This is a post 19th July 2021 joining instructions, that is issued but may be subject to changes from Government or RYA.
For the safety of the Instructor and Students, we will require the Coronavirus Self-Declaration Form to be completed prior to arrival by all students http://Coronavirus Self-Declaration Form 7day prior to the course to allow students and Instructor to sleep on board Island Spirit. Below deck, and at the descretion of the instructor, mask wearing may be required.
The basic requirement of the declaration form is to check that students have been double covid vacinated +3weeks or have taken a lateral flow test in the last 72 hrs .
We have to consider the safety of the students and the Instructor as a group so we may complete a Covid 19 test on arrival
1 Registration Forms
Please ensure that you complete the Registration form/s for all members of your party and this must have been received one month prior to course.
1.2 Arrival/joining instructions
As a general rule we ask you to arrive in Salcombe in time to catch a launch out to Island Spirit at 1900 hrs from Batson Creek slipway, known as Town Slip (post code TQ8 8NJ). Our launch will take you out to where ‘Island Spirit’ is moored. Any wet weather clothing that you have pre ordered will be available onboard ‘Island Spirit’.
Look for a green launch "Duncan" that will pick from the pontoon at Batson
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1.2.1 Returning to Salcombe
You will normally arrive in Salcombe sometime during the afternoon and be on shore by 15.30 to 1700hrs at Normandy pontoon(centre of Salcombe) or Town Slip,Batson.
1.3 Car parking
You can park in The Creek car park in Gould Rd – this is ideally situated for catching the launch from the Town Quay/Slip pontoon ( TQ8 8NJ) but is expensive.
There is a Park and Ride carpark which is more cost effective and this is run by Salcombe Town Councils :- http://salcombetowncouncil.gov.uk/car-park-terms-conditions/
The Salcombe TIC gives some information on parking. https://www.salcombeinformation.co.uk/advertiser/car-parking-in-salcombe-and-surrounding-area/
Please ensure that you bring all necessary medication with you.
Our Lifejackets must be worn at all times whilst on board the yacht (including tender)and all club boats unless directed otherwise.
1.6 Cancellation & insurance
Holiday cancellation and travel insurance is NOT included in the cost of your course/sailing. Personal effects are only covered to the value of £199.We strongly advise that you take out your own holiday & travel insurance.
1.7 Log books & Certificates
Please bring your RYA Logbook with you.
RYA logbooks are available to purchase from the RYA or Amazon, RYA order Code G158 . Title :-RYA Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook
In addition, for those taking Yachtmaster Coastal or Yachtmaster Offshore examinations, please bring your Restricted (VHFonly) Radio Operators certificate or Short Range certificate, First Aid certificate & a recent passport photo.
You will need to pay the examiner direct when he /she boards the yacht.
1.7.1 Pre course reading
The RYA publish excellent books for their courses. These provide a sound basis for what you will be taught on the course. The books are on board ‘Island Spirit’ but some clients have found it beneficial to study them prior to the course.
1.8 Safety at sea
You will be given a full safety briefing by your skipper soon after arrival. The briefing will cover all aspects of safety and the use of facilities on board.
A safety harness and lifejacket is provided for each crew member but if you prefer to bring your own then it must be auto-inflating and in date. The yacht has a current MCA safety certificate.
1.9 Health & Fitness
Sailing can be relatively strenuous. It is essential that you advise us of any medical conditions such as physical disability, asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, heart/lung conditions.
We must also be advised of any medication you are taking. All such information will be treated with the strictest confidence and your yacht skipper will be made aware for your safety.
Your meals will be taken on board the yacht and the cost of food for these is included in the price of your course.
Sometimes if the yacht is in port the crew may decide to eat ashore – if this happens crew members are responsible for the cost of their own food and there is no offset allowed for meals not taken on board.
On the first evening on board there is no cooked meal as such but a light supper in the form of pasties or similar is provided.
1.11 You need to bring:-
Passport – if going across the channel- this is essential as we are unable to refund any money should a booking have to be cancelled as a result of failure to bring your passport or the appropriate visa. Evidence of EU health insurance is also advised.
RYA courses do not go out of UK waters unless advised prior to leaving.
Sleeping bag and pillow (and pillow case)
1.11.1 Full waterproofs
These must be strong enough to stand up to cruising conditions. You will need a jacket with a hood and a pair of trousers (both waterproof as opposed to showerproof)
Please note: sailing waterproofs are available for hire from the ICC.
1.11.2 Clothing & Footwear
Remember it is colder at sea than on land and it can be very cold on night watch even in high summer.
Non slip shoes and Wellington type sea boots (not black soled) are essential.
Deck shoes with gripping soles (not black rubber) are very useful
Pair of long trousers for sailing
Warm vest for night cruising
Polo type shirts
Long sleeve/rugby shirt
Sailing gloves (leather fingerless cost approx £20)
Plastic carrier bag (for dirty clothes!)
Polo mints/boiled sweets/chocolate
Protection from the sun is essential. The sun is very strong at sea and can attack from both the sky and reflection from the water.
1.11.4 Seasickness tablets
If you think you may suffer from seasickness it is worth visiting your chemist for advice as there are a range of specialist products available.
1.11.5 Toiletries and Personal items
These should include soap and towels. A small torch is useful though there are emergency torches on board.
Please note: Alcohol is not provided and may only be consumed on board at the discretion of the skipper, but normally there is no objection if you wish to bring a small amount of beer or wine to accompany your dinner!
If your course or cruise is specified to cross the channel, you may wish to bring some euros if travelling to France though sterling notes can be changed in most ports.
RYA courses do not go out of UK waters unless advised prior to leaving.
We suggest you pack luggage in soft bags as stowage space is limited on the yacht.
1.12 Emergency Contact
It is essential that you complete and submit your Registration Form before arrival.
Please ensure that your relatives have our emergency contact details – these are as follows.
Course certificates for Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper need a passport type photo so that the club can issue it to student.
Please supply your photo (your name on back) and stamp self addressed envelope to your skipper/instructor for all courses. Please ensure that it has the correct postage for the envelope or you may be asked to pay on receipt. Normal size envelope will be sufficient.
Main office 01548 844631