Yachtmaster Ocean Theory & Qualifying Passage
This course prepares experienced skippers for the prestigious RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence. The programme combines the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory course with an exhilarating Pacific ocean qualifying passage.
The programme begins with the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shore-based theory course, where you learn both traditional and twenty-first century methods of navigation.
The syllabus includes celestial navigation, ocean currents, meteorology and ocean passage planning. We make sure that you can use a sextant and know how to reduce sun sights and star sights to find your position.
The crew then gets together to plan the ocean passage. Subject to weather forecasts we aim to make a short coastal passage, followed by an ocean passage to the world heritage listed Lord Howe Island.
We run this course twice a year.
On the December start date there is a 3 week break in training over the Christmas period (between weeks 1 and 2) and the ocean passage begins in Hobart, Tasmania and finishes at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.
If you join our April course there is no break in the schedule and the Ocean passage starts and finishes at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.
Week 1 - RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased theory course
Week 2 - Ocean passage planning / Begin ocean passage
Week 3 - Ocean qualifying passage
Week 4 - Ocean qualifying passage
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe is an absolute jewel in the Pacific with pristine beaches and a magnificent coral lagoon. The diving and snorkeling are world class and, weather permitting, the crew will spend a couple of days relaxing and exploring this beautiful island before we set sail for the passage back to Sydney.
600 nautical miles
Crew members rotate the role of Acting Skipper or Watch Leader, ensuring everyone logs the required 600 nautical mile qualifying passage in a position of responsibility.