Yachtmaster Prep Week


The Yachtmaster Offshore Prep Week prepares experienced sailors for the Yachtmaster Offshore or Yachtmaster Coastal Exam. This preparation course is held over a period of 5 consecutive days on board, with daytime and night time navigation.

This version of the RYA Yachtmaster Prep Week sailing course is held over a period of 5 consecutive days on board, with daytime and night time navigation. During the course we review your existing sailing experience while developing additional skills to manage the vessel using RYA principles and practices to the appropriate level of competence. Areas covered include but are not limited to: sailing of the vessel in different weather conditions, Man Over Board exercises, safety and emergency procedures, leadership and management of the crew, provisioning, navigation exercises such as blind navigation and passage planning, a review of the functioning of the diesel engine, radar, and other situations one might encounter as a skipper. We will review theoretical concepts such the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea, communications, navigation and terminology.

From our base in Antigua, you will sail out of Jolly Harbour and practice navigating in St. Johns Harbour, around the north of the island to Long Island and then back down to Falmouth and English Harbours, to name a few. Daily practice will also include docking in different conditions.  Do not expect to log a 60 mile passage during this practice week, or to have many miles added to your logbook, as we concentrate on skippering skills and not distances.

We often schedule complementary courses, should you need them, prior to or immediately following the Offshore/Coastal Prep Week, such as 

RYA First Aid,


RYA Diesel Engine

RYA Radar

As you complete the course, you will continue to the RYA Yachtmaster Exam, which we try to schedule after a one or two day break following the course.

Prerequisites to sit for the RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Exam (completed in the last 10 years)

  • 800 Nautical Miles of which minimum 400 in tidal waters
  • These may be reduced to 400nm of which minimum 200 in tidal waters if you hold a RYA Coastal Skipper Certificate of Completion
  • 2 days as skipper
  • 12 night hours
  • 30 days at sea
  • SRC/VHF Radio Certification
  • First Aid Certification within the last two years
  • 17 years old at time of exam

Prerequisites to sit for the Yachtmaster Offshore Exam are: (completed in the last 10 years)

  • 2,500 Nautical Miles of which 1,250 in tidal waters
  • 5 passages of more than 60 miles of which 2 as skipper
  • 2 overnight passages
  • 50 days at sea
  • SRC/VHF Radio Certification
  • First Aid Certification within the last two years
Included Safety equipment 

Accomodation on board in a shared cabin

Sheets, pillow cover, quick dry towel

Docking fees 

Fuel and water 

Didactic materials

Not included Food provisioning to share with other students

Transport from and to the school

Exam Fee – paid directly to the RYA

Duration 5 days prep + 2-day exam
Bring along Please download “Joining Instructions” below


Minimum of 3 Students – Maximum of 5 Students

2499,00 USD per person