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Yachtmaster Offshore Prep Week + Exam

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £599 per person

Duration: 7 Days

Girls For Sail Verdict

If you have gained the miles and experience needed to go for your Yachtmaster Offshore then this prep week is an invaluable week of practice before the exam itself. This 5-day intensive week will give you chance to finesse your boat handling, drills/skills and test your navigation ability on the boat you'll be using to take your exam. This is designed to meet your individual needs with your aims in mind using a very experienced instructor 

What the Girls Had to Say

'Although I was initially nervous & lacking in confidence about my ability to succeed, I learnt some invaluable lessons that stood me in good sted for the dreaded exam. Which really was educational and not half as bad as I thought !  I left feeling exhilarated by the whole experience & ready to sail my own boat'   - Annette October 2015

Starts: 10am Monday @ GFS Office at Shepards Wharf Marina 

Finishes: By 4pm Sunday, Shepards Wharf


About The Event

Join us for 5 days preparation to get you ready for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam. Successful completion of the exam results in the award of the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. 

The prep week is not an RYA practical course but is ideal for anyone either wanting to take the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam - or wishing to refresh their skills and discover what you need to be capable of doing in order to go on to gain the Yachtmaster qualification. The week is  practical and on the water and will give you time to rehearse elements of the Yachtmaster for the weekend assessment – it will also enable you to practice on the boat that you will be examined on. 

To qualify as an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore you will need the following pre-exam experience:

  • A minimum of 50 days spent at sea
  • 2,500 nm
  • 5 passages over 60 miles, two of which you must have been skipper; and two of which must have involved overnight passages
  • Five days' experience as skipper
  • At least half the qualifying seatime must have been accrued in tidal waters

To attain the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence you will need to take a two-day practical examination which is taken with an independent examiner (please click here for current exam fees). The examiner will test your sailing abilities to the full in areas including boat handling, man overboard, safety, meterology, adverse weather conditions, skipper ability, long passages* and "blind" navigation -  to simulate a fog situation. Therefore, before you take the examination, it is wise to spend a few days practising on the water directly beforehand - and we cover this during our prep week.  You should have a thorough understanding of theory to Yachtmaster level - click here to read about the Coastal Skipper & RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory course

*There is not time on the exam to sail a long passage but you will be tested on planning and navigation for this.

What's included:

  • Fully coded yacht with safety equipment
  • Fully qualified RYA skipper
  • All safety equipment
  • Accommodation on board
  • Diesel, water, electricity
  • Full board food (dinner, 3 nights)
  • Shower facilities on site in marina

What's excluded?

  • Transport to and from meeting points
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Clothing*
  • Exam fees

*Wet weather gear is available for hire in advance, pleaset let us know if you require these on your booking form



About 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 it's 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.


Why choose Girls for Sail?

·         You will be learning from our handpicked RYA Qualified Skippers

·         We strive to provide a teaching environment that instils confidence

·         We pride ourselves on our levels of tuition 

·         There's no such thing as a 'silly' question

·         No shouting onboard

·         We believe sailing is supposed to be fun

How do I book?

Ready to take the next step and work towards what's widely recognised as being the most credible and useful of all yachting qualifications? Then click below to check availability and book your spot now!

Or contact us if you have any questions or want to check you have the necessary experience to join our prep course.

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