As an approved Royal Yachting Association Centre, we offer a series of Advanced Sailing Courses. These are run according to demand  - so if you feel you are at the level where you could benefit from some extra tuition on racing, sailing with spinnakers or performance sailing, drop us a line today. 

Below is a list of our advanced sailing courses, but if there is something else you would like to focus on, we also offer one to one bespoke coaching sessions to help sharpen your skills.

RYA Level 3
Things are about to get serious! The RYA Adult Level 3 offers a more in-depth skills development programme and broader sailing experiences at different venues in more challenging boats.

RYA Seamanship
The Seamanship course builds on your Level 2 and includes launching and recovering the boat in different circumstances, stopping, reducing sail, recovering a man overboard, anchoring and onboard problem solving

RYA Day Sailing
Want to impress your friends with a confident cruise out on your vessel? Perhaps a picnic on a secluded bay or a glass of bubbly onboard?  Well, we can’t help you with your catering but we can teach you everything you need to know about delivering a day cruise.

RYA Start Racing
On your marks, get set….adrenaline rush! Get yours with our RYA Start Racing Course. Setting sail from our base in stunning Poole Harbour, you’ll cover everything from how to get off the starting line to tips on how to outwit your competition!

RYA Performance Sailing
Time for a tune-up and to put on a performance! The RYA Performance Sailing Course assumes you have a lot of sailing experience and greater technical knowledge than the Level 3 dinghy sailing certificate as it’s all about graduating to performance vessels. We’ll take your skills and give you that extra edge using high-performance boats such as the Topper Buzz. Afterwards you’ll be super confident in sailing at different speeds in all kinds of conditions.

RYA Sailing with Spinnakers
This short course covers everything you need to know about sailing with conventional or asymmetric spinnakers. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and develop advanced skills. 

One to One Tailored Coaching Sessions with an RYA Instructor
If you have an issue you just can’t get on top of, then let us take the strain and tailor a bespoke coaching day to help address it. Our one to one coaching sessions give you expert tuition that can cover anything you choose. We can tailor a day to suit you, ensuring that you have the highest level of attention and Instructor focus. 

These sessions are led at your pace and are suitable for all abilities, beginners to advanced.


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Sailing dinghy on calm water Poole Harbour on the south coast at sunset

Harbour Challenge is easy to find - we are in the centre of Hamworthy Park in Poole. You can leave your car at Hamworthy Park Surface Car Park, take the main path through the park, past the cafe, and we are located near to the water’s edge.

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    Please contact us on 01202 772436 to discuss any of these advanced courses or any bespoke training you may require.

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