Level 3 Coastal Cruising course Bay of Islands, starting 15th December


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RNZYS Level 3 Coastal Cruising course – Bay of Islands

Completion of  the RNZYS level 2 Cruising Course – Kawau, is a prerequisite for this course.

Our Level 3 Cruising course is a four-day course run in our or a member’s keelboat. Places are restricted to just 6 People.

The course starts on Thursday, we’ll teach you how to dock in a marina and then have a planning/Navigation session and safety briefing at the RNZYS. Friday morning we’ll Start the 124 nautical mile trip from Westhaven to The Bay of Islands. Over the weekend we’ll stay on the vessel.  Getting practical experience Night Sailing, Anchoring, Navigating, Managing water and power consumption and much more. We should  arrive in Opua Sunday afternoon.

This is an all-inclusive course; the fee covers food, drinks and accommodation, But not transport from Opua back to Auckland.

Proposed Schedule, subject to change due to weather.

Thursday 15th December. Docking, Safety & Navigation, with lunch and dinner at the RNZYS. From 10am to 6:30pm.
Friday 16th December. Meet at RNZYS @ 9am and sail the 60nm to Great Barrier.
Saturday 17th December. Breakfast around 8:30am followed by a day of sailing in and around Great Barrier and a night sail to Tutukaka.
Sunday 18th. 8:30am breakfast, Sail from Tutukaka to Opua arriving that afternoon.

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During the Level 3 cruising course you will gain an understanding of safety on the water, navigation, tides, Identifying vessels and navigational marks, Maritime Collision avoidance rules and processes, using a VHF radio, engine maintenance and of course sailing skills, as well as practical application of the Coastguards Boat Master course (with the intentions of improving understanding for people that have completed the Boat Master course or help prepare people to take the boat master course);

For those students working towards gaining the SLC (International Sailing Licence) this course covers the practical components of the NauticEd Bareboat Charter Master Rank.

The International Sailing License and Credentials (SLC) is a recreational sailing license valid for all yacht charter companies worldwide including Europe and the Seychelles. To gain an SLC, the candidate must complete the RNZYS courses up to Level 3 Coastal Skipper, pass an online suite of theoretical knowledge courses and tests appropriate for bareboat chartering, log previous sufficient sailing experience, and demonstrate sailing skills according to internationally established sailing standards. After completion, the SLC can be issued electronically very quickly. We can help you with all of this, it’s more straight forward than it sounds.

By the end of this RNZYS Level 3 Coastal Cruising course Great Barrier, you will be able to: –

• Recover a person overboard at night
• Hoisting and Reefing Sails
• Anchoring and Mooring
• Docking
• Planning a voyage
• Water and Power conservation
• Collision avoidance
• Vessel identification
• More advanced Chart work
• Sail at night with watch handover
• Be ready to take the ICC test

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