RYA Practical Cruising Course
Isle of Skye Yachts are delighted to be able to offer you an opportunity to attend one of their RYA Practical Courses. The 5 day courses with an RYA qualified Yachtmaster Instructor will usually take place aboard the new Jeanneau SO 379 "Voyager of Sleat" or the Beneteau Oceanis 393 “Sleat Lady” .
Please contact us if you have any dates you are interested in. If there are two or more in your party we may well be able to arrange other dates on request..
The courses will start in late afternoon with a briefing and an opportunity to find your way around the yacht, and, depending on the weather a short “shake down” cruise to Loch Nevis, Isle Ornsay or Doune. Depending on the weather, in five days the Instructor may take you North up the Inner Sound to Plockton, Rona and Portree or head south to the Small Isles and Tobermory. At the end of the five days in this wonderful cruising area, as well as learning from the course you will have visited a selection of interesting places and have had an enjoyable holiday.
We aim to have a mix of people studying for different certificates on each course so if you are an aspiring Coastal Skipper you should have one or two genuine Competent Crew to lead and inspire!
Food is provided on a Full Board basis with a cooked or continental breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner. There is also a generous selection of snacks available to help yourself to at any time of the day or night but you might like to bring along a few “treats” to add to your enjoyment!
If you are vegetarian or have any other dietary requirements we will do our best to accommodate them provided you enter details on your booking form, however, there are limitations on special provisions which can be obtained locally.
Alcoholic drinks are not provided – you are welcome to bring along a small selection of your own to share with the rest of the crew, however, as it is a course, only drinking in moderation will be tolerated.
£450 per course for April and September and £485 for all other dates. This includes; full board on the yacht, diesel, gas and the services of your instructor. There will perhaps be one or two evening meals eaten ashore which would be at your own expense.
There is no security deposit for courses, however, if you should happen to give a winch handle or boat hook swimming lessons reimbursement for the item would be requested! Log book(s) for your course should be purchased from us or directly from the RYA and cost £5 plus postage and packing. Certificates will be issued at the end of the course if the required standard is attained.Potential, Day or Coastal Skippers - please let us have a passport sized photo to go on the certificate prior to arrival.
If you wish to reserve the yacht for an extra day to do the Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster CoC examination there will be an additional charge for this.
If you would like to make a reservation for one the courses please contact us by phone or email to check availability and then complete the enclosed booking form and return it with a deposit of £100. You will be invoiced for the balance of the course costs 6 weeks before it commences and this will be due for payment 4 weeks before the start date.
RYA COURSES AVAILABLE
This course is for beginners wishing to build up their sailing skills. It is aimed at people who would like to become active crew rather than just passengers. The Instructor will give a full safety briefing before the first passage, but virtually all the course is hands on. One of the pleasures of this course is that total strangers start working together as a team to make their yacht sail efficiently and look smart. By the end of the course should be able to steer, handle sails, keep a lookout, row a dinghy and assist in the daily routines on board.
No experience is required prior to this course but you might find it useful to have sailed in a dinghy or on a yacht previously.
This course is for aspiring Skippers who have some yachting experience and basic navigation and sailing ability. Each trainee will be asked to Skipper the yacht on a short passage. The instructor will be on hand to give advice and encouragement, and, to ensure that your destination is reached safely. The essential element is that you experience being in charge, taking the credit when all goes well and also being responsible when it doesn’t. The end of each day will usually be spent around the chart table discussing the passages and gaining from each others experiences.
Experience prior to the course should include; Day Skipper Shorebased course and some practical sailing experience including ability to sail a triangular course.
COASTAL SKIPPER PRACTICAL and YACHTMASTER COASTAL/OFFSHORE PREP.
This is an advanced Skippering Course for yachtsmen and women who have considerable knowledge of sailing and navigation and are usually aspiring towards a Certificate of Competence. (CoC) Aspiring Coastal Skippers should be able to undertake more difficult passages by day and night and handle the yacht in more demanding conditions. By the end of the week you should have the knowledge, if not the experience, to become a Yachtmaster.
Pre-course experience; Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased course, 15 days sailing experience (2 as Skipper), 300 miles including 8 night hours.
If you would like to book an external Examiner for either of these CoC's you can arrange this through the RYA website www.rya.org.uk/coursestraining/exams/Pages/bookyourexam.aspx to follow on directly after the course finishes. Please give both RYA and Isle of Skye Yachts as much notice as possible if you would like to do this (minimum 3 weeks).