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RYA/MCA Yachtmaster™ Coastal/Offshore Preparation Week

Price: from £995 (Finance now available)

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 Yachtmaster™ Coastal/Offshore qualification 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 Yachtmaster™ Coastal/Offshore Preparation week!


Course Information

Joining Instructions: Please click here for course joining instructions

The RYA Yachtmaster Exam application fee isn’t included in the above cost. Please click here to print-off the RYA Yachtmaster exam application form:

What is included in the course cost:

  • Yacht use 7 days total (5 days prep + 2 days for the exam)
  • 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
  • Diesel
  • Cooking gas
  • Wet weather kit hire (not footwear)
  • Hire of a Baltic automatic life jacket

We can accommodate most dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or gluten free. Just let us know when you fill out the booking form.

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

Course Prerequisites:

RYA Yachtmaster Coastal:

  • 15 days at sea, 2 days as skipper (Not on a course)
  • 800miles sailing (reduced to 400 if you have RYA Coastal Skipper)
  • 8 night hours sailing
  • Day Skipper Theory (or knowledge to the level of).
  • VHF Operators certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Minimum Age: 18+

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore:

  • 50 days at sea on yachts up to 500gtwhich may be reduced to 25 days if the candidate already holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
  • 5 days as skipper on vessels less than 24m LOA, which may be reduced to 3 days if the candidate already holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
  • 2500 miles on yachts up to 500gt2, which may be reduced to 1250 miles if the candidate already holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
  • 5 passages over 60 miles long, which must include 2 overnight passages and 2 as skipper, which may be reduced to 3 passages  including 1 overnight and 1 as skipper if the candidate already holds an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
  • 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 (5 days preparation and 2 days for the exam)

Not all schools run this course as comprehensively as we do. Most will only give you three days preparation and two days for the exam. We give you 5 days preparation PLUS 2 days for the exam! We give you more bang for your buck!

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™ Coastal/Offshore preparation week 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 Coastal/Offshore Preparation 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™ Coastal/Offshore Preparation Week 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 thorough 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™ Coastal preparation 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:

  • 7 consecutive days (Monday to Sunday) with Saturday & Sunday for the exam afterwards (total 7 days NB the exam may start on the Friday)

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 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.

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 £1,095 per person.

Enjoy the course in style, with up to four 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™ Coastal/Offshore Preparation Week:

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 Week 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.

Check out what we offer against other centres. Most will only give you three days preparation and then two days for the exam. With us you get the FULL 5 days preparation plus 2 days for the exam. With us, you get much better value for money, and more time to prepare, practice and polish those skills, so you won’t feel rushed, giving you a much better chance of success!

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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