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WOS Winter Update 2015

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Well winter has well and truly arrived this week!!! Although despite a few cold days here and there we have had plenty of action both on and off the water. On the water the first 2 races of the Winter Series have had perfect weather and the WOS boats have been engaged in some competitive racing. The wether forecast for this Sunday is looking great again and there are still a few places available. Off the water we are about to head into our last Boatmaster Course of the season. Take a look through the other opportunities to get involved we have.


Learn to sail

It all begins with the learn to sail course. Over the years we have had some fantastic learn to sail courses during the winter, our Musto wet weather gear will protect you from the elements and learning to sail at this time of the year means you are all set to take up follow on opportunities such as crewing on members boats, casual sails and further courses come spring.

Our next learn to sail course is commencing on Saturday 18 July and there are still two places available for booking. The course runs over four consecutive Saturdays from 9.00am to 4.30pm, everything you need is provided and no experience is necessary.

This is the last learn to sail course we are offering at a discounted rate. For those that have already completed our learn to sail course please consider taking advantage of this offer by passing on details of the course to friends or family that haven’t. Past students are our best advert and often the catalyst to new people getting involved in the sport. We would also like to offer a complementary casual sail to any grad that gets a friend to sign up to a learn to sail course



For those wanting to formalise their boating education and move to the next level Boatmaster is for you. The Boatmaster course is a 30-hour, theory-only course providing in-depth knowledge of all aspects of boating safety. Whilst this is an excellent stand-alone course, the Boatmaster course is also a pre-requisite for the 'Coastal Skipper' course.

Our next Boatmaster course commences on Monday 20 July and runs over Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5.30 to 8.30pm

Winter Series

We still have a few places available for the last 3 races of the winter series, with the next race commencing this Sunday. You can either book for the remainder of the series, or on a race by race basis.
This is a great opportunity for those who missed out on the first two races of the Winter Series to get involved. If you are keen then get in quick to book as places will go fast.


Racing Crew

Our next Racing Crew course commences on Saturday 12 September. I highly recommend Racing Crew to all those who have completed our Learn to Sail course regardless of whether you are into racing or not, as this course will improve your sailing skills more than any other course we run.
Racing Crew is designed to take you to the level of “competent crew on a racing boat”. It is ideal preparation for those wishing to join the Club and crew regularly on member’s boats and is another step down the path of becoming a racing skipper. While completion of our Learn to Sail course isn’t a prerequisite for attending Racing Crew, participants must be at that level and have a handle on basic keelboat sailing concepts.

Cruising Crew

For those wanting to get involved in cruising our next Cruising Crew course is commencing on Saturday 1 August. Cruising Crew follows on from the Learn to Sail Keelboats course and provides an opportunity to consolidate and build on your knowledge and skills. It also allows you to develop seamanship skills and covers navigation, weather, rules of the road and includes a night sail. Cruising Crew leads on to the very popular Cruising Skipper course.

Cruising Skipper

Our next and last Cruising Skipper course for the season is being held the weekend of 25 to 27 September. This Marlborough Sounds based course will see you progress to be “competent skipper on a cruising boat”. So take the next step now, and continue the journey to running your own cruising experience. The Marlborough Sounds are a fantastic part of the country to explore and we have an undertaking from Compass Charters, that they will charter to anyone that has completed our Cruising Skipper course.




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