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Anchor Bay

Manor Road



01322 332943

Founded 1900

What Can I Do With My RYA Stage 1 
When Can I Go Sailing Again & What 
Is The Next Course?
RYA Youth Stage 1 Course

The perfect course for any young person who wants to learn how to sail a dinghy.   Run over two days on the weekend or over four days in the school holidays, this beginners courses demonstrates how to rig and launch a sailing boat, perform easy and simple sailing manoeuvres and techniques to get you under way.

Land-based elements such as clothing, personal safety equipment, weather, rope work and tides support this course and provide essential background knowledge.

Course Contents and Notes

This course is run over four practical water-based sessions over a two days weekend. Courses taking up during the school holidays will run over four half-day sessions.   This format allows enough time to complete all the water-based aspects of the course.

When you have completed your RYA Stage 1 Course, you will be able to join Erith Yacht Club as a Youth Member.  This membership allows you to take part in the full programme of sailing and social activities including the Sunday Junior & Youth Sailing sessions.

When you book your sailing course, you will be provided with a Youth Membership Application form.  All you need to do is complete the form with your course paperwork and you will become a member of EYC!

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 Stage 1 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 Stage 1 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 An Answer To A Question 
About The Course?

If you have any questions regarding the RYA Stage 1 course, please either complete the Contact Us form below and we will answer your question as quickly as possible.  Alternatively email

Each water-based session is supported by various theory-based short sessions, which provide the essential background knowledge to the Stage 1 course.

Sailing Skills Covered:

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

Courses cost £65 per person and include:

All necessary sailing equipment and clothing

Full sailing instruction both water-based and shore-based

Free Youth Membership to Erith Yacht Club

The next sailing course to take up is the RYA Stage 2 Course. This course is the ideal follow on course from Stage 1 with full details available here. The next Stage 2 will be arranged as required.

Sailing Events

Club Membership

Junior & Youth Sailing

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Meet The Team

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