COURSE PROGRAM

Intermediate - Watchkeeper                   

 
The objective of this course is to teach better understanding of the fundamentals 
of good sailing, seamanship, boat handling and navigation with more practical 
sailing exercises to bring you a level of watchkeeper of a cruising yacht.


PREPARING A SAILING YACHT
1. Preparations on Deck
      a. Checking Moorings & Sheets
      b. Fenders, Harnesses, Mast & Rig checks
      c. Checking Navigation Lights
      d. Checking Service Boat (rib)
2. Preparations of Sailing Equipment
      a.Mainsails, headsails & spinnaker checks
      b. Reefs & reefing lines
      c. Sheets
      d. Oiling blocks & winches
3. Checking Weather Forecast, Course and

Alternative Ports
4.Safety Checks
       a.Lifejackets
       b. Flares
       c. Fog Horn
       d. Epirp System
       e. Life raft
       f. Navigation Lights 
       g. Hatches
       h. Port Holes
        i. Watertightness
5.Engine Fuel Checks
        a. Engine oil 
        b. Water cooling systems (spare impeller)
        c. Water & Fuel tank check (fullness)
6. Other Preparations
        a. Formalities, transit log & other paperwork
        b. Work sharing & shifts
        c. Provisioning according to needs of crew
        d.Drinking water check
        e. Eating, meal orders
        f. Clearing up before cruising


PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF MOTORING
1. Steering
         a.Steering in windy conditions   
         b. Steering in conditions of current
         c. Steering in wavy conditions
         d. Steering in shallow waters
2. Bow Thruster
3. Propellor
4. Generators
5. Anchors
6. Anchoring
          a. Determining depth and type of sea bed
          b. Scope
          c. Laying the chain
          d. Controlling the scope when anchoring
          e. Staying on anchor
          f. Anchor releasing techniques
7. Ropes
          a. Where are the used?
          b. Tying up & mooring techniques with ropes
8.Winches and uses of wiches for different purposes
9. Windlasses
10. Servise Boat (rib)
11. Primary Manouvers
           a. Coming alongside
           b. Leaving a jeti
           c. Stern to
           d. Bow to
           e. Wind on manouvers
           f. Wind off manouvers
           g. Manouvers where anchor can be used.
           h. Use of springs & other ropes to leave a jeti
           i. Rescuing a boat which has run aground
           j. Being towed
           k. Man over board


PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF SAILING
1.Checks before going out cruising.
2. Trimming For the Course
            a. Close Reach
            b. Broad Reach
            c. Downwind Sailing
            d. Downwind, running techniques
3. Boat trims
            a. Trims that can be done in  the port
            b. Trims according to point of sailing
4. Safety equipment check
5.Sail cruising
            a. Features of sail cruising
            b. Differences of sail cruising that other

            types of sailing
            c. Operation & maintenance of furlings
            d. Operation of cruising spinnakers,

            hoisting & trims
            e. Preparations for strong winds
            f. Reefing
6. Emergency & Extreme Condition sailing
            a. Hoisting & trimming a storm jib 
            b. Determining the boats balance in a storm
            c. Heave to
            d. Using a storm anchor
            e. Managing a damaged boat
                 Broken Mast
                 Broken Rudder
                 Broken Keel
                 Taking in water
                 Capsized boat


ROPES & KNOTS
1. Round Turn and two half Hitches: Where and

how to use it?
2.Double sheet bend:  Where and how to use it?
3. Reef Knot:  Where and how to use it?
4. Adding Ropes to eachother
5. Ropework
               a. Protecting the end of the rope
               b. Whipping
               c. Heated Coating
               d. Splicing
                    Adding ropes
                    Making a bight
               e. Adding rope to chain
               f. Snubbing
               g. Heaving Line
               h. Throwing a line
                i. Coiling Ropes
6.Types of sheets
                a. Polyester sheets
                b. 3 strand ropes
                c. Pre-stretched ropes (kevlar,sprectra etc.)
7.Mooring Lines ( Braided & flexible)

DAY & NIGHT TIME CRUISING
1. Passage Planning
2. Recording navigations & log book
3. Preparation when entering or leaving a port (fenders, mooring lines)