RYA Start Yachting

RYA Start Yachting Course

The RYA Start Yachting Course is a 2-day practical course for people looking to try sailing for the first time.  The course is a great introduction to sailing and seamanship and will give you a basic knowledge of how to steer a yacht, hoist sails, handle ropes and boat etiquette.

These early stages of learning to sail can often be the most important, and Ondeck will give you firm foundations and confidence on which you can build your knowledge and experience.

This course is more commonly taken as a private course to allow for flexibility in our schedules.

The online RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course is an ideal partner for this course and can be completed before you arrive to ensure you get even more from the course.

Please click here to see the progression of RYA Sailing Practical Courses and the recommended path for both theory and practical courses.

The RYA Start Yachting Course also counts towards your RYA Competent Crew Certificate quota, so you only have to complete a further 3 days to achieve it.

Course Dates and Prices We generally run this as a private/whole boat course at $1850 for up to 5 students.

Dates are available upon request, please call the office or use the 'Contact Us!' button on the right to get in touch.


Duration:  2 days No. Students to Instructor: Max 5:1 but less is fine
Previous Experience: None Minimum Age: 16 or any age if with parent/guardian
Locations: Antigua Dates: All Year Please Call

Grenada Sailing Week

GRENADA SAILING WEEK 28th Jan - Feb 2nd 2024

Grenada Sailing Week will retain its normal format with racing split between Port Louis Marina and Secret Harbour.

Grenada, the Isle of Spice, is a beautiful island with rainforests, lakes and waterfalls and mile long beaches. Grand Anse beach is consistently voted one of the best in the Caribbean with excellent hotels, many of which have won international awards, fabulous cuisine both local and international, you will love it here. Come and Spice it up in Grenada for Sailing Week.

Spirit of Juno will be coming from the Round Barbados Sailing Week and many of our clients choose to do both events and even do some mile building with the deliveries to Barbados and Grenada.

We also have Blueprint, our First 36.7, available with new race sails. She is available for whole boat charter only.

Cost for Blueprint is $11,500 - whole boat bookings only.

Training day is Sunday 28th followed by 2 days racing , a 'Lay Day' and 2 more race days finishing on Friday 2nd.

The sail back to Antigua starting 5th Feb arriving back in Antigua on the 7th Feb.

This would be around 1300 nm and we will have RYA instructors on board to build miles and skills. Full itinerary below.

Please note that itineraries may be subject to changes based on local regulations.

For booking, please click on the 'Regatta Dates & booking' button on the right or 'Contact us!' for more information.

You can visit the official Grenada Sailing Week site. For more information on Spirit of Juno our Farr 65, please click here.


24th/25th Depart Barbados for Grenada

25th/26th Arrive Grenada for Grenada Sailing Week

28th - Training Day

29th - 2nd Feb Race days with one 'Lay Day'

4th Feb Depart for Antigua

6th  Arrive Antigua

Included In Farr 65 Charter:

All dockage fees, fuel, tank water, comprehensive shore and maintenance support, event management, race entry, accommodation on board if required, lunch when racing, provisioning on deliveries

Exclusive Of Charter:

Flights, transfers, PCR testing, meals not specified above

If you have any questions please give us a call on the number above or complete the enquiry form below and we'll get back to you.

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