RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical

Price: from £799

Location: Starts from our base at Premier Gosport Marina, and visits different ports around the Solent and adjacent waters.

Duration: 7 Days (Includes 2 days for Exam)

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical course is the next progression step from being a qualified RYA Day/Coastal Skipper and is one of the most useful, credible, and accepted profressional qualifications in Yachting.

Take a look at our live course calendar for dates for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical course!


Course Information

Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

What is included in the course cost:

  • Yacht hire
  • RYA Qualified Instructor
  • RYA course materials and certificates
  • Breakfast, lunches, snacks and three evening meals (One evening meal is taken ashore at the students own cost)
  • Tea, coffee & soft drinks
  • Accommodation on board
  • Marina berths & moorings
  • Harbour dues & fees
  • Diesel
  • Cooking gas
  • Electric in marinas
  • Wet weather kit hire (not footwear)
  • Hire of a Baltic automatic life jacket

Recommended Reading: RYA Yachtmaster Handbook Sail (G70), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster scheme and syllabus (G158)

Course Prerequisites: 50 days at sea, 5 days as skipper (Not on a course), 2500miles sailing, 5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as Skipper

VHF Operators certificate

First Aid Certificate

Minimum Age: 18+

Holiday Insurance: We would advise ALL our customers to ensure they have suitable holiday insurance in-place. Yachtsman’s insurance is available from a variety of souces like Topsail Insurance and can cover things like cancellations and personal effects cover.

This course can only be run over 7 consecutive days due to the sea-miles you will be covering and the timing of the sailing you will be doing with the exam at the end (Exam fee not included). This course will only have RYA Yachtmaster Preparation students onboard.

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Who is the course for:

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical course is designed for anyone who has successfully completed the RYA Day/Coastal Skipper course and wants to take their sailing to the next level with a professional qualification.

You will need to have completed the Yachtmaster Theory course or have knowledge of navigation theory to this level before taking the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Practical Course as there is insufficient time to teach you the theory during the week.

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What we cover on the course:

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical course aims to refine your existing skills and abilities as a Skipper and Yachtsman. The five days of the course will be used to first assess and then polish your skills to perfection in order to help you achieve your goal.

We will do a quick assessment on your Skippering and navigational techniques, including close quarter sailing skills, man overboard recovery, pilotage, passage planning and much more, to give your trainer the best idea and pathway to achieve your goals.

During the five days of preparation you will be fully debriefed every day and sometimes after each individual exercise as needed. You will be given details of areas you need to work on to guide you through to the best possible outcome.

With practice and thorough preparation, you should be able to relax sufficiently to let your skills shine through any exam nerves. Remember that the more practice you do, the better you become at something and the higher the chance of success. Practice makes perfect!

To give you the best chance of passing, the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Practical course is over five days, with a break on the fifth evening to give you some needed rest time before your exam which begins on the sixth day of the week.

This gives you the best opportunity to ensure you are fully refreshed and motivated in order to pass the exam.

On this course you will be heavily tested and pushed by our Instructor. Brushing up on your theory beforehand and self-testing really helps prepare you for the exam.

You will need to make sure your theory knowledge is up to scratch.

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Course formats & details:

Courses run in a single format:

  • 5 consecutive days: (Monday to Friday) with two days for the exam afterwards (total 7 days)

The course includes accommodation aboard our immaculate, well-maintained yachts with breakfast, lunch and snacks and four evening meals onboard with the remaining evening meal taken ashore at the students cost. We also include all fuel, mooring fees and safety kit such as lifejackets and waterproofs. Every student has their own bed on board for the duration of the course. In some instances sharing a cabin may be required.

We also offer the additional benefit that any students travelling from further afield can arrive the evening before the course starts and have free accommodation on board the boat, so you are refreshed and ready for the start of your course the next day! (This is only available during low season – Sorry). Students wishing to utilise this benefit will need to provide their own food for that particular evening however. Please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this, so we can ensure we reserve a bed for you.

Fancy going VIP and having your own exclusive private course for you and your friends or family? You can book the whole yacht just for your own exclusive course from only £695 per person.

Enjoy the course in style, with up to five persons on the boat being taught by one of our friendly, experienced Yachtmaster Instructors! What a way to continue your sailing adventure!

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Offshore Course:

This course steps things up even further and ends with you gaining a Professional qualification!

The skills below are the ones you will need to be good at before you attend a Yachtmaster Preparation Course:

Execute MOB under sail & motor

Pick up a mooring buoy under sail in various conditions of wind and tide, as well as under power.

Leave a mooring buoy under sail in various conditions of wind and tide

Droping the anchor under sail or power in various conditions of wind and tide

Weigh the anchor under sail in various conditions of wind and tide

Reef sails under sail

Handle a boat in confined areas under sail and power

Berthing under power or sail in various conditions, and leaving the berths.

You’ll be in safe hands throughout the course with one of our Yachtmaster Instructors on hand to ensure you get the best out of your five days with us. So what are you waiting for? 

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