At SchoonerSail we have over fifteen years experience teaching people how to sail and be part of the crew on our schooner Trinovante.
The style is informal. The focus is on teaching good solid seamanship skills whilst visiting some of the best sailing areas in the world. Every voyage is an adventure.
Learning To Sail should be fun and rewarding.
Although we take our sail training for adults seriously, it is absolutely not a boot camp. You will go home feeling a sense of achievement but you'll have fun and eat well too . Don't take our word for it see what our crews have written about our Sailing Holidays
So what can you expect to learn when you sail
on a 'Taster Weekend' or sailing holiday with us?
Everyone gets involved in sail hoists. By the
end of a week you will have a pretty good idea
of how to hoist, trim, lower and furl a gaff sail.
Our schooner also carries a selection of jibs, the powerful fisherman topsails which are set flying and light weather canvas as in the photo at the top of this page.
Learning the names of the different sails and the parts of the sails comes naturally as you get used to handling them.
Standing your watch
On passages we operate on a watch system.
Everyone stands their watch taking it in turns to
steer, trim the sails and keep a good
One of the real delights of offshore sailing is to see the sun come up on the early morning watch.
Feeling the wind
It's amazing that we can sail into the wind. On land we hardly notice the wind at sea on a sailing vessel we notice every tiny change in direction and speed. What is it doing now, what is it going to do next in 12 hours or 5 days? Understanding why we tack or gybe or sailing the best course to windward are all part of the ongoing learning experience.
Steer by the stars (or compass)
There's no shortage of opportunity to steer and learning to steer a compass course or the best course for a particularly wind direction is an important core skill you can master.
The Shipping Forecast
Be warned you may become a keen listener!
Anchoring and mooring alongside
We do a lot of anchoring under sail. It's something not many boats do these days. How much chain do you let out, how do you know your anchor is holding, how do you choose your anchorage in the first place?
Read 'learn to sail articles' written by the skipper about sailing on and off anchor below.
When we go alongside there is always a job for everyone.
Then it's time to explore ashore or just chill out onboard.
As a beginner what type of voyage should I choose?
Some people like to try one of our taster weekends
first before committing to a longer sailing holiday but there is no obligation to do so and many
first time sailors go straight for something more
If you are not sure what any of our voyages will involve just give us a ring on 07977 594649.
Learn To Sail A Schooner And Other Articles
This a set of learn to sail a schooner Articles below are beyond beginner level and we think it's much better to 'learn by doing' and to read these after you have sailed onboard not before.
Learn To Sail A Schooner No.1 Getting Under Way From Anchor Under Sail
Learn To Sail A Schooner No.2 Anchoring Under Sail on the Run
Learn To Sail A Schooner No.3 Docking And Undocking Using A Spring
Learn To Sail a Schooner No.4 Sailing Away From A Quay
Learn To Sail a Schooner No.5 Sailing Away From A Quay with the Wind Aft
Learn To Sail a Schooner No.6 Short turning away from a quay
Learn To Sail a Schooner No.7 Tacking
How To Tell A Ketch From A Schooner