The course is addressed to those with no sailing experience and to those who, even if they’ve already gone at sea a few times, still need to gain confidence with the basics of sailing.
Safety: life jacket, life lines, bilge pumps, fire extinguishers.
Radio Communications: VHF, specifications and regulations for use in routine communications.
Engine: circuits and operation.
Meteorology: examination of the official weather forecast of the Aeronautica Militare (VHF and web).
Boat’s structure: plumbing, upper works and hull, standing and running rigging.
Navigation: charts; terrestrial magnetism and compass; simple routes.
Mooring: side-to mooring.
International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea: basic rules in daytime sailing, main daytime navigation signals.
IALA (International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities) daytime sea marks of Region A.
Yacht handling under sail: basic setting of the sails, use of ropes and knots, tack and jibe, man overboard rescue under sail.
Yacht handling under power: cruise, anchoring and mooring buoy.
Unlike traditional courses, Mainè has successfully set and tested an horizontal teaching structure. The courses range from the first steps to all the most advanced sailing skills and the higher the level is the more the subjects are studied in depth.
The programmes of the courses indicate an ideal path, that is then catered to meet the charachteristics and needs of the crew. All the courses of Mainè take place on board and are mainly practical: some elements of the classical frontal lesson are inevitable, but the theorical parts will only be debated, when possible, when practice arises them.