A few sailing dinghies racing close together at Mylor Sailing School Falmouth

RYA Start Racing Dinghy Sailing Course

This is for children or adults and a great starting point for racing. All you need to know to get round the course and have the confidence, skills and knowledge to take part in club racing in good conditions.

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All RYA courses and most other training sessions are normally done on demand. If you cannot see your required dates on the electronic calendar then please get in touch and we can add them for you, no problem!!

This racing course is mainly spent on the water sailing in our beautiful Fal Estuary, Falmouth and is for children and adults.

An incredible place to sail a dinghy or keelboat here in Mylor, seeing Cornwall from a different view.

RYA Start Racing course content includes, how to make best use of the Five Essentials, mark rounding, pre-start boat handling at slow speed including starting and stopping, transits, clean wind, race strategy, sailing upwind, theory background scoring system, race instructions, boat preparation, tuning.

See our fleet of boats HERE

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1:1305

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Stuart was an experienced instructor, explained things clearly, was endlessly patient and made the course fun. Great training and some important new skills learned. The team were all knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended (and already have passed details on to friends).

Frequently asked questions

When do you 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.

I have a disability/learning difficulty/health condition, can I get involved with racing?

Yes yes yes!! Of course you can. Depending on the nature of your need we have a variety of boats, well trained staff and lots of great equipment to make this all possible. We have racing on Friday evenings so please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to get involved or have any specific questions. Two different certification schemes available. Please read our Access Statement at the foot of this page for further info on site.

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?

Ideally for racing it is good to have others to race against. 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.

Do I have to wear a buoyancy aid/life jacket?

Yes, due to the usual regulations, everybody that is going afloat will need to wear either a buoyancy aid or a life jacket for safety reasons.

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