• Steering by compass and stars during night watch.

  • Raising, reefing and stowing mainsail including use of lazy jacks, rigid vang and preventer.

  • Use of a furling and reefable headsail.

  • Demonstrate points of sail and sail trim.

  • Spinnaker and jibing downwind technics 

  • Pre-departure, pre-passage and daily rigging checks including chafe prevention.

  • Working safely aloft. Each person may go aloft at anchor or in port with a safety line attached.

  • Location of spare rigging and fittings. Emergency rigging repair procedures.

  • Sail repair: sewing sailcloth.

  • Use of palm and needle and Sailrite sewing machine.

  • Dismantle, service and reassemble one and two speed winches.

  • Demonstrate properly belaying a line to a cleat, coiling short and long lines, bowline, reef knot, slippery hitch and figure eight knots.

  • Splicing three-strand nylon line and dacron yacht braid. Installing a soft eye on yacht braid line.

  • Rig storm staysail, running backstays, storm trysail.

  • Practice heaving to, deploy tow warps astern.

  • Deployment of Galerider drogue and discussion of Para-Tech sea anchor.

  • Discuss Queen's Birthday Storm results and most effective storm management techniques for different hull designs and sea conditions.

  • Preparation for storm conditions: locate storm sails, check bilge and pumps, clear decks and cockpit, charge batteries, preparation of easy meals, catch up on sleep.

  • Selecting best type of anchor and rode for varying conditions.

  • Calculating scope and diameter of swing.

  • Identifying best location for least contact with coral or rocks.

  • Setting a second bow anchor.

  • Safe use of electric windlass, use of manual back-up feature.

  • Marking and stowing chain and use of a chain snubber

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