RYA Yachtmaster Coastal Prep + MCA/RYA Exam

The RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence examination is the next natural step for those who have completed the RYA Coastal Skipper course and have completed some coastal sailing since in order to put the lessons learnt into practice. The holder of an RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence has the knowledge needed to to skipper a yacht on coastal passages, but does not necessarily have the experience needed to undertake longer offshore passages. The theory knowledge required for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence is the same as that for Yachtmaster Offshore, but less practical experience and skill is required.


Early in the week your experienced instructor will give you an honest appraisal of your chances of success and will then address any weaknesses that may have been highlighted. During the course you will take command of the yacht on short passages in the Solent by day and night and practice lots of close quarters boat handling techniques under sail and power. The instructor will tailor the course to your specific needs however our experience leads us to emphasize the following subjects: passage planning, man overboard recovery, close quarters handling under sail and power, skippering techniques, navigation in restricted visibilty, pilotage and knowledge of the International Collision Regulations. Before joining the course, students should have the pre-requisite experience outlined above, navigation theory to the level of the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster theory course and a thorough knowledge of the Collision Regulations.

At the end of the week your instructor will give you a debrief and leave you feeling relaxed and confident in your ability to take the examination should you feel ready to do so.


0900 Monday until the completion of all the exams which will be no later than 1500 on Sunday. Click here for an example schedule of how you will spend the week.

What's Included:

All food except the evening of joining, wet weather gear and accommodation onboard. Mooring fees are an extra and we suggest that you budget approximately £30 for this course. For details of what you should bring please refer to the FAQ's section.

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Next Step:

At this stage of the RYA scheme it is necessary to consolidate what you have learnt by completing more sea miles and gaining more skippering experience. This could be achieved by chartering a yacht from us, joining a distance cruise or cross channel weekend or just coming along for another week or weekend of refresher /consolidation training. Once you have acquired the necessary experience you should look to join the Yachtmaster Offshore Preparation week.

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Duration:7 days (Monday to Sunday), 5 day preparation and 2 day exam weekend. Allow up to a maximum of the 7th day for the exam.

Previous Experience Required:Minimum 30 days aboard, 2 days as skipper, 800 miles logged, 12 night hours (Half the qualifying seatime must have been conducted in tidal waters). VHF operators certificate, valid first aid certificate, If an RYA Coastal Skipper completion certificate is held mileage is reduced to 400. Current theory knowledge to RYA Coastal/Yachtmaster. 

Course Overview: Preparation and brush up for the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal Certificate of Competence. Revision of advanced skippering techniques, close quarters handling under power and sail, navigation and pilotage by day and night, man overboard recovery and overall yacht management skills. Ratio 4:1

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Cost: 7 Days £895 + Exam Fee (£208)

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