Passage making and YM Preparation course

Passage making and YM Preparation course


Many keen sailors aiming toward the pinnacle of RYA training - Yachtmaster Offshore, often find themselves falling short of tidal miles and in particular 60 mile passages, both skippered and as crew. 

This 14 Day course (12 full days training + 2  Days exam) is designed to bridge the holes in the official training programs.  With the first 7 days of the trip covering around 4-500 nautical miles including several 60 mile + passages . The yacht will be running by day and by night in the tidal waters of the Atlantic Portugese and Spanish coasts so you will get the opportunity to really experience offshore sailing.  The trip will run from our base in Gibraltar westwards through the Straits of Gibraltar, Past Tarifa and the infamous Cape Trafalgar and the notorious Trafalgar banks where Nelson met his end, and along the coast past Cadiz towards the Algarve.  The passage will take you up to 50 miles offshore so you really will get a feeling for open water.  On the way back towards Gibraltar you will get even more experience of pilotage and passage making in many of the tricky ports along the Algarve and Atlantic Spain.

All crew will be taking part in the running of the yacht, from victualing through to skippering and navigating, as this really is a 'hands on' trip.

The following 5 days will be spent consolidating and enhancing your close quarters boat handling, advanced sail trim and emergency procedures.  Most of this period will be spent in Gibraltar Bay where night navigation is tricky and shipping traffic is plentiful.  With an experienced Yachtmaster Instructor on board the learning will be fun and intense.

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore and possibly Yachtmaster Coastal examinations will take place on day 11 and 12 (depending upon number of candidates (Maximum 4)

What to expect:

  • An intense, concentrated course
  • Really get to know how to manage a crew and yacht on extended passages
  • Sail to a new place every day 
  • Have great fun and get to know other like minded people
  • Experience real offshore sailing
  • Night hours
  • 4-500 Nautical miles
  • 60 Mile Passages
  • Fun!

What's included?

  • Accommodation onboard
  • Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and  evening meals when on passage
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Bedding and towels
  • Safety equipment
  • Mooring fees

What experience do I need?

  • If looking to take YM Offshore you need to have at least 2000 Logged Nautical miles (At least 900 tidal).
  • If Looking to take Yachtmaster Coastal you need to have at least 500 Logged Nautical miles.
  • Knowledge to Level of Yachtmaster Theory
  • VHF Licence.
  • First Aid Certificate.​

Course Schedule:

Starts: 20:00hrs Onwards on Sunday 5th April 2020

Ends: 16:30hrs Sunday 19th April 2020 (Depends on number of examinees)


Course Price: £1599


How to book:

It's easy!  Just select the course date you want below.  Click on book, confirm that this is the course and date that you want and then complete your details on our secure online booking system.  A 25% deposit is all that's needed, with the balance payable 30 days before your course starts. 

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Special Offers

Special Offers 

January Sailing Sale!

Use code NY20 to book online and receive 25% discount on selected courses and adventures.

Valid on bookings made before 1 Feb 2020.