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Training Courses

Practical and navigational courses are suspended due to Covid 19

Online Events have been organised  for January, February and March. They are exciting additions to our presentations.

Zoom login details on GYC's Facebook group and via TNA.

GYC online - Local Knowledge - navigating the Thames from GYC to the Estuary with Lionel Willis 1900 - 2000  Tuesday 2 February
GYC online - Thames Bylaws vs. COLREGs with Christine Webster 1900 - 2000 Tuesday 16 February
GYC online - Race Officer Training with Christine Webster, to be followed up with a brief practical in the race hut 1900 - 2000 Tuesday 23 February
GYC online - cross channel sailing with Stefan Oloffs 1900 - 2000 Tuesday 2 March
GYC online - crossing the Thames estuary with Greg Penoyre 1900 - 2000 Tuesday 16 March

Thanks to Stefan Oloffs for organising these events.


A message from Steve WilsonThe re-scheduled VHF course, on the 17th January has been cancelled. 

Realistically, its unlikely that we can reconvene a classroom based course until after the end of March. If you wish to hold on until then, fine. I’ll confirm a provisional date that we can all look forward to !  

The other option, still available from our course providers, Thames Active,  is to undertake the course online. The practical individual assessment would take place when conditions allow.  

Please contact Steve to let him know your preference-  stevevwilson@talk21.com


We will advertise scheduled courses when they become possible.

RYA  the basics

The Club is a Royal Yachting Association recognised teaching establishment.  We teach the basic dinghy and keel boat courses out on the Thames, with our own qualified instructors, and have partnerships with training organisations that offer Power Boat, VHF, First Aid and Day Skipper courses.

Navigation  classes   run on our behalf by  Nomad sailing

VHF and First Aid classes     run by the club

Powerboat classes: can be booked with Tony Mason at Thamesactive.

Practical Sailing  The practical sailing courses for dinghy and keel boats are run on the Thames, at present, but due to the covd 19 pandemc, we are not running any classess. We will announce when we restart them