MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore (Preparation and Exam)

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The MCA/RYA Yachtmaster™ Offshore qualification is recognised and respected worldwide with candidates demonstrating a wide breadth of existing knowledge. The preparation part of the course provides enables you to get ready for your exam by covering refresher training in a number of key areas. The course culminates in an exam with an external RYA examiner.

The Yachtmaster™ Offshore qualification is the higher level of Yachtmaster and is required for many commercial skippering roles.

A commercially-endorsed Yachtmaster™ Offshore can skipper a commercial vessel up to 150 miles from a safe haven as well as considering other options such as becoming an instructor or progressing to the MCA merchant scheme. Both qualifications cover commercial work on board vessels up to 300 gross tonnes, carrying up to 12 passengers.
The preparation section of the Yachtmaster™ Offshore course is 5 days. The exam is up to 2 days (depending on the number of students) and usually runs immediately after the preparation days. Passing your Yachtmaster™ exam, is a fantastic achievement; whether you plan to use the qualification for commercial purposes or will continue to sail simply for the fun of it.
50 days, 2,500 miles including at least 5 passages over 60 miles measured along the rhumb line from the port of departure to the destination, acting as skipper for at least two of these passages and including two which have involved overnight passages. 5 days experience as skipper. At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters. All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.
A sound knowledge of navigation theory. Solid boat handling experience in close quarters, plus an understanding of efficient sail trim and how to make a boat go faster under sail.
Instructor Ratio
Maximum 3:1
Duration5 days, plus the exam which is up to 2 days (depending on the number of students).
  • Responsibilities of skipper
  • Close quarters boat handling
  • Hoisting, reefing and dropping sails
  • Tacking, gybing and efficient sail trim
  • Berthing and anchoring
  • Rules of the road and signals
  • Safety, plus man overboard
  • General seamanship, including maintenance
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
Ability after
A Yachtmaster™ Offshore is competent to skipper a yacht on passages up to 150 miles from a safe haven, day or night.

What’s Included

When you book a course with Urban Truant we do our best to ensure there are no surprise costs – however, please be aware that your RYA Yachtmaster™ Exam Fee is not included in this particular course as it is paid direct to the RYA.
Everything else you need to complete your course is included:
  • Your own cabin on board a 41 foot yacht (New 2020)
  • All meals and refreshments whilst on board
  • All mooring fees
  • All fuel costs
  • Use of Urban Truant’s quality wet weather gear and safety kit
At Urban Truant we feel it’s important to provide quality catering and pride ourselves on serving fresh tasty food wherever possible. We are also happy to cater for different dietary requirements upon request.

Course Dates

Below are listed our available dates. If you cannot see dates that you require, please get in touch with us and we may be able to to arrange a more suitable date.

2024 Dates
Monday 21 October
Sunday 27 October

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David - RYA Day Skipper

"Can I just give a massive thank you to Urban Truant for a terrific start to sailing, and my instructor Richard. Also my shipmates Ian & Quintis. With all their help I have managed to achieve far more than I thought I could. 10 modules of the fourteen completed and signed off in one weekend!
I can only say I am very impressed with the level of tuition and help that as a complete novice i have received from your company and can't wait to continue with my course."

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