Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifying Passage

Ocean sailing is an exhilarating experience like no other!

  • Full course price £1,999 (inc VAT)
  • 14 day course.
  • Maximum 4 students per course.
  • Accommodation provided onboard.
  • All meals eaten onboard provided.
  • Free parking at Port Solent Marina

Course aims:

The RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Passage is for those looking to qualify as a Yachtmaster Ocean sailor, or for those that would like to experience offshore sailing across an ocean.  Our aim is to make two qualifying passages of over 600 miles, from Port Solent to Vigo, Spain and back.  This will ensure that all 4 crew on board will experience having responsibility for the vessel and be watch leader.  A return journey also has the advantage of having two attempts of obtaining sight readings.  The passages will be done on a 15m ocean going yacht, with 8 berths and 3 cabins (2 berths in the main saloon).  We will only ever have a maximum of 4 clients on board.

Course content:

The syllabus for this course will cover:

  • Celestial Navigation, using a sextant for sun sights and other planetary bodies
  • Ocean Passage planning
  • Victualling and on board living
  • Watch schemes
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Meteorology and weather systems
  • Heavy weather
  • Ocean communications
  • Medical issues at sea
  • Managing power on the boat
  • Customs and information when entering a foreign country

Course pre-requisites:

In order to do the ocean qualifying passage you must already hold the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.

The first stage is to complete the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course.  This can be done in our classroom in Chichester Marina.  Click the link for details.

The next stage is to complete the qualifying passage which must be a minimum of 600 miles, within a continuous passage of at least 96 hours.

Once completed you will be ready to take the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean exam.

Related course materials…
 Buy RYA Astro Navigation Handbook

Tom Cunliffe’s “The Complete Ocean Skipper” is also a useful read.

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