Yacht Racing Charter & Sailing School

Coastal Skipper

RYA Coastal Skipper Course

The Coastal Skipper course (now known as Yachtmaster Coastal) teaches you the skills and techniques required to skipper a yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night and includes:

    • Passage Planning
    • Preparation for sea
    • Pilotage
    • Yacht handling under power
    • Yacht handling under sail
    • Adverse weather conditions
    • Emergency situations
Key Facts
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Course: Coastal Skipper Course -Tidal Endorsement
Cost: £555.00
Location: Gibraltar
Duration: 5 days and 5 nights
Pre course experience: 15 days seatime (2 days as skipper) 300miles, 8 night hours
Assumed Knowledge: Navigation to Coastal skipper theory level and good sailing ability
Next Course Dates: View Our Dates
Booking Form: Contact Us
Joining Instructions: Download


The cost of this course includes:

    • Accommodation onboard
    • Use of lifejackets & foul weather clothing
    • Marina fees & fuel
    • All breakfasts and lunches onboard
    • 3 evening meals onboard

Course Details

The objective of the RYA Coastal Skipper course is to teach you the skills and techniques you will require to skipper a yacht safely on coastal and offshore passages by day and night. The course follows the RYA syllabus and includes:

Passage Planning

    • Can Prepare a passage plan taking into consideration weather, crew ability, vessel suitability, duration, victualling, charts and publications required etc.
    • Aware of Customs procedures.

Preparation for sea

    • Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages.
    • Can prepare a yacht for sea including stowage, safety briefing, watch keeping, equipment and engine checks.


    • Can prepare a pilotage plan, with consideration of soundings, transits, clearing bearings, buoyage, port or harbour regulations and tidal considerations.
    • Can pilot a yacht by day and night.

Passage making and ability as skipper

    • Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew.
    • Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage.
    • Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends.
    • Is aware of crew welfare on passage
    • Can use electronic navigation equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes.

Yacht handling under power

    • Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power.
    • All berthing and leaving berth situations in various conditions of wind and tide.

Yacht handling under sail

    • Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space.
    • Anchoring and mooring in various conditions or wind and tide.
    • Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing.

Adverse weather conditions

    • Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds.
    • Navigation and general in restricted visibility.

Emergency situations

    • Recovery of man overboard under power and sail.
    • Understands actions to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues.

RYA Theory Courses

Practical courses include: accommodation onboard, use of lifejackets & foul weather clothing, marina fees & fuel. All breakfasts and lunches are provided and 2 evening meals.


Yacht race training weekend Gibraltar Bay

Posted by on Jan 17 in Blog, Gibraltar bay, RYA Training

Yacht race training weekend Gibraltar Bay

15th & 16th February sees the 2nd Yacht race training weekend here in Gibraltar Bay. These increasingly popular weekends offer training for all levels, covering up wind speed, mark rounding, spinnaker and asymmetric work, start line techniques, sail trim and ultimately achieving target boat speeds. At only £150.00 for the weekend including accomodation on board if reqd theses sailing weekend really are good value for money and a great excuse to take a mini break from the UK winter blues, added to this, Monarch, Easyjet and British Airways...

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