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Learn to Sail: Stage 1

  • Our week long courses during the school holidays run from 9.30 until 4.30 with an hour for lunch.
  • On the first day of the course, there is a briefing for the students when they meet their instructors and at the same time we have a briefing for parents/guardians from a senior member of the team.
  • On the last day, at 3.15, there is a sail past followed by prize giving when friends and family are invited to come and watch what the students have achieved during the week and celebrate their success
All of our courses are taught by RYA qualified instructors in groups with a maximum ratio of 6 students to each instructor. Teaching takes place on the water and in the classroom and  we move between the two depending on the group, the weather conditions and the requirements of the curriculum. 

The Learn to Sail course at Queen Mary assumes that the student has not sailed before and is normally conducted in Laser Picos with 2 students in each dinghy. We focus on RYA Stages 1 and progressing into Stage 2 of the Youth Sailing Scheme with each student attaining a level according to their own individual ability. By the end of the week, the student will have basic understanding of how a boat sails, and some experience of steering and handling a boat. 


What to bring
  • We provide wetsuits and buoyancy aids although if you have your own you are welcome to use them.
  • You should bring: swimwear (to wear under wetsuit), shoes you are happy to get wet, a towel, a change of clothes, suntan cream, a hat, and a water bottle

Our onsite caterers have a daily menu available consisting of a 2 course cooked lunch with a salad bar, rolls and a drink. Lunches can be booked at the beginning of the week, payment by cheque or cash only - credit cards are not accepted.  Alternatively, participants may bring their own packed lunch.  Snacks are also available to purchase at lunch time.

For more information, call us on 01784 248881

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RYA Windfoiling: First Flights

  • NEW this year - TRY WINDFOILING!
  • Must be confidently planing in both footstraps and harness
  • Book early to get your place while they last
  • Launching on Saturday 31 March & Friday 20 April AM session 09.30-12.30 or PM session 13.30-16.30
  • More dates to be confirmed - call 01784 248881 or email paul.adams@queenmary.org.uk for more info.


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