RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam Preparation

The RYA/MCA YachtmasterTM Offshore Certificate of Competence examination is the next step on from the RYA/MCA YachtmasterTM Coastal Certificate of Competence once the candidate has completed more seatime to consolidate their knowledge and practiced the required skills.  The knowledge and skills required for the RYA/MCA YachtmasterTM Offshore Certificate of Competence are the same as that for YachtmasterTM Coastal but the candidate must be considerably more experience and competent in their abilities.

At the start of the course, the instructor will assess your level of competence and after discussing their assessment the instructor will tailor the rest of the week to target areas that need improvement.  There will be advanced close quarters boat handling techniques under sail/power and the full spectrum of the syllabus will be covered as shown in the RYA’s Sail Cruising Logbook (code G158).  By the end of the week the instructor will give a debrief on your abilities in preparation for you taking the exam, should you feel ready.

This course is also open to those students who wish to undertake the RYA/MCA YachtmasterTM Coastal Certificate of Competence who don’t wish to take the RYA Coastal Skipper practical course.

Pre-course Practical Requirements:Students should be above the minimum days, miles and passages required to take the subsequent exam normally taken shortly after the course (see the exam page for details)

At least half this mileage and passages must be in tidal waters and on a vessel less than 24m and 200gt.

All qualifying seatime must be within 10 years prior to the exam.

Highly experienced practiced in the full syllabus as detailed in the RYA’s Sail Cruising Logbook (code G158).

Pre-course Theory Requirements:Theory knowledge to the level of the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Theory Course. Hence most candidates will be required to take the RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Shorebased Course prior to this practical course unless they can clearly demonstrate they already have the necessary knowledge (note that the Hong Kong PVOL Grade 1 or 2 is not sufficient for this requirement).
Course duration:5 days and 4 night sleeping on-board (there can be some variation on request)
Minimum age:18 years.
What’s Included:Mooring fees, accommodation on-board, all meals and snacks from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day. All drinks including water and soft drinks.
Maximum Students:5 maximum which may be a mixture of exam preparation students and other sailors.

Note: This also covers the cost of the yacht hire for the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam but not the cost of the actual exam (see RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Exam page for details).


The itinerary is dependant on weather but below is a typical 5 day course:

Day 1. Arrive RHKYC Causeway bay at 0930hrs. Crew briefing and leave mooring.

Day 2-4.  The itinerary will depend on an assessment of each students learning requirements.  The course can cover the entire waters of Hong Kong and in particular making use of the western side with its bridges, tidal streams and high-speed vessels.  Students’ abilities will be extensively tested with the likes of complex passages, extended night sailing and emergency situations.

Day 5. Sail back to RHKYC Causeway Bay. Course ends approximately 1600hrs.

Students require to bring the following (see FAQs for more detials):

  • Lightweight sleeping bag or equivalent and pillow.
  • Clothes suitable for 5 days sailing.
  • Kit backed into a soft bag (no hard suitcase).
  • Photo ID.
  • Weather proof clothing suitable for the time of year.
  • Footwear such as deck shoes or trainers with good grip.

Full coverage of syllabus as detailed in the RYA’s Sail Cruising Logbook (code G158).

If you have enough qualifying experience and feel confident in your abilities then take the RYA/MCA YachtmasterTM Offshore Certificate of Competence Examination (or the RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Coastal CoC Exam)  Otherwise, consolidate what you have learnt by undertaking more sailing either on your own yacht, chartering or by joining a course under the Experience & Mile Building programme to gain valuable experience.


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