MCA/RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Sail

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The Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence and Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence are run together as they have so much in common. They are both five day preparation courses run back to back with a two day exam. While the syllabus for each is very similar, the Yachtmaster candidate is required to have logged more sea time and will be pushed harder in the exam. The key benefit of running the two courses in parallel is that students who are unsure which level to pitch themselves at can start the week and decide part way through which exam to go for. The external examiner will not know which exam you are each taking until he/she meets you.

We run the preparation courses for these two exams slightly differently from most other sea schools. We restrict the total number of students on board to four (rather than five). This means you will get more practice at boat handling, time at the chart table navigating and opportunities to take command as skipper. Additionally we do not mix our exam candidates with our non exam students just to fill our boat up. It is unfair on you if you have to sit through Competent Crew and Day Skipper Students learning how to tack, gybe, hoist sails and take a 3 point fix (it’s unfair on them as well).

We believe it is vital that everyone on board has the same focus and the same goal for the week. We find our exam crews bond very quickly as they will be crewing for each other in the exam.  We have maintained a pass rate of over 98% for these prestigious exams.

We understand that exams are stressful and we like to reduce as much pressure as possible. We learnt a long time ago that there is no point someone going for an exam they are not ready for. For that reason we have tried to take away a financial pressure. If you get part way through the preparation week and you and your instructor do not feel that you are ready for the exam we are happy to hold the weekend credit for you for up to six months. This does not mean we will provide a second free preparation week but it does mean you will not have to pay again for the yacht charter, food and diesel etc. component of the exam. Once you are ready, you can re book either a whole preparation week at a reduced rate or just the exam for free.


Simple. To work with you to ensure you pass your exam. The five day preparation not only gets you familiar with the boat, the Solent and the crew but it looks at exam techniques and polishes rusty skills.

Course Duration:

Seven days. The first five days are spent with our instructor on board coaching you. On afternoon five he steps ashore and an external examiner steps onboard. The next two days are then devoted to your exam.

Pre Requisites:

*At least 50% of this sea time should be on board yachts under 24m LOA. For holders of the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate Sea Time is reduced to 20 days, 400 miles, 12 night hours and 2 days as skipper.

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Course Content:

The preparation part of the week is intended to act as a refresher on pilotage, boat handling, safety, skippering and passage planning. In particular skills like blind navigation, sailing onto mooring buoys, night pilotage and MOB procedure. During the exam candidates will be set tasks to demonstrate their ability as a Yachtmaster and are asked questions on any part of the syllabus for all practical and shorebased courses up to Yachtmaster (Coastal or Offshore as appropriate). All meals are provided on board except one evening meal ashore (not included).

What's Included:

  • 5 days of coaching
  • Use of the yacht for 5 days
  • Hire of the yacht for the exam (up to a further two days)
  • Gas and diesel for the full 7 days
  • Accommodation onboard
  • Meals, drinks and snacks onboard
  • Loan of a life jacket
  • Free Parking ( subject to terms & conditions )


What's Not Included:


The dates below denote the first day of the one week preparation and exam. The courses start at 0900 on the first morning. If these dates do not suit please contact us.

Dates & Booking

Dates & Prices will load below shortly, and you can book online, call the team in the office on +442380 231122, or e-mail If you cannot see dates you require, please do get in touch as we may still be able to assist. VAT is included in all our course/charter/race fees where it is applicable, most products are charged at the standard rate, however some are at the reduced rate, zero rate or not eligible for VAT at all. Any way the price below is the price you pay.


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