Sailing school

For who, where and how?

We are often asked by our customers how they can best prepare for a sailing holiday in Greece.
We believe you should be well-prepared before you go on holiday. It will give you more confidence and guarantees more holiday fun from day one. If you do not have enough experience, you can hire a skipper or improve your sailing skills in the Netherlands. OCC Yachting does not have its own sailing school in the Netherlands, but there are two sailing schools we can recommend.

Sailing School Naarden

Onderwal 10
1411 LV Naarden

Telephone: +31 (0)6 55 356 923

Waterland Yachtcharter

Galgeriet 5a
1141 GA Monnickendam

Telephone: 0299 65 20 00

Course: working together on-board

Proper on-board collaboration and communication between skipper and crew is a prerequisite to enjoy sailing. Poor communication before and during manoeuvres is often a cause of irritation, misunderstandings and will certainly negatively impact your experience in Greece.

During the course, (married) couples and/or regular sailing partners learn to work together better on board.

We also pay attention to the ship’s behaviour and your control of the ship. We will focus on the most important manoeuvres, because good collaboration starts with a good command of the ship.

Cursus samenwerking aan boord

Course: flotilla sailing

Sailing in Greece – similar to Turkey and Croatia – is somewhat different compared to sailing in the Netherlands. The biggest difference are the mooring methods in ports and/or bays. Anchors are often used when mooring in Greece.

Anchoring is possible in different ways: in the bay you will often anchor in open waters, but you must always take into account the turning radius compared to other ships and the land. The length of the chain is especially important, but also the way in which you tighten the anchor.

In ports, you almost always moor by dropping the anchor. The most common manoeuvre is “anchoring in the layer”. This means you moor the rear of the ship towards the quay and use the stern and bow anchor to prevent the ship from colliding against the quay.

Anchoring in the layer is not difficult, but it can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before. The most common difficulties are:

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You have a 20 to 50 metre chain. The same applies to other ships around you. It is important that the chains don’t become tangled. The chain must not only be dropped right in front of the ship but must also be located at the right angle to the quay. The latter can be difficult at distances of a few dozen metres.

The anchor must be dropped 3 to 4 boat lengths from the quay. This is easier said than done. The length of the boat is often overestimated, so that even with a 60 metre chain, the quay cannot be reached. And if a cross wind is blowing, the ship will start drifting until it loses speed. How do you compensate for this?

In addition to anchoring, ships in these areas also work with navigation equipment such as maps and GPS and a marine telephone. These will also be discussed in this course.

Plenty of reasons to follow a flotilla course at Sailing School Naarden or Waterland Yachtcharter ! Because you’ll be confidently able to helm or control the anchor you’ll feel a lot more relaxed on your holiday.

Can’t get enough of sailing and would you like to go sailing with your company? Please visit the website of De Bootsmannen (the boatmen)!

CWO Course: yacht sailing

Sailing School Naarden en Waterland Yachtcharter are CWO-certified (Dutch Committee for Water Sports Training) sailing schools. They both offer the opportunity to follow a complete course in yacht sailing for people who have little experience or who have never sailed before. In this course you will learn to safely and responsibly control a yacht on inland waterways. The course mainly focuses on practical instructions. Where necessary, attention is paid to theory (basic navigation, use of maps and compasses, priority rules)

You will learn the basics of sailing: how the sails must be set up in regard to the wind direction, how to steer the boat, the ins and outs of tacking and gybing etc. You will also learn how to manoeuvre and moor using the engine. Sailing jargon will also be discussed (especially important for proper on-board communication).

Once you’ve completed this course you’ll be able to responsibly rent a yacht.

Further training: practical navigation

This brief navigation course focuses on the use of maps and compasses. The course will focus on on-board navigation (log, depth sounder, compass, GPS), positioning through sounding, markers and buoys. There will also be an introduction to sailing in tidal waters.

Further training: manoeuvring using the engine

This course pays attention to manoeuvring using the engine, and the most important element to take into account when doing so: the wind. We will focus on sailing away in ward shore, lee shore and longshore, use of springs, passing locks, port manoeuvres (entering and leaving a box), anchoring.

Would you like to book a sailing holiday in Corfu or Lefkas online?

Benefits OCC Yachting

  • Dutch company
  • Own ships and bases
  • Since 1976
  • Only 15% deposit on boat rental
  • Dutch and English guidance

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