Night Sailing Student Information

General Goals

Increase competence at daytime coastal cruising and night sailing in familiar waters.

Life Jackets are required to be worn onboard. They will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own should you wish. 


  • Plotting courses
  • Dead reckoning
  • LOPs and fixes
  • Light characteristics of aids to navigation
  • Running light requirements
  • Interpreting running lights on other vessels and applying the rules of the road
  • Low visibility navigation
  • Route planning
  • Discuss clothing and personal equipment, hypothermia and seasickness


  • Preparation of the boat for a cruise
  • Evaluating weather forecasts
  • Planning a sensible route with alternatives
  • Selecting and trimming sails for optimum comfort and speed
  • Coastal navigation
  • Night sailing techniques
  • Techniques for sailing in poor visibility
  • Applying the rules of the road
  • Discuss common problems and potential emergencies with appropriate responses

Night Sailing Student Information