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RYA Yachtmaster “Skills Weekend”

Price: from £349 (Finance now available)

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

Duration: 2 days

The Yachtmaster Skills Weekend helps students who have not yet passed their RYA Yachtmaster exam, RYA Coastal Skipper course or those wanting to refresh skills before undertaking the RYA Cruising Instructor course. It’s also a great refresher course for qualified sailors.

Take a look at our live course calendar for dates for the Yachtmaster Skills Weekend 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
  • Breakfast, lunches, snacks and one evening meal
  • 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 Day Skipper Handbook Sail (G71), RYA Yacht Sailing Techniques (G94), RYA Yachtmaster scheme and syllabus (G158)

Course Prerequisites: RYA Day Skipper practical

Minimum Age: 16+

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.

Who is the course for:

This course will help students who as a minimum have completed their RYA Day Skipper practical course, and want to brush up on their skills before taking the RYA Coastal Skipper course, or sitting their RYA/MCA Yachtmaster exam. It’s not a full Yachtmaster preparation week, but a “refresh, hone and polish” of some skills which you may feel you aren’t strong with or have forgotten.

It’s also a great way for RYA/MCA Yachtmaster qualified students to refresh their skills prior to undertaking the RYA Cruising Instructor course.

This is a truly beneficial weekend, spent with one of our skilled, patient and attentive instructors which will help build confidence and blow away those cobwebs.

What we cover on the course:

The course covers preparation for sea and the safety briefing, deck work, navigation (both traditional and electronic), pilotage into and out of ports and harbours, meteorology, rules of the road, maintenance and repair work, engines, victualing, emergency situations and actions, yacht handling under power and under sail, passage making, night sailing back to a port of safe refuge, and of course being the skipper of a vessel.

Course formats & details:

Courses run in a choice of three formats:

  • 2 consecutive days: (Saturday & Sunday)

During your RYA Yachtmaster Practical “Skills Weekend” course you will cover practical navigation, pilotage, boat handling, seamanship, skippering techniques, customs and sailing etiquette and the all-important berthing in marinas. You will also potentially cover rafting alongside another vessel, which is common during high season.

The course includes free accommodation aboard our immaculate, well-maintained yachts with breakfast, lunch and snacks and three evening meals onboard with one evening meal taken ashore at the students cost. We also include all fuel and safety kit such as lifejackets and waterproofs. All Students are able to live and stay on board the yacht for the duration of the course. 

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 £349 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 start your sailing adventure!

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Our Chief Instructor says this about the RYA Yachtmaster Practical “Skills Weekend” Course:

This course is great for anyone who hasn’t quite gotten to the required level in order to achieve their RYA Coastal Skipper Practical qualification, or is looking to refresh skills prior to undertaking the RYA Cruising Instructor course. It’s also a great way for any qualified sailor to brush up on existing skills or refresh what they’ve already got.

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