Skippering a yacht on coastal and offshore passages demands strong navigation, seamanship and leadership skills. During the RYA Coastal Skipper course your instructor will guide you through navigation, both offshore and in limited visibility, weather forecasting and passage planning, watch keeping, preparation for sea and handling heavy weather. You will put this all into practice as each student plans and executes passages taking complete command of the yacht. Coastal skippers must be good boat handlers and you will receive plenty of practice mooring the yacht and have at least 4 hours night sailing. Weather permitting the yacht will undertake a longer coastal passage.
At the successful completion of the RYA Coastal Skipper course you will be awarded the RYA Coastal Skipper Course Completion Certificate and will be able to skipper coastal passages safely and confidently.
Previous Experience Required: 15 days aboard, 2 days as skipper, 300 miles logged and 8 night hours. A knowledge of navigation to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory level.
Course Duration: Courses start Saturday boarding at 17:00 returning to the marina around 16:00 on Friday. Students may stay on board until Saturday morning disembarking by 09:00.
The aim of this course is to teach the skills and techniques required to skipper a cruising yacht safely on coastal passages by day and night.
Preparation for sea
Passage making and ability as skipper
Yacht handling under power
Yacht handling under sail
Adverse weather conditions
Bedding, Towels, Fuel, Safety Equipment, Tuition, Logbook, Certification.
Transit Log (compulsory) £100 per boat shared between students, food & drink, travel to/from venue, Turkish visa, Instructors food and drink (to be provided at students expense)