Yachtmaster Coastal Practical Exam

  • Course ID: Y345
  • Discipline: Yachting
  • Level: Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster

The Coastal Skipper Certificate certifies a recreational sailor's ability to skipper a sailing yacht under sail and auxiliary motor on coastal passages during daylight and at night. The assessment is a practical assessment run at sea in a cruising boat.

Accreditation ISA Yachtmaster Coastal or RYA Coastal Skipper
Boat The boat used for assessments would normally be a sailing yacht with an auxiliary engine that is at least 7 meters in overall length and which is suitable for cruising. The yacht must be equipped to category B as defined in the ISA Yacht Safety Equipment list. SailCork recommends that you use
Length of Course Duration of assessment One candidate: 6 - 10 hours. More than one candidate: 4 - 8 hours per candidate.
Objective You meet the standard of Coastal Skipper and are capable of skippering a sailing yacht under sail and auxiliary motor on coastal passages during daylight and at night.
Location Cork Harbour or West Cork, South Coast of Ireland.
Equipment Included The Boat has full safety equipment, all nav. aids and powerful engines. The safety equipment includes lifejackets and harnesses for each crew member. Waterproofs are available on request.
What to bring Soft bag with change of warm clothes, toiletries, sleeping bag. Your own sailing waterproofs if you have them.
Meals Most meals are pre-prepared by our qualified Galley Cook. Nothing better than sitting at the table in the saloon for a meal with fellow crewmembers after a hard day's sailing!

Passage planning, Preparation for sea, Pilotage, Passage making and responsibilities as skipper, Yacht handling under power and under sail, Adverse weather conditions, emergency situations, Rules of the road.

Pre Course 1. The following logged in a sailing yacht within 10 years of the exam: - 800 miles in tidal waters - 25 days at sea, 3 days as skipper - 12 night hours. Where a candidate holds a course completion certificate from a shorebased course in either the ISA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster Offshore then the logged requirements are as follows: - 600 miles - 20 days at sea, 3 days as skipper - 12 night hours. Mileage completed during ISA certified Coastal Skipper sea based courses may be included in the logged requirements. 2. Restricted Cert of Competency in VHF Radiotelephony or SRC Module 1. 3. Candidate must be at least 16 years of age at the time of assessment.
Pre Course Advice We strongly recommend you compete a 4 day Coastal Skipper preparation course immediately prior to the exam.

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Eddie/Joe/Peter (&Kuba)

this note of thanks is a little tardy so apologies.

As a business just want to say you guys look after your customers and everything was well thought out and very well planned.

Food always excellent, can't wait for the Sailcork Cookbook, I am sure its an art planning food in a challenging environment.

The training was exceptional, from theory classes to the practical side, for me it's amazing you can take someone with no knowledge and no confidence, put them through a program and give them them the required knowledge, skills and  confidence to sail.

..... and in doing so find that difficult balance between a social activity that also requires vigilance safety and security.

I have done many courses (work and pleasure) I can honestly say I learned the most and at so many levels from Sailcork, we are the better for your long and valuable service in Cork.

best regards,

William Oppermann (look after Lou...she is building muscle for the winches...)

William Oppermann

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