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RYA sailing and RYA yachting videos showing essential seamanship skills. Catherine Dobson, RYA Yachtmaster, and Instructor, proprietor of Horizon Sailing, Conwy Marina, North Wales, sails her 38' yacht, Tessa Rossa, in the Irish Sea, the Menai Straits, and Angelsey. Check out the pilotage of the Swellies, Menai Straits.
A detailed commentary outlines the core skills in the RYA sailing and yachting syllabus. It is supported by filming of skills and activities from the RYA Competent Crew, RYA Day Skipper, RYA Coastal Skipper, and the RYA Yachtmaster handbooks.

Catherine Dobson Horizon Sailing Conwy Marina

I will always remember leaving Conwy Marina under hot, azure skies and reassuring zephyrs. The shimmering light conditions matched the best of Hollywood.
Filming and producing a sailing video was going to be fun.
Catherine Dobson's calm, reassuring teaching style as a RYA Cruising Instructor helped.
Conwy is a stunning base for about two thousand yachts. The marina facilitates an expert boating infrastructure for North Wales and the Menai Strait. The area is one of the finest and most interesting cruising areas in the Britain.
The eager competent crew, Louise, was keen to make progress and develop essential competencies. Testa Rossa, a 38' Starlight yacht makes an ideal vessel for sail training. It is MCA approved and well equipped.
On completion of the safety induction, Catherine structured sailing activities to improve Louise's expertise and understanding.
It was impressive to observing Catherine involving everyone in all these processes. A feature was the quality of the learning dialogue. The Horizon Sailing School sets high standards in its pedagogy and syllabus.
Match this with a real sense of adventure whilst voyaging past panoramic mountains. The adrenalin kicks in whilst trying to keep to the Swellies transit on a turning tide.
At the end of an action packed day, a more soporific pace and a sense of awe happens as you approach Carnarvon castle. The Victoria Dock has a welcoming marina. The friendly staff provide a great welcome and delivers superb support to visitors.
If you have time, sail over Carnarvon bar and explore the Llyn Peninsula and Angelsey.
After three nights and two days Catherine had instructed on:
• Berthing routines
• Pilotage
• Using transit marks
• Helming
• Sailing skills
• Boat handing
• Passage planning and
• Seamanship
• Knowledge of boat
• Sail handling
• Reefing
• Rope work
• Fire precautions
• Personal safety
• Emergency equipment
• Picking up moorings
• Ferry glides
• Metrology
• Helming
• General duties on board
Horizon Sailing caters for friends, couple, families, business or women only groups.
Contact details:
Catherine Dobson
07850 198455

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