Books for Yachtmaster Offshore preparation

Whether you are a Competent Crew, Day Skipper or preparing for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster exam, there are lots of books to help you.

If you are working toward Yachtmaster offshore, we have selected a few of our favourite and most popular books to help you on your journey.  In no particular order, here are our favourites, covering navigation, practical skills & rules of the road.

The Complete Yachtmaster

This is an essential reference for Yachtmaster students as well as skippers of all levels.  The Complete Yachtmaster has been a bestseller since first publication, this is the most recent of Tom Cunliffe’s version of modern sailing.

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Heavy Weather Sailing

A must for every budding skipper, particularly those considering crossing oceans or going offshore. This is the seventh edition written by Peter Bruce. Regarded as the ultimate guide to surviving storms at sea in sailing and motor vessels.

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Yachtmaster Sail & Power

Written by the highly respected Alison Noice, this is a practical study guide that covers the RYA syllabus. A well illustrated and essential companion for anyone enrolling on the Yachtmaster course.

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Yachting Monthly 200 Skippers Tips

Another from Tom Cunliffe, dip into any of the 200 tips to make yourself a better sailor. Lots of practical skills with illustrations, perfect for everyone from beginner to ocean navigator.

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A Seaman's Guide to the Rule of the Road

A timeless, simple, easy to read guide to a very complex subject.  Read it on your commute to work or take onboard the boat, it’s a very handy sized book.

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Reeds Skippers Handbook

An absolute must for any budding skipper even if you are aiming towards your Day Skipper, this is a great little book. Pocket sized so really convenient to take anywhere.

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