Valk lessons

Sailing lessons in a valk

During the valk lessons, you learn to sail in a valk. The valk is a stable and safe sailing boat with jib and mainsail. Sailing skills are taught in a small group: rigging and unrigging, steering, tacking, jibbing, sail handling, cruising, sailing away, mooring, everything is covered. You work as a team, so you have to roll up your sleeves.

From 12 years and over, we recommend sailing lessons in a valk. Sailing lessons consist of 4 sessions of 3 hours each. In the morning from 09.00-12.00 hrs or in the afternoon from 13.00-16.00 hrs. The falcon is manned by a maximum of 4 students and 1 instructor. When you can sail in a valk, you master skills applicable to all sailing boats. Sailing in a valk is an experience.

Conditions and costs

The sailing courses will always take place also with rain or bad weather, if necessary a theoretical class is Sailing lessons always take place, even in rain or bad weather. A theory lesson may be given if the weather does not permit going on the water. A swimming certificate is compulsory and bringing rainwear is recommended. It is also compulsory to wear a life jacket, which is provided. Of course, own life jackets may also be used. Taking valuables with you is not recommended.

The price of the course is € 165.00 per person.

Programme per day (example)

Day 1:
First, we start by learning how to rig the boat. You learn the designations: what is a boom, gaff, jib, mainsail, sheets and so on. Then we go straight to sailing and, alternating, each one comes to the helm. This day you will practise tacking and different courses. At the end of the lesson, you will learn how to unrig the valk again.

Day 2:
The crew first starts by rigging the valk themselves. We then repeat the courses of the first day. But today we also practise reefing – falling off the wind, sharp to windward, jibing and, finally, tacking.

Day 3:
After rigging the boat ourselves like yesterday, we will set sail and repeat what we have learned in the previous days. In addition, today you will also learn what is meant by upwind, downwind, high shore, low shore and finally along shore.

Day 4:
Today is already the last day. So we make a nice sailing trip where the crew does everything themselves. We repeat the most important things and you have to moor yourself. At the end of the lesson you will receive a Kuilart sailing certificate.