Advanced Boat Handling


To develop advanced boat handling and tuning skills and prepare you to sail flat out in strong winds.

Previous knowledge / experience

You must have completed the Improving Skills course and been sailing regularly.  If you have not been regularly practising these skills you will need to do so prior to the course, minimum of 20hrs as helm, or extend the length of this course in order to allow time to do so.

Types of Boat

This course may be completed in any type of sailing dinghy, small keel boat or catamaran. However, you must have completed Improving Skills, or have proved equivalent experience, in a similar type of boat.


5 - 15 days


Assessment is continuous throughout the course. However, your instructor may also choose to use a formal practical assessment of boat handling skills and a short written paper or oral interview in assessing your level of background knowledge.

By the end of this course you will be able to do the following:

  • Rig any sailing boat.
  • Identify and demonstrate / describe the use of the following in order to optimise the boat / rig for a particular set of conditions:
    • Mast Rake
    • Rig tension
    • Spreader length & angle
    • Mast ram / chocks
  • Use boat and rig controls to optimise the performance of the boat in a variety of conditions.
 Boat Handling
  • Demonstrate all of the skills covered in the “Sailing Manoeuvres” section of the Basic Skills course in strong winds.
  • Set up and control the boat while on a plane.
  • Perform an effective roll tack in all wind strengths.
  • Perform an effective roll gybe in all conditions 

Event Properties

Event Date 05-Jul-2021 9:00 am
Capacity 6
Available place -4
Cut off date 30-Apr-2021 11:55 pm
Individual Price €370.00
Location Courtown Sailing Club