Girls for Sail verdict: This is a great chance to get out there and learn to skipper a yacht on longer passages. Get that qualification that you've been telling yourself to do for years now!
What our girls had to say: "I was on a very steep learning curve throughout the week but thankfully when it came to the exam I was able to implement all I'd learned! The environment and atmosphere was very conducive and worked with my learning style - thank you!"
This course is an ideal bridge between the Day Skipper Course and the full RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal examination course. The course is designed to give an experienced RYA Day Skipper the confidence to undertake longer and more complex passages which may involve sailing at night or involve watch keeping systems. At the end of the 5 day course, you can choose to undertake the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal exam*, successful completion of which results in the award of the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence which can then be commercially endorsed for those wishing to work professionally.
You will meet with your fellow crew members on the first evening and get to know each other over a cup of tea. You then spend the next 5 days sailing the Solent and South coast. Not only do you spend the days sailing you get the chance to do a night sail, what better way to really appreciate sailing but in the peace and quiet with clear skies...
The aim of the course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. The minimum age for the award of the course completion certificate is 17.
Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. During the RYA Coastal Skipper course your instructor will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping, preparation for sea and handling heavy weather. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the yacht. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the yacht and have at least 4 hours night sailing. Weather permitting the yacht will undertake a longer coastal passage.
We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41 feet. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself on board an Elan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht. Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths, with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons onboard. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 people.
*Exam cost (visit the RYA for up to date exam fees) Pre-exam requirements for holders of the Coastal Skipper Practical Course Completion Certificate: 400nm; 20 days living on board; 12 night hours; 2 days as skipper.
This the perfect next step for girls who have completed their Day Skipper, gained a few more miles and are now keen to learn to skipper a boat on longer passages or overnight.
If you are unsure what would be best for you, call our office and speak to one of our lovely team members who will be able to help you out with any queries you may have!