This Basic Skills Course Follows on From Level 1

Dinghy sailing level 2 “Basic Skills” is usually a four day course and builds on the skills learned during Level 1. It is an important step in dinghy training and you will learn a lot. Once you have completed Level 2 you will have the skills necessary to start racing and to handle a dinghy in normal conditions.

Onshore teaching

  • Points of sailing and No Go Zone
  • How a sail works – basic aerodynamic theory
  • Sea sailing – basic advice for inland sailors including taking local advice. Tide tables, tidal sequence of springs and neaps, ebb and flow
  • The effect of wind direction and tidal flow on sailing conditions
  • Speed over the ground with/against tidal flow
  • Informing someone ashore
  • Inland sailing – basic advice including local bylaws, permits, overhead power lines, locks and weirs


  • Sailing techniques and manoeuvres
  • The Five Essentials – sail setting, balance, trim, course made good and centreboard*
  • Leaving and returning to a beach, jetty or mooring
  • Coming alongside a moored boat
  • Knows basic rules of the road: power/sail, port/starboard, windward boat, overtaking boat Aware of lee shore dangers, sailing in close company. with others and man overboard recovery .
  • Has knowledge of boat storage ashore, launching and recovery*
  • Able to paddle a sailing dinghy and row a boat around a short triangular course, come alongside and make fastt
  • Understands how to rig according to weather conditions
  • Able to reef ashore
  • Can tie a bowline, clove hitch and rolling hitch
  • Able to come alongside and pick up a mooring


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