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Yachtmasters Ocean Theory / Sights / Oral

Overview of course content:

This is a course in astro navigation and worldwide meteorology which also reveals the mysteries of the sextant. It assumes a sound knowledge of all subjects covered in the Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper and RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Shorebased courses.

RYA Ocean Theory – 6 days

  • The Earth and the Celestial Sphere
  • The PZX triangle
  • The Sextant
  • Measurement of Time
  • Meridian Altitudes
  • Sun, Moon, Planet and Star sights.
  • Compass checking
  • Satellite Navigation systems
  • Great Circle Sailing
  • Meteorology
  • Passage Planning
  • Passage Making
  • Communications

RYA Ocean Sights – 3 days

  • Sail out so that no land marks are seen as this is a pre-requisite from RYA
  • Sights to be taken 2 – 3 hours apart

PRE- REQUISITES for RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate of Competence

  • Hold a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate of Competence.
  • Completed as Skipper/Mate, a Qualified Passage, involving full Planning of a non-stop 600 miles, 4 Day Passage at least 50 miles from land.
  • Hold a First Aid Qualification.

Oral – The candidate must provide the examiner with:

  • A narrative account of the planning and execution of the qualifying passage
  • Navigational records, completed on board a yacht on passage, out of sight of land, showing that the candidate has navigated the yacht without the use of electronic navigational aids. The record must include a minimum of: planning, reduction and plotting of a sun-run meridian altitude sight and a compass check carried out using the bearing of the sun, moon, a star or a planet.

Course Days

Accommodation included for pratical but not theory

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