Yachtmaster Offshore

What is the Yachtmaster Offshore prepartion course?

There is no specific RYA syllabus for this course, you  just need time on the water with an excellent coach, polishing up what you already know and testing your skills before the examiner meets you. To be sure you are ready for this exam you need to have been on the water for at least 50 days, 2500 miles, and have undertaken five 60-mile passages; two of these passages must have skippered by you.

Who is the Yachtmaster Offshore preparation course for?

We run a 5 day Yachtmaster preparation course which is ideal for making sure you're ready for the exam needed to attain the Yachtmaster Certificate itself, an additional two-day practical examination* . This is taken with an independent RYA examiner. The examiner will test your sailing abilities to the full including MOB drills and boat handling in close quarters, challenging night entries into ports & navigational tests perhaps some "blind" navigation to simulate a fog situation for instance. This prep week is a great opportunity to polish up your skills before you take the examination and it is wise to spend a few days practicing on the water directly beforehand and familiarising yourself with the yacht you'll be doing the exam on.

What does the Yachtmaster preparation course cover?

Areas that are covered by our preparation course includes subjects such as can you brief your crew on safety procedures, can you sail off a pontoon when the engine fails, and can you navigate your yacht home when the fog comes down? If you want to take your Yachtmaster examination and you’re not 100% confident in doing any of these things, then you should consider joining us for a five day Yachtmaster Preparation course.

What will I be sailing on?

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. 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 aboard an Élan 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 on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 


What will I do during the week?

During the course of the week you can expect to cover the following areas, including fitting in lots and lots of theory and practice!

  • Navigation
  • Boat handling under sail and power
  • Man overboard (under sail and power)
  • Safety
  • Meteorology
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Skippering ability
  • Theory and planning of long passages

What's included in the course?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment 
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board** 
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • Wet Weather Gear (by prior arrangement)
  • Full board food (UK-dinner 3 nights, St Lucia 1 night)
  • Shower facilities on site in marina (if in marina!)

What isn't included in the course?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Mooring fees
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Accommodation upgrades where available
  • *Exam cost (visit the RYA for up to date exam fees)

Why choose Girls for Sail?

Even if you don't want to take the examination this is an ideal course for brushing up your skills - we target the area you feel needs more time, and we won't stop practicing until you've got the hang of it!

How do I book?

Not sure if you have the level of experience needed or have questions about the week? Please get in touch and we can help!

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