This course introduces the students to the following fundamental topics necessary to be able to skipper a yacht on coastal and offshore passages by day and night:

  1. Passage planning
    • Can plan a coastal passage including a consideration of the
      • capability of the yacht
      • navigation
      • victualling
      • weather
      • ports of refuge
      • tidal heights
      • tidal streams
      • publications required
      • strategy
    • Knows Customs procedures
  1. Preparation for sea
    • Is aware of safety equipment required for offshore passages
    • Can prepare a yacht for sea including:
      • stowage
      • safety briefing
      • watch keeping
      • delegating responsibilities
      • equipment and engine checks
  1. Pilotage
    • Can prepare a pilotage plan with consideration of
      • soundings
      • transits
      • clearing bearings
      • buoyage
      • port or harbour regulations
      • tidal considerations
    • Can pilot a yacht by day and night
  1. Passage making and ability as skipper
    • Can take charge of a yacht and direct the crew
    • Can organise the navigation, deckwork and domestic duties of a yacht on passage
    • Is aware of the significance of meteorological trends
    • Is aware of crew welfare on passage
    • Can use electronic navigational equipment for planning and undertaking a passage, including the use of waypoints and routes
  1. Yacht handling under power
    • Can control the yacht effectively in a confined space under power
    • All berthing and unberthing situations in various conditions of wind and tide
  1. Yacht handling under sail
    • Can use the sails to control the yacht in a confined space
    • Anchoring and mooring in various conditions of wind and tide
    • Can sail efficiently on all points of sailing, including downwind techniques
  1. Adverse weather conditions
    • Preparation for heavy weather and yacht handling in strong winds
    • Navigation and general conduct in restricted visibility
  1. Emergency situations
    • Recovery of man overboard under power and sail
    • Understands action to be taken when abandoning to the liferaft and during helicopter and lifeboat rescues

(Source: Royal Yachting Association Syllabus and Logbook G15/10)

What to bring


  • Suitable clothing – layers are always a good idea
  • Gloves (optional) – can be purchased from us
  • Socks
  • Sailing or soft light-soled shoes – can be purchased from us
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sun cream, hat, towels, toiletries
  • Weather proof jacket / foul weather gear – we can provide foul weather gear on loan for free
  • Extra money for food & beverages – cooking on board the yacht is encouraged for the experience and to help stretch your budget


  • Charts & navigation equipment on loan – can be purchased from us
  • Course completion certificates
  • Sheets & pillows
  • Full galley
  • Cleaning products
  • Tea, coffee, sugar, milk
  • Foul weather gear on loan for practical courses


National and some international flights land at Cape Town International Airport. The airport is approximately an hour’s drive from our office in Langebaan.

Car rentals from airport/Cape Town

There are drop-off points for the following rental car companies in Langebaan:


  • Telephone/Fax number: +27 (0)22 772 2807


  • Telephone/Fax number: +27 (0)22 772 1006

Travel Arrangements

If the need be, we can assist you in making arrangements to meet your transport and alternative accommodation needs. We make use of a registered shuttle service between Cape Town and Langebaan.

EVENING BEFORE COURSE STARTS (only by prior arrangement)

We can meet you the day before your course starts between 17:00 and 18:00 at our office. Please make arrangements with our office prior to your arrival.


Please meet us at the Atlantic Yachting Office at the Club Mykonos Marina, Agora Square at 08:00. After the first day theory courses will commence at 08:30am and finish by 17:00.

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