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Anchor Bay

Manor Road



01322 332943

Founded 1900

What Can I Do With My RYA Start
Racing Qualification?
When Can I Go Sailing Again & What 
Is The Next Course?
RYA Start Racing Course

Once you have mastered the basics of sailing, our two-day Start Racing Course is the perfect course for anyone looking at joining the various racing activities and events taking place throughout the year.  Over two-days, you will learn the basics of racing courses and markers, starting procedures, race rules and techniques and finishing.  Sailors who take up this course will improve their own personal sailing performance by matching their skills against other sailors!  As a club, we run a full programme of racing throughout the year for you to enjoy!

Course Contents and Notes

This course is run over four practical water-based sessions over the two days.  Each

water-based session is supported by various theory-based short sessions, which provide the essential background knowledge to the Start Racing Course

Rigging and launching a dinghy

Crewing the boat and controlling the Jib sail

Helming controls and controlling the main sail

Tacking and gybing

Control speed, slowing down and stopping

Returning to shore and securing the boat

Harnessing the wind to make the most out of the sails

Theory Knowledge Covered:

Personal clothing and safety equipment

Introduction to weather and forecasts

Rope work and knots used on the boat

Safety procedures and what to do in an

Your you have completed your RYA Start Racing Course, you will be able to join Erith Yacht Club as a “Prospective Member”.  This membership allows you to become a member of the club  and take part in the full programme of sailing and social activities on six separate occasions without needing to pay a fee.  As a club, we want to see all sailors join the club and an active role in all aspects of club life.  Full membership allows you to become a key holder to the club and full access to all the facilities and events taking place throughout the year.  

Click here for details on club membership

Take a look at the video showing one of the many sailing events that takes place throughout the year at the club.

Once you have completed your RYA Start Racing Course, you are welcome to join us for one of the following sailing events / activities


How Do I Book A Course?

To book a place on the RYA Start Racing course, please complete and submit the form below.  To use this facility, you will need to have an email address.  Once completed, the course booking form will be sent through to your email address for completion.  If you do not have an email address address, please contact us by either phone or why not come down and visit us on a Sunday when the club is open for a tour?

Need A Answer To A Question 
About The Course?

If you have any questions regarding the RYA Start Racing course, please either complete the Contact Us form below and we will answer your question as quickly as possible.  Alternatively, please feel free to email

Sailing Skills Covered:

Rigging a dinghy for a race

Use of control lines and rig tuning

Altering control lines whilst racing

Making best of the five essentials

Mark rounding

Pre-boat starts including controlling speed and stopping

Start line procedures

Use of gusts, lifts and lulls

Use of tail tales

Use of racing rules


Theory Knowledge Covered:

Insurance requirements and measurement certificates

Choosing the right racing boat for you and your club

Handicapped racing, one design racing and the Portsmouth Yard Stick

Sample racing instructions for racing and typical race courses

Starting systems

Flags used for racing

Courses cost £170 per person and include:

All necessary sailing equipment and clothing

Two days full sailing instruction both water-based and shore-based

Prospective Membership to Erith Yacht Club

The next sailing course to take up is one of the other advanced courses.

Sailing Events

Club Membership

Junior & Youth Sailing

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