Professional Training

Day 1 – Safety

The first day’s training is all about safety.  Our goal is to make your event as safe as possible. ‘Safe’ to us has a few meanings. Number one, of course, we want to keep you safe from bodily harm while with us on the boat- this involves revealing all the hazards present on the boat- those that are simple to perceive and those that are somewhat less obvious. This might include such simple things as correctly navigating your way up and down the companionway and goes right through to understanding how to launch and enter a liferaft. Secondly ‘Safe’ means emotionally safe- that means you understand what is happening around you and people are not getting nervous or uncomfortable with the situation at any point.  We want you to be part of what is happening on board the boat and that requires a high level of information about everything that is happening around you. To make this happen, we cover a lot of ground on Day 1.  Below are some sample headings from the first day’s training.

Day 2 – Deck work

Day two is about learning how to sail our boats.  During training, we assume you know nothing at all about sailing and start from there.  If you are already a proficient sailor, this might sound a little disappointing but let us assure you we know how to balance this dilemma.  On day two, the information will come at you thick and fast, and it is easy for us to throw in high-level information that will top up the average sailor’s knowledge base.

Our boat’s- although 15 years old- still represent the edge of what is possible in open ocean racing so when we pull away from the dock at the start of the event, we will all be keen to make sure we have full speed available. To this end, we take the whole crew through a full rundown of how to perform every evolution on deck from basic tacking to gybing a kite.  It may take the whole event to perfect what we tell you on Day 2 but then isn’t that the point of the challenge?

Sample Training Itineraries

Day 1

1. Deck Hazards
2. Companionway Protocol
3. Moving around on deck
4. Moving around below decks
5. Correct Footwear
6. Correct Clothing
7. Water/ Sugar Intake
8. Folding lines in the cockpit
9. Good Body position when working
10. Working Winches
11. Short & Long Loads on Winches
12. Working Clutches & Jammers
13. Working the Grinders as a team
14. Liferafts, Throwlines, Horseshoe Lifebuoys
15. Flares, TPU’s Grab Bag,
16. Medical Kits, Medical considerations
17. Helistrop, NUC lights, VHF Mayday
18. Man Overboard Procedure
19. Galley Safety Considerations
20. Health & Safety in the washroom
22. Getting in and out of bunks, Stowing gear
24. Position of life-saving gear inside the boat
25. Dealing with FIre and Flooding
26. Engine Procedures, Safety Around the Engine
27. Standing Orders, Filling in the Log
28. Watch Schedules, dealing with sleep loss
29. Water and water conservancy considerations
30. Abandoning Ship Procedure.

Day 2

1. Folding Lines in the Cockpit
2. Winch Review
3. Rigging the Deck
4. Hoisting the Mainsail
5. Unfurling/Furling a Headsail
7. Hoisting the No 4 Jib
8. Allocating deck jobs
9. Backstays
10. Tacking the Mainsail
11. Tacking a Headsail
12. Changing gears- headsail changes
13. Gybing the Main
14. Full Gybe
15. Hoisting a furling, flying sail
16. Furling & Unfurling a flying sail
17. Flying Sail Drop
18. Hoisting a Kite
19. Gybing a kite
20. Dropping a kite
22. Kite/headsail evolutions
24. Trimming the Mainsail
25. Trimming headsails and Kites
26. team Communications
27. Water Ballast
28. Tactics vs Navigation
29. Man Overboard Practice
30. Danger signals from the crew.