There are many requirements for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification exam, but the one that offers the biggest challenge for many sailors is compiling the necessary 2,500 miles with at least 50 days at sea. This is especially difficult if you do not own your own boat. While building these crucial miles requires effort, there are many creative ways to accomplish the high mileage mark while also adding tremendous sailing skills to your repertoire. First, you must understand the mileage requirements. Then, you can begin to find creative and safe ways to build the necessary miles.
The RYA Yachtmaster Offshore 8 to 12-hour exam includes an assessment of your skippering skills, boat handling, navigation, safety awareness, general seamanship, and knowledge of the IRPCS, meteorology and signals.
However, it also requires a significant amount of sea time and sea miles, which can be difficult to accumulate if you do not own your own yacht.
Before you can take the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore examination you must have the following logged mileage / experience and certifications:
The RYA Day Skipper course is a good prerequisite. Some candidates are also equipped with the Coastal Skipper qualification. The candidate should have sailed extensively in different areas, serving as skipper.
For candidates who do not own their own yacht, building the appropriate miles presents unique challenges. Here are six safe ways to build the high-quality miles required for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore certification.
The miles can be collected anywhere in the world with at least half of them being in tidal waters. The further north you sail, especially in winter, the more likely you will deal with unfavorable weather, especially outside of sheltered bays. You can build your experience with ideal conditions and sunny weather by arranging mile-building days and sailing weekends with Mallorca Sailing Academy. With the guidance of an experience skipper, you can get a taste of longer passages to stunning locations throughout the Mediterranean while remaining in safe, predictable waters. To accumulate more miles, try a spectacular sail from Mallorca to Croatia or to Sardinia. If you want to be bold and adventure beyond Mediterranean waters, you can book a 10-day sail in the Atlantic to the majestic Canary Islands.
Taking RYA sailing courses count toward your mileage, so why not continue to build skills while also earning valuable sea time and sea miles. During these courses, you will also meet many other sailors looking to build miles for the more advanced certifications. You can coordinate with them for sailing and crewing opportunities.
Hop onboard a friend’s yacht to help build miles. Be sure that the captain is a certified skipper and ask if they would allow you to skipper some night watches or even a full passage.
There are many websites that offer crewing opportunities on long passages. You can also find opportunities to crew on racing yachts to help build miles.
Often, sailing schools will allow sailors to tag along on the more senior courses. This can also help to build miles when you do not have access to your own yacht.
Many sailing schools offer charter opportunities on modern yachts with qualified skippers.
Get started building the miles you need to become a certified Yachtmaster!
Mallorca Sailing Academy offers many opportunities to build high-quality sea miles under the safe supervision of qualified skippers. We also offer the prestigious RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and RYA Yachtmaster Coastal courses.
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