Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:32

10 Things You Will Learn on a Summer Sailing Course

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Thinking of going on a summer English language camp where you can also learn sailing? Here are some of the things you will learn during the sailing course at WEC.

If you have never sailed before, you will start with the syllabus for level 1. If you have already done some sailing, you will be in a class at a higher level, where the course will be more advanced.

The sailing course takes place at a professional sailing school in Portland Harbour, which was the location of the water sports events in the 2012 Olympics. Some of the theory and safety lessons will be on land but you will spend most of the time on the water, where you will practice new skills with qualified instructors.

Here are ten of the things that you can learn on a summer sailing camp. Many of them are included in the course for beginners, some are from the higher levels:

1. Rigging a boat
You will learn how to get the boat ready before going into the water. This includes putting the sails on and fitting all the ropes and other equipment.

2. Launching
Learn how to secure a boat to a trolley and how to launch it into the water and start sailing as well as how to get the boat out of the water again.

3. Controlling the boat
Learn the basic boat controls of a boat and how to steer it. At level 1 this includes how to stop, how to control your speed, how to steer in a straight line and how to turn the boat. Later you can learn how to sail a shallow triangle across the wind, how to tack upwind, how to come alongside a moored boat and how to return to shore safely in any wind direction.

4. Meteorology
This covers the wind and the effect it has on the boat in different conditions. You will learn several ways to find the wind direction and you will understand the Beaufort Wind Scale.

5. Ropework
This section is all about ropes and knots. You will learn what each knot is used for and how to tie it. You will be able to tie a figure of eight and cleat a halyard. At a higher level you will learn to tie a round turn and two half hitches and a reef knot, tie a bowline, clove hitch and rolling hitch and more.

6. Safety
You will learn about local hazards, what to do to help people in distress, what to do if the boat capsizes and how to right the boat if it capsizes. You will also learn about safety procedures and protective clothing.

7. Sailing Manoeuvres
You will learn to be a responsive member of the crew. You will learn what is meant by windward, leeward and gybe. Higher levels will learn about sailing on all points of sail on a triangular course, tacking upwind, gybing from a training run, preparing for and taking up tow from a power craft, picking up a mooring, and more.

8. Racing
More experienced students will learn to understand the course and the starting procedure for a race.

9. Tidal
Advanced students will learn more about the tides, ebb and flow, the use of tide tables and will understand the tidal stream direction.

10. English and fun
The whole sailing course is held in English. After a short time students find that they are concentrating on the sailing and forget that they are doing it in a different language! This is a great way to improve your English language skills as well as learn how to sail.


You will learn a lot, you will have plenty of time to practice your new skills and you will have a lot of fun in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The sailing course takes place on four afternoons each week (Tuesday to Friday). On each weekday morning there are English classes. On Monday afternoons and four weekday evenings there is a variety of activities and sports to choose from. On Saturdays there is a full day trip to a place of interest. Everyone can go on a sightseeing trip to London or a different destination if they prefer. On other Saturdays there are excursions to places such as Oxford, Bath or Stonehenge and Salisbury.

Sailing courses for teenagers from all over the world are held every summer in Weymouth on the south-west coast of England. They are for young people aged between 13 and 17. Full details of the course, including the full sailing course syllabus can be found here.

Each course leads to a certificate from the Royal Yachting Association. These are recognised worldwide.

Weymouth English Centre also run a special English and Windsurfing Course as well as an English & Outdoor Adventure Course.

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