RYA Competent Crew

Ready for more fun on the water? Learn to sail with Fastack South Solent Sailing School.
Do you want to be more than a passenger? Are you ready to start some club racing or do you want to take an active part on your next cruising holiday? Then our RYA Competent Crew course is perfect for you!

Learn to sail on our Competent Crew sailing course.
The course is designed for sailors who want to consolidate sailing skills, and experience offshore and night sailing. The techniques and precise manoeuvres you learn in this course will give you a deserved sense of accomplishment.

The location: You’ll be learning in the UK’s ultimate sailing destination, the Solent, home of the renowned Cowes Week, Round the Island and Fastnet regattas and fringed by the spectacular Jurassic Coast. Regular overnight anchorages and marinas include Gosport, Hythe, Lymington, Hamble, Southampton, Beaulieu, Portsmouth and Poole on the mainland and Cowes, Newtown Creek and Yarmouth on the scenic Isle of Wight.

Why take your Start Yachting course with us?

Our School Principal "Dave" has been a freelance sailing instructor for many years and has instructed for many of the sailing schools on the Solent. Dave has used this time gathering client feedback to develop his school to include many things to make your stay more comfortable, see our why us page for more info!


  • Reefing the mainsail
  • Personal safety equipment
  • Sail handling
  • Rope work and knots
  • Dinghy towing and rowing
  • Poling the headsail & foredeck work
  • Emergency equipment
  • Meteorology & basic chartwork
  • Man overboard procedure
  • Safety and equipment
  • Living aboard
  • Headsail changes underway
  • Provisioning and cooking
  • Docking, mooring & anchoring
  • Knowledge of terms & parts of the boat
  • Rules of the road
  • Safety check lists
  • Helmsmanship and sail trim
  • Stowage/pack up of gear

Prior experience and training: None. A total of 5 days training is required to achieve this certificate. The two day Start Yachting course can count towards 2 days of this.

Duration:  This course is offered as a 5 day live aboard course from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or as a 2 plus 3 days course over weekends. Start Yachting graduates need only do a 3 day course to achieve their Competent Crew Certificate.

Price:  £559  (£759 for single cabin) or £300 for our Start Yachting graduates.

Upcoming dates:  All weeks/weekends available



9th - 10th June - 3 Spaces

23rd - 24th June - 5 Spaces

25th - 29th June - 3 Spaces

14th - 15th July - 5 Spaces

28th - 29th July - 5 Spaces

4th - 5th August - 5 Spaces

11th - 12th August - 5 Spaces

18th - 19th August - 5 Spaces

25th - 26th August - 5 Spaces

1st - 2nd September - 5 Spaces

8th - 9th September - 5 Spaces

15th - 16th September - 5 Spaces

22nd - 23rd September - 5 Spaces

29th - 30th September - 5 Spaces


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