RYA National Sailing Scheme Race Modules Intermediate Racing

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This course builds on the knowledge and skills learnt from ‘Start Racing’, developing greater awareness of the key principles of starting, boat handling, boat speed, strategy and tactics. We do this through the course time and regular race activity.

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 the importance of fitness for sailing

Has a Knowledge of

  • How to use a tuning guide
  • How to setup a boat for specific conditions

Understands how to prepare a boat for club racing including

  • Hull
  • Spars
  • Sails
  • Foils
  • Fittings
  • Rigging
  • Control lines
  • Has knowledge of how to steer the boat without the rudder

Understands the principles involved in

  • Slow speed handling
  • Stopping
  • Accelerating
  • Sailing Backwards
  • Roll Tacking
  • Roll Gybing

Has knowledge of basic aerodynamics

  • How a sail works
  • How to power up the rig
  • How to de-power the rig
  • Weather helm
  • Lee helm
  • Understands how to set up the boat for a range of conditions

Double Handers

Understands how to divide up the

  • Roles around the course
  • Jobs in the boat


  • Clean air
  • Gusts
  • Lulls
  • How to interpret a weather forecast in relation to the sailing venue


  • Has a good understanding of Part 1/Section A and the definitions of the Racing Rules
  • Basic understanding of sections B/C/D
  • Understands how to sail by the racing rules


  • Boat-on-Boat tactics
  • Lee bow situation
  • How to cover and break cover
  • Importance of clean air
  • Understands bias and how to assess it

Has knowledge of

  • How to hold boat on line (Hovering)
  • Accelerating off the line


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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