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Prepare to Charter a Catamaran ICC

This is an introductory course designed to give you a good understanding of how to handle a modern sailing catamaran under sail and power. Even if you have some sailing experience, it will provide you with the increased confidence to handle a catamaran in places such as Sydney Harbour, the Whitsunday Islands, Pittwater or to take possession of your new Multihull. The course is designed to provide practical on-water tuition covering the basics you need to know to handle a cat of this size in the type of conditions you will encounter at say the Whitsundays. Some sailing experience would be helpful but not essential. Option to stay on board overnight – no additional charge. This course may be taken on its own and will usually be enough to charter a yacht in Australia and some other destinations.

Course Format:

2 x 6 hour lessons (plus lunch break) Small group size, up to 4 participants. Couples encouraged! Tuition conducted on Seawind 1000. What’s included: Two 6 hour practical lessons with Instructor/Skipper on a Seawind 1000. Course Notes Stay on board overnight* – optional – no extra charge. Syllabus:

    • Safety and safety equipment
    • Using chartplotter
    • Introduction to Catamarans on a Seawind 1000
    • Start and stop engines, select gears and manoeuvre under power
    • Docking, mooring and anchoring
    • Sail handling, rope work and knots
    • Setting the sails, safe use of winches
    • How to reef, when to do so (strong weather)
    • Steering under sail and sail trim
    • Points of sailing
    • Upwind sailing, tacking
    • Downwind sailing, gybing
    • Basic right of way rules
    • Introduction to lateral, cardinal, isolated danger and special marks

What to Bring/Wear:

  • Non-marking joggers or boat shoes
  • Casual and comfortable clothing for the predicted weather
  • Sun hat, sun glasses & sun screen
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Waterproof Jacket

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Conducted on Sydney Harbour, starting from our Campbell Street Marina base in Balmain. Couples only training available – ask us for a price.

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