Yachtmaster Ocean

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RYA Yachtmaster Ocean

"A person holding a Yachtmaster Ocean qualification is experienced and competent to skipper a yacht on passages of any length in all parts of the world."

The two Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passages we ran in 2018 were such a success that we are planning to do it again this year.

Current thoughts are (just possibly)
• Hobart - Fiordland South Island NZ
• NZ - Sydney

Read on for more information about becoming an RYA Ocean Yachtmaster

What you need to become an Ocean Yachtmaster

To pass the interview-based RYA Yachtmaster exam you will need to be an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore with excellent organisational skills and a wealth of practical experience sailing unsupported across substantial bodies of water.

You will also need to show evidence of

600 mile Ocean Qualifying Passage

A narrative account of the planning and execution of a passage with a minimum non-stop distance of 600 miles as run by the log. You must have been skipper or mate of watch and the yacht must have been at sea continuously for at least 96 hours. The yacht must have been more than 50 miles from land or charted objects while sailing a distance of at least 200 miles.

Confidence with Celestial Navigation

Navigational records, completed on board a yacht on passages, out of sight of land showing that you are completely confident with the use of sextant and sight-reduction tables and that you navigated the yacht without the use of electronic navigational aids.

Knowledge of Worldwide meterology

The interview-style exam may also include written questions on star sight planning and reduction and worldwide meteorology.

How our 14-day Preparation Voyage will help you
become an Ocean Yachtmaster

You will be involved in every stage of planning this 1000+ mile 2-week ocean crossing.


Best route - Weather - Self-sufficiency - Charts


Water - food - fuel - sails - engine - communications - crew and watch keeping


Safety equipment - Medical supplies - Spare parts and tools - suitability of vessel

Paperwork and Publications

Customs and immigration for clearing out and arriving - Admiralty publications - long-range, gnomic and weather planning charts.

Mastering the Theory:

There will be a number of theory classes prior to departure to help you get your head around...

Celestial Theory

the 'Astro-navigation' required for the voyage

Worldwide Meteorology

Including tropical revolving storms (hurricanes etc), Indian Ocean monsoons, ocean currents and gyres

Passage Planning

Including charts, publications, weather strategies and communications

Course requirements and information:


You should already be (or be on your way to becoming) an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. This Preparation course and its outcomes will be valid for up to 10 years. However, it is always best to do any preparation as near as possible to the exam!)


Live aboard for 14 days.


Passage 1: 15th -27th September 2018 - Sydney- New Caledonia
Passage 2: 22nd October - 2nd November 2018 - New Caledonia - Gladstone


Voyage: £1130 GBP*/$1999 AU). Includes meals and accommodation on board.

Theory Classes: £50/$88 AU per class.

Book this

After you have completed this 2 week ocean voyage, if you wish to take the RYA Ocean Yachtmaster exam, we will help you arrange your portfolio and book an exam with an RYA Ocean examiner.

* As a British-registered non-profit organisation, all transactions are deemed to occur in the UK and The Ocean Sailing Club charges membership and product prices in UK pounds, however the club will accept payment in the local currency of where their yacht is at the time. Currently the Club uses the rate of A$1.75=£1

Sail Training

RYA Competent Crew

RYA Yachtmaster Theory

RYA Ocean Theory

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Sailing Club Schedule

Please note prices in:
GBP(£) and AUD($)

RYA Start Yachting £250/$440
1 live-aboard weekend

RYA Competent Crew £500/$880
2 live-aboard weekends

RYA Watch Leader £625/$1100
5 day live-aboard

RYA Yachtmaster Theory £560/$990
0800-1200, 10 standalone modules

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory £560/$990
0800-1200, 10 standalone modules

Exam Coaching We can help you prepare for

Yachtmaster Practical £995/$1760
4 live-aboard weekends

Yachtmaster Ocean Prep £1250/$2190
2-week Ocean crossing

RYA Watch-leader for Women £715/$1265
7-day passage details TBA

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* See pricing note at foot of page