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The nights are closing in and the UK's boats are tucked up under their covers for the winter. What better time to learn about coastal navigation with a cup of tea and a biscuit and all important central heating!
 
RYA Dayskipper Theory:
 
Venue: Toddbrook Sailing Club, Reservoir Road, Whaley Bridge.
 
Time: 19.00 – 22.00 Wednesday nights starting Wednesday 15th January.
 
The cost: £275
Payment to Dr C L Thorpe, HSBC, Sort code 403226, account number 51227068.
 
If interested please contact: Clare Thorpe, clare4p@yahoo.co.uk ; 07761049755
 
What you need to bring: yourselves, pen, pencil (2B preferably), paper, rubber.
 
Your instructors: James Boyce (RYA Yachtmaster Instructor, Ocean Yachtmaster and Ocean Youth Trust Skipper) and Clare Thorpe (RYA Cruising Instructor, RYA Yachtmaster Instructor Shorebased, RYA Dinghy Instructor and Ocean Yachtmaster). We live in New Mills and are members of Toddbrook Sailing Club. In a previous life (before settling in north Derbyshire to have children) we worked at sea for the Ocean Youth Trust, a charity that takes disadvantaged young people to sea, competed in offshore races and lead high latitude expeditions (to Antarctica and the Arctic).
 
The course: the RYA Dayskipper Theory covers all the chartwork and prior knowledge that is needed to take the Dayskipper practical course. We teach at least one course every year because we enjoy it; it's nice to talk about sailing whilst the weather outside is too miserable to get out on the water.
 
We cover the course content over a series of evenings beginning 15th of January and hopefully finishing around easter. We have not stipulated an exact end date as we have learned from experience that different groups progress at different speeds and the time to become exam ready may vary. We will continue to teach until each individual has passed the end of course assessment.
 
Will there be homework? Yes but not too much (an hour or so each week)
 
What if you have to miss a week? Missing one week (or even two at a push) is not a problem and we will work with individuals to make sure they catch up. If you are going to be away more than two Wednesday evenings then we will struggle to fill you in what has been missed.
 
See you soon,
 
Clare & James

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