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Yachtmaster Offshore Prep Week + Exam

Venue: Cowes

Price from: £599 per person

Duration: 7 Days

Gained the miles and experience needed to go for your Yachtmaster Offshore but need a week of practice before the exam itself? This five day intensive prep week will give you chance to finesse your boat handling and navigation skills on the boat you'll be using to take your exam - always good for improving your confidence and easing those last minute nerves!

What the Girls Had to Say

'Although I was initially nervous, I left feeling exhilarated by the whole experience.  Gaining friends and knowledge.  Highly recommend anyone to rise to the challenge.' - Suzanne RYA July 2014

Starts: 10am  GFS Office at Shepards Wharf Marina 

Finishes: Dependent on number of candidates (max 4) - weekend assessment avg 8-12 hours per candidate.


About The Event

Ready to move on to the next stage but need a bit of a hand?

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 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 Offshore qualification. The week is  practical and on the water and will give you time to rehearse elements of the Yachtmaster Offshore for the weekend assessment – it will also enable you to practice on the boat that you will be examined on. 

To attain the RYA Yachtmaster Offsshore 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.

Pre-Course Requirements

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

  • 50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages.
  • 5 days experience as skipper.
  • At least half this mileage and passages must be conducted in tidal waters.
  • All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
    See: Information on Qualifying passages 
  • A GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) or higher grade of marine radio certificate.
  • A valid first aid certificate

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.

Additional Info

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
  • Any clothing
  • *Accommodation upgrades where available
  • Pillows and sleeping bag
  • Exam fees

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

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

How to book?

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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