghies) they would also be eligible to attend this course.

This course is also very useful for improving the ability of an existing RYA Competent Crew or RYA Day Skipper Sail to handle a yacht under sail. It covers all the sailing techniques and manoeuvres on a yacht under sail both as crew and helm, including slipping and coming alongside under sail, some basic yacht handling under power, sailing theory and basic safety, for example, personal safety at sea and sailing a yacht in tide or current.

Course Duration:

2 days or 5 evenings

Pre Requisites:

RYA Sail Cruising Level 1 (Start Sailing) OR

RYA Keelboat Level 1 (Start Sailing) OR

RYA Competent Crew

This course is very useful for improving the ability of an existing RYA Competent Crew or RYA Day Skipper Sail to handle a yacht under sail in Southampton

Course Content:


  • How to rig according to weather conditions
  • Reefing

Sailing techniques and manoeuvres

  • Leaving and returning to jetty or mooring
  • Coming alongside a moored boat
  • Sailing in close company
  • Performing a man overboard recovery
  • Is aware of lee shore dangers
  • The Four Essentials
  • Can tack while sailing upwind, showing refined skill, losing minimal ground
  • Can gybe in a controlled manner while sailing downwind
  • Shows good communication when manoeuvring
  • Understands and shows awareness of other water users
  • Can sail around a short course using all points of sail helming and crewing skills


  • Knots
  • Using winches


  • Is aware of the course and starting procedure (covered as theory)

Use of engines

  • Has knowledge of engine checks, starting, stopping and running procedures
  • Can come alongside and pick up a mooring

Sailing techniques and manoeuvres

  • Anchoring
  • Sail using transits

 Emergency equipment and precautions

  •  Knows the importance of first aid kits and flares including stowage
  • Understands how to launch and board a liferaft

Clothing and equipment

  • Knows the importance of personal safety
  • Understands and complies with rules for the wearing of safety harnesses and lifejackets

Slipping and coming alongside

  • Understands the action to be taken as a crew member when departing or arriving at the yacht’s mooring

 Sailing background Has knowledge of:

  • Basic rules of the road; avoid collisions at all costs, power/sail, port/starboard, windward boat, overtaking boat

Basic advice for independent sailing:

  • Self-reliance and basic equipment
  • Visual methods of attracting attention

Has knowledge of:

  • The points of sail and the ‘No Go Zone’
  • How a sail works
  • How a sailing boat moves (basic theory)


  • Sources of relevant weather, inshore forecasts and their interpretation
  • The Beaufort Wind Scale
  • Understands when to reef
  • Has knowledge of a simple synoptic chart

Coastal Waters

  • How to apply weather forecasts in coastal waters
  • Tide tables, tidal sequence of springs and neaps, ebb and flow
  • Speed over ground with/against tidal flow
  • The effect of wind direction and tidal flow on sailing conditions
  • The importance of informing someone ashore
  • Knows how to access local information and advice for sea sailing


What's Included:

  • Instruction
  • Yacht, gas and diesel
  • Lunch, tea and coffee on board
  • Loan of a life jacket
  • RYA Sail Cruising Level 2 - Basic Skills Certificate
  • Free Parking at Shamrock Quay Marina ( subject to terms & conditions )

What's Not Included:

  • Wet weather gear (available for £5 a day to hire from us)
  • Footwear/boots
  • Accommodation

Please call the office on 02380 231 122 or e-mail coaching@stormforce.biz for more information, or to make a booking.

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