Practical Sailing Courses in the Mediterranean

DESIGNED FOR: The RYA Competent Crew Course teaches you how to sail. It is ideal for beginners or dinghy sailors and for those who would like to become active crew members. The course gives you the chance to live on board and really get to know a boat.

By the end of the course you should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in all the day to day duties on board. During the course we explore beautiful unspoilt coves each lunchtime. Evening stops may enable us to go alongside, in the pretty old fishing harbour of Fornells, famous for its great seafood restaurants, in Addaya or the old capital, Ciutadella.

AIM: To cover the full RYA Competent Crew Syllabus; to introduce seamanship; Mediterranean mooring (stern or bow to the quay); to produce a safe, confident crew with good sailing skills.

PROGRAM: Knowledge of sea terms and parts of a boat, her rigging and sails, sail handling, ropework, fire precautions and fighting, personal safety equipment, man overboard, emergency equipment, meteorology, seasickness, helmsmanship, general duties, manners and customs, rules of the road, dinghies.

Duration: 5 days
No of Students: 4/5 maximum and 2 minimum
Accommodation: 5/6 nights aboard
Qualification achieved: RYA Comp Crew Cert
Pre-Course experience: None

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2022 FEES (Including Spanish vat) Course Fees per Person
Course Code Description Duration Off Peak Season - March to 22 July and 28 Aug - 31 Oct Peak Season - 23 July to 27 Aug
CC RYA Competent Crew 5 Days €850 €POA
Exclusive family & group courses available in Menorca all year round from €3400 per course from €POA per course


"I used to be an educator myself and i'd just like to add that Andy really nailed it. He's Awesome".

"This was my first experience of sailing and what a truly amazing time I have had. My crew mates were just so entertaining, each in their own way + the skipper, Andy well, what can I say, A truly amazing gem of an instructor, so patient + In tune with the abilities of the group. The boat was beautiful + the forethought to get previsions was spot on. Thank you Menorca Cruising. I look forward to my return in August".

A big thank you.

Four years ago Menorca Cruising helped to start our sailing adventure with a competent crew course. A year later, a day skipper course, designed specifically around the needs of a husband and wife team to short-handed sail in safety paved the way for our first Yacht.

Now having had our own Yacht berthed and looked after by John and Liz these past two years it is now time to say goodbye. We shall greatly miss the beautiful island of Menorca but perhaps more we will miss the professional, honest advice and a sense of humor that prevailed no matter what!!

Thank you again Liz and John for flattening the learning curve in such a nice way.

Shaun & Sarah

“I had a great week. Andy dealt with all our different levels very well making sure everyone got to try everything. I was never made to feel stupid and he answered all of my questions. I feel much more confident than at the beginning of the week”.

“I was very impressed with Andy as an instructor. He was extremely thorough and very flexible in his teaching based on the conditions. He allowed us to go beyond the Competent Crew syllabus and helped with further work that would be useful for Day Skipper. The room was better than expected. I would definitely recommend to friends to come here to do similar courses and will return if I charter a yacht”.

“Andy was a very knowledgeable instructor with the patience of a saint! Thank you for a great week”.

“I absolutely loved the course and made some really fantastic friends. I am completely smitten with sailing now and plan to do my Day Skipper Theory in September. Hopefully will return to Menorca Cruising to do the practical next summer, and perhaps talk some of my friends into doing the competent crew at the same time. Thanks for a brilliant holiday”!


RYA Start Yachting » 2 Day course for beginners / those with some dinghy experience from €475
RYA Competent Crew » 5 Day course for beginners / those with some dinghy experience from €850
Competent Crew Extra Skills » 5 Day course for those who have completed their Competent Crew from €850
RYA Day Skipper » 5 Day course for those who already know how to sail and have an understanding of navigation theory from €850
RYA Luxury Courses » Exclusive courses for groups on our Beneteau 48. Designed for those who want tuition on a larger yacht from €4200
Day Skipper Refresher » 5 Day course for those wanting to refine their skills from €850
ICC Assessment » Half Day Assessment for those with sailing experience €350
Mile Building Cruises » Longer passages with tuition €1035
Coastal Skipper Practical » For those with plenty of logged miles and night hours from €850
Yachtmaster Coastal & Offshore Prep » Preparation courses for Yachtmaster Coastal and Offshore Exams from €995
Powerboat 1 & 2 Learn to operate a small rib or powerboat and gain your ICC €495
Charter with Tuition » Learn to sail while on a charter holiday with your own skipper and training designed for you and your family or group p.o.a.


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