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Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore (Sail)


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A RYA Yachtmaster Coastal / Offshore (Sail) Certificate of Competence signifies that a skipper is competent on a yacht to make passages up to 150nm from harbour (20nm for Coastal). The Yachtmaster can be taken under sail or power, there are two different preparation courses and exams.

The Yachtmaster Coastal/Offshore is obtained by examination which involves exercises, challenges and tasks from any part of the syllabus to demonstrate the ability and confidence of the skipper.

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Type Start date Finish date Schedule Exam
ON BOARD (FULL) 19/10/2020 23/10/2020 09:00-18:00h 24-25 October
ON BOARD (FULL) 09/11/2020 13/11/2020 09:00-18:00h 14-15 November
ON BOARD (FULL) 10/12/2020 16/12/2020 09:00-18:00h 15-16 December
ON BOARD 22/02/2021 26/02/2021 09:00-18:00 27-28 February

Conditions and requirements


  • First Aid Course or STCW95
  • Radio Certificate
  • +800 miles for Coastal Yachtmaster
  • + 2500 miles for Yachtmaster Offshore


During the week the instructor will asses your strengths and weaknesses and coach you in
the areas required to pass the examination. The candidate must show a wide knowledge
and experience in the following areas:

  • Passage planning
  • Man overboard recovery
  • Close quarters handling
  • Skippering techniques
  • Navigation in restricted visibility
  • Pilotage and knowledge
  • International Rules for Preventing Collision at Sea.

The exam will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals.


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