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This course consists of skippered passages in a variety of situations. Each trainee will skipper more challenging passages and learn more about passage planning, pilotage by day and night, boat handling, safety and emergency situations.

The 5 day course is held either out of either Gibraltar or Lanzarote as a residential sailing trip, giving the candidate the opportunity to gain experience living on board and really getting to know the boat.

Course content

  • Passage planning
  • Preparation for sea
  • Pilotage
  • Passage making and ability as skipper
  • Yacht handling under power
  • Yacht handling under sail
  • Adverse weather conditions
  • Emergency situations


  • 17 years old
  • 15 days, 2 days as skipper,
  • 300 miles, 8 night hours.
  • Navigation to Coastal Skipper shorebased standard.
  • Sailing to Day Skipper standard

What to bring

  • Sailing log book
  • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear, for 5 days away at sea
  • Note pad and pen
  • Day skipper RYA hand book