This course is for those aspiring to blue water cruising and is ideal for holders of the Yachtmaster Offshore certificate who are preparing for their first ocean passage. It is the highest level of training provided within our RYA program, and highly respected for commercial positions on board of yachts.
The course is taught over 40 hours with one exam paper. It can be covered as a series of weekend sessions, or as an intensive week-long course.
Ability after the course
The training on astronavigation will make your sextant your best friend, and allow you to confidently take sights at sea to obtain your position and carry out compass checks. In addition you'll have a better insight in worldwide meteorology, passage planning and communications for long voyages at sea. Combined with sessions on crew management, watch keeping, victualling, water and fuel management and emergency equipment, this will give you a great knowledge base for putting the theory into practice on an ocean voyage.
We recommend the C-MASTERS practical celestial navigation course for exercising taking sights and position fixing with a sextant at sea.
Books to further enrich your knowledge on ocean passages are RYA Offshore sailing, the RYA Meteorology handbook and the RYA Sea Survival handbook
Having an instructor that loves the topic is half way the success. My expectations for this course were high. The instructor was able to exceed them. I'm happy with the outcome and this course made me even more enthousiastic about celestial navigation
-- Pedro --