Basic ropework course | Little Ship Club

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.