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Yachtmaster Milebuilder and Qualifying Passages

Our Yachtmaster Milebuilders provide the opportunity to log sea miles and qualifying passages in preparation for assessment for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate. You will take part in a series of extended passages by day and night, operating a watch system on board.

Milebuilder and qualifying passages

We run milebuilder passages of various lengths. Usually 5 days or 12 days. Most of our passages begin and end at our base in Sydney but at certain times of the year we start and finish at different ports. 

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 operate our milebuilder passages at various locations depending on the time of year. We plan the itinerary on the first day to take best advantage of the weather. 

The scenery and anchorages are magnificent and the weather is generally excellent for sailing. You can expect to see dolphins, whales at certain times of the year and of course Flying Fish!

You will enjoy fresh sea air and good food in the company of great people.

The yacht and the instructor 

This course will be run on board one of our training yachts by an accredited RYA/AS Instructor. You live on board with your fellow students and take part in all aspects of running the boat. 

  • Mar
    16 Mar - 20 Mar
    5 days
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $1,695.00 incl. GST
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  • Mar
    23 Mar - 3 Apr
    2 weeks
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
    Sydney, Australia
    • $3,390.00 incl. GST
    Event is fullJoin waiting list

What's included

Tuition, certification and logbook (if required). 

Life-jackets and safety harnesses are provided. We can loan you wet weather clothing if required. 


Shared cabin accommodation on board., All vessels have an enclosed bathroom on board.


We provide all meals on board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day.

You should expect to eat, at your own cost ashore, for one night.  

We cater for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters.  

Qualifications and experience

  • Approx 500 sea miles / 5 days
  • Approx 1000 sea miles / 12 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. We like you to hold a Sea Survival certificate and can arrange training for candidates who need this.

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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