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.
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.
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.
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.
During the course of the week you can expect to cover the following areas, including fitting in lots and lots of theory and practice!
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!
Not sure if you have the level of experience needed or have questions about the week? Please get in touch and we can help!