Complete Yachtmaster Fast-Track

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This course is for the sailor who wants to excel at what they do. If you are serious about getting into sailing professionally, then this is the course for you. The entire programme requires fourteen weeks of training in total, although most students choose to take a week or two off part way through, as we are training six days a week.

The first module (Foundation module) provides a thorough introduction to both sailing and skippering for leisure sailors and those taking the first steps on the professional ladder. Practical sailing, navigation and safety training all complement each other and help to develop your skills as a sailor. Unlike other fast track courses, at Stormforce Coaching, we use keelboat sailing as a tool to coach specific skills without all the distractions that come with sailing a larger yacht. This means we can focus on very precise sailing skills and give you far more time at the helm and with the sail controls.

Over the module (Level 2), navigation techniques are developed and coastal and "Cross Channel" passage making skills become a key focus. Parallel to the passage making and skippering, you will develop your boat handling skills. Again, we make the use of keelboats for a few days to focus on specific sailing skills. At the end of this module, students who are not continuing to Module 3 will take the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam. However, students who have booked the Complete Yachtmaster Offshore package need not take this exam as they will be taking the higher level MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Offshore a few weeks later.

The final step is for us to develop your offshore and skippering techniques, preparing you both for the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam and the world of professional sailing. There will be plenty of opportunities to skipper the yachts offshore at this stage of the training. Successful candidates will complete the course qualified to RYA / MCA Yachtmaster Offshore with Commercial Endorsement and certified to skipper sailing yachts up to 200 tonnes, up to 150 miles from a safe haven and with up to 12 passengers onboard.

Course Duration:

The course content takes 14 weeks to deliver, when training for 6 days a week. We encourage students to take two weeks off during the training as it is intensive. This extends the total course duration (inc. time off) to sixteen weeks.

Pre Requisites:

As this is a high level training course, there are certain pre-requisites. Please note that:

  • Students of the Yachtmaster Fast Track Course must be a minimum of 18 years old
  • You will need to obtain a ML5 or ENG1 Medical Certificate (please be aware that the ML5 will restrict you to working up to 60NM offshore)
  • Students will need RYA membership (join here)

Course Content:

The Complete Fast Track to Yachtmaster course includes 14 weeks of training and is designed to deliver a range of RYA and other qualifications. Students should expect to complete the course with 2,600 miles to their names and a variety of certificates. The course is made up from 3 modules:


Sail Skipper Inshore Foundation Module

Sail Skipper Coastal Level 2 Module

Sail Skipper Offshore Level 3 Module


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What's Not Included:

  • Wet Weather Gear - you may wish to bring your own or hire ours (£70 for the entire course)
  • RYA SRC Licence Fee (£60* payable to the RYA)
  • Berthing fees (to be paid when away from the home port and divided equally among the crew)
  • Meals & accommodation for the keelboat and shorebased courses
  • Yachtmaster Exam Fee (£205* for Offshore exam)
  • RYA/MCA Commercial Endorsement Fee (£33*)

*Exam fees correct as of January 2014

Optional Extras:

There are several ways in which you can tailor your Fast Track Yachtmaster course to suit your specific individual needs. There may be certain areas you feel need improving or that are of particular interest to you that you may wish to add on to your Fast Track training, such as:

Is this course for me?

Are you thinking of a career in sailing? If you don't have many sailing qualifications and want to get into the industry as quickly as possible, the Stormforce Coaching Complete Fast Track Course could be the best route in. Our Fast Track Yachtmaster course will equip you with all the essential qualifications you need as well as with invaluable experience. But you'll also have a great time!

Why choose Stormforce Coaching for this course?:

We run these courses with small numbers, ensuring that you get plenty of time on the helm and as navigator. Our team are able to deliver a personal service and our Chief Instructor will personally monitor your progress to ensure that we focus on any weak areas as they appear. Unlike some fast-track programmes, we allow you to self skipper the yachts without an Instructor on board before your final exam, giving you genuine skipper experience in your log book.

Our programme covers everything you will need to become a Yachtmaster Offshore. The keelboat courses we include are a unique part of our programme. These smaller craft are very responsive and allow you to focus on sailing skills without many of the the distractions that occur on larger cruising yachts. The tidal waters of the Solent and the English Channel will prepare you for pretty much wherever you want to go.

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