Yacht Racing Development

Once you have completed our Intro to Yacht Racing course and gained some yacht racing experience, our Yacht Racing Development weekend will really help you hone your skills, learn how to anticipate the next move, and give you a racing edge.

This course is suitable for both inshore and offshore racers.

Throughout the course you’ll get to try a number of roles in order to experience the different positions and understand how they all work together. There will be a big emphasis on race focus and the mindset required to win races.


Morning one starts with a classroom-based theory session, before heading out onto the water to put what you’ve just covered into practice. Then the day draws to a close with an evening debrief.

On the Sunday you will have the chance to put your new skills into practise as you take part in a local club race (subject to a suitable race running on the course dates) or complete time trials to create a sense of pressure.

By the end of the course you will feel more confident as a crew member, capable of helping to drive a winning race performance.

The syllabus will make the most of the weather at the time, but aims to cover:

  • Perfecting spinnaker hoists and drops and mark roundings
  • Upwind sail trim for speed and height after tacking / rounding
  • Establishing line bias, use of transits and starting procedures
  • Race focus and performance mindset
  • Weight distribution on the boat for speed in different wind conditions
  • Key racing rules and strategy, race preparation and top 10 race winning tips.

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For sailors with some previous racing experience, e.g a Winter or Spring Series or minimum three or four races.

What's included?

All mooring fees, training, professional racing skipper and first mate, handouts and course notes, accommodation aboard for limited crew (six max, first come, first serve) food aboard yacht whilst sailing and all safety equipment.

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