RYA Advanced Sailing courses

RYA recognised training centre

Course dates

We run these 2 day courses periodically based on member demand, and capacity. 

Dates of courses will be published on the training calendar as they become available.
2022 dates

RYA Start to Race: Sunday 22nd  & 29th May

2-day course: £80

How to enrol

If you are already a club member and would like to book your place on a course, please complete the application form.

Littleton is a RYA Recognised Training Centre licensed to offer Advanced Sailing courses:
  • RYA Seamanship Skills
  • RYA Start Racing
  • RYA Sailing with Spinnakers
  • RYA Performance Sailing

You must first join the club and become a member to take part in a course, though the combined cost of membership plus the course fee is less than most commercially available courses. 

All our RYA Instructors at Littleton are happy to talk through, with any member at any stage, what training or practice might be most beneficial for sailing safely and enjoyably.  You can contact me, as RYA Principal through the form below, or contact our Sailing Support Group

Advanced sailing modules follow on from RYA Level 3, and require demonstration of advanced dinghy control and sailing skill throughout the course. We are happy to consider sailors with Level 2 skills and at least a season’s recent sailing (or skill and knowledge at an equivalent level), however the entry standard required is high, and award will aways be dependent on demonstration of advanced skills through out the course.

Although each course is intended to be self-contained, a course outcome may be to identify development areas for practice and an opportunity to return on a subsequent course for assessment (subject to availability).  

Seamanship Skills expands on some of techniques learned in a Level 3 course such as rudderless sailing, sailing backwards, and heaving to, and adds such techniques as sailing without a centreboard, anchoring, reefing afloat and being towed. It also covers various methods of launching and recovery. The classroom sessions include rope work and meteorology. Seamanship skills standard is required for invitation to train as an Assistant Instructor at Littleton.  The course will be given mainly in our RS Vision dinghies.

Start Racing introduces the World Sailing Rules of Racing, basic tuning, technique and tactics. The course will usually be in Laser single handed dinghies

Sailing with Spinnikers, introduces concepts of apparent wind, downwind Velocity Made Good, and controls for using asymmetric spinnakers, used in the majority of modern performance dinghies. The course will usually be in RS200 performance dinghies, RS Tera or RS Visions. 

Performance Sailing, takes technique, experience and tactics to the next level through coaching and a thorough understanding of sailing concepts. This course is only suitable for very skilled dinghy sailors, usually with experience across several different dinghy types in tidal and coastal environments.  Entry requires handling skills to at least Seamanship Skills standard, successful club race experience and spinnaker handling. The course can only be completed under demanding weather conditions, so please contact the RYA Training Principal if you would like to explore the possibility of us running this training for you.

Dates of courses will be published on the club calendar when they become available.

Contact our Training Principal, Andrew Selves