The following sylabus is dependant upon the students levels of skills, knowledge and experience. As the course is partly run upon a
consultancy basis, each student is encouraged to self-develop to their maximum capacity. The full syllabus is covered in theory but the
practical elements are subject to availablity of; boats and equipment, weather and the students current capacities.
Navigation & Instruments:
Wind instruments settings & useage.
Heading instrument check.
Currents & streams plotting.
COG & CTW principles.
SOG & STW data.
Set & drift, leeway calculations.
Headlands, leeshores, insets & overfalls.
Navigational light identification techniques.
Pilotage plans for commercial sail yachts.
Passage plans for commercial sail yachts.
Crew safety briefings.
Muster stations & lists.
Safety equipent lockers.
Safety equipment checks.
Personal safety equipment.
Personal harness clip-on procedures.
Flooding & fire procedures.
Helicopter lift-off procedures.
Rounding marks up to windards.
Rounding marks off the wind.
Mainsail reefing -on the go.
Mainsail reefing -stopped.
Heavy wind techniques.
Buoy pick-up or/and anchor under sail.
Short fetch & long fetch waves.
Docking under power, wind on the dock.
Docking under power, wind off the dock.
Docking under power, wind along the dock.
MOB under powerr 2x types.
MOB under sail 5 types.
Constructions & materials.
Hull and keel designs.
Weight factors & distribution.
Refits & modifications.
Basic engine knowledge.
Basic fault finding.
Engine drive types & positioning.
Sails & rigs:
Types & materials.
Sail cuts. & re-cuts.
Types of mast rigs.
Runners, jackstays and .
Polar wind diagrams.
Sail trim principles.
Apparent wind rules.
Mainsail reefing systems.
Foresail furling gears.
Safe winch practices.
Foresail sail change techniques.
Sheet & halyard loadings.
Foredeck safe working practices.
Mainsail beam tracks.
Foresail genoa track car positions.
Symmetrical types & cuts.
Booms, vangs, sheets & guys set-ups.
Symmetrical spinnaker launch techniques.
Symmetrical spinnaker gybe techniques.
Symmetrical spinnaker take down techniques.
Asymmetrical types & cuts.
Asymmetrical launches & take-downs.
Wind angles apparent/true.
Optimal windward tracks.
Optimal downwind tracks.
Surface & masthead winds.h
Basic racing rules.
Windward & leeward rounding marks.
Racing yacht rating systems.
Club & event racing.
Long distance racing.
Deck & line orders.
Crew positions and jobs.
Matching the right boat to the right owner.
Owner demands & expectations.
Guest charter brieffings.
Charter planning & hospitality.
MYBA charter contracts.
Knowlege of legal & business aspects.
|Master 200GT Limited (Offshore)
Mate 500GT (Watchkeeper)
Sail Specialization (Practical)
Flag recognitions are currently in process.
Price: 1750,- €
+ 350,- € exam fees.
Course length: 6-7 days.
Total lecture/teaching time: 72 hours approx.
Course location: Toulon area (South France).
Price includes: accommodation, all boat costs, course notes and materials, exams fees & certification fees.
Price excludes: food on board, personal travel costs, meals ashore, requested shipment for course notes & certificates, admin fees.
A real hands-on big boat handling course, covering both racing and
cruising techniques. It includes advanced navigation techniques for
large sail yachts.
The course is based upon the MCA Master(Y) 200GT STCW coded certification however the course syllabus has been considerably extended by ourselves to reflect the working practices an demands made upon crew on superyachts of between 18mtrs to 40mtrs
This practical course is aimed at crew with experience, not
neccessarily on the superyachts, and who are looking to obtain their
first captains job or step-up into a Mates position on the larger
The course is run with two objectives.
One objective is to fill-in missing gaps in knowledge and skills:
The other objective to is act as consultants and give you as many
possible options, to decide what to do in a particular situation
in the future.
During the course, an continual on-going assessment is made for each
student; followed by a practical exam. A pass or fail result is based
upon both the assessment and the practical exam making the exam process
fair for you. Often during the practical exam, students are nervous and
over-stressed and their performance is not as good as it was during the
Official Oral Exam; this is to check your depth of knowledge and to
ensure that you really do understand the most essential subjects.
Completion of the;
1. Master 200GT Limited theory course.
2. STCW Basic Safdety Training (all 4 modules).
3. Seaman's medical certificate eg. MCA ENG 1 or equiv.
4. Business & Law Level I Master 200GT/Mate 500GT
| Your Questions?
Is this the same course as the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore?
No not at all.
Firstly, the course syllabus of the RYA Yachtmaster is from the
recreational yachting side; and follows the ideas & practices of
Our course syllabus is international and follows the professional
working practices & legal requirements for professional crew.
is commercially endorsed?
This is a professional course &
certification. The RYA Yachtmaster has a commercial endorsement to it
because it is a recreational qualification in the first place.
it recognized by the MCA?
We are in the process of application for recognitions from various flag states, please consult with us for an update.
do I have to learn about racing?
There are many owners & charter
guests want to do a special event such as Antigua Week or a promotional
event; or even do the occasional club race.
The other issue is time is money; you have to be able to move a boat
from A to B as fast as possible and at the same time, give owners
& guests some fun and keep on top of the safety aspects.
the course syllabus the same as the power practical?
There are parts of the syllabus which
are common between the two; however the two courses have a very
different emphasis and different practices.
about the examinations?
There are two exams; one is the
practical exam and the other is an oral exam.
Our examiners are professional crew themselves; often they are
Superyacht Captains or Mates from the larger yachts, all have very
The examination processes are strictly controlled through our own quality management system.
What types of boats do you use?
We use several cruiser/racer yachts of between 16mtrs-18mtrs with full deck gear and spinnaker gear.
I have to do a Master 200GT theory course as well?
Yes you do have to, and you have to do
this before you do the practical course.