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Keelboat Crew EndorsementOnce you've learned how to sail a dinghy, you may want to learn to sail keelboats.  This Keelboat Crew Endorsement course will develop the skills already learned on dinghies and apply them to keelboat sailing.  This course is a prerequisite to the Inland Water Skippers Ticket, if you are coming from a dingy sailing background.

Keelboat Crew Endorsement

 Duration:  2 days
 Experience:  Dinghy Sailing
 Minimum age:  16 years old
 Held when:  Weekends and school holidays
 Coach ratio:  No more than 6 students per coach
 Safety boats:  Safety boat on standby
 Keelboats used:  Stadt 23
 Certification:  Keelboat Crew Endorsement
 Course cost:  R1450 per person

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Keelboat Crew Endorsement course content

On completion of the 'Keelboat Crew Endorsement' course the student will have a good understanding of how to apply their dinghy sailing knowledge to keelboats.:

Practical sailing abilities

  • Understand where & when to put up sails
  • Can rig a keelboat with little or no help
  • Can launch & recover all equipment used
  • Can leave & return to, jetty, mooring or dock
  • Can control speed, stop, lie to & get out of irons
  • Can sail towards the wind, tacking effectively
  • Understand the principles of the core essentials of sailing
    • sail setting
    • balance
    • boat trim
    • course sailed
  • Can sail a triangular course on all points of sail
  • Understand what windward, leeward & gybe means

Background sailing knowledge

  • Know the parts of a keelboat, spars & rigging & basic parts of the sail
  • Understand the importance of telling someone ashore my activity plan
  • Can access & interpret a basic weather forecast
  • Understand the difference between onshore & offshore winds
  • Understand the five points of sailing:
    • close hauled
    • close, beam & broad reaches
    • dead run

Keelboat Crew Endorsement course notes

  • All sailing & safety equipment will be supplied
  • Club cafeteria is open on weekends during the season

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