Practical Courses and Short Trips involve a mixture of learning and fun, to enjoy the summer and the scenery. They start from Royal Quays marina in North Shields, which has 24 hour access to the river Tyne, close to its mouth into the sea.
A synopsis of RYA Sail Cruising Courses can be found with this link Sail Cruising
I have a quality 11 metre Hallberg Rassy yacht, “Lian”, and will be pleased to have you onboard as crew (or aspiring skippers!) The yacht has elegance and comfort, together with the popular and familiar wheel steering. Try Hallberg Rassy and search for HR36
Which RYA Course will suit me?
Enrolling on the correct Course for you is important and we try to check this out first. A general RYA to their Cruising qualifications can be found here: RYA Sail Cruising
RYA Start Yachting
A two day Course for complete beginners where you will learn about a yacht, rope work, sailing, rules of the road, man overboard recovery, clothing/equipment, emergency equipment and precautions and meteorology. A two day course for beginners, which can be the ‘start’ of greater things. You live onboard for two days and visit another marina, away from Royal Quays. This is usually a Course for which a group booking is needed. Individuals or couples are advised to try a Day Trip. Cost £230. RYA Start Yachting
RYA Competent Crew
A five day Course living onboard the yacht where you will become experienced in seamanship and a useful Crew member. Many and varied skills will be learnt, such as sail handling, safety, rope work, meteorology, dinghy handling and steering a boat.
No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and have a good time, in company.
The package includes full board (excluding a celebratory dinner out) and instruction from an RYA instructor. May 13 – 18th, 31st July – 5th August & others to emerge See a short video – Mark Batey Competent Crew
The full five days costs £595, to include RYA Course notes. Alternatively, try sharing private tuition which will be during the daytime only over three days, ‘An excellent Practical Crewing course in a lovely boat’ – John. ‘have had a great 3 days and loved every minute’ – Roxy. This leads to Competent Crew equivalent, without the RYA certificate. RYA Competent Crew Cost £275 (£375 weekends).
RYA Day Skipper Practical
A five day course, often with Competent Crews, living onboard the yacht, well known for its luxury and steadiness afloat. Although this is a beginners skippering Course, candidates should have practical to Competent Crew standard and Day Skipper Theory level knowledge.
You will be introduced to the problems and responsibilities of being in charge of a sailing yacht and how to cope with common difficulties. RYA Day Skipper Practical
This very important Course is the key to being able to charter a sailing yacht.
You will learn to be able to skipper a cruising yacht safely by day in tidal waters. Subjects to be covered include boat handling, pilotage, meteorology, collision avoidance, navigation and wind awareness. Turn yourself from crew to skipper in 5 days.
The Course will start on the evening of the first day and finish in the afternoon of the last, weather permitting, at Royal Quays, assuming no problems. You will visit other marinas in the area. – ‘I was pleased with the way the course was organised, the instructions for preparation and attending, the fact that you were there waiting for me when I arrived, and your welcome both before and after we boarded.’ – Hassall
What to Expect. You will be living onboard for the duration of the Course and will have an opportunity to learn many skills without an examination, as the certificate is awarded based on continuous assessment. Days can be long, often 9am to 9pm and some night sailing (No 9am to 5pm here!). All ages, 18 and above, are welcome. The School yacht has the popular, and familiar, wheel steering to assist manoeuvres. Course Review by Tim Edwards
How to Prepare. Although you need sea mileage this will be gained during your stay. A suggested minimum practical experience is Competent Crew level. Some theory will be put into practice and knowledge up to RYA Day Skipper Theory standard is recommended.
You will need suitable clothing and be prepared to have some fun on the way (or even afterwards during shoreside debriefs, before 2300)
How to Book. There are a maximum of five places onboard and the cost is £625 per person or £995 for a couple prepared to share the forecabin, which has privacy but restricted space. Cost includes RYA Course notes.
You will be asked to confirm your fitness for the Course, with £150 reservation and the balance eight weeks before the start.
You need to be physically able to cope to experience the Course to the full. Whilst it may be possible to allow for some mobility limitation, there is a safety aspect to this and the skipper will have the final decision as to whether you can continue. April 2018 22 – 27th (FULL), May 13 – 18th, 31st July – 5th August & others to emerge.
With your booking, please state your age, any sailing experience, and advise me of anything relevant such as limited mobility, diet or health. For a murky glimpse of a night sail try Night Sail
This is possible and you can see what happened to Chris & Heather in 2016 Where’s Your Ticket?
A Sailor’s Tale
RYA Coastal Skipper Practical
An advanced five day course, with or without an examination at the end. Like the Day Skipper Course from Royal Quays you will be living on board and aspire to the Coastal Skipper standard, the ability to skipper a yacht on coastal passages, day and night. You will be instructed on skippering techniques and passage planning. You will be assumed to have sailing to Day Skipper standard and navigation to Coastal/Yachtmaster™ shorebased. A sample requirement for chartering a yacht on the Clyde; ‘Skippers must hold/be experienced RYA Coastal practical or Yachtmaster practical when sailing within the Clyde. Outwith the Clyde – Yachtmaster practical’. Cost £625 April 14 – 19th (FULL). RYA Coastal Skipper Practical
If you are looking for the Yachtmaster™ Coastal or coveted Yachtmaster™ Offshore qualification, as this is by examination, 6 to 10 hours, an RYA Examiner can come and ‘put you through your paces’. Yachtmaster
Remember you need, at the time you are to be examined;
For Yachtmaster™ Coastal – minimum of 30 days sea time, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles & 12 night hours. (if you have the above Coastal Skipper Practical Course Completion certificate the sea time is reduced to 20 days, two as skipper, 400 miles & 12 night hours)
For Yachtmaster™ Offshore – minimum of 50 days sea time, 5 days as skipper, 2,500 miles, 5 passages over 60 miles including two overnight and two as skipper.
For both examinations you will need certificates for First Aid and a VHF Radio Operator’s. Jonny Colwell reviews his Yachtmaster Examination in detail YM Examination
Yachtmaster™ Preparation. A three day Course onboard the school boat followed by examination for Yachtmaster™ Coastal or Offshore. The Instructor will guide you through this, to include a night sail, out of Royal Quays and, after three days, will be replaced by an RYA Examiner for two further, five days in all. You need to have prior competence to Coastal Skipper standard and the requisite certificates and sea miles in your log book.
Cost £595.YM Prep & Examination 2015
Ocean Yachtmaster™ Qualifying Passage This is not an RYA Course but follows gaining the Ocean theory and involves estimating your position by use of a sextant. The passage is followed by an oral examination for the candidate to gain the coveted ‘Ocean Yachtmaster™ title. Here is the story of Mick;
Well done Mick Brown on having just attained his Ocean Yachtmaster ticket. In case anyone thinks I do Ocean qualifying trips, Mick did his YM Ocean theory with me and boat handling with Don. Mick coped well with the Celestial Navigation part of the syllabus. Of all the RYA theory subjects, this is the most demanding. No he’s not shooting albatrosses in this image!
Oral exam went very well and I passed! thanks for your excellent tuition’. 27th October Mick updates ‘I got my Certificate today – very pleased , a long but satisfying route from tying my first fender!’ You can see his passage plan on Ocean Qualifying Passage I don’t do an Ocean Qualifying Passage but victim Chris of Carbery Sailing operates between Cork and Tenerife and is worth a look