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Gennaker in theory and practice – a three-day course

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A gennaker is a sail that is chosen for sailing in wider angles from the wind. In appearance, it is a cross between a jib and a spinnaker (asymmetrical spinnaker). This sail was developed in the nineties, initially it was primarily used on regatta sailboats to bridge the gap between jib sails and spinnakers, and with the arrival of newer times and faster/lighter vessels, the gennaker representation has grown further. In charter companies when renting boats, the gennaker is usually the only sail for sailing downwind because it is generally easier to use.

The usefulness of headsails/kites and gennakers is multiple. We will agree that the first association with them is a regatta, speed, attraction, victory… The question is whether they would remember to say “comfort”. The mission of this program is to introduce you to the advantages of gennakers and the comfort side of these gentle giants.

Gennaker in theory and practice – what will you learn?

A gennaker is a sail used to improve the performance of a sailboat when sailing downwind.
They are generally made of easily knitted materials – nylon, and by nature have an asymmetric cut (unlike spinnakers). It is a very light sail which allows it to flutter/form on light wind, but due to the weave and type of material it will withstand quite heavy wind force and is highly tear resistant.

Program

WHERE:

SCHEDULE:

  • 9:00 am – 11:30 am lessons in the classroom
  • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm practice on the sailboat

MINIMUM PARTICIPANTS:

3 (three)

The program includes:

  • Gennaker characteristics
  • Seamanship skills and safety prerequisites, safety preparations
  • Gennaker preparation, hoisting and lowering techniques
  • Gennaker maneuvering exercises
  • Frequent problems in working with the gennaker and their elimination in theory and practice

SCHEDULE

1st day:

Theoretical part

  • Headsail/kite design characteristics.
  • Gennaker characteristics
  • Characteristics, number and arrangement of ropes

Practical part

  • Inspection and preparation of boat equipment for sailing
  • Seamanship and safety
  • Jib maneuvering exercises
  • Preparation for hoisting and taking down headsails /kites and their proper stowage

2nd day:

Theoretical part

  • Preparing, hoisting and lowering the gennaker
  • Sailing directions and maneuvering with gennaker - gybe

Practical part

  • Preparing, hoisting and lowering the gennaker
  • Gybe with gennaker

3rd day:

Theoretical part

  • Sailing in course and helmsman's trim
  • Limiting factors and resolving edge situations

Practical part

  • Improving maneuvers and seamanship skills
  • Limiting factors and resolving edge situations when using head sails

PRICES

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PRICE OF THE COURSE INCLUDES:

  • Sailing program
  • Instructor
  • Berth in base marina
  • Fuel
  • VAT

ADDITIONAL COST:

  • Meals
  • Accommodation on the mainland or on board
  • Tourist tax
  • Arrival and departure costs
  • Parking fee
  • Travel insurance

Simple accommodation on board is subject to availability. The symbolic price of the accommodation on board for 3 nights is total 22 EUR. This price included bed linen, tourist tax and VAT.

Accommodation is payable upon arrival in school base in cash.

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