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The Manx Sailing and Cruising Club in Ramsey is offering a series of courses, for both adult beginners and junior improvers, over the summer months which will teach just that.

The adult courses are broken down into three parts, one starting on April 23, one in June and the third in July.

The first is aimed at complete beginners and offers RYA Level 1 standard training, the second offers Level 2 and the third the slightly more advanced Level 3.

Certificates will be awarded for those who complete the training. All the sailing will take place in Ramsey Bay.

The cost is £60 per course and includes the use of a club dinghy, personal buoyancy equipment and the tuition. Each course will be spread over six evenings.

This is an opportunity for complete novices, as well as those who have some experience of sailing, to develop their knowledge and understanding of the sport under the expert guidance of experienced instructors and in a safe environment. Anyone taking all three courses has the scope to get themselves up to a decent standard by the end of the summer.

The MS&CC is also offering junior tuition through three courses dealing with more technical aspects of sailing.

These are not beginners’ courses, and are aimed at more experienced young sailors (aged from 10 to 16 unless otherwise agreed), and RYA Level 2 standards are assumed.

The first course starts on April 21 and deals with Seamanship Skills - how to handle a boat in all circumstances and solve seamanship problems afloat.

The second course starts in May and focuses on Sailing with Spinnakers - how to use both conventional and unconventional spinnakers for downwind sailing.

The third course, beginning in July, deals with Performance Sailing, and will improve boat handling and confidence in performance dinghies. All three courses cost £40 and include the use of a club dinghy and personal buoyancy equipment, as well as the tuition.

The courses will offer a cheap and effective way for young sailors to hone their sailing skills, under expert guidance and in a safe environment.

The first courses (both adult and junior) start with a briefing on Thursday, April 17, so there is just over a month to get applications in and provide notice of interest.

Those interested should contact the course leader, Donald Edwards, on 429978 or email him at Alternately, go to the club website at and download an application form in the training section.

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