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Master of Yachts Offshore
5 Days Midweek + 2 days exam
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About this course

Exam preparations are conducted by our most experienced skippers who are all fully qualified Yachtmaster Offshore Instructors.

During this 5 day course your instructor will assess your ability and coach you in all the disciplines required to pass. You will take command of the yacht on passages by day and night and practice boat handling techniques under power and sail. RYA Examiners expect a high standard of Man Overboard Recovery so those drills are practiced intensively throughout the course. 

Other subject covered include passage planning and weather, preparation and safety at sea, maintenance, navigation, pilotage, knowledge of the International Collision Regulations and "blind" navigation.

At the end of each day your instructor will give you a debrief and leave you feeling confident in your ability. Normally you will have been sailing with fellow candidates for 5 days and you will have a solid understanding of your yacht and crew before arrival of the  examiner on Friday night. 

Each student is examined as they skipper the yacht on short passages and complete various demonstrations of skippering techniques. All our instructors have been through these exams themselves and will therefore do whatever they can to prepare you for your exams so that you are relaxed and confident on the day.

Course details

All the information you need.
Course Price
5 Days Midweek + 2 days exam
Pre-course experience
50 days aboard, 5 days as skipper, 2500 miles logged, 5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters)
Assumed knowledge
Restricted VHF radio operators certificate and a valid first aid certificate
Minimum duration
5 Days + 2 days exam
Course content
  • Preparation and brush up for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence
  • Revision of advanced skippering techniques
  • Close quarters handling under power and sail
  • Navigation and pilotage by day and night
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Overall yacht management skills
Ability after course
Become a Yachtmaster Offshore skipper on vessels up to 24 metres 150 miles from a safe haven

What's included

Food and Drinks

Food & Drinks

During the course all meals, snacks and drinks are fully included unless on shore which is optional.


All yachts are fitted with three double cabins and two salon berths. Pillows and bed linen are provided.
Harbour Fees

Harbour Fees

During the course you will be staying in different harbours, all costs for mooring and harbour fees are included.


We provide free parking facilities within walking distance from the yachts.
fred jones
20 January
It was a challenging experience, but was a blast once I got the hang of it. I wish I would have done it the next day as well.
fred jones
20 January
It was a challenging experience, but was a blast once I got the hang of it. I wish I would have done it the next day as well.
fred jones
20 January
Arthur managed our eight person group with patience and great communication skills.