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Sydney to Hobart Qualifying Passage / Yachtmaster Milebuilder

This passage meets the requirements of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for crew qualification for the Sydney to Hobart race. It is also a great milebuilder for aspiring Yachtmasters.

To meet the requirements for 'qualified crew status' for the Sydney to Hobart Race competing sailors must have completed a category 1 approved passage. 

The Flying Fish crew will sail on a return passage from our base in Sydney to a waypoint 250 miles to seaward of the Australian coast.  

You sail by day and night, operating a watch system on board. 

Course content

  • Preparation for sea
  • Safety equipment and procedures
  • Pilotage and passage planning
  • Offshore navigation 
  • Preparing for heavy weather
  • Sail trim
  • Man overboard procedures
  • Watch keeping/night passages
  • Crew management and the role of the skipper
  • Skipper experience

Location and sailing conditions 

We plan the detailed passage itinerary on the first day to take best advantage of the weather. 

This is a great opportunity to sharpen your offshore sailing skills, log miles and make some excellent preparations for the Sydney to Hobart race. 

For those seeking to gain miles and offshore experience for Yachtmaster certification this is an invaluable experience. 

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run on board or Sydney to Hobart race yacht SV Arctos by an accredited RYA/AS Instructor. You live on board with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat. 

What's included

Accommodation with meals on the yacht, tuition, all safety equipment.

We can provide your wet weather clothing if you need it.

Qualifications and experience

  • Approx 500 sea miles / 5 days
  • RYA qualifying passages 

Before you start

No formal qualifications are required but your sailing and navigation skills should be at Day Skipper level or equivalent.

If you are planning to sail offshore regularly you should also complete an ISAF approved Sea Survival certificate. 

What next?

At the end of the course your instructor will give you feedback on your sailing skills and your ability as skipper, making recommendations for your future training and experience.

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