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Intermediate Crew




OBJECTIVETo be able to cruise safely in familiar waters as both skipper and crew of a sailing yacht of 9 to 12 meters, sloop rigged with an inboard engine, in moderate wind and sea conditions by day. The standard emphasizes on-the-water skills at a level acceptable for bare boat chartering for extended cruises in coastal waters.



Basic Crew or Basic Cruising Standard; ROC(M) VHF with DSC endorsement; Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card. It is recommended that the student have a recognized first aid and CPR certificate and have completed the Sail Canada Coastal Navigation Standard.Note: To maximize the likelihood of successfully completing the Intermediate Crew Standard, a student should: a) Have experience as crew of at least ten day sails (or equivalent), b) Have applied the knowledge and practiced the skills in the Basic Crew or Cruising Standard, c) Be able to consistently demonstrate the skills learned in the Basic Crew or Cruising Standard.


ASHORE KNOWLEDGEThis section is the same as the Intermediate Cruising Standard sections I through V, Performance Objectives 1-39.


Section VI:

PreliminariesThe candidate must be able to:

1. File a sailing plan;

2. Obtain and interpret the Marine forecast;

3. Check stowage and condition of all mandated and recommended equipment aboard the vessel;

4. Perform routine daily and weekly maintenance procedures on engine;

5. With specific reference to the vessels engine;a) Identify and describe the function of the following engine systems: (i) Ignition and Electrical, (iv) Cooling, (ii) Fuel, (v) Lubrication; (iii) Propulsion,b) Describe the basic engine troubleshooting procedures to follow when: (i) The engine cooling water fails to flow, (ii) Theenginefailstoturnoversufficientlywhenstarting, (iii) The engine overheats;c) Describe the dangers of excessive engine cranking; 6. With specific reference to the candidate’s boat, identify and describe the functions of all through-hulls, seacocks, bilge pumps and related plumbing components; 7. Check out that all systems on boat are in working order: galley, head, electronics, sails, hull, deck hardware etc.


Section VII: Under Way

8. Sail a vessel of the given size as crew: a) On all points of sail, tacking, gybing, and sailing to weather efficiently, b) Execute a series of tacks from close hauled to close hauled (six in ten minutes) using appropriate responses, c) Execute a series of gybes while running (six in ten minutes) using appropriate responses, d) Sail a close hauled course (within ± 5 degrees) with sails set, keeping foresail telltales flying efficiently, e) Sail a compass course with sails set properly, with no land references for a minimum of five minutes, f) Demonstrate appropriate use of the mainsail traveler and foresail cars;Sail Canada Cruising and Power Logbook Intermediate Crew Standard

9. Reef the main sail while underway in an efficient manner;

10. Apply Rules 1 through 19, 40 and 45 of the Collision Regulations;

11. Manoeuvre the boat under power in a minimum space;

12. Stop the bow of the boat within 4 feet of a fixed marker in various wind and sea conditions while under powerin order to pick up a buoy;

13. Assist skipper by handling ground tackle or helming while docking with stern or bow to dock or shore using abow or stern anchor;

14. Demonstrate the use of a spring line to spring a vessel off of and on to a dock;

15. Prepare a suitable hot meal aboard the vessel while in harbour, demonstrating suitable choice of food and drinkand economy of resources;

16. Demonstrate suitable methods and precautions while towing a dinghy;

17. Demonstrate in response to the skipper’s actions/commands, while under sail, the Triangle method and onealternative method (i.e. Quick Stop, Fast Return, life sling, etc.) of returning to a crew overboard in daytime in moderate winds safely and efficiently within three minutes using appropriate communications.


Section VIII: Navigation

18. Read a chart and identify corresponding landmarks and aids to navigation;

19. Demonstrate how to take soundings using electronic and manual methods;

20. Determine the depth above or below chart datum and apply;

21. Lay off a course and determine compass heading and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) (assuming no current orleeway);

22. Plot and determine your position using deduced reckoning (DR) methodology;

23. Plot a fix using bearings taken on objects visible at the same time;

24. Assist in the piloting of a vessel into an unfamiliar harbour or anchorage by day using charts and publicationsand application of passage planning techniques.Section Ix: Seamanship

25. Throw a heaving line to a target a distance of ten meters away, coming within two meters in three times out of five attempts;

26. Demonstrate use of the VHF marine radio, including specific operation aboard the candidate’s vessel;

27. Tie a rolling hitch;

28. Act as responsible crew on a live-aboard cruise of at least 48 hours.



Flying Sails

1. Pack, set, hoist, fly, gybe and douse a cruising spinnaker;

2. Describe the advantages of, and demonstrate the use of a whisker pole for sailing downwind with genoa.Marlinspike Seamanship

3. Make an eye splice in laid line;

4. Whip a line.Sail Canada Cruising and Power Logbook Intermediate Crew Standard  

Effective Date: April 4, 2011




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