Experience is king. It can be obtained by first taking several practical and theoretical courses, providing for a very solid basis. However, at C-MASTERS we also offer a more playful approach to learning and building up experience...


Experience Builder

"Coastal Sailing - for the first time"


This Experience Building Voyages is designed for sailors who enjoy sailing on inland waters, but at the same time have always wanted to pass those large coastal locks and experience the thrills of sailing on coastal waters.

This is your best choice If you're not interested in long distance sailing and you just want to experience the excitement of coastal trips in a relaxed manner and with coaching and support by one of our instructors.


Content of this experience builder

The content of the experience builder trip will be defined together with the students to meet their learning objectives, and may contain of:

  • Developing and executing a passage plan
  • Top tips on comfort on board and safety at sea
  • Passing coastal locks
  • Handling the effect of tide
  • Crossing traffic lanes with commercial ships
  • Practical sail handling techniques at sea
  • Entering a busy coastal harbour during daytime or in the evening
  • Entering a (partly drying) tidal harbour
  • Mooring and anchoring

The destination of the Experience Builder will be determined based on the learning objectives, and will be dependent on the number of days scheduled. Examples are:

  • Wadden Sea and isles in the North of The Netherlands
  • Belgian coast
  • North of France


What's included

  • C-MASTERS yacht with instructor
  • Reeds Skipper reference booklet
  • Food and drinks on board
  • Fuel and mooring fees
  • Free parking at our premises


Supporting courses

We recommend both the RYA shorebased courses, and the C-MASTERS Passage Planning course.


Supporting books

We recommend the RYA Navigation handbook and the RYA Sea survival handbook for building up practical sailing experience.




Details of this course

Recommended previous experience: Enthousiastic sailers at the level of Day Skipper and Competent Crew.


Recommended knowledge: As a minimum at the level of RYA Day Skipper shorebased navigation, preferably at the level of Coastal Skipper shorebased navigation.


Duration: 5 days


Course dates at our training centre in Zeeland:

  • 29 July to 1 August


Cost: 1275 euro 







Small group, great sailing area


I'm very happy with the boat offering plenty of space per person. The area where we sailed offers lots of opportunities to practice and acquire all experiences. Good communication by the training centre when I booked the course and very clear joining instructions. The course was very much in line with my expectations.   


-- Ben --




Overview of all our Experience Building offerings



Visit the Spanish Rias of Galicia 2024


Intermediate level voyage, including plenty of opportunities to practice your sailing and navigation skills on tidal water. Including crossing the Bay of Biscay !

Discover the Belgian coast


Experience the joys of coastal sailing while exploring our sailing area along the Belgian Coast.  




Discover sailing in Zeeland


Improve your yachting skills while exploring the beauties of our sailing area. We offer this experience builder in the great nature reserve of Zeeland. 


North Sea Crossing to London 2024

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Intermediate level voyage, including plenty of opportunities to practice your sailing and navigation skills on tidal water. Plus a short stay in this great capital city.

Sailing as a Family


Pass the sailing bug on to your family. All family members participate, learn and enjoy sailing.


Coastal Sailing - for the first time


Let this experience builder be that big step forward that will allow you to expand your sailing area to a new dimension.


Channel islands Challenge 2024


Great opportunity to develop your advanced passage making skills, while sailing via Belgium and France to Guernsey, and back via the isle of Wight in the South of the UK. This is the ultimate summer sailing challenge. 

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day skipper

Learn new skills, make miles and enjoy sailing while building up your nautical CV as trainee for crew or co-skipper on board of one of our yacht deliveries.


Ocean Crossing 2024


Unique, once in a life time opportunity to experience Sailing Over the Ocean. Whether you join to acquire your Yachtmaster Ocean qualifying passage or just for a life changing experience, this trip will be unforgettable ....






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 C-MASTERS Training Centre Zeeland

               Veerhaven 3

               4485 PL   Kats

               The Netherlands



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               Veerdam 3

               4484 NV   Kortgene

               The Netherlands



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               3090   Overijse





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