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The course introduces elements of practical seamanship and a little useful theory, as well as rope handling which is designed to relate strictly to the requirements of modern cruisers – no unnecessary nonsense. All levels of ability are catered for, from the tyro to the “old salt”.
The course begins with coiling a rope and finishes with splicing an eye in three-strand material. Along the way, a carefully-selected minimal set of knots and techniques is taught. Included in the price of the course is an illustrated handbook and a “bosun’s bag”, containing tools (to keep) and practice materials. It runs for a total of six hours, spread over three weekday evenings. By tradition, a glass of red wine is offered to lubricate proceedings.
Places are generally limited to eight students at a time so that personal instruction and an opportunity to practice are guaranteed. A special version of this course is delivered to the Royal Navy.
Cost is £50 for members and £75 for non-members.
This is a three evening course. The next course is Wednesday 17th, 24, & 31st January 2018