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Prep Course. Yachtmaster training preparing you for the Yachtmaster exam. This five day training can be tailor-made to your specific needs and helps to fill any gaps in your knowledge that may become apparent. Your skills and knowledge of theory should be already on the Yachtmaster level. Every aspect of sailing will be intensively exercised, so that you're fully prepared
The Yachtmaster offshore exam takes 2 days and is your final step to RYA Yachtmaster Ofshore. It will include an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, general seamanship, navigation, safety awareness and knowledge of the IRPCS (collision regulations), meteorology and signals. Candidates will be set tasks to demonstrate their ability and may also be asked questions on any part of the syllabus of all practical and shorebased courses.
What Means Yachtmaster™ Offshore
Competent to skipper a cruising yacht on any passage during which the yacht is no more than 150 miles from harbour. An RYA Yachtmaster™ needs a wealth of knowledge, not only to cope with plain sailing or motor cruising but also to be able to cope in demanding situations. RYA qualifications, in particular the RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore and Yachtmaster™ OceanCertificates of Competence, are recognised and respected around the world. Qualification as a RYA Yachtmaster™ is the ultimate aim of many skippers, both professional and recreational. The RYA has a long, distinguished history in professional and recreational boating, with more than a century of experience and knowledge. We work tirelessly at local, national and international level to ensure that your RYA qualifications are accepted and respected as the pinnacle of yacht training. Certificates are becoming increasingly important in the international world of sailing. Charter companies liabilities become heavier as more people explore exotic and far away waters that are far free from risks. Insurance companies demand more and proven experience from skippers on charter- or rental yachts. This tendency is noticeable as professional and semi-professional charterskippers enhance their position by obtaining internationally recognised certificates. Yachtmaster is such a certificate. Not only does it display your level as a sailor, it is also one of the sailing documents recognized throughout the world.
To attain the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore
candidates must pass a practical examination of their skippering ability. A Yachtmaster is capable of skippering the yacht on extended offshore passages by day or night. He or she will essentially be a much more experienced Coastal Skipper and can do the same things more smoothly, for longer periods and in more arduous conditions.
Early in the week the instructor will asses your strengths and weaknesses and coach you in the areas required to pass the examination however our experience normally leads us to work on the following areas; passage planning, man overboard recovery, close quarters handling, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibility, pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations. The instructor will debrief you fully as the week progresses and ensure that you get time to work on those weaker areas. Before joining the course, students should have the pre-requisite experience outlined above, navigation theory to RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory level and a thorough knowledge of the Collision Regulations. The examiner will ask each candidate to skipper the yacht on several short passages and complete various demonstrations of their skippering and sailing ability over the course of the weekend.
Duration: 7 days (Sunday to Sunday), 5 day preparation and 2 day exam weekend.
Previous Experience Minimum Required: Total minimum of 50 days aboard, 2500 miles logged, (next items after coastal skipper) about 5 days as skipper, 5 passages of over 60 miles including 2 overnight and 2 as skipper (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters). VHF radio operators certificate and a valid first aid certificate. So Plan your SRC and First-Aid far ahead. You will need them for your Yachtmaster exams.
For commercial endorsement a course PPR and an seasurvival OPST is needed.
Course Overview: Preparation and brush up for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence. a five day course including five nights accommodation onboard your yacht course is asince you will sail to different marinas. Revision of advanced skippering techniques, close quarters handling under power and sail, navigation and pilotage by day and night, man overboard recovery and overall yacht management skills.
The Exam is two days assessment on theory and practice with an RYA-examinor (mostly English). Highly recommended for al sorts of sailing.
You will be sailing a Centurion 41" a yachtmaster instructor, a yachtmaster examiner, flight fees Examiner, fuel and Gas.
Mooring fees, groceries are an extra and we suggest that you budget approximately between €15 - 25 per day.
And in the end the examfees to be paid to the RYA £241 (2024) for YM Offshore and £208 (2024) for YM Coastal.
Courses start at the mentioned starting time at the office, De Zeezeilers Zuiderhaven 57, 8861ck Harlingen The Netherlands. Finish is at approximately 1600 on the last day. Please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before the start time as we have a tight turn around of courses, thank you.
Harlingen is easily accessible by public transport. Carpooling is also possible, after you log in you see the other participants and their hometowns. You can send them a message via the forum.You can park for a fee at various locations.
Parking longer than a day is cheapest at:
“Parking Bruine Vloot” is a five-minute walk from our yachts. Reservations are required: https://www.parkerenharlingen.nl/en/parking/reserve-bruine-vloot
“All in Parkeren”, they will bring you to and collect you from our yachts with a shuttle bus. They offer charging facilities. It is wise to make a reservation: https://allinparkerenharlingen.nl/reserveren/