Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track
The Yachtmaster Ocean Fast Track in Sydney first trains you for your RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. Then you go on to learn celestial navigation and complete an ocean qualifying passage, in preparation for the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean oral exam.
On passing your oral exam you will be qualified to take command of a sailing vessel up to 200gt on passages unrestricted by distance.
During the course your time is divided between live-aboard passages and shore-based day sailing or theory classes.
Weekends are usually free but you are encouraged to join our dinghy sailing classes, go yacht racing with owners at the club, or join a Flying Fish weekend course as mate to one of our qualified yacht instructors.
We run this course twice a year starting September and January
If you book our September start date there is a three week break in training over the Christmas period (between weeks 12 and 13 below) and the ocean passage begins in Hobart, Tasmania and finishes at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.
If you join our January course there is no break in the schedule and the Ocean passage starts and finishes at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.
Yachtmaster Ocean customers follow the 16 week schedule below.
Week 1 - RYA Powerboat Level 2 (2 days) / Dinghy Sailing level 1/2 (2 days) /Marine First Aid (1 day)
Week 2 - RYA Competent Crew (5 days live-aboard)
Week 3 - RYA Day Skipper Shorebased Theory / ACMA Marine Radio Operator (1 day)
Week 4 - RYA Day Skipper Practical (5 days live-aboard)
Week 5 - RYA Coastal Skipper Practical (5 days live-aboard)
Week 6 - RYA Yachtmaster Shorebased Theory (5 days)
Week 7 - Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (5 days live-aboard)
Week 8 - Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (12 days live-aboard)
Week 9 - Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages (continued)
Week 10 - Racing and Spinnakers (2 days) / Yacht Maintenance and Diesel Engines (3 days)
Week 11 - Yachtmaster Practical Skills (5 days)
Week 12 - RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Shorebased Theory (5 days)
Week 13 - Ocean passage planning / Yachtmaster Ocean Qualifying Passage (16 days live-aboard)
Week 14 - YM Ocean Qualifying Passage (continued)
Week 15 - YM Ocean Qualifying Passage (continued)
Week 16 - Yachtmaster Prep and Exam Week - Offshore (5 days live-aboard)
The above schedule can be individually structured to take account of your prior skills and experience and save you time and money. If you would like a quote for a personalised schedule please contact Flying Fish using the Register Interest button.
Fantastic sailing areas
The course is based in the spectacular setting of the Flying Fish Sail Academy at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, Sydney.
You sail in Sydney Harbour, Australia's favourite yachting playground, cruising past the Opera House and under the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. Offshore you explore the New South Wales coast, heading south to Jervis Bay or north to Pittwater, Seal Rocks and Coffs Harbour.
The Ocean passage goes to Lord Howe island which is an absolute jewel in the Pacific with beautiful 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.
Weather conditions vary from warm sea breezes to cool southerly busters. You will experience magnificent seascapes, dolphins, whales and, of course, flying fish. This is offshore sailing at its best.
Equipment and instructors
We operate a fleet of excellent training vessels including Beneteau 40.7 cruiser racers, SV Arctos (a Radford 55 built for a southern ocean circumnavigation) and our luxury yacht Calypso, a state of the art Moody 54 Deck Saloon.
Our team of experienced instructors will guide you through your programme in the friendly and professional style that is the hallmark of Flying Fish.
Where to stay ashore
Flying Fish serviced crew apartments – stay with other Flying Fish customers on one of Australia's most beautiful beaches.
Our crew apartments in Pine street are a stone’s throw from Manly beach and a short bus ride to our training centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
They are comfortably furnished for shared living with two bathrooms, a separate toilet, well equipped kitchens, lounge/dining areas, laundry facilities and an outdoor area.
Room share (twin or triple with ensuite) $690 per week / single room $990 per week
Book your own
Backpackers In Manly - basic accommodation for those on a budget (approx $50 / night for 4-6 berth mixed dormitory)
Air BNB - various prices and standards