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Issue 162

8th March 2015

In Praise of Stupid Boats and Smarter Skippers…

I was flipping through the RYA members’ magazine and came across an advert from a well-known marine equipment supplier suggesting that as we now have smart cars and smart phones “it’s about time we got Smart Boats”. They are, of course, pushing their latest chart-plotter which apparently comes complete with “autorouting navigation”. It set me to thinking about whether all this technology is really such a great idea…

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Want to do RYA Coastal Skipper on a Proper Boat?

We’ve been teaching the RYA Day Skipper and Competent Crew courses for 5 years on Amelie Rose, and it’s lovely to bump into ex-trainees when we’re out and about – sometimes to discover that they’re now skippering their own boats. They’re often keen to get back aboard and ask whether we’re planning to offer more RYA courses. Well now we are, starting with RYA Coastal Skipper. So what is it and why do it on Amelie Rose?

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Six Reasons to do Your Day Skipper on the Amelie Rose

After thinking a fair bit about what makes traditional boats like Amelie Rose such great platforms aboard which to do a Competent Crew course – my thoughts fell naturally to their advantages from the (Day) Skippers point of view. To help me I had a look through what some of our previous Day-Skips had to say about it on their feedback forms. It turned out that they do a better job than I can so here’s 6 of them in their own words…

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7 Great Reasons to do Your Competent Crew Aboard a Traditional Boat in UK Waters

There’re a lot of RYA sea-schools out there selling Competent Crew courses. Some of them offer you a free sun-tan whilst you’re doing it, some will rave about their ultra-modern luxury push-button yachts but we think they’re all barking up the wrong tree. Comp Crew is about gaining the confidence and skills to be safe and useful aboard a sailing boat and we think it’s easier to do this on a traditional boat like Amelie Rose.

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Boat Skills – Man Overboard!

Don’t panic – we haven’t lost anyone overboard. Well there was this one time, but we were at anchor and, well, that’s another story. This is actually the first in a new series of articles bringing you the Skippers thoughts on things sailing skills related, starting with what happens next should you ever hear the fateful call

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