A fun, safe introductory yacht sailing course that earns you the all important first RYA


Competent Crew is the introductory yacht sailing course from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). It is suitable both for complete beginners and those with some dinghy sailing experience who would like to move on to sail yachts. Competent Crew is very practical and hands-on. The theory is kept to a minimum. You will live on the yacht for the duration of the course, and be out sailing every day. You will receive expert tuition in all the essential crewing skills such as steering, hoisting and trimming sails, essential sailing knots and life onboard. It is fun, supportive and light-hearted. It is the perfect introduction to yacht sailing.
Non previous experience required

A fun, safe introductory yacht sailing course that earns you the all important first RYA qualification: Competent Crew




5 days (Mon - Fri) or two weekends


Ría de Vigo, NW Spain. Based in Monte Real Club Yates Baiona.





In order to provide you with all the information that we can offer you, you can find in this section the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Start: 1830hrs on Friday and Sunday

Finish: 1600hrs on Friday and Sunday (approximate time)

No, Julio Verne Nautica has full public liability insurance.

Travel and personal property insurance recomended.

You will be sailing in the Rias baixas, which is one of the best training grounds available. You may visit some of the well-known harbours and anchorages as Islas Atlanticas National Park.

Most nights you can jump off the boat to stretch your legs asore and enjoy Spanish hospitality ashore. Some nights we may be at a quiet anchorage.

We take a maximum of 5 students per boat. 

Part of learning to sail is learning how to live aboard a yacht. All chores, including cooking, are shared equally between all students and the instructor. Don’t worry – there’s a set menu and lots of help at hand!

It may be necessary for you to share a cabin. Couples and friends will normally share. If you are coming on a course on your own there is a possibility you will have to share a cabin but this would only be with someone of the same sex.

We can accommodate basic dietary requirements such as vegetarians and minor food allergies. If you have any concerns, please check with us before booking.