Day Skipper to Coastal Skipper (Module 2 YMpro)

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Day Skipper to Coastal Skipper (Module 2 YMpro)

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £3500 per person

Duration: 42 Days

Girls for Sail Verdict

This intensive 6 week course could change your life!!

If you have achieved your Day Skipper (or sailed the equivalent miles) and have caught the sailing bug why not step up to Coastal Skipper and learn the skills to venture further afield?! 

Starts: 10am  GFS Office at Shepards Wharf Marina 

Finishes: 4pm, Shepards Wharf Marina


About The Event

Whether you're training for a career in the sailing industry - or just looking to skipper your own yacht on longer passages then this intensive six week course is the perfect option! If you're already at Day Skipper level (or have at least 300 miles logged already) then you can join this programme and attain your RYA Coastal Skipper Practical Course Completion Certificate - or add on the optional exam at the end and achieve the MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal which can be commercially endorsed for working in the industry.

This course is Module Two of our Yachtmaster Pro 1-2-3 professional sail training course.

Our Day Skipper to Coastal Skipper module is the largest section of the YMPro programme during which you'll build miles and experience, as well as undertaking numerous theoretical training sections. This section is less about skills/drills as learnt in Module 1 and more about hands on sailing experience and developing essential skippering experience as well as logging longer skippered passages.

Practical training includes: Sail trimming / Spinnaker handling and race techniques / Boat handling under sail and power / Passage planning / Navigation, port entry and pilotage / Passage making and skippered passages / Watch keeping / Safety and emergency drills / RIB (small powerboat) driving.

The theory syllabus covers: Passage planning / Yacht and crew preparation /Pilotage navigation and chart work / GPS and electronic aids / Meteorology / Tidal heights and streams/ Aspects of oceanography / Vessel stability / Safety equipment and procedures / Collision Regulations (IRPCS) / Racing rules and tactics

Specific courses are

GFS Day Skipper Plus Practical Course (5 days, 100 miles)

RYA Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Offshore Theory shorebased course (6 days)

RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days, 150-250 miles)

Elementary First Aid (1 day)

VHF Radio (1 day)

RORC Offshore race (if available) or equivalent (2-3 days, min 150 miles)

There are two additional courses that can be added (not included in the price of module two):

STCW Basic Safety Training
There are five elements to the STCW Basic Safety Training week: Elementary First Aid, Personal Survival Training, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities, Proficiency in Security Awareness.

(This shore-based course is essential if you are considering a professional career on yachts or motorboats in excess of 24m.)

Spinnaker training/Sail trimming & race techniques (2 days)

This two day course is really useful even for non-racers and strongly recommended if you are aiming for your Yachtmaster Offshore.


The YachtmasterPro 1-2-3 Training programme is suitable for experienced sailors and newcomers alike - please contact us if you need any advice or help!


The boat

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. 


About Cowes 

Cowes is widely credited as being the birthplace of UK yachting, seeing hundreds of 'yachties' descend every year on the seaside town and swelling its resident population multifold!

With a wealth of activities on and off the water and a year-round mild, sunny climate the island attracts loyal visitors and second home owners alike all year round but especially during the spring and summer months when the world class sailing conditions attract professional sailors from around the world to take part in famous regattas and races - as well as thousands of spectators who gather shoreside to watch the dramas unfold.

Easily reached by high speed passenger ferry, car ferry or even hovercraft (the island has the last remaining hovercraft service in the world) from Lymington, Southampton or Portsmouth on the mainland, the island                                                                                                                                       is the perfect destination for young and old alike with plenty to see, eat and do.

What's included?

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board*
  • Food starter packs on all events
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • FUN, FUN, FUN!!

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Any clothing
  • *Accommodation upgrades where available
  • *Accommodation is provided on all sailing events not on-shore events

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • First of all we want to give you some freedom, we want you to feel absolutely able to do anything onboard, so we will greet you, make you feel welcome, confident and safe, and of course you won't have anyone rushing you! You can learn at your own pace with our skippers and feel the benefit of this in your handling of our yacht!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home relaxed and satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

Pre course requirements & How to book?

If you already have 400 miles under your belt and are/or at Day Skipper level, you can use this event to start your water based career & gain your RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper on the way to Yachtmaster Offshore.

Click on the link below to view available dates - or if you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us!

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