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RYA TRAINING ALMANAC SOUTHERN.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.43kg, 210mm x 297mm, 97 pages, full colour illustrations.
Updated RYA Training Almanac, containing practice navigation tables.
Please note that this product is for training purposes only, and is not to be used for navigation.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery
RYA DAY SKIPPER SHOREBASED NOTES.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.27kg, 148mm x 210mm, 125 pages, full colour illustrations, Published 2014.
The new edition of the RYA day Skipper Shorebased Notes is the essential reference book for anyone who has taken, or is considering taking, the RYA's Day Skipper theory course. Covering the essentials of safety, navigation and seamanship for sail and motor cruising, it comprehensively tackles the syllabus and includes the latest developments in elcetronic navigation techniques.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery
RYA DAY SKIPPER PRACTICAL COURSE NOTES.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.18kg, 145mm x 210mm, 80 pages, full colour illustrations. Published in 2005 reprinted 2011.
The RYA Day Skipper Practical Course Notes has been compiled to complement the RYA Day Skipper Practical Course and draws on the cumulative experience of hundreds of experienced sailing instructors. The techniques shown or described are tried and tested and are suitable for most types of cruising yacht.
This book gives guidance on how to take charge of a yacht for a short passage. Includes planning, crew briefing, safety, boat handling, navigation, etc.
NZ$30.00 + Delivery
PASS YOUR DAY SKIPPER. 6th (2017) Edition
By David Fairhall. Paperback, 0.22kg, 148mm x 210mm, 100 pages, colour and black & white maps and illustrations. 6th edition. Published in 2017.
Fully revised for its 6th edition, this out-and-out crammer is a concise but comprehensive guide to revising for, and above all, passing the RYA Day Skipper exam. It covers all the essentials of the RYA syllabus assuming no prior knowledge, arranged and highlighted to make revising easier.
Throughout, the theory is set in a practical seagoing perspective, and helpful tips on exam tactics are also provided. And to relieve the tension of all that swotting, each section is enlivened with some of Mike Peyton's best loved cartoons.
NZ$25.00 + Delivery
RYA DAY SKIPPER HANDBOOK SAIL.
By Sara Hopkinson. Paperback, 0.6kg, 170mm x 240mm, 188 pages, full colour illustrations.
This is the official RYA book for anyone taking or considering taking the RYA Day Skipper Sail sailing course. The author, Sara Hopkinson, is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor and Examiner and runs her own RYA recognised training centre.
With informative text, clear illustrations and expert instruction, the RYA Day Skipper Handbook Sail covers the theoretical and practical aspects of the RYA Day Skipper Sail Syllabus. The book introduces you to pilotage, navigation, boatwork and boathandling, and gives you all you need to know to take a small boat on a coastal passage safely.
NZ$60.00 + delivery.
THE COMPLETE DAY SKIPPER
By Tom Cunliffe, Hardback, 180mm x 252 mm, 194 pages, full colour drawings. 2016 5th Edition
The Complete Day Skipper is a totally practical hands-on manual that covers the RYA Day Skipper syllabus in a way that reflects a skipper's growing experience at sea, beginning with yacht handling under power, moving on to boat husbandry and sailing skills, and from there to the realistic use of modern electronic navigation systems. Eminently readable and very down to earth, this fully revised fifth edition has become required reading for all skippers in their early years as well as more experienced sailors who choose not to venture far afield.
As one of Britain's best-known instructors and writers on seamanship, Tom Cunliffe provides the right blend of advice, instruction, inspiration and encouragement.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
DAY SKIPPER FOR SAIL & POWER, 3RD Edition. 2017 The Essential Manual for the RYA Day Skipper Theory and Practical Certificate.
By Alison Noice. Hardback, .66Kg, 175mm x 255mm, 198 pages, full colour photos and plans.
Day Skipper for Sail and Power is a major reference book for anyone following the RYA Day Skipper course. Brought thoroughly up-to-date with new developments and covering all the theory and practical aspects of the RYA Day Skipper Certificate with full colour photography, helpful diagrams and worked examples, it is also a clear and comprehensive manual for anyone intending to make coastal passages in a small boat, covering:
Preventing collisions at sea
Navigation and chart work
Tides and tidal streams
Engine operation and maintenance
The most up-to-date VHF radio procedures
With its refreshingly practical approach and by the same author as the highly successful Yachtmaster for Sail and Power, no one intending to follow an RYA Day Skipper course whether for sail or power can afford to be without this lively, helpful guide to complement the course and assist with exam preparation.
NZ$37.00 + delivery.
DAY SKIPPER EXERCISES FOR SAIL & POWER.
By Alison Noice & Roger Seymour. Paperback, 0.46kg, 170mm x 245mm, 128 pages, full colour illustrations, 2nd Edition. Published 2020.
A companion to Day Skipper for Sail and Power, this practical coursebook contains question papers on chartwork, tides, pilotage and passage planning, all with fully explained answers and new general knowledge questions on seamanship, anchorwork, ropework and rules of the road.
It provides extra practice for students, helping them to absorb the theory in the main book. It contains practice test papers with fully explained answers, on all parts of the Day Skipper course, whether sail or power. It covers:
Pilotage and passage planning
Rules of the road
A free practice chart is included, as well as extracts from tide tables, tidal curves, almanacs and pilotage notes so that students can complete the questions without the need for any other material.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery
Cruising at Speed
The book is written by Jon Mendez, the RYA’s former Chief Motor and Powerboating Instructor and an acknowledged expert on the subject.
RYA DAY SKIPPER HANDBOOK MOTOR.
By Jon Mendez. Paperback, 0.31kg, 171mm x 245mm, 92 pages, full colour illustrations, Published 2010.
The RYA Day Skipper Handbook Motor is the new companion to the RYA Motor Cruising Day Skipper Course, continuing the RYA practical series of books that accompany the courses.
The new Day Skipper Handbook Motor covers the elements of the course in simple illustrated steps. It is ideal as the practical guide to aid students on the course, or just as a stand-alone book to guide you through the practical elements of motor boating.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery
THE COMPLETE YACHTMASTER 9th edition
By Tom Cunliffe. Hardback, 0.95 kg kg, 175mm x 252mm, 312 pages, colour photographs drawings and diagrams. Published 2017
In this fully revised and up-to-date 9th edition of The Complete Yachtmaster, Tom Cunliffe brings together all the essentials of modern offshore cruising in one volume, including the characteristics of a good captain, the theory and practice of sailing and sail trim, the art of seamanship, practicing accurate navigation (including all digital forms), comprehending ocean meteorology, heavy weather preparation and survival, understanding sailboat stability, and dealing swiftly and competently with emergencies.
The Complete Yachtmaster builds knowledge as it builds sailing confidence, guiding sailors as authoritatively and reassuringly as a sea pilot bringing a ship safely to harbor. Required reading for all sailors and budding captains, both on board and in the classroom.
NZ$50.00 + Delivery
YACHTMASTER EXERCISES FOR SAIL & POWER, 4th Edition.
By Alison Noice. Paperback, 0.42kg, 171mm x 245mm, 112 pages, full colour drawings. 2018
This companion volume to Yachtmaster for Sail and Power provides further navigational practice for anyone studying the RYA Yachtmaster syllabus.
Packed with practice questions and test papers, and comes with a free practice chart which, together with extracts from tide tables, almanacs and pilotage notes, enables students to work on real sailing scenarios and plot their own courses without the need for any other material.
This new edition has been revised throughout with new practice questions and examples as well as new photography and diagrams.
An invaluable textbook and exam revision guide for anyone studying for the RYA exams or simply brushing up on their navigation skills.
NZ$53.00 + delivery.
PASS YOUR YACHTMASTER. 5th Ed
By David Fairhill & Mike Peyton. Paperback, 0.23kg, 150mm x 210mm, 106 pages, black and white and full colour illustrations, Published 2012.
The aim of this book, now revised for the 5th edition, is to help students through their shorebased Yachtmaster course. At once thorough and refreshingly succint, this 'crammer' covers all the essentials of the RYA syllabus, arranged and highlighted to make revising easier.
Throughout, the theory is set in a practical seagoing perspective. Tips on exam tactics are provided, and to relieve the tension of all that swotting, each section is enlivened with some of Mike Peyton's best-loved cartoons.
This book has proved of immense help to aspiring Yachtmasters.
NZ$33.00 + Delivery
RYA YACHTMASTER HANDBOOK
By James Stevens. Hardback, 0.6kg, 198mm x267mm, 108 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations, Published 2013.
The RYA Yachtmaster Handbook is the first official and definitive guide for anyone preparing for the world-renowned RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and Coastal examinations.
It will not only appeal to both leisure sailors and motor cruisers; there is a section covering commercial endorsement requirements for those who wish to use their qualification professionally.
It describes what you can expect on the day of the examination, the thinking behind the test and what the examiner is looking for.
With the aid of some stunning illustrations, it is designed to make you focus on areas where skills can sometimes be lacking, with the aim of setting you up for life beyond the exam as a competent and confident skipper.
Although the chapters include subjects that are covered in earlier books, this assumes knowledge at (or close to) RYA Yachtmaster level and highlights what a candidate needs to be thinking about:
What is an RYA Yachtmaster?
Where do I go from Here?
Tidal Streams and Heights
Passage Planning & Passage Making
Seamanship and Stability
The author James Stevens can take much of the credit for the success and international acceptance of the RYA Yachtmaster scheme, and is now the chair of the RYA Yachtmaster Qualification Panel.
NZ$65.00 + Delivery
RYA YACHTMASTER SHOREBASED NOTES.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.28kg, 148mm x 210mm, 144 pages, full colour illustrations. Published 2016
The RYA Yachtmaster® qualification is the pinnacle of yacht training.
Anyone seeking to gain a RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence requires a broad theoretical knowledge base and a high level of practical skill.
This new edition of the RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Notes includes enhanced sections on weather, navigation, pilotage, voyage planning, and special situations when afloat. These sit alongside informative and highly illustrated notes on all aspects of the syllabus, ensuring that this title provides valuable information for anyone looking to become an RYA Yachtmaster, and for those who have already passed the exam.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
RYA YACHTMASTER SCHEME - SYLLABUS & LOGBOOK.
By RYA. Paperback, 0.26kg, 148mm x 210mm, 127 pages. Full colour illustrations. 2015
This new book provides detailed information about the structure and content of the practical and shorebased courses for both sail and motor cruising with the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme.
The RYA’s renowned practical training is complemented by a structured shorebased learning process on the theory of navigation, safety, seamanship and by specialist one-day courses on skills such as first aid and sea survival.
Informs you of what to expect when taking any RYA sail or motor cruising course and also provides pages for you to log your progress and keep your certificates.
This book effectively combines, updates and replaces RYA Sail Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G15) and RYA Motor Cruising & Yachtmaster Scheme Syllabus and Logbook (G18). It also introduces new courses and clarifies pre-exam requirements for all RYA Yachtmaster exams.
NZ$27.50 + Delivery.
RYA YACHTMASTER SCHEME . INSTRUCTORS HANDBOOK.
By Paperback, 0.18kg, 148mm x 210mm, 79 pages, full colour illustrations.2015
This book is aimed at those running shore-based, sail and motor-cruising courses within the RYA Yachtmaster Scheme. Principals and instructors alike will benefit from the guidance and information on recognition, communication, coaching/instructing techniques, and course planning. while those new to the scheme can find out how to qualify as Instructors for practical and shore-based courses.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery.
RYA MOTOR CRUISING & YACHTMASTER SCHEME - SYLLABUS AND LOGBOOK.
By Simon Jinks. Paperback, 0.20kg, 148mm x 210mm, 84 pages, full colour illustrations, published 2007.
This logbook will enable you to keep a record of your personal motor cruising achievements and help you to plan your route from beginner all the way to our most advanced level, Yachtmaster. It has detailed information about the structure and content of courses within the RYA Motor Cruising Scheme and also covers details of the accompanying shorebased courses such as the theory of navigation, safety and seamanship, and diesel engine maintenance
Was NZ$25.00 + Delivery
Now NZ$5.00 + Delivery
SEAMANSHIP EDUCATION. Page two.
DAY SKIPPER AND YACHTMASTER.