Parang Racing - 2000
We offer a wide range of sailing options. With sailing yachts and a variety of dinghies in order to fit any of your needs for sailing courses from one day beginners lessons to a two month advanced course with offshore sailing boats along with optimist and windsurfing.
The COMPETENT CREW diploma course corresponds to the sailing component of the RYA competent crew course plus navigation, meteorology, safety, collision regs. to the Day Skipper shore based course.
In our English language version we will be taking only 5 persons on each course instead of up to 20 on the Greek language courses and we will be doing 7 trips to sea instead of the normal 5.
The COASTAL NAVIGATOR diploma course is approximately equivalent to the RYA Yacht master Offshore shore based course plus RYA Coastal skipper practical. It includes a non-stop passage of at least forty hours.
It is easy to become focused on the issue of a diploma. Diplomas are merely a proof of learning. They are not the objective but a useful bi-product of it. The objective is the acquisition of the various skills which in combination will empower the sailor to travel the seas under sail in confidence and safety.
Although we are happy to teach those who may later choose to use motor vessels, the training has a strong emphasis on sail. This training covers all the basics to allow a skipper to sail his or her yacht without the use of an engine.
Navigation is taught in the classic format and when that is mastered, electronic aids, such as GPS, are discussed and their functions explained.
Seamanship is planning and preparation as well as hands on evolutions and practical necessities.
Meteorology is taught as a tool for safety and comfort both before and during a passage rather than an abstract subject to be passed at an examination.
Safety is an essential part of everything connected to travelling on the water and it must be a consideration in all matters from the planning of a day in Larnaca Bay to the way one checks the rigging. The safety aspect is taught as an integral requisite of all we do.
Finally, and this is something that is easy to forget when under the pressures of learning and examinations, we keep in mind that pottering about in boats, whether cruising or racing, is done for pleasure. It is our aim that we should make it so.
Parang Racing - 2000
1. Competent Crew.
This is spread over eleven Saturdays. There are a minimum of seven instruction periods at sea, including one night sail, and eleven shore based lectures with hands-on application on board. The twelfth lecture period is the examination.
The K.N.C. requirement is for a minimum of 50 miles at sea. We do an average of 140 miles.
For our winter/spring course we do not specify a particular day for sailing as we can then choose appropriate conditions on the day. We try to put as much into practice as possible. Much of the lecturing is done as a de-briefing after sailing and navigating at sea.
The fee is CYP 495
2. Coastal Navigator.
The K.N.C. requirement is for a minimum of 300 sea miles and 5 night sails. There are ten lecture sessions and an exam session.
There is also a cruise of a minimum of forty hours at sea non-stop.
Lectures and night sails are done on Saturdays. The cruise starts on a Friday evening and goes through to Sunday. The course is spread over seven weeks.
For persons having the necessary previous experience or
have taken The K.N.C. Competent crew diploma,
the fee is CYP 475
Training sessions start at 10 a.m. at the yacht in Larnaca Marina (with the exception of night sails and the longer passage).
Practical sessions at sea are followed by a debrief/lecture. This will mean about 5 hours at sea and a further 2 in harbour.
For going to sea, in the winter programme, we will be looking for gentle weather at the start of the Competent Crew course, graduating to stronger conditions later. This we have the flexibility to do by substituting a lecture day instead of a sea day, as conditions dictate. Where we do 2 lectures on one day there will be a break for refreshments between each lecture.
COMPETENT CREW COURSE
P1 & L1
The boat: moving about, tidiness, safety, stability, water integrity.
Sail handling: halyards, sheets, tracks, setting, handing.
Starting & stopping: mooring, anchoring, line clearing.
Wind awareness: effect on everything, use not abuse, effect of wind on sea, indicators.
Knots, coiling, flaking, stowing.
Sail power: Lift, push, the gearbox, the Beaufort scale
Steering: the compass
Overview, materials, properties of ropes
BOAT TOUR: hulls and rigs
Home study:- Nautical terminology, rigs, knots.
Safety: Lines on deck, planning, rig check, fuel and water, engine, batteries, lights, harness, lifejacket.
Points of sail, no go quadrant.
Tacking, gybing, heave-to,
The trailing log
The ships log and deck log. Engine log, fuel awareness.
Intro to charts, dead reckoning
mooring, compass, log and time.
TEST: knots, coiling, flaking, wind awareness
Home study:- The compass, points of sail, sail evolutions
course over ground, course to steer,
HB compass,DR and EP
The shifting surface: Currents, surface drift, tides, leeway, headlands
TEST: The compass
Home study:- Charts and symbols
Clearing lines, transits
Shaping a course
Home study: EP, shaping a course
Anchoring under engine or sail
Clear override with rolling hitch
More mooring, springing off, springing on
Using HB compass, charting EP
Home study:- Basic navigation, safety
Home study:- Lights, flags, signals
Recap all sailing
Apparent wind, draw vectors
Course to steer with drift and leeway, draw vectors
emergencies, planning for safety
RECAP: Colregs, lights
Home study:- Colregs, emergencies
Local and international regulations
Sea manners, customs
Attitude, teamwork, psychology
Medical, sea-sickness, hypothermia
Home study: Meteorology, regulations
Safety at night
Bearings with HB compass, EP
Mandatory harness and jackstay use in dark
TEST: knots and
coiling, simple chartwork at sea.
Home study:- Colregs, lights
Weather maps, forecasts, sources
Intro to Astro Navigation
TEST: Lights and
Home study:- Meteorology, weather maps
Setting the kedge
Safety checks again
Review points of difficulty
TEST: Colregs, lights,
Home study:- General review
This is an intensive course taking in much that a yacht skipper should learn. The navigation instruction goes well beyond a competent crew requirement and allows the prospective skipper or boat owner to proceed smoothly into further training with a wide basic knowledge.
To get the most benefit from the lectures
requires the home study of colregs, lights, flags, signaling,
meteorology, chart symbols and the like. Printed
information for all these subjects will be provided plus practice
charts for exercises as will cord for knots.
If after receiving rowing instruction you feel the
need for more practice we offer the use of a dinghy.
There is no mystery about navigation and the good
news is that there are no calculations requiring mathematics beyond
simple addition and subtraction.
The best news is that it is good fun learning to travel across the sea with confidence
This course is designed for persons with basic
knowledge equivalent to the RYA Day Skipper standard, the K.N.C.
Competent Crew standard or equivalent. We are not
listing great detail below as much of the course is to do with more
in-depth training on the same subjects as the previous course with an
emphasis on being in charge of a yacht. We have allowed
even more flexibility to be able to help individuals with problem
areas on a one-to-one basis.
Variables and errors
The shifting surface
Compass deviation card, compass problems
lights, chart symbols
Home study:- Navigation, deviation card
TEST: Deviation card,
Home study:- Meteorology, signals
Lights, bearings, fixes
Home study:- Fixes, emergencies
Passage planning, victualing, medical chest
Home study:- Radio, electronic aids, passage planning
Night sail, MOB,
Home study:- Colregs, lights, signals
Protecting the environment
Home study:- General revision
Here is where we try out what has been learnt in
theory in a yacht at sea as well as skippering skills, cooking,
sleeping, keeping ourselves and the boat clean and getting on with
those around us.
The session starts on Friday evening setting off
from Larnaca Marina and returning sometime on Sunday. (The
crew is expected to contribute towards the victualling.)
Examination for Coastal Navigator