Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Practical and Exam

2021 Dates:

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  • No dates available at this time. Register on our Waitlist to show interest and be notified for the next course.

COST: $2439

DURATION: 7 Days (2 Exam Days)

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About Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Practical and Exam Course

This course is designed for those who want to be prepared for advanced navigation and practical skippering of a boat that is at least 7m or 23ft. This course takes place in Rhode Island and includes 6-7 intense days aboard a sailing yacht provided by Confident Captain on a “Preparatory Cruise” guided by a qualified instructor.

The Yachtmaster Sail Practical and Exam course, offered for either Offshore or Coastal certification, covers boat handling under sail and power, and in confined spaces. Through this course students will also learn navigation and pilotage techniques in daylight, at night, and in reduced visibility. This course reviews all aspects of the RYA Theory syllabus, instructing students on coping with emergencies as well as adverse weather conditions.

Students often choose to get their Yachtmaster Offshore Certification commercially endorsed. If a candidate chooses to go this route, s/he will have to provide documentation of all of the following in addition to that listed in the Prerequisites section:

  • STCW-10*
  • Original copy of ENG-1*: Physical examination are no longer given in Newport, RI. Please contact us for additional information at captain@confidentcaptain.com
  • RYA Professional Practices and Responsibilities Course (PPR)*

*These items do not need to be submitted to Confident Captain staff in order to enroll in the course, but will be required at the time of examination.

Pre Requisites

In order to enroll in the Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Practical and Exam, all candidates must meet the following applicable criteria:

Required Sea-time

  • 50 days -2,500nm including at least 5 passages over 60 miles
  • Acting as skipper for at least 2 of these passages
  • Including 2 overnight passages
  • 5 days experience as skipper

Required Certificate


  • ENG 1 (Professional Only)
  • STCW-10 (Professional Only)
  • Basic First Aid Certificate (Recreational Only)
  • SRC/VHF Certification (offered as an add-on in registration for $150 )
  • 18 years of age or older

“The legendary Kent of Confident Captain helped me every step of the way with helping me obtain my Yachtmaster ticket. Thank you for guiding me through!!”

Sara Hastreiter, Volvo Ocean Race Sailor

Course Outline

Topics covered in the Yachtmaster Offshore Sail Practical and Exam include:

  • International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea
  • Safety
  • Passage Planning and Pilotage
  • Emergency Situations
  • Boat Handling
  • General Seamanship
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Skipper Responsibilities & Ability
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology/Weather/Adverse Weather
  • Radio Use/Signals
  • Troubleshooting Diesel Engines
  • Radar


  • Due to COVID-19, many of our courses are on hold. If you are interested in being added to our Waitlist for free, you will be notified when a course is added to the schedule and will have right of first available spots.
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