A man and a lady sailing fast with a purple spinnaker sail at mylor Sailing School in falmouth, Cornwall

RYA Spinnaker Sailing Downwind Course

Everything you need to know about sailing with a spinnaker. Enjoy an exhilarating experience with this exciting downwind sail that is raised and lowered.

More course information

Please check the online calendar for dates for the Sailing with Spinnakers course. If you cannot see your required dates then please get in touch and we can usually add them for you, no problem!!

Learn to rig the spinnaker, gybe the boat and recover this extra sail. You will also learn to sail the best possible course downwind.

Our stunning Fal estuary is perfect for dinghy and keelboat sailing, here in Falmouth, Cornwall.  An exhillerating experience to sail very fast downwind.

RYA Sailing with Spinnakers course is for adults or children.  The course content includes, rigging a spinnaker sail, more advanced sailing techniques and manoeuvres as helm and crew using equipment to advantage, hoisting, gybing, dropping, apparent wind.


Group SizePrice
3 or more£185pp


Had a great two days, with superb equipment, location and above all instruction. Can highly recommend this school and as Arnie says "I'll be back".

Frequently asked questions

When do we run these courses?

We can book dates to suit you! Mainly done on demand so please get in touch to check availability. We are open 7 days a week and all year round. Either 1:1 tuition available or we can give you dates for you to join a group.

I gained my Level 2/3 a few years ago, do I have to start again or can I go straight to the advanced courses?

If you have had quite a long time since you have been on the water then depending on how long this period is, we will either have to start again or blow out a few cobwebs to refresh your skills. It is probably best to call to discuss so that we can advise you the best course to sign up to. You may be able to just book a half day 1:1 session and we can get you up to scratch.

Can I just pay a deposit to secure my booking?

At the checkout you have the option to either pay in full or click on 'Klana' which is a free payment instalment platform where you can spread the payments.

What do I need to bring?

We provide all the clothing and equipment you will need. If you are going in a smaller boat then you will get wet. Here at Mylor Sailing School we have plenty of wetsuits for all ages and sizes. If you are going in a dryer boat then we will provide waterproof jackets and trousers to go over your clothing. The only thing we do not provide is footwear so you will need to bring something that you don’t mind getting wet, like wetsuit shoes or trainers. If you are wearing a wetsuit you will also need to bring your bathing suit for underneath this and a towel. This will all be explained in your booking confirmation once you have confirmed your booking.

I cannot swim, is this ok?

Yes this is absolutely fine. You will always be wearing either a buoyancy aid or a life jacket that will keep you floating if you do enter the water. We normally ask this question on the booking form but it is just for our instructors information.

How many people in a group?

For Sailing, depending on the level of experience of the sailor will determine how many we are able to have in a group due to the Royal Yachting Associations strict regulations. We are generally allowed to have 6 people to 1 instructor for the first few levels of the RYA courses. Here at Mylor Sailing School, once we get a beginner group of more than 4 we prefer to also put an assistant instructor with the instructor so that we do not dilute the tuition too much. Depending on the experience of the sailors it may vary between 6:1 or 9:1. Tuition also available on a 1:1 basis. These ratios are slightly different for our fun sessions though.

I want to buy my own wetsuit, can you recommend where I can do this nearby?

There are a few good shops in Falmouth and Truro for watersports clothing and equipment.

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