The aim of this course is to confirm basic skills and develop confidence through further techniques. It will be assumed that every student starting this course has already mastered the practical skills and absorbed the background knowledge implied in the AY Levels 1 & 2 Syllabus. Trained AY Instructors will give practical tuition.
By the end of the course, the successful sailor will have a competent, safe, practical approach when in charge of a yacht and will be capable of sailing and making seamanlike decisions in moderate conditions up to 200 nautical miles offshore. Practical work will be assessed on a continuous basis and an oral interview with short written papers will be used as the basis for theory assessment.
Level 3 Course Completion Certificates will be awarded by the AY Instructor or the Principle of the Yachting Center to students as the Practical and Theory Sections are completed.
Yachtmaster - Certificate of Competency
Will be awarded by a AY Examiner after completing a One-day Assessment and the Level 3 - Practical and Theory Syllabus is satisfactorily completed.
COASTAL YACHTMASTER - ONE DAY ASSESSMENT
Coastal Yachtmaster candidates (Up to 20m LOA) are asked to present at least 2,500nm logged evidence as skipper or crew or at least two or three seasons club experience to be qualified for assessment.
He/she will satisfactorily demonstrate the whole of Section A - L3 Practical Syllabus, with a competent, realistic and purposeful approach to sailing, including man overboard procedures. They will, whilst afloat and ashore, be able to satisfactorily answer relevant questions on Section B - L3 Theory Syllabus.
Individual items of the Level 3 Coastal Yachtmaster syllabus and endorsements can be signed off by a AY Examiner to the level of certification required (eg. Motor MY or Sailing SY, Boat Length and navigation methods) during the assessment period.
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L3 PRACTICAL SYLLABUS
the yacht using all the boat's normal
Boat Tuning - Sail Controls - Mainsail Outhaul - Boomvang (kicking strap)
Telltales - Sheeting Angle - Barber Hauler - Cunningham Eye - Traveler
Raking & Pre-bending the mast, backstay/runners, Tuning your Rig, Rigger
Use of Winches.
The 1-2-3 Method
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Towing a Yacht
Organization and Co-ordination
Man Over Board Recovery
Sailing to best advantage - The Five Essentials
Sail Setting - Boat balance - Fore and Aft Trim
Centerboard Position - Course Made Good
Windward Sailing: Windex, Telltales, Instruments and Windshifts
and Lowering the Spinnaker
Afloat - slab / points or roller
(Seven Easy Steps)
- Principles and Techniques.
Returning to a Mooring or Jetty (under
Alongside a moored boat, pontoon or jetty.
a Yacht Passing a Tow. Securing a Towline.
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L3 & 4 THEORY SYLLABUS
Competent Skipper. Boat Speed. Start in Clear Air. Taking advantage of
wind and current variations to windward.
in Finishing a Race or Series.
Navigation Plotting Equipment:
Dividers, Compasses, Plotter
Working Knowledge of the IALA
- The Four Principal Techniques
1. Dead Reckoning 2. Piloting 3. Celestial Navigation
4. Electronic Navigation
& Speed on the Earth's Surface
Fixing the Position.
Running Fix. Horizontal Angles. Three-arm Protractor use. Navigation
Celestial Navigation. Declination. Hour Angle. Nautical Almanacs. Measurement of Time. Astronomical Triangle. Spherical Trigonometry. Circle of Equal Altitude.
The effect of Tides, Tidal
Streams and Ocean
Speed and Distance Logs: Types and principles of operation.
Deck Log: Layout of log, hourly and occasional entries.
Importance of log as yachts official document.
Echo Sounder, Lead Line. Depth Sounding. Principle of operation.
Making a Lead Line. Reduction of soundings
The Magnetic Compass: Steering and Hand Bearing Compasses.
Allowance for Variation. Isogonic Lines. Agonic Line. 'Lubber Line'
Causes of Deviation. 'Swinging the Compass'
Producing a Deviation Chart
Gyrocompass. Azimuth Circle.
Radar: Target. Basic Operation. Echo Signals. Transmitters
Basic Mechanical Work & Engineering
Information. Local conditions - Sea
Sources & Type of Information - H.F. & VHF Radio - Local Radio
Stations - TV Forecasts - Telephone Forecasts - Local Press
Coastguards and Harbor Masters - Gale Warnings
Main characteristics of High and Low Pressure areas.
Significance of major changes in Barometric Pressure
Beaufort Wind Scale
Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
ISAF Racing Rules - definitions, fundamental rules, protests.
Yacht Ownership Papers, Registration Certificate and Insurance Status
Basic Safety Equipment
Code. Ability to recognize
the Morse symbols for letters and numerals by light and sound.
Extinguishers for Class C Fires Electrical Fires
Assessment and Treatment
Expired Air Resuscitation.