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Assumed knowledge: Competent Crew level and above

Spinnakers aren’t all about racing, they’re an important part of our sail set when the wind drops enough to deal a blow to our passage plan. Keeping up a good speed over ground can keep a boat and crew happy and being comfortable and familiar with using a spinnaker is key. This session will look at:

* How to pack a spinnaker sail ready for use

* How to rig it

* How to trim it once you’ve got it set

* General tips for downwind sailing to keep your nerves from fraying

* How to drop the sail smartly

As it won’t be possible to sail downwind for the whole two days a sensible plan will be made to maximise use of the spinnaker.

Please contact us if you are interested in this course.

Our Boats


Jalapeno is a Dutch built Standfast, a solid roomy boat that handles the sea well. We can take bookings for up to 10 people on Jalapeno and there is room for everyone to eat and plan together around the central saloon table. There is an unusually large amount of flat deck, a great spot for a picnic at anchor!

Our RYA courses and sailing trips from Chichester marina are run on Jalapeno.

Facilities include heads (toilet/washroom), galley with gas oven and heating.


Cascadeur is a French built Jeanneau. She has up to ten berths in four cabins, with room for everyone to sit and eat round the circular table in the main cabin, or use the cockpit table to eat or work together outside. We can take bookings for up to 10 people on Cascadeur.

Our RYA courses and sailing trips from Southampton are run on Cascadeur.

Facilities include two heads (toilet/washroom), gas cooker with oven, heating.


Karic is a British built Westerly Renown ketch - a ketch means there are two masts, so three sets of sails for people to learn how to use. She has berths for six people to sleep in three cabins, with room for everyone to sit and eat round the table in the main cabin. Designed for family cruising, Karic is a safe, sturdy boat. There is a centre cockpit with room for a crew of six to sit in comfort.

Facilities include a roomy heads (toilet/washroom) and meths 2 hob cooker