RYA National Sailing Scheme Race Modules Advanced Racing

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This course builds on the knowledge and skills learnt from ‘Start Racing’ and ‘Intermediate Racing’. Advanced racing is all about developing skills in preparation for large open meetings and higher level competition.

It is recommended that all participants consolidate their skills by practicing between courses.


  • 16 Hours split over two consecutive days or run over a series of shorter sessions.

Pre – requisites

Course Detail

  • Understands how to, and the value of goal setting

Understands how to

  • Improve foil finish
  • Optimise boat to class rules
  • Use a tuning guide

Understands the principles of

  • Steering with sails
  • Balance
  • Can demonstrate these principles in taking penalty turns
  • Can demonstrate good technique in a full range of conditions
  • Tacking
  • Gybing


  • Relevance of sail controls and effects on the sails
  • How to change gears in different conditions while on the water
  • How to vary the tuning guide for different conditions
  • How to create your own tuning guide
  • How to create your own post-race analysis sheet

Double Handers

Understands effective

  • Race analysis
  • Race and training goals


  • Communicate effectively
  • React to changing circumstances
  • Can create a race strategy prior to going afloat based on weather forecasts and tide tables etc;
  • Has a good knowledge and understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing, Part 2
  • Understands the RYA racing charter

Has knowledge of

  • Holding a lane upwind
  • Boat-on-Fleet tactics
  • Attacking
  • Controlling situations


  • Boat-on-Group tactics
  • Overtaking and defending tactics
  • Covering
  • Different approaches to marks – When to gybe or bear away
  • Understands pre-start rules


  • Protect a gap to leeward
  • Hold the boat on the line (Hovering)
  • Use transits

Has knowledge of

  • Various start sequences
  • Recall signals
  • Starting penalties

Participates regularly in

  • Open meetings
  • National Class Events


There’s not much that you’ll need to begin with.

We can provide you with a wetsuit, spray top and buoyancy aid. Our sizes range from Junior Extra Small to Adult Extra Large.

We will expect you to bring the following items:

  • Swimsuit to wear under a wetsuit
  • Rash vest or thin T-shirt to wear under a wetsuit if your swimsuit doesn’t cover the top half
  • Wet shoes such as wet suit boots, dinghy boots, old trainers which give rugged foot protection. We have found that open toe footwear and crocs are not suitable as they either fall off too easily, have no grip when wet or could lead to serious foot injury. Garden wellies are not suitable for sailing courses either
  • Towel and wash gear to shower and dry afterward if required.
  • Food and drink. Most of our courses run over two full days so bring enough to eat and drink each day. It’s a good idea to take a drink bottle afloat. These can be carried in an accompanying safety boat for you.
  • Sun glasses if it’s bright…make sure you have a retaining strap too.
  • Hat, beanie or cap especially on very sunny or cooler days.
  • Sun protection lotion. We recommend a water resistant lotion with a SPF50 rating.
  • Enthusiasm to learn!!

Optionally a pair of sailing gloves to protect your hands and fingers would be useful and helps protect your hand and fingers from blistering when wet and working with dinghy sheets, lines and other ropework. These are relatively cheap and can be purchased on-line or locally at one of the boat chandleries.

Sailing is a physical sport but has many facets.

If you’re getting in it to win it the fitter you are the better. You’ll be able to sail some very extreme sailing boats with adequate training and experience.

However if you’d prefer a more sedentary pace your fitness level will be fine as long as you can safely move from one side of a small, moving boat to the other.

Yes we run regular RYA Sailability sessions where you can learn to sail in our adapted boats. We have a crew-lift hydraulic electric hoist to help you in and out of the boats.

Of course if your ability means you are able to move around and you can get from one side of the boat to the other safely then our larger regular boats are there for any of our standard sailing courses.

We’d obviously love to have a chat with you first to gauge the best options but are sure we can get you afloat.

We prefer Cash, Cheque or bank transfers in payment for courses. We currently do not have the ability to take payment by card.

Payment by Paypal is also possible by special arrangement with the centre manager. An additional fee is payable to cover the additional transaction costs we incur from Paypal.

Our Address is

Plymouth & Devon Schools Sailing Association
Boathouse 17
Madeira Road
The Hoe

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You’ll find us at the southern end of the Barbican Wharves between the Barbican Landing stage, The Old White House on the end of Pheonix Wharf and Elphinstone car park. All of this below the south eastern quarter of the Royal Citadel. Check us out on the map here and on our contact page.

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