General Details
Course & Certification:

ID: 6.1.17

Description: Race Crew.

Certification type: Course Completion Certificate
A7 Wallet.

ISO 9001:2015 compliance course & certification.

Course Length:

A total of 58 hours consisting of;

Pre-Course study = 4 hours.
Theory Class Lessons = 14 hours.
Practical On-Board Lessons = 32 hours.
Home-study = 8 hours.

Capacity of certification:

To operate in the following capacities on-board a yacht engaged in racing:

1. Race skipper of a cruiser racing yacht up to 13.5 mtrs Length Overall (LOA), inshore & near-coastal waters.

2. Race crew for yachts under 24.0 metres racing near-coastal, offshore & ocean.

3. Watch-leader for yacht’s racing under 15.0 mtrs.

4. Helms-person, foredeck crew or boat chief.

4. Navigator and/or race tactician for inland waterways, inshore or near-coastal races.

Recognitions & approvals:

Compliance to safety standards for yacht racing crew under the IYRU and national organisations that manage race events.

STCW Code:

Not applicable.

Certification Revalidation:

Not required.

Sea-time requirements:

20 days at sea.
2 night passages 8 hrs.
logged 250Nm.

Certification issuing requirements:

1. iymcs Self-Declaration of Medical Fitness.

2. Hold a Near-Coastal CoC or a higher level certification recognized by iymcs for this level of CoC.

What does the Certification look like?

iymcs a7 certif

The custom-designed iymcs wallet type certification is stylish and practical. The wallet outer is made of real leather with a sythentic interior that is resistant to water and protects the certificates. It is wallet size, comfortable to carry around, it is not too small to lose like the credit-card style type certifications you often see now.

The iymcs Certificates are printed to ISO9001:2015 standards, are dual-language and feature extensive security features to security level 3 (Government passports & national Iidentification documents are security levels 1 & 2) and can be used as a personal ID in daily situations. (Nb. It cannot be used instead of a passport/national identity card).

The iymcs Course has been specially written for sailing crew & skippers that want to learn the technical & safety aspects of yacht racing as well as developing their personal skills. The well structured Course Syllabus is presented in a logical order. It covers an extensive range of topics that feature well-proven concepts and techniques, the Syllabus also explores the insiders’s “know how” of racing which goes beyond what is normally seen or heard at the club house or on the boat racing.

A unique concept of the iymcs Course that it has been designed to adapt to your needs. The reason for this is that there are so many different categories of yacht or sail vessel racing that this type course needs to be flexible in it’s approach. In some parts of the course, there is a focus on the technicalities of equipment and the use of. The reason for this is to raise your awareness of potential hazards and dangers. A strong emphasis is placed upon the need to follow procedures for some specific tasks. One of the key tasks is the safe handling of spinnakers, another will be strong-wind gybing or tacking in heavy seas. We have covered both symmetrical and asymmetrical spinnakers in the section Spinnakers.

Previously, we mentioned racing efficiently and to this matter we have included various technical sections such as Boat Performance which are supported by prior theory learning of key principles of Velocity Made Good (VMG) for example. The Racing Tactics section is giving a brief overview of the primary tactics so you can understand what needs to be done. Tidal currents & Top-Surface Currents are included which if used wisely can significantly affect the result of the race as well as have safety considerations.

A unique feature of the Course is a continous practical assessment, the purpose of which is help you to improve your skills and your knowledge base.

The iymcs "Race Crew" Certification of Competency (CoC) has numerous capacities, one of which to act as a Race skipper of a cruiser racing yacht up to 13.5 mtrs Length Overall (LOA), inshore & near-coastal waters.

There is a way to race safely, efficiently and still come close to winning, or even to win; this is the intelligent way to race competitively. That is what the iymcs "Race Crew" Course is all about.

What is this?

Our Society, the 'International Yacht Marine Certification Society" (iymcs) operates its entire operations under a Quality Management System (QMS) that is in compliance with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9001:2015 amended. Part of this compliance involves full auditing procedures.
This is an important reference and enables us to gain recognitions from maritime admininstrations and marine industry bodies alike. The QMS together with the ISO, ensures that iymcs and its Members operate to the highest standards possible. All our courses, and more importantly the Certifications that we issue, are under ISO9001:2015.
This practise is most unusual for such courses and certifications. Some organisations will claim ISO:9001 adherence but often the reality is the ISO compliance is for a very small number of their courses.


How much does the course cost?

The following are the recommended iymcs course prices (ex.VAT), prices may fluctuate between Member schools & colleges.

Scandinavia 1.600,-EUR Northern Europe 1.400,-EUR United Kingdom 1.100,-GBP
Southern Europe 1.400,-EUR Middle East 1.400,-USD North America 1.300,-USD
Prices exclude: course books,certification costs,personal travelling costs,course food and course accommodation.

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Course Syllabus.

( Vers. 1.3. )   Click-on '+' to see Syllabus.

Types of sail racing yachts. Sail yacht racing categories. Yacht racing classes. Masts & rigs racing yachts. Types of sails used in racing. Technical parts of a mast, rig & sail. Technical aspects of rope. Sail racing terminology. Organizations & Associations. Crew jobs & positions. Safety equipment - race compliant. Personal safety wear.

Rules 5,6,7,9,12,13,16,17,19.

Steaming lights configuration. Anchor lights. Sailing vessels..

Buoyage channel layouts. IALA System A & System B basics. Safe-water marks. Marina port & harbour entry marks. Beach & landing stages layouts. Basic buoyage lights.

Common marks & buoys. Specific marks & buoys. Committee & race control boats.

Basic understanding of:
Start-line Before Start-line. On Start-line. Rounding marks. Overlaps. Leeward boat. Touching marks. Wrong-side rounding.

Types of race starts. Knowledge of sound, radio & flag race committee signals for:
Pre-start line. On the start line. Off the start line. Recall. Race course modifications. Race start delay or cancel.

Screen set-up; illumination, contrasts, instrument inputs, system configuration. Plotting race course, lay-lines, tack lines, ladders & cones. Distance measuring -using; latitude scale, ruler, measuring tool, cursor & VRM. Measuring angles & bearings using; EBL & cursor. Float EBL’s Understanding information boxes. Performance data screen/s set-up. Highlighting obstructions. Sea-bed type. Charted depths & contour lines. Introduction to topography of land masses. Variation calculation.

Buoyage system layout. Depths & obstructions. Narrow channels tactics.

Identification & reference to key lighthouses & beacons. Clearing marks. Using sector lights & range/transits.

Wind speed & direction and Beaufort Scale. Sea & Land Breezes. Wave heights & velocity. Low pressure and high pressure wind direction. Headland winds. Mountainous coastline wind effects. Wind shifts -headers & lifters. Surface winds.

Basic understanding of;
True Wind Speed (TWS). Apparent Wind Speed (AWS). True Wind Angle (TWA). Apparent Wind Angle (AWA). Speed Through Water (STW). Speed Over Ground (SOG).

Coastguard & SAR MRCC. CH16 usage. Distress Mayday. Safety Securite messages. Pan Medico Alert. Race Committee working channel.

Heat stroke. Hypothermia. Sea-sickness. Head injuries. Limb strains & injuries. Skin conditions.

Dis-masting, partial or full. Sails under the hull. Rope around the propeller or rudder. Collision. Flooding. Sinking. Grounding. Fire.

Pilot books. Tidal Almanacs. Instrument operating instructions. Sail maker specs & guidelines. IYRU Racing Rules.

Hull design & construction. Mast type, keel-stepped or deck-stepped. Rig type & sail plan. Mainsheet & beam-track arrangement Vang & strut type & arrangement. Foredeck arrangement. Cockpit/s layout including winch positions & tracks. Piano layout (rope-clutches & jammers for halyards & control lines). Helm steering system. Deck obstructions. Safety Locker. Hand-holds on-deck. Safety Plan.

Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices. Safety harnesses & clip-on procedures. Clip-on points. Life-lines, guard rails & jack stays. Liferaft stowage & release arrangements. Dan-buoy & life-sling arrangements. Man-over-board equipment. Flare kits & location of. Medical kit. Fuel, gas & electrical cut-offs. Navigation lights & emergency set. Gas detector & cut-offs. VHF Radio. Electrical Panel-DC & AC. Checking battery levels. Bilge pumps -manual & electrical. Fire extinguishers & engine compartment extinguishing system. For’ard deck, side decks obstructions. Emergency lighting. Emergency steering. Deck & cockpit illumination. Deck torches.

Types of winches & their handles. Winch control central systems. Types of rope clutches & jammers. Types of snap-shackles. Types of blocks. Deck & mast sheaves. Hydraulic control panel. Backstay types & arrangements. Runners & check-stays. Spinnaker launch systems. Spinnaker bowsprit arrangements. Spinnaker hardware.

Fuel levels, refueling procedures. Water tank levels & re-filling. Port-holes & windows closure. Stowage check. Power shore-supply cable. Depth & Speed Log instruments. Wind instruments. Plotter. Keel bolts. Rudder & steering arrangements..

Pre-start checks; oil, coolant and fuel levels, battery isolators. Sea-cock for cooling system. Throttle controls-cable. Post start-up checks including exhaust discharge. Clutching & de-clutching. RPM gauges. Helm indicator. Exceptions in racing for engine usage. Engine markings for racing compliance.

Race Instructions. Key points to note. Updates. Safety arrangements. Accident reporting. Traffic awareness. Restricted areas. Tidal streams or currents. Safe havens.

Hull, keel, rudder/s & propeller. Superstructure & rig stress check. Deck hardware secure & release arrangements. Sail locker arrangement & sail plan preparation. Sail polar wind-diagrams for sail rig planning. Crew personal safety wear & tools. Race course plan & instructions. Meteo & sea forecasts. Markings on running-rigging & tracks. Crew chief, watch-leaders. Watch-keeping arrangements. Safety equipment check using safety plan.

Safe usage of winches, rope clutches & jammers. Winch riding-turns & turning-blocks sheeve blockages. Mainsail; halyard hoisting technique particular to the rig. Use of main-sheet & beam traveler track. Genoa; un-furling/furling technique in strong winds. Reducing sail area; reefing or furlingmainsail, furling genoa whilst underway. Genoa traveler tracks & car positions. Sail changing techniques -genoa & mainsail when underway. Spinnaker change-over. Sail change underway -genoa & mainsail. Headsail foil system.

Crew inter-communication. Cockpit & deck positions. Tacking co-ordination. Gybing co-ordination. Going-up to windward co-ordination. Bearing-away co-ordination.

Specific angles of sail; reaching, running & to windward. Course steering; to header reference point, to compass reference, to wind shift reference. Tacking under full sail in strong winds (>20kts). Strong wind gybing (>20kts). Cockpit lines organization. Winch safety. Wearing harnesses & clipping-on. Awareness of leeway factors. Settings of wind speed & direction instruments (TWS,AWS,TWA AWA). Windex direction usage. Use of tell-tales.

Use & purpose of boom vang & strut. Back-stay usage. Runners & check-stays usage. Mast jacks. Baby-stays. Sail clew out-hauls & down-hauls Genoa sheet barbers.

Sail pressure assessment. Windward -to obtain upwind distance. Windward -to obtain VMG. Strong wind surf reaching - bearing up, bearing away & trimming. Trimming for minimal heeling angle. Trimming to induce heel. Trimming to reduce speed -upwind, reaching & downwind. Stage reduction of boat speed by reducing sail area. Light-wind sailing -trimming to create apparent wind speed. Light-wind sailing -ghosting inshore waters, rivers, waterways. Crew weight distribution on-deck. Crew movement in light airs..

Spinnaker packing. Pre-launch checks. Crew positions & communications. Spinnaker launch techniques -open launch, tie-bound launch or shadow launch. Asymmetrical -sheet & guy set, adjusting down-haul, mainsail setting. Symmetrical -twin sheet & guy set, boom down-haul & up-haul, reaching strut. Wind instrument settings. Gybing asymmetrical -inside-out, outside-in. Gybing symmetrical -dip-pole, end-to-end, sheet & guy switch-over. Runners & check-stays settings. Back-stay settings. Pre-take down procedures. Spinnaker take-down procedures - Flying-Dutchman,Shadow, Mexican. Hatchway team. Post-recovery checks.

Position awareness exercise using plotter with vector charts + local large paper scale chart. Identify land navigation marks and objects. Referencing position to pilot book. Two-visual bearing fix. Port or harbour departure or entry planning. Depth control planning. Steering a course by GPS Compass and by Magnetic Compass. Calculation of TVMDC & application of for boat performance. Course Through Water(CTW) versus Course Over Ground(COG).

Night-sailing meteo aspects. Deck & interior illumination. Safety measures on deck. Harnesses, clip-on procedures. Watch-call up for major deck tasks. Crew weight distribution off-watch.

Tidal heights time period calc. Tidal stream projection. Top-surface currents visual reference. The use of tidal almanacs & plotting system.

Kedging using the anchor -against tidal current. Deployment of sea anchors, drogues.

Overtaking, head-on & crossing related to the rules 13, 14 & 15. Keeping a look-out Rule 5 and maintaining a safe speed Rule 6. Rule 11 sailing vessels, port tack rule, windward rule & port leeward rule. Rule 19 in or near areas of restricted visibility.

Course layouts. Before Start-line. On Start-line. Rounding marks. Overlaps. Leeward boat. Touching marks. Wrong-side rounding. Boat collision. Protests. Starboard call. Call for water. Leeward & ahead look-outs.

Start-Line layout. Timing runs up to start-line. Types of crossing start-line. Prioritizing an end-start. Angles of approach. Breaking out of a boat cluster.

Off the Start-line tactics. Principles of rounding marks; approach angle & speed, wave angle, top-stream currents, boat stack-up, exit angle & speed. Rounding windward marks. Rounding leeward marks. Rounding gybe marks. Upwind tacking using advantageous tack combinations of; long/long, short/short, long/short tack combos. Reaching leg. Downwind leg. Long & short wind-shadows. Breaking-up boat clusters upwind. Boats astern track covering. Reach-Reach downwind tactic. Tidal streams & top surface currents. Wind headers & lifters. Headland rounding tactics. Finish-line tactics.

Life-ring or horse-shoe lifebuoy practise throwing exercise. In-sight exercise under sail >11 kts wind speed; using horseshoe life-ring, fender & bucket. In-sight exercise under sail spinnaker >7 kts wind speed; using horseshoe life-ring, fender & bucket.

Galley usage & stowage arrangements, strap-in arrangement. Crew menu system. Grab-handle points. Bunk plan. Low-level lighting. Emergency lighting. Fluorescent safety sign-age.